After the release of 7.20e back in December, the new Dota 2 update, 7.21, is finally here, along with the new ranked season.
Earlier last week, Valve promised that they would release the new Dota 2 update this week following the conclusion of the Chongqing Major, and that they certainly did. The only thing missing now is Mars, the new Dota 2 hero that Valve promised along with Grimlock at The International 2018, which, they stated will release sometime between mid-February and March.
While the new Dota 2 update, 7.21, does not come with a new hero, it is a huge balance patch, and just by looking at the list of changes, you’ll understand why Valve decided to give Mars a separate release date.
What are the Changes in the New Dota 2 Update?
All-new Ranked Season
While technically not part of the patch itself, the new ranked season did come with the new Dota 2 update.
But, unlike the last ranked season, the new ranked season will come with a number of changes. For starters, Rank Medals will now have seven-star tiers instead of five, giving players more opportunities to advance and making it easier to group players according to their skill levels. Also, starting today, players will gain access to a different set of emoticons based on their rank, giving players more incentives to put in the time and grind.
The new ranked season also comes bearing good news for Dota Plus subscribers.
In addition to a new set of Season Quests to complete, Dota Plus subscribers will now be able to put their shards to good use by buying exclusive Dota Plus item sets for Medusa, Monkey King, Enchantress, as well as Centaur.
General Gameplay Changes
After seeing professional Dota 2 teams ramp up the action and end games much faster than before, Valve decided to put in place a number of changes that could potentially help balance things out and make games last a bit longer.
For starters, the Tier 2 and 3 towers, as well as the Melee Barracks, received a small armor buff, while the Tower Protection armor bonus was also increased from 3 to 4. Also, there’ll be fewer ancient camps now, and heroes will have very little reason to stock up on cheap stat items like Bracer, Null Talisman, and Wraith Band after the removal of the 25% additional benefit that heroes gained from their primary attributes.
Valve may also have put an end to the brief return of the trilanes after increasing the XP required to reach level 12 from level 7 by as much as 20% per level.
But wait, there’s more!
That’s not all, though.
There’s plenty more to pick apart in the new Dota 2 update. In fact, 25+ items and nearly every Dota 2 hero was tweaked one way or another.
If you want to know more about the changes, feel free to head on over to the update page.
As you can see, the new Dota 2 update is more than just a small balance patch. To say that it will seriously affect how Dota 2 is played going forward is only fitting. Already, we can expect Dota 2 teams to be hard at work trying to find out what works and what doesn’t in the current meta as they prepare to qualify for the Stockholm Major in a couple of days.
Either way, Dota 2 fans definitely got what they asked for (and then some) with the new Dota 2 update, and we can’t just wait to see how pros are going to use the latest changes to their advantage.
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