So I was lucky enough to pull him from two single diamond pulls, so I immediately leveled him up and equipped up to gold (not ready for gold+1 on my server yet).
This hero is clearly a counter for everything with summon - i'm talking Dokras, Tholin, Lucius, Vernos and such, yet his ultimate affects girls with more power. But why? I get it - the period joke is funny and all, but did you actually test him, or even consider his uses?
Second, for some reason his ultimate is dodge able - why? What is the reasoning on this I don't get it at all. I love to use his ult in CoF right at the start, so enemy actually takes some damage from walking, but with this dodge bs it lands on 1-2 heroes out of five every time. What in the actual hell, seriously?
Third, since he is front line dps his health is lacking, fully equipped gold gear nets about 35k hp, which is decent but not enough to survive initial burst of many teams, so he needs a tank in front. Yet out of mine heroes only Elric goes in front of Malrath, I assume that Drago, Leon and other tanks do the same - don't have them leveled up yet, so can't confirm. Yet the best combo for Malrath is Riley, who doesn't go in front, I call bs again. make Riley more of a front line than she is now, or move Malrath back a bunch.
Fourth, his animations are waaaaaaay freaking long, I say ultimate and relentless assault need a serious haste buff, especially the latter. Malrath just stands there for whole 2-3 seconds gazing into the sky as soon as he senses blood in the water, taking all the damage and crowd control all the while. All of this drops his survivability a ton in arena.
All in all I really enjoyed this new hero, I think his overall design is awesome, but he needs a bunch of rebalancing, buffs to animation speeds (I mean you buffed Aqua in the same manner, why not him?), and his awakening ability needs a complete rework to be honest. What say you?