Trajan, one of the newly added heroes. Some say he is underpowered, some say he is imba. Where is the truth? Lets look at Trajan in depth
I made both text and video version of this guide. If you prefer watching video, the videoversion is down below.
Trajan is a Skrimisher-type hero. To summarize, his crowning features:
- Able to fire volley, like an archer.
- Has shields.
- Constantly regenerate HP and ammo (of both humself and his unit).
- Very high ranged damage.
- Javelins effective against shields.
And his downsides:
- Total ammo count is not much (but it replenishes so that is not a big deal).
- Not skills to boost movement or something.
- Does not benefit from other archers 20% ranged dmg reduction.
- Only 24 troop count, and no way to replenish dead ones.
How He Plays
Being a skrimisher, he does exactly just that - skrimish. When playing him, it is important to keep an eye on your troops hp. Yes, he has only 24 units, but they can regenerate fully and fast. Also, constant ammo replenish gives his squad basically unlimited ammo.
So what you do - you do not commit into melee fully. You shower your enemy with Javelins, then disengage, regen, and go back to the fight. Rinse and repeat until the enemy is dead.
This also means, he shines the most in late game, where he can make the most of his constant HP and ammo regen.
What I would NOT recommend - is playing him as an archer - he lacks ranged dmg reduction like other archers, and his unit accuracy over long distance is abysmal. Not to mention he has to replenish ammo after a few volleys. Even his full ammo set will not be enough to kill most archers. Despite having shields, he will most likely lose to most archers over long distance.
Trajan is all about smartplay - move in, move out, and strike enemy where it hurts them the most.
Is He Worth Buying?
I'd say definitely. In the right hands, he is insanely strong & fun at the same time. Trajan gives you versatility, few other heroes do.
However, keep him out of prolonged melee fights - against proper melee heroes, he will be massacred, same with archers.
He also can be a good answer for the teams who don't care about protecting archers - Trajan can act as semi-archer, but the one that is able to protecting himself in melee (e.g. against assasins). If you are tired of being abandoned to assasins by your team as an archer - Trajan is definitely a remedy here.