|Ready to queue for some casual fun with my dear friend Axarrey, the Master of Sylvanas!|
When I played Zeratul on free rotation, I considered him as one of the most active heroes I've played in the game. But that is until I tried Abathur. Yes, physicality wise he can be considered passive as he needs to hide around or even at times stick close to the core, but it in terms of "global presence" and playstyle he is THE most active hero I've played with so far. (I haven't played Lost Vikings yet so I can't compare them).
Playing an Abathur is not easy, which is why he is considered as a very hard hero in terms of difficulty. He needs very high map awareness, good timing with symbiotes, good mine placement and good positioning to get maximum advantage from locusts while also soaking XP with his body, I currently have him on level 8 and while I don't consider myself a newbie at him, I know I need plenty of more practice and training to master him.
|Isn't he adorable? I make things happen even in my deepest sleep!|
But even the best Abathur needs a good team. Otherwise there is only so much he can really do. He can push his lanes through his symbiote on minions, evolve a minion into a Monstrosity to take down structures and push even further or clone an Ally Hero to help during hero fights to a certain degree, but when it comes down to hero fights, he needs good teammates who know how to take full advantage of having an Abathur on their team. If there is a symbiote on you and an enemy is fleeing with very low health left, chase him, Abathur will secure the kill, but also know that it doesn't mean you can dive into 1v2 or 1v3 just because you have the hat on you... I don't make you invisible but I give you significant advantage in 1v1 or in group team fights. Use this!
Here is a screenshot of a recent game I played against AI, the only melee we had was afk almost the entire game. I did my hero damage solely through minions as all my other teammates weren't even close to the fight for me to do anything. I did symbiote on them to give them a little confidence and motivation to get a little closer but none of them used this initiation with the exception of Raynor. I don't know who he was, but I want to thank him for actually making me feel useful in the absence of our only melee. At least he was supporting me when I begged ETC to return to game in chat, I guess he was the only one who knew how Abathur worked because I am sure some of you know how people can go "This player is afk, he is leeching" when they see an Abathur "idling" around but obviously they aren't aware that we are doing MUCH more than they are to even get half as close to their stats at the end of the game.
This is the main reason I refuse to play Abathur in solo queue, I don't play him even if a friend on my team is playing a ranged. I just need that one melee I can utilise to truly make the team shine during hero fights. Apart from hero fights, my stats on siege damage and xp contribution after each game are clear indication that I am pulling my weight.
Apart from his unique playstyle, Abathur has some quite humorous quotes as well, making him a joy to play for roleplayers like me :D One of them caught me so off guard that I couldn't even concentrate on the game for at least 4-5 minutes as I was laughing hysterically.