The Dota 2 patch schedule will see yet another change, albeit a minor one this time around. Instead of arriving every two weeks on Thursdays, regardless of whether there is an ongoing tournament or not, Valve will now wait for the end of the tournament should the Thursday patch land in the middle of it even if it is a Major.
For upcoming Majors where the Thursday patch would land during the tournament, we will instead be releasing the patch at the end of the event.
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) April 28, 2018
Because of the revamped Dota 2 patch schedule that Valve implemented back in February, a number of patches have arrived in the middle of tournaments. Specifically, patch 7.12 and patch 7.13; the former was added to the game a day after the start of Starladder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 (Minor), while the latter came a day after the 2018 Dota 2 Asia Championships (Major) had already started.
If we are to follow the latest Dota 2 patch schedule, we should expect a patch to come on May 10, May 24, and June 10/11.
Complaints About Leaked Patches Arise
If we are to believe the accusations of certain players, it seems that some teams or players know a bit more about the patches compared to others. Or, to put it bluntly, confidential patch information sometimes find their way to certain teams earlier.
Fnatic’s hard carry and captain, Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao was the first to raise a complain. He believes that there are players who “know what’s coming in the patch” while others don’t. Ironically enough, Quinn ‘CCnC‘ Callahan, a member of OpTic Gaming, a team believed by some people to have insider access to patch information, somewhat agreed to what EternalEnVy said in his tweet.
To quote, “It’s not necessarily teams. But there are players in the dota scene that know beta testers and people with insider knowledge. So some things get spread around through friend circles. Like our team knew about techies getting added today.”
What I dislike the most is that some teams clearly know whats coming in the patch and other teams don't.
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) April 26, 2018
Additionally, Dota 2 players, coaches, and other personalities have expressed their dislike of the new Dota 2 patch schedule. Case in point, Team Secret’s coach, Lee ‘SunBhie‘ Jeong-jae complained (seen above) that teams used to have a chance to prepare for games in the past, but now it’s “nearly all intuition and luck.”
There are no updates as of yet from Valve if this new Dota 2 patch schedule will remain permanent or not as we inch closer to The International 2018.
What do you think of the new Dota 2 patch schedule so far? Has it helped the pro scene? Or has it only led to teams playing more conservative? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.