Rigwarl, the Bristleback
|Carry Durable Initiator Nuker|
Never one to turn his back on a fight, Rigwarl was known for battling the biggest, meanest scrappers he could get his hands on. Christened Bristleback by the drunken crowds, he waded into backroom brawls in every road tavern between Slom and Elze, until his exploits finally caught the eye of a barkeep in need of an enforcer. For a bit of brew, Bristleback was hired to collect tabs, keep the peace, and break the occasional leg or two (or five, in the case of one unfortunate web-hund).
After indulging in a night of merriment during which bodily harm was meted out in equal parts upon both delinquent patrons and his own liver, Bristleback finally met his match. "Your tusks offend me, sir," he was heard to drunkenly slur to one particularly large fellow from the northern wastes whose bill had come due. What followed was a fight for the ages. A dozen fighters jumped in. No stool was left unbroken, and in the end, the impossible happened: the tab went unpaid. Over the weeks that followed, Bristleback's wounds healed, and his quills grew back; but an enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. He paid the tab from his own coin, vowing to track down this northerner and extract redemption. And then he did something he'd never done before—he actually trained, and in so doing made a startling discovery about himself. A smile peeled back from his teeth as he flexed his quills. Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing.
Viscous Nasal Goo
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Covers a target in snot, causing it to have reduced armor and movement speed. Casts on the same target stack and refresh the duration.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to affect all units within range.
Having caught a cold while stuck in the snow, Bristleback turns it to his advantage.
Ability: No Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Sprays enemy units with quills dealing damage in an area around Bristleback. Deals extra damage for every time an enemy was recently struck by a quill. Casts on the same target stack and refresh the duration.
Rigwarl covers his back in spines, causing him to take reduced damage when hit from the rear or sides. Automatically releases a bonus Quill Spray of the current level each time his rear receives a damage amount up to the threshold.
Every time Rigwarl casts a spell, he works himself into a fury. Movement speed and attack damage increase per stack. Repeated casts stack and each stack has an independent duration.
|+25 Quill Stack Damage||25||+30 Health Regen|
|+10% Spell Lifesteal||20||+50 Attack Speed|
|+225 Health||15||+4 Max Goo Stacks|
|+2 Mana Regen||10||+8 Strength|
|Starting Items||Early Game||Mid Game||Late Game|
When it comes to a fight, Bristleback really puts his back into it. Reducing all damage arriving from the rear or from the sides, he wades into battle with barely a care, spraying enemies with damaging quills and slowing snot.
Although his spells seem very weak at first glance, Rigwarl is not to be underestimated. Quill Spray, Viscous Nasal Goo, and Warpath all provide relatively small effects when used only once, but each ability stacks when cast multiple times. Enemies of the Bristleback will soon find themselves covered in goo and shredded by constant quill fire if they aren't careful. Quill Spray deals increasing damage with each cast on the same target, and due to its low cooldown and mana cost it can be very deadly over time. When Rigwarl sees that his enemies are sufficiently weakened, he can move in for the kill with Viscous Nasal Goo. This ability slows the target and reduces their armor, increasing the damage of Quill Spray and Bristleback's physical attack and making it impossible to escape. Furthermore, casting spells puts Bristleback on the Warpath, which increases his movement and attack speeds as he uses his abilities. Bristleback's signature skill, and where he gets his name, is his near invulnerability to attacks that strike his back. All attacks and spells that come from behind him will be heavily reduced and cause additional Quill Sprays.
|Balance Patch History|
|Patch Version||Balance Changes|
|March (Korean player)|