TabuSquare Tabu, the Voodoo Shaman is a canceled champion.

Development

VoodooShaman
VoodooShamanCoffin

Tabu was discovered in the beta files but, ever since then, has been canceled. Thematic similarities suggest he might have been inspired by Zharvakko, the Witch Doctor from Dota 2, and visual and gameplay similarities seem to indicate he might have been reworked into who is now SwainSquare old2 Swain.

Confirmation of his cancelation came in the 2010 Harrowing map skin for Summoner's Rift, where a coffin containing Tabu (along with two others each containing AverdrianSquare Averdrian and GavidSquare Gavid) could be seen, effectively serving as the final 'nail in the coffin'.

Abilities

Data extracted from the game files

Wording altered for clarity. It is unknown if "enemies" includes or excludes certain types.
Enfeeble
Enfeeble

Aura: Enemies around Tabu deal 15% reduced damage.

Ability Details
Enfeeble is a passive area of effect debuff for all enemies in range.


Tattoo
RANGE: 200
COST: 100
COOLDOWN: 420
Tattoo

Active: Links Tabu to an enemy or ally for 20 seconds.

While linked to an enemy, a percentage of the damage taken by either is also shared with the other. While linked to an ally, the same percentage instead shares the healing one receives.

Shared Damage or Healing:
50% / 60% / 70% / 80% / 90%
Ability Details
Tattoo is a unit-targeted link between himself and a target ally or enemy.


Circle of Ancestors
RANGE: 200
COST: 150
COOLDOWN: 10
Wave of Loathing

Active: Tabu curses the targeted area, damaging all enemy units and healing all allied units within.

Damage:
100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300
Heal:
50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150
Ability Details
Circle of Ancestors is an area of effect ability.


Pacify
RANGE: 100
COST: 110
COOLDOWN: 16 / 14 / 12 / 10 / 8
Pacify

Active: Tabu Silence iconDisarm icon pacifies the target enemy unit for a few seconds.

Pacify duration:
4 / 4.5 / 5 / 5.5 / 6
Ability Details
Pacify is a single target debuff.


Soul Drain
RANGE: 100
COST: 110
COOLDOWN: 10
Soul Drain

Active: Tabu Channeling icon tethers himself to the target and attempts to steal its soul, dealing damage to it while regenerating for the same amount each second.

Damage:
75 / 115 / 150 health
Ability Details
Soul Drain is a single target channeled ability.


Trivia

  • Tabu is a play on the word 'taboo'.
  • An individual reminiscent of Tabu can be seen in the Prehistoric artwork.
  • Enfeeble Enfeeble's icon used to display for the now Unique Passive Cold Steel.
  • Pacify Pacify's icon used to be Mocking Shout old Mocking Shout's.
  • Wave of Loathing Wave of Loathing's icon was recycled for the Crest of Cinders buff Crest of Cinders buff (obtained by slaying the Red BramblebackSquare Red Brambleback on Summoner's Rift)
  • Tattoo Tattoo's icon was recycled for the Crest of Insight buff Crest of Insight buff (obtained by slaying the Blue SentinelSquare Blue Sentinel on Summoner's Rift)
  • Soul Drain Soul Drain's icon used to be Baron NashorSquare Baron Nashor's Voracious Corrosion buff Voracious Corrosion.
  • Game files from March 25, 2009 show some additional information about Tabu:
    • Name: 48th Slave
    • Passive: Enfeeble: Enemies within Medium Area of Effect have their deal 15% reduced damage.
    • Lore: As one of the few remaining voodoo shamans of Jugos, Tabu took it upon himself to educate the populace of his culture's twisted and remarkable powers. Traveling from town to town with local gypsies, Tabu acquired quite a large collection of shrunken heads, shriveled ears, and wispy vials which held living souls. Tabu didn't have as much luck selling these wares as he expected.
    • Tips: This character is a Support class character. The role a Support character is to disable and weaken enemy Heroes, or buff and heal allied Heroes. A Support character often has a strong selection of disabling abilities because that they can use to cripple the enemy Heroes' ability to function.
    • Circle of (the) Ancestors: Tabu curses a marked area. Damages all nearby enemy units and heals all nearby friendly units in Medium Area of Effect.
    • Pacify: Tabu soothes an enemy unit, making it unwilling to participate in combat. The target is unable to attack or cast spells for a short duration.
    • Soul Drain: Tabu attempts to steal the targets soul. Tabu gains Hit Points proportionate to Hit Points lost by his target. Channeling spell.
    • Tattoo: Links Tabu's life force to another unit's. Can be used on enemy or ally. If cast on an enemy, a percentage of Damage taken to either unit is also dealt to the other. If cast on an ally, a percent of healing received by either unit is reciprocated to the other. Lasts 20 seconds.

tr "game_character_description_48thSlave" = "48th Slave"
tr "game_character_passiveName_48thSlave" = "Enfeeble"
tr "game_character_passiveDescription_48thSlave" = "Enemies within Medium Area of Effect have their deal 15% reduced damage."
tr "game_character_lore_48thSlave" = "As one of the few remaining voodoo shamans of Jugos, Tabu took it upon himself to educate the populace of his culture^s twisted and remarkable powers. Traveling from town to town with local gypsies, Tabu acquired quite a large collection of shrunken heads, shriveled ears, and wispy vials which held living souls. Tabu didn^t have as much luck selling these wares as he expected"
tr "game_character_tips_48thSlave" = "This character is a Support class character. The role a Support character is to disable and weaken enemy Heroes, or buff and heal allied Heroes. A Support character often has a strong selection of disabling abilities because that they can use to cripple the enemy Heroes^ ability to function."
tr "game_spell_description_CircleOfAncestors" = "Tabu curses a marked area. Damages all nearby enemy units and heals all nearby friendly units in Medium Area of Effect."
tr "game_spell_description_CircleOfTheAncestors" = "Circle Of Ancestors"
tr "game_spell_description_Pacify" = "Tabu soothes an enemy unit, making it unwilling to participate in combat. The target is unable to attack or cast spells for a short duration."
tr "game_spell_description_SoulDrain" = "Tabu attempts to steal the targets soul. Tabu gains Hit Points proportionate to Hit Points lost by his target. Channeling spell."
tr "game_spell_description_Tattoo" = "Links Tabu's life force to another unit's. Can be used on enemy or ally. If cast on an enemy, a percentage of Damage taken to either unit is also dealt to the other. If cast on an ally, a percent of healing recieved by either unit is reciprocated to the other. Lasts 20 seconds."

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