Well, before he just had a generic shockwave, generic cleave, empower, and a ult that would basically vacuum and stun everybody within the ults range. Was like that for quite a long time really. Empower didn't give cleave also as the cleave ability would suggest.
He still wasn't that great or anything and would need to farm up a blink dagger asap or resort to sitting in the back shooting out a very low damage shockwave/empowering teammates..
Although there was plenty of versions where he could just go shockwave/stats with 1 point into empower since the cleave was so low and nothing scaled well. It would allow him to farm with shockwave easier and get a bit more of a presence before he got his blink/items and could do something more.
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