IceFrog recently released a statement regarding a shift in how the development team are going to approach the Dota 2 patch schedule going forward.
Using his Twitter account, IceFrog tweeted, “We want to try taking a different approach to how gameplay patches are released.” before adding, “Instead of big patches a couple of times a year, we’ll be releasing small patches every 2 weeks on Thursdays.”
IceFrog, however, ended his statement saying that this is not permanent. At least, not yet anyway. The mysterious Dota 2 developer added that they are only going to try out the new schedule for about six months. Afterwards, they are going to reevaluate, and likely make changes as they see fit.
We want to try taking a different approach to how gameplay patches are released. Instead of big patches a couple of times a year, we'll be releasing small patches every 2 weeks on Thursdays. We'll be trying this out for about six months and then reevaluating.
— IceFrog (@IceFrog) February 1, 2018
For the uninitiated, IceFrog is the pseudonym of Dota 2’s lead designer. He prefers to remain cryptic and anonymous, which is very much unlike other video game designers. Prior to taking up the lead role for Dota 2, he served as the longest-serving designer of Defense of the Ancients, a custom mod for Blizzard’s Warcraft III.
What Does The Change to the Dota 2 Patch Schedule Mean?
Though a dramatic shift, the change to the Dota 2 patch schedule does make sense. For starters, this will benefit organizers and players alike. With so many important tournaments going on, constant but small patches help lower the chances that a huge patch might end up affecting the results of the tournament. And because there is an actual schedule to follow now, all parties can better prepare themselves for any possible changes.
Idc drama just playing dota ty also any pugna veno thd lich nerfs tyty
— Artour Babaev (@Arteezy) September 28, 2017
Non-professional Dota 2 players can also benefit from the constant changes. Case in point, it’s not unusual for Dota 2 heroes to emerge as “overpowered” in ranked games for months. These days, it’s the likes of Lycan and Tinker that the community has labelled as “cancer” heroes. Before them, it was Lich, Pugna, Necrophos, Venomancer, and Broodmother.
It took months for those heroes to get nerfed and be less annoying to deal with in ranked matches. However, under the new schedule, Dota 2 patch will come every two weeks to balance everything. The change should, in theory, prevent any Dota 2 hero from being overpowered for too long.
Hope you guys are ready for my 1 HOUR PATCH NOTE STREAMS EVERY 2 WEEKS FOR 6 MONTHShttps://t.co/P9RHIHuteU
— Kevin 'Purge' Godec (@PurgeGamers) February 1, 2018
Just mere minutes after the announcement, plenty of Dota 2’s community figures expressed their thoughts. Though, non probably takes the cake more than Kevin ‘Purge‘ Godec, a Dota 2 analyst and caster known who has become a meme for his hours-long patch note streams where he provides in-depth analysis on the possible ramifications of the latest changes.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) February 1, 2018
It remains a unknown if a Dota 2 patch will go live tomorrow. If it does, then it’ll be interesting how it will affect the currently on-going Pro Circuit Minor, the Starladder i-League Invitational Season 4.
What do you think of the change in the Dota 2 patch schedule? Do you think this is going to be good for the game in the long-term? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.