any general can do this with the Cloak of Night favor item.
Yes really, If a DG can do something with a standard ability, that only half of the cast (general) can do only when they pick a certain favor item (while erebus can go any favor item) it is an advantage.
Zehdon: This has been mentioned before in several dedicated topics. While Erebus has an ability that allows him to perform this, anyone can reproduce this move through the use of other items, as has already been mentioned. It's hardly an Erebus Exploit. In fact, on any map he can jump corners in the lanes to increase the lead or close a the gap between him and his opponent - as can anyone else. I understand that this is the first time you've seen it, and in a 1v1 it's a massive advantage over his opponents. However, is the standard 3v3 match, it's really not as large an issue as you'd think if you're aware and ready for it.
I see you post everywhere, and you always have a negative smart ass attitude, yet you're consistently wrong. You say that "anyone can reproduce this move" with the key phrase being "through the use of other items." If erebus can do it, without an item, and another demi god can do it, but only if they have an item. Doesn't that mean that the demigod who needs an item is at a disadvantage considering in order to level the playing field they must spend their gold, equipment / item slot on something when erebus can do the same thing, and save the money, equipment, item slot for something else?
"In fact, on any map he can jump corners in the lanes to increase the lead or close a the gap between him and his opponent - as can anyone else"
That's not what's being argued. On any other map, erebus cannot bat swarm from half way across the map directly to your portal flag, or bat swarm across the map directly to his own crystal for a quick heal.
You also mention "is the standard 3v3 match, it's really not as large an issue as you'd think" but the map in question is a 2v2 map, and the quicker you can go back for a heal / shop and return to battle, the quicker you can bolster your ally with support and maintain map control and guarantee your ally's survival. The longer you take to shop / heal the more time the game is a 2v1. The less time you take to shop / heal the more time the game is a 2v2. If the other people do not have erebus, and choose a strategy that does not use that favor item to jump the map, then they have to go shop / heal the ol' fashioned way, which takes more time. Leaving them at a DISADVANTAGE since the more time away from your ally = more time your opponents have the upper hand.
By having to choose a favor item, to negate something that ONLY one character out of 8 can do without using a favor item, is an advantage to the erebus player because he can put his favor points in something else so he has the benefit of that other favor item PLUS the benefit of being able to jump the gap, while the non erebus player either has to choose between a favor item to jump the gap - or a favor item that does something else, but doesn't let them jump the gap.... that is the text book example of a exploit / imbalance etc. In order for the other player to even it out, erebus would only be allowed 1 favor item (standard) and the opposing DG would need 2 favor items to have the same advantages that Erebus has.
Take this scenario for example:
Ereb / Beast Vs (Insert general demi god 4 out of 8 options) / Beast
Erebus goes blood of the fallen. He has 800 extra HP off the start, plus health regen, plus at level 1 he has a move that can drain health, do damage, slow opponent, and decrease armor.
This means that ereb / beast can get the neutral DUAL GOLD MINE FLAG faster because if they fight 2v2, erebus team has the health advantage early. Couple that with priests instead of items at the start, and the ereb / beast team wins vs ? / beast hands down to control that flag. Once they have control they have a tremendous early game cash advantage. And we all know what cash does right?
Let's say both teams want to go shop around levels 5 or 6. IN LESS THAN 8 SECONDS Ereb can bat swarm to base, heal, buy a tp and whatever items he wanted, and teleport back to battle.
? / beast team wants to shop. They need to walk allllllllllllllllllll the way back, buy shit, TP in - or walk allllllllllllllllllllll the way back into battle. That takes longer than 8 seconds. Which means, that if at any point erebus / beast lost that dual gold mine flag, this would be the time where they absolutely take it back and hold it for good.
Let's assume [? / Beast team] - ? DG player gets cloak of night to even out the EXPLOIT. Erebus has blood of the fallen, he is not forced into buying cloak. So erebus starts off with 800 more hp, health regen, and the ability to jump the gap, and all that ? demigod can do is jump the gap. Which means at level 1, that first fight for the dual gold mine flag, erebus / beast take the flag no contest for if erebus gets low on health, he can bite as well, and consume extra health, give slow, reduce enemy armor and do damage, while being healed by priests and health regen from BOTF. All that ? DG can do is jump the gap back to base, which doesnt help him get the friggin' DUAL GOLD MINE FLAG.
Also, I'll mention again that this map has a neutral flag that controls TWO GOLD MINES. If you don't have erebus on your team, and your ally goes to heal / shop you will have to fight 2v1 to protect that double gold mine flag. On the other hand, if you have an erebus on your team, he can bat swarm home - heal / shop - then bat swarm almost directly next to the TWO GOLD MINES / or he can buy a TP and TP in to battle. I'll say it again.... TWO GOLD MINES AT ONE FLAG. Having a direct advantage in map control, on a map where 1 neutral flag = TWO GOLD MINES is a huge advantage. You have double the income of the other team.
In summation I will leave you with a quote I took from your post above: "This has been mentioned before in several dedicated topics." Apparantely you never read them! Cuz you have no fucking clue what you're talking about. So you just troll forums and find posts without actually reading them? Then pass off the fact that someone else created a post, that you neglected to read, and put your nose in the air at everyone else because they are [sarcasm] so not in the loop if they never saw those other posts [/sarcasm]. You sir.......... are a fool and a douche bag.
DISCLAIMER: I do not hate erebus, I play random. I play all of the demi gods. Not calling for a nerf, someone was smart enough to figure this out, blame the developer for not finding this during testing............ especially on a map that has a neutral double gold mine........... which is retarded enough as it is.