I haven’t posted in a while so let’s cut to the chase.
I got Thorne from tc20 a while back. I leveled him to 2/60 and let him stay there for a really long time, because of all the negative assessment of him on the forum. I thought he was a totally useless hero. But that all changed about two weeks ago. My alliance mates encouraged me to max Thorne. And as a F2P, I don’t get great heroes on a regular basis. So I decided to work on Thorne. I powered leveled him and got him to talent +7. After two weeks of using him in all occasions (map, wars, events, raids… etc), I am here to confidently say that Thorne is definitely a “worth it” hero!
First of all, at +7 talent (I went the defense+life path), Thorne is highly durable. He makes an effective punchbag to protect my other heroes.
Second, in many situations, Thorne is an efficient finish striker. For example, when stacking against red titans or tanks, I always bring my favorite combo: Kiril - Grimm - Thorne. If their specials go off at the same time, I can pretty decimate the enemies.
In conclusion, despite all the bad comments about him, I personally am very glad I maxed Thorne. I think everyone should level him; and especially so if you are f2p. You will not regret it!