I came up the following idea after the hidden cup, when “Saladin” demolished “Kotyan Khan” in hidden cup 3 with his boar lames.
TLDR: What if boar aggro needs to be refreshed by letting boar hit the scout or by hitting a boar during the lame?
I think one of the problem regarding to board laming is persistent the boar aggro is. You could try to block for boar and create a gap between boar and the lamer, but boar just wont give up if enemy is in it’s line of sight. It’s just difficult to stop the lame when enemy goes for it.
On the other hand, I’m not a fan of removing laming all together, because it is a crowd pleaser in tournament scene and laming itself is a skill which requires player to balance between scout micro and running the economy at home: A skill which is integral part of the game.
So I’ve been wondering what would happen if the boar aggro would have to be refreshed if you want to lame it all across the map. Let’s say that if a scout hits the boar one time, the boar will follow the scout only for short amount of time, after it will give up, regardless of the line of sight. Only combat with the boar would refresh the aggro, so the laming scout would have to either hit the boar again or let the boar hit the scout again.
I haven’t thought about the numbers yer, but let’s say that you need to refresh the aggro once in order to lame it from enemy’s forward to your own forward.
This way, blocking the boar becomes more effective way to stop the lame, because boar would eventually give up, even if the enemy scout stays close to the boar.
But there there is an other option too: a greedy player could also try to snipe the enemy scout if the enemy is too fixated to laming.
Even if the defender didn’t notice the lame, the lamer would still have to pay closer attention to the boar and maintaining the aggro compared to current situation.
Lamer might also want to bring villagers forward to help with the lame. For example, first the scout would lame the boar for the half way of the map, and then send a villager forward to finish the lure. If this becomes a thing though, then greedy enemy could try to snipe this villager if he knows what lamer is up to.