If we accept the traditional wisdom that 1 point of defense was worth 2 hit points it would seem pretty plausible that now, with the spate of DoT heroes, that is no longer functionally true. I’m not saying I necessarily accept the premise, but even if I do I would now say that 1 defense is worth something less than 2 hit points now, as the game has shifted.
That’s similar to my train of thought, though I never could have put it so eloquently. Math isn’t my strong suit, so I wouldn’t even know where to begin with all the calculations and such… all I really have to go on is a hunch.
In the cases of, say, GM, Vela, Jabber, and Tyr - is it better to soften the blow from their direct damage with extra defense, or negate the DoT with extra HP?
If you go with extra HP and Tyr hits you, is that lower defense going to allow him to hit your hero for more than the extra HP boosts them?
I wouldn’t know how to go about testing it, other than knowing you’d need to have the same Tyr hit two versions of the same hero - one boosted with extra HP, one with extra defense - and then see how much health remains on each after the DoT is done, right?
Yep, which isn’t really a test we can run. What you said makes complete sense. I’ve mostly tried to think about this by considering the situations in which the hero will most often find themselves.
For example, I think a strong case can be made that Mother North should ALWAYS take HP > Def, given that it benefits her minions, heals, and that she’ll often face a DoT. Being in the corner of a defense the attacker will for sure be hitting her with GM, Natalya, Marjana, Jabberwock, etc.
On the other hand, for Telluria it’s pretty clearly defense, given her class and tank position (despite the minions).
Other cases are trickier, like say we have Ariel and know we’ll use her against GM tanks. Okay, maybe HP to combat burn and working with heals. But she’ll also have to counter what the other defenders do, as well as, say, Ares tanks, where defense may very well be superior. So I don’t have a clear answer there, just trying to illustrate the thought process I’d follow.
its better to have balanced heroes especially with the addition of health reduction heroes, if you have high def but low hp its a bit useless
BUT if your hero is mainly for titan and no other uses, then i would go full defense coz you are most likely to use turtle banner very often
otherwise its always better to have the most balance possible between hp/health