Deep amid the Upland crags and cliffs there runs a seam of sacred jade long foresworn by highland minders. From this rare material, the likeness of the great general Kaolin was carved and buried at the head of a stone funerary army ten thousand strong—a force of soldiers and holy men, jesters and acrobats, carved by crafstmen and entombed for millennia in the dark embrace of the Earth.
What the craftsmen had not known was that within the strange seam of jade flowed the spirit of the Earth itself—an elemental force at one with the planet. When the force within the carved jade found itself cut off from the life's blood of the world, it gathered its strength over the course of a thousand years and dug itself free and into the light. Now the great Kaolin Earth Spirit strides the Upland roads, fighting for the spirit of the Earth; and in times of need calls forth remnants of his buried army still locked in the loving embrace of the soil.
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Most DotA 2 players wouldn't have had a chance to play Earth Spirit yet because it was released in WC3 DotA well after DotA 2 became widely accessible. I thought TL could benefit from a post to discuss Earth Spirit.
My initial impressions from the Test Build released today was that Earth Spirit does wayyyy too much damage and offers a lot of utility as well. The 0.01s cast animation just makes the hero feel amazing. He could easily become one of the best gankers/mids in DotA 2 in non-cm 6.79.
I am particularly interested in skill and item builds. Whether to put 1 or 2 skills in geomagnetic grip to land a remnant, pull, roll, kick combo.
As for items, it seems arcanes+bottle might be needed for sustain and a bkb/ghost might also be necessary to stay in the middle of team fights. Is something like a forcestaff also useful on this hero? Although he is high mobility, a force or blink might allow him to 'smash' enemy heroes into your team more reliably.
I'm curious to know what TL's thoughts are on this hero?