I don’t have a specific story, but I’ve been having a renewed appreciation for Thorne lately. He was the second legendary to pop out of my TC 20, and both of those were way sooner than I expected. And I wanted to like him. His art is awesome. His special name is awesome. And darn it, he’s a five-star, and us F2P just don’t take those for granted. I’m a bit of a nonconformist anyway, so I was determined to show him to be better than his reputation. By the time I had the mats and had leveled all my interesting four-stars, he was still hanging out as my only legendary blue, so I maxed him.
And I was disappointed. I tried to like him. I wanted to like him. I stacked him in my blue stack just to use him on purpose. But his damage just wasn’t enough, and he doesn’t do anything else. Boril+20 performed better for me at tank. I just couldn’t make him work. Then, I lucked into Vela, and Thorne really hit the bench, only seeing action in class trials and late war teams.
But lately, I started actually taking the forum’s advice and pairing him with a defense down hero. I also started giving him emblems - along the attack path, since I’m OK at tank - to make his special better. And you know what? As long as you can pair it with defense down first, his special can be pretty nasty. Not ideal that it takes another hero to pair with him to make him scary, but he’s probably not the only one you could say that about. He’s moving into a mid-war team role for me, often a late ToL team, and is really making paladin trials go easier now. Agree with @SirGorash that a status effect would make him more usable. I often forgo him for Sonya just because I need the cleanse or heal. But count me in as a member of the Thorne Appreciation Society.
And SGG, if you make him look like a clown in his costume, I swear…