The newest update for Dota 2 is massive. First, a warning: I will be talking inside baseball for Dota 2, so if you’re not well-versed in Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), this may seem like a lot of gibberish. There were rumors of some of these changes, but like that one chick from The Matrix: “Not like this.”
Heroes like Phantom Lancer and Bloodseeker have been completely reworked, changing their abilities entirely. Phantom Lancer has lost his invisibility skill Doppelwalk–yet appears to be more slippery than ever. Bloodseeker’s nearly permanent silence/damage buff has been removed and now amplifies the dealt and the damage taken. His passive healing ability Blood Bath has been replaced with Blood Rite: Now it synchronizes with Rupture by causing enemies who linger too long to be hit with pure damage and silence. It’s insanity.
Multiple heroes have been granted Aghanim Scepter buffs. For those unaware, Aghanim’s Scepter is an item that gives heroes new abilities when purchased. With a Scepter, Earth Spirit can now make his teammates into invulnerable stone remnants–this could be useful for initiating fights or saving an ally from death. The possibilities!
A couple items like Dagon and Mekanism have been nerfed with greatly increased mana costs, but the biggest item addition is the Crimson Guard; It can be built using a Vanguard and a Buckler, giving tanky heroes a potential next item to turn their Vanguard into. I’m not sure if its benefit outweighs its cost yet, but I like the intention.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that they CHANGED THE MAP? Roshan’s pit has been moved, which naturally has changed the river and the area around Dire’s Secret Shop. It appears to now be on high ground, which would let people attempting to conquer the wicked foe see potential interference coming.
There are a multitude of other changes, including a new morphable courier and a new fight recap option. This is an exciting time to be a Dota 2 fan. Valve has permanently changed the metagame. Is it for the better? Only time will tell. Check out the full list of changes over on the Dota 2 official site.