It seems that Valve doesn’t care even if we’re in the middle of a Major tournament because they just added the latest Dota 2 patch 7.12 ahead of the second day of the 2018 Dota 2 Asia Championships.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) March 29, 2018
After Patch 7.11 focused on changing the buyback and gold formulas and saw none of the heroes changed, Patch 7.12 is a lot to take in. It comes with a number of hero and item changes. However, none of the changes is probably more important than the addition of the Pangolier into Captain’s Mode.
Donté Panlin Enters the Field
Similar to Dark Willow, the other half of two of Dota 2’s latest heroes introduced in the Dueling Fates patch, Pangolier did not receive any buffs or nerfs prior to his addition into the competitive pool. Although unlike with Dark Willow, the initial reaction to Pangolier’s addition to Captain’s Mode has not been met with as much criticism. This is despite the fact that many consider Pangolier just as OP in pub matches as Dark Willow.
Then again, Dark Willow has not exactly shown herself as strong of a pick as most people thought in competitive matches. Maybe, just maybe, the community has learned from this and instead of criticising the addition, are instead looking forward to how pro teams are going to utilize Pangolier going forward.
Hero and Item Changes Galore
A number of items got tweaks in the latest Dota 2 patch. Spirit Vessel, for example, received a massive nerf, going from 3% direct HP modification to 4.5% Magical Damage when used on enemies. Meanwhile, Refresher Orb’s mana regeneration is up from 3 ticks per second to 5, which is a huge buff. Other items that were the subject of changes in the latest Dota 2 patch include Clarity, Heart of Tarrasque, Moonshard, Nullifier, Satanic, Silver Edge, Skull Basher and Abyssal Blade.
Where almost a dozen items were affected by patch 7.12, Icefrog decided to tweak over 50 heroes. The most surprising part? None of them are changes to the hero talents.
Of the said 50 heroes, Slark, who has not seen much success for most of the past two years, finally got some love. The changes aren’t probably enough to make Slark a top-tier pick once again. However, the improved HP regen and turn rate should make the hero more viable. Drow Ranger’s Precision Aura also received quite a bit of a buff, while Icefrog retweaked Shadow Demon’s and Riki’s ultimates.
Leshrac, Io, and Dark Seer (yes, the very same Dark Seer that’s almost always on the receiving end of a nerf) are also among those who finally got some much-needed tweaks.
You can click here for the complete patch notes.
What do you think of the latest Dota 2 patch? Were your favourite items or heroes subject to changes? Was it for the better or for worse? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.