Ah, Icefrog has once again graced us with a brand new patch of ridiculous changes. While some were questionable such as Blademail’s passive damage return, others were actually a nice breath of fresh air such as the lane creep aggro mechanic (goodbye Axe cutting the lane from behind).
Yet, one change that really made the entire community was the good riddance of the Purple Ancient creep.
I hate it, you hate it, everybody hates it
It was 4 years ago when the 7.00 update was implemented into the game. Many things were added, such as the talent trees which is still around to this day. However, the Purple Ancient creep or, scientifically known as the Prowler Camp, was an abomination of Icefrog’s creation.
While all other neutral creeps only auto-attack its enemies, instead, the Prowler camp would instantly use not one but both its active skills, Desecrate and Petrify. Even for carry players, it was a pain in the ass to deal with the high damage nuke.
Over the years, players around the globe have certainly encountered the Prowler camp at least once. Regardless of whether you’re a carry player who would kill these ugly purple centaurs or the support player who is being ordered by the carry player to stack the Ancient camp, it’s never a fun experience to have a chunk of your HP removed by a creep. *imagine playing melee support heroes*
Memories with Purple Ancient creep
Finally, it seems like Icefrog also had enough of these purple creatures being in Dota 2. The Prowler Camp is finally removed for good. Let’s just say the Dota 2 community is really grateful for this change specifically and it’s a big deal since it’s not every day that the players liked a new change made by Icefrog.
While most of us had a terrible experience with this creep, in particular, perhaps the most hilarious moment was when JerAx made a cute play with the help of these Ancient creeps. During the Summit 8 tournament by Beyond the Summit, JerAx on Earth Spirit kicked the unsuspecting pieliedie into the stack of Ancient creeps.
Due to the enormous stack and Prowler creep’s skills, it was enough damage to instantly kill pieliedie. Frankly, this is probably the only time when watching the Purple Ancient creep gone right.
Will we be expecting him in the future?
Unfortunately, it seems like Icefrog made it clear that the Prowler Camp has no place on the Dota 2 map anymore. Especially since the creep is the most hated character in the game, next to Techies of course. And it usually does more harm than good since triggering his skill can sometimes mess up the stack timing.
Nonetheless, it definitely left a bittersweet memory for many players over the 4 years since its introduction. Perhaps Icefrog might just bring it back after hundreds of Reddit posts begging for him to bring the creep back, just like how we got Iron Talon and Ring of Aquila back into the game. Stay tuned.