Erebus is made of paper, bite or not. He needs the bite just to be able to function as melee fighter, which he is. A slight nerf to bite should make him fine. (Someone did the Torchbear fireball comparsion, and it was really good for Erebus) The devs of DG did a really good job with the public release being balanced. There are some minor changes that will need to come about for certain DGs in early, mid and late game. Right now, I still beleive, as an Oak player, that the Oak is OP in late game. He is just absurdly powerful..but really, that only happens when you let him hit level 20 with a melee build, so is that OP, or just the game giving me my due for playing well all early and mid game.
Erebus stays week the entire match, but to compensate, he gets that vicious bite, and rather solid moblity because of his bats. He is close to perfect, and we dont need to lynch the poor character down to nothing because a few of you have issues killing him. (My Oak rocks any Erebus to be honest). Again, just nerf the bite a small amount..that is it. We already saw from the polls on Gamereplays that the community there thinks the Unclean beast was the most OP anyway. (His DoT can be rather nasty, then again, restoration scrolls negate that totally.)
I'd argue Erebus is made of less paper if you get the right gear (both early purchases and favor) and if he embraces his role of general can be strong (I.E. goes minions to get a high dps). But yes, he does need to function as a melee fighter and bite helps that.
I have to agree with Inflames, a well played Oak player is a big challenge for Erebus. In my match against the best played Oak I've seen -- the game was over by us both hitting level 12 (we were the two highest level Demigods in the match). He was a better micro player than me and the fact that his minions are faster and fly are a huge advantage to him. It alowed him to press/scout me out most of the time. He also managed to seal the deal to winning the game due mostly to map control and fortress upgrades.
Which, brings me to the point that the game is about more than one demigod Vs another demigod. Map control, fortress upgardes, gear upgrades (itemization and purchasing small upgrades and selling them for improvements) are all a huge part of the game.
After that game like everyone else, I felt like Oak was very strong and for the first time in a while, it had me feeling like Erebus was a little weak. It's a natural reaction, to think that who ever beat you is OP and that who you are playing is underpowered. I don't think Erebus is weak. I think in that game, I was beat by a better player than me -- It wasent Oak's fault or Erebus's.
The power of denial has us all never wanting to blame one of the true reasons we loose -- which is that your opponnet was better than you.
While I was able due to bite + gear choices to take a flag from Oak in the early game I described above, it did not win me the game.