After months of anticipation, Dota 2 fans can now rejoice as the much-awaited Dota 2 update patch, 7.20, is now finally live. As expected, it brought with it myriads of changes to the game, and surprisingly enough, Valve kept to their word and released the patch according to their schedule.
The latest Dota 2 update patch changes things by quite a fair bit. Although there’s no sign of Mars, the second of the two heroes announced earlier at The International 2018, 7.20 does come with a bevvy of tweaks to the game play, heroes, and to the map itself, in addition to introducing a number of cool and nifty items.
Grimstroke in Captain’s Mode
You’ll never know just how “OP” a hero is until it is finally added to Captain’s Mode.
After many months of complaints that the latest Dota 2 hero, Grimstroke, is far too overpowered, we’ll finally have a chance to see if whether that’s really true or not thanks to the latest Dota 2 update patch.
Of course, Icefrog wasn’t crazy enough to add Grimstroke to Dota 2’s official competitive mode without making a few slight tweaks (and a surprising buff). This includes a hefty reduction to the duration of Soulbind and the max stun duration of Ink Swell, among many other things.
It’ll be interesting to see which Dota 2 teams will be the first to utilize the hero in a big LAN.
Five New Items
While Valve did not introduce Mars just yet, they did add new items to the game. The “big” two, Yasha and Kaya, as well as Kaya and Sange, are arguably a longtime coming since Kaya was first added to the game. The two new items add an upgrade path to Kaya, making it a more useful core items.
Meanwhile, the three other new Dota 2 items are fairly basic. The Ring of Tarrasque presents itself as a cheaper alternative to the Ring of Health, with lower HP regen (+3.75 HP Regen vs +5 HP Regen) but with the added benefit of +150 Health. It upgrades into the late-game item Heart of Tarrasque, and one of the newer items, Holy Locket, which, according to the description provided, “causes all heals and HP regen you provide to be amplified by 25%.”
Finally, the last new item, Crown, costs only 450 Gold and +4 to all stats. Players can buy it from the side shops. The new item will now serve as the substitute to complete items that previously required any one of Bracer, Wraith Band, and Null Talisman.
Ability Reworks Galore
In total, the latest Dota 2 update patch reworks the abilities of 37 total heroes. Mind you, these aren’t just simple buffs or nerfs. They actually change how some of the skills work.
Case in point, with Abaddon, the hero’s Curse of Avernus (E) no longer just applies a movespeed and attack speed slow to the enemies and a movespeed and attack speed bonus to Abaddon and its allies. Instead, with the rework, the Curse of Avernus now slows targets by 10/15/20/25% for 4 seconds, and if a target is hit 4 times, they’ll become cursed for a total of 4 seconds and will be silenced, as well as slowed by 30/40/50/60%. Meanwhile, all allied heroes that attack the marked target will receive a 40/60/80/100 bonus to their attack speed.
This change to Abaddon is but one of the many reworked abilities of the heroes in Dota 2 that came with the latest gameplay patch.
But wait .. there’s more!!
The latest Dota 2 update patch has plenty ready to be picked apart by players of the game. For example, randoming is back, albeit with a slight change. At the same time, the deny mechanics also received a slight tweak in that creep denies no longer gives more experience to the denier, but rather, gold.
In addition to this, Valve also changed the armor formula, the hero kill XP bounty, the way Mana and HP regen works, the mechanics of the root debuff, cleave and splash, spell immunity, dispels, towers, structures, removed Ring of Aquila and so much more.
Simply put, the new Dota 2 update path was easily as big as the wait it warranted and it certainly was worth the hype.
For more information, be sure to head on over to the official change log.
What do you think of the latest Dota 2 update patch? Is it enough to satiate the clamoring of all those who are saying that the meta has gone stale? How long do you think it will take before the next patch will come? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.