6.82 Changelog Analysis

Like many of us I was rather disappointed when the Techies Techies patch came without any balance changes. To be perfectly honest 6.81b was an excellent patch, and if it seemed like the "DeathBall" or "FaceRush" meta was the name of the game during TI4, it was not necessarily because the patch allowed for it to be abused, but rather because many teams came unprepared for a very fast-paced and aggressive Chinese Dota.

This patch is probably the biggest ting that has happened to Dota 2 since its official release, making it impractical to go over it in a single blog post. Hence, the things discussed today will be solely concentrated on the balance changes to the heroes, leaving map, items and general changes for a later entry.

As previously, to make things a bit simpler for you to read, I will use colour coding with Green indicating a minor change, Yellow indicating a moderate amendment and Red indicating a big one. The impact of a change on the gameplay will be based on my personal opinion, so feel free to post a comment if you disagree with something.

Heroes

Abaddon Abaddon

  • Mist Coil mana cost rescaled from 75 to 50/60/70/80

I do not necessarily think that the manacost change is going to have a really big impact on the Abaddon Abaddon gameplay for the support players - while 25/15 mana savings at level 1 and 2 respectively are a nice buff, it is no way a strong change.

What we assume it will do, however, is increase interest in the skill in the first place. Lately I have been seeing a lot of players skipping the skill altogether in favor of extra early points into the Curse of Avernus Curse of Avernus. While a value point in it is a must have, which allows for a very annoying harassment of an offlaner (especially coupled with Orb of Venom Orb of Venom), heavier investments tend to produce marginally diminishing returns.

Alchemist Alchemist

  • Acid Spray negative armor increased from 3/4/5/6 to 4/5/6/7

A relatively minor buff which, however, can prove quite handy in helping Alchemist Alchemist to protect allied structures against a heavy push line-up.

Anti-Mage Anti-Mage

  • Base strength increased from 20 to 22

In most cases the extra 38 HP on a hero would be barely noticeable. With Anti-Mage Anti-Mage, however, the effect is going to be stronger since his EHP would increase a little bit more, compared to most other heroes, due to increased magic resistance and high armor value. It is still a minor change by all means, but coupled with a very elusive hero it can make a substantial difference.

Axe Axe

  • Counter Helix chance to activate increased from 17% to 20%
  • Culling Blade no longer ignores Linken's Sphere

An increase in Counter Helix Counter Helix chances is actually a relatively big deal, even if it is only a 3% increase. In many cases an extra hit with it can mean the difference between being able to finish off an enemy/escaping and getting killed. It also makes for a much more reliable mid/jungle hero in lower tier games.

The Culling Blade Culling Blade nerf on the other hand is a extremely situational. Linken's Sphere Linken's Sphere is not the commonest of items and while it can and will disrupt some of the plans for Axe Axe players, this effect will not be observed too frequently.

Bane Bane

  • Aghanim's Scepter Fiend's Grip now also causes anyone who attacks Bane while he is channeling to be afflicted with Nightmare

I am not a big fan of Aghanim's Scepter Aghanim's Scepter on Bane Bane. It is rare that he can pull of all 5 seconds of his ultimate, let alone 7. Now, however, it might be considered a very decent purchase for a support that has suddenly found himself already owning a Blink Dagger Blink Dagger and Black King Bar Black King Bar.

Batrider Batrider

  • Flaming Lasso cooldown increased from 90/70/50 to 90/75/60

Let's be honest - the hero is still among the strongest initiators in the game and a 0/5/10 seconds cooldown increase is not going to change that. It is a compulsory meaningless nerf to a popular hero.

Beastmaster Beastmaster

  • Wild Axes damage type from Composite to Physical
  • Wild Axes damage reduced from 90/120/150/180 to 70/100/130/160
  • Primal Roar side knockback radius increased from 250 to 300
  • Primal Roar side damage same as primary damage now (100/200/300 to 200/250/300)
  • Primal Roar push distance increased from 240 to 300
  • Primal Roar side push duration increased from 0.4 to 0.6

The changes to the Wild Axes Wild Axes go in line with the simplification of the game mechanics and should work more or less the same for all intents and purposes.

The ultimate buff, however, might as well put the hero back on the professional scene radar. While it may seem underwhelming, the increased damage and radius as well as the extra 0.2 seconds of knockback will definitely increase the contribution to the teamfights this hero can offer, especially in the earlier stages of the game.

Bounty Hunter Bounty Hunter

  • Shuriken Toss now bounces to all Tracked units within a 900 range

It is a very cool addition, but it does feel a bit too gimmicky and situational to actually matter in most cases. There are several neat tricks that were otherwise impossible, such as cancelling channeling spells without getting into the danger zone, but we believe that the occurrences of when it is going to be actually necessary are going to be quite infrequent.

Brewmaster Brewmaster

  • Drunken Brawler's critical strike/evasion timer increased from 10 to 16/14/12/10 seconds

Considering the only change when leveling the skill is the chance of crit/evasion it is a very well placed nerf on a hero that has been gaining a bit too much of the very deserved attention.

Centaur Warrunner Centaur Warrunner

  • Stampede mana cost increased from 80 to 100

A nerf worth 1.54 Iron Branch Iron Branch or 77 gold.

Chaos Knight Chaos Knight

  • Phantasm Illusion duration increased from 24 to 34

This buff is really close to being red. A 40% increase in the ultimate uptime is nothing to look down on and in many cases losing a teamfight against Chaos Knight Chaos Knight is going to be a lot more punishing to your structures.

Chen Chen

  • Penitence duration rebalanced from 7 to 5/6/7/8
  • Penitence slow and damage amplification rebalanced from 8/16/24/32 to 14/18/22/26
  • Penitence now amplifies a damage source directly instead of attempting to re-deal a percentage of the damage taken as Physical damage
  • Penitence cast range increased from 600 to 800
  • Holy Persuasion is no longer restricted from targeting Spell Immune neutral creeps
  • Aghanim's Scepter now allows Holy Persuasion to target Ancient Creeps (maximum 1 Ancient Creep per level of Hand of God)

While the first three changes do not necessarily mean a lot to the Penitence Penitence, the range increase might actually make it worth picking it up early.

The Holy Persuasion Holy Persuasion going through magic immunity, on the other hand, is rather huge, especially coupled with the fact that with an upgraded Hand of God Hand of God you can now control ancients. Given successful early push - something this hero excels at, getting your hands on an Aghanim's Scepter Aghanim's Scepter is not out of the question. Imagine the fear in the eyes of your foes when their structures start being sieged by a Black Dragon.

Clinkz Clinkz

  • Searing Arrows is no longer an Attack Modifier

Another one-liner that is worth more than a lot of other changes combined. The possibilities are endless. Even though Orchid Malevolence Orchid Malevolence should still be a priority for a Clinkz player, getting an Orb of Venom Orb of Venom early on to be later built into an Eye of Skadi Eye of Skadi will make the hero a lot stronger. And it is only one of the options.

Clockwerk Clockwerk

  • Hookshot now pulls Clockwerk to neutral creeps normally like any unit

Extra escape capabilities with a trade-off of minor annoyances here and there. An interesting but an insignificant buff.

Crystal Maiden Crystal Maiden

  • Frostbite damage interval from 70 per 1 second to 50 per 0.5 seconds (total damage now 150/200/250/300)
  • Freezing Field explosion radius increased from 230 to 250

I guess everything goes as long as it is not an Intelligence nerf.

Dazzle Dazzle

  • Aghanim's Scepter Weave armor reduction per second increased from 1/1.25/1.5 to 1.25/1.5/1.75

All the more reasons to upgrade the ultimate on this hero. The change in itself is not that impressive, but the difference between upgraded and non-upgraded Weave Weave is too huge to ignore the item.

Death Prophet Death Prophet

  • Exorcism cooldown increased from 115 to 135

Slowing down the pushing without breaking the signature skill on the hero is definitely a good thing, especially considering people are getting more and more fed up with the pushing meta.

Doom Doom

  • Doom now requires Aghanim's Scepter to disable passives
  • Doom ability cast point increased from 0.3 to 0.5

The passive disabling aspect of Doom Doom is heavily underestimated since everyone is just so used to it. Now some heroes will have higher chances of escaping an imminent death. As if we needed an indirect Faceless Void Faceless Void buff.

The cast point getting an extra 0.2 seconds will make the blink initiation with a focus on a priority target a lot harder as well, since it is 0.2 seconds more time for the enemy to react - something that can never be taken out of account.

Drow Ranger Drow Ranger

  • Frost Arrows slow increased from 11/24/37/60 to 15/30/45/60

It is not a very strong buff, but somehow it makes a lot of sense, since the progression is a lot clearer now. The main difference will probably be noticed at the level 3 of an ability, where the actual increase in MS slow is at its largest. And it is rare for a player to skip the final point in an ability instead of maxing it out.

Earthshaker Earthshaker

  • Fissure no longer has unit targeting
  • Fissure is no longer blocked by Linken's Sphere

To be fair, a well-landed Fissure Fissure was always a skillshot, so there isn't a lot of change in this regard. And as already mentioned in the Axe Axe discussion, Linken's Sphere Linken's Sphere is a rather uncommon item for the second part of the changes to really matter.

Elder Titan Elder Titan

  • Added Aghanim's Scepter: Causes units that are pulled in by Earth Splitter to be disarmed in addition to being slowed. Slow/disarm duration increased from 3/4/5 to 4/5/6.
  • Natural Order armor reduction increased from 25/50/75/100% to 40/60/80/100%
  • Natural Order magic resistance reduction increased from 8/16/25/33% to 12/19/26/33%

The ultimate upgrade is probably among the strongest in the game - the disarm mechanics keeps on being heavily underestimated. Considering it goes through magic immunity, the effect in certain cases can be very strong.

The changes to Natural Order Natural Order now makes it a rather great candidate for a value point and opens up some build with a primary or secondary focus on Echo Stomp Echo Stomp - a great setup for an aforementioned great ultimate upgrade.

Enchantress Enchantress

  • Base movement speed increased from 310 to 315

From an absolute perspective this increase can be equaled to a 0.8 seconds of time saving to walk from one side of the map to the other without boots. But Dota is all about relativity and there are cases where this increased speed will allow Enchantress Enchantress to successfully slow an enemy.

Enigma Enigma

  • Midnight Pulse cooldown increased from 25 to 35
  • Black Hole max damage rebalanced from 60/100/140 to 50/100/150
  • Black Hole max damage area of effect increased from 150 to 200
  • Black Hole min damage rebalanced from 30/50/70 to 25/50/75
  • Black Hole min damage area of effect reduced from 500 to 400
  • Black Hole mana cost rebalanced from 250/350/450 to 275/350/425

I don't think anyone has ever though of Black Hole Black Hole as of a damaging spell - it is a great disable that goes through BkB and forces the enemy to constantly stay scattered. The change to the Midnight Pulse Midnight Pulse, however, is a big one. The skill was generally overpowered after the last patch and it is a decent nerf that in no way should discourage people from playing Enigma Enigma. Just try to make it count.

Faceless Void Faceless Void

  • Chronosphere area of effect reduced from 450 to 425
  • Chronosphere flying vision area reduced from 1000 to 425
  • Chronosphere no longer disables passives
  • Chronosphere's effects no longer linger for an extra 0.5 seconds (like normal auras do) at the end of its duration

Some very well-deserved and appropriate nerfs/bug fixes to a hero that urgently needed them.

Gyrocopter Gyrocopter

  • Homing Missile Maximum damage increased from 110/220/330/440 to 125/250/375/500

It is still a value point kind of skill, despite a decent amount of buffs to it in the recent patches. Potentially it can lead to a support Gyrocopter Gyrocopter making a return and it will not be unwelcome.

Huskar Huskar

  • Inner Vitality cooldown reduced from 25 to 25/22/19/16
  • Berserker's Blood attack speed bonus increased from 8/12/16/20 to 14/16/18/20
  • Life Break cooldown reduced from 45/30/15 to 12
  • Life Break damage reduced from 50% to 35%
  • Life Break self damage rebalanced from 40/35/30% to 35%
  • Life Break slow duration rebalanced from 5 to 4/5/6
  • Lifebreak slow rebalanced from 50% to 40/50/60%

Making Berserker's Blood Berserker's Blood actually useful at level 1 is probably one of the best ideas that could help the hero solve some of his problems. Despite a rather serious nerf to his ultimate, overall the changelog for this hero sums up to a sizable buff and a greater versatility in both skillbuild and gameplay choices, potentially opening up additional roles in the team lineup.

Invoker Invoker

  • Tornado flying vision area reduced from 1200 to 600
  • Tornado damage from 2Wex+Quas to 3Wex

A heavy Wex build got a minor nerf and a very interesting buff. By reducing the requirement of Quas for the actual damage dealing, Invoker Invoker players now have an option of getting a single point in it, concentrating on a potentially more painful Exort earlier in the game. It does not necessarily mean the return of QW Invoker, but it certainly helps its viability in certain cases where the usual "pushing" skillbuild makes no sense.

Jakiro Jakiro

  • Dual Breath movement and attack slow rebalanced from 30% to 28/32/36/40%

A rather minor buff that is nonetheless welcome.

Juggernaut Juggernaut

  • The following abilities no longer cancel Blade Fury: Chronosphere, Toss, Black Hole, Global Silence, Doom.
  • Blade Fury cooldown from 30/27/24/21 to 30/26/22/18

An overall situational buff to Blade Fury Blade Fury.

Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Light

  • Mana Leak mana removal percentage increased from 3.5/4/4.5/5 to 5
  • Mana Leak duration increased from 4/5/6/7 to 5/6/7/8
  • Recall can now target invulnerable allies (e.g. allies affected by Song of the Siren)
  • Blinding Light knockback distance from 250 to 400

In a patch where Wraith King Wraith King is so popular, I have always wondered why Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Light is not picked more - he can be considered a direct counter to the hero until he gets his BkB. A very sizable buff to Mana Leak Mana Leak should and will allow for this hero to make a return, especially given the fact that the current meta calls for counter-push heroes like no other.

Kunkka Kunkka

  • X Marks The Spot cooldown from 13 to 14/13/12/11

A very minor buff to an extremely versatile skill that can allow for some crazy dives with little to no risk.

Legion Commander Legion Commander

  • Enabled in Captain's Mode
  • Duel no longer disables passives
  • Overwhelming Odds base damage from 60/100/140/180 to 40/80/120/160
  • Press The Attack mana cost from 80/90/100/110 to 110

An addition of [hero-legion-commander] should not come as a surprise, considering (s)he is available in this mode in the original Dota client. Some nerfs, however, do make her substantially weaker. Since her ultimate - Duel Duel no longer disables passives, she can be considered a weaker pick against heroes like Phantom Assassin Phantom Assassin and Faceless Void Faceless Void, as well as any hero with a bash-based abilities that would otherwise not work.

Some minor nerfs to both Overwhelming Odds Overwhelming Odds and Press The Attack Press The Attack will also tamper with her debut in the professional scene. While the former should not have that huge of an impact, the latter makes both her jungling and laninig significantly harder. Jungling Legion Commander is definitely not the best of ideas, but having at least a point in Press The Attack Press The Attack was a must only because it is one of two spells in the game that can actually dispel stuns.

Leshrac Leshrac

  • Pulse Nova damage increased from 80/120/160 to 100/130/160; Aghanim's Scepter damage from 100/160/220 to 160/190/220
  • Pulse Nova activation cost reduced from 110 to 70/90/110

To be perfectly honest, even despite the buffs, Leshrac Leshrac's ultimate is still a bad option until later into the game simply due to the fact that his other spells are better. We might see ultimate getting skilled at level 6 more and possibly some Aghanim's Scepter Aghanim's Scepters rushes, but it is unlikely to change the preferred skill build for the hero for the most players.

Lich Lich

  • Ice Armor now slows ranged heroes for the full amount (instead of half)

In a meta where almost all core heroes are ranged this change can not be underestimated. It is not necessarily OP now, but it will certainly make things a lot harder for a lot of heroes.

Lina Lina

  • Light Strike Array cast range increased from 600 to 625
  • Light Strike Array stun duration increased from 1.6/1.7/1.8/1.9 to 1.6/1.8/2/2.2

Obligatory Lina Lina buffs. This time with a rather different flavor, but quite insignificant nonetheless.

Lion Lion

  • Earth Spike damage increased from 60/130/200/260 to 80/140/200/260

A very minor improvement to Lion Lion early game.

Lone Druid Lone Druid

  • Spirit Bear now has 300 mana
  • Spirit Bear using Hand of Midas now grants the XP to Lone Druid

This update is going to completely destroy a small amount of pubs with people going Double Midas (a terrible idea in most cases) and the availability of a dagon build on the Summon Spirit Bear Summon Spirit Bear.

Lycan Lycan

  • Shapeshift no longer grants 1.5 Base Attack Time
  • Shapeshift cooldown increased from 100/70/40 to 120/90/60
  • Shapeshift speed increased from 522 to 650
  • Shapeshift now has a 1.5 seconds transformation time

I believe the BAT increase should have very little effect on the hero effectiveness in engaging enemies, since in most cases they are laready running away or trying to disable you, rather than fighting you face-to-face. An increased cooldown, while significant, should not generally tamper with a rather "ratty" Lycan gameplay.

The speed increase coupled with the transformation time, however, feel like they are definitely going to shake things up a bit. In many cases it is going to be significantly harder to escape as a Lycan Lycan, since you no longer have this "run-away" button. At the same time, having a speed that exceeds the maximum movement speed for many heroes is certainly a big plus, especially coupled with the fact that the effect should transition to summons as well. All in all - a very interesting series of nerfs/buff that I personally can't wait to see in game.

Magnus Magnus

  • Empower is no longer removed by Spell Immunity
  • Empower mana cost increased from 40 to 30/40/50/60

The Spell Immunity dispel on Empower Empower was a lot more punishing that a lot of people tend to think - activating your BKB was always a trade-off between extra damage and safety from disables. In many cases (e.g. Sven Sven) it was a very difficult choice to make.

The Mana Cost rescale, on the other hand, should not have a major impact on the general gameplay, with the exception of, possibly, early single point in it to enhance farming being a little bit more spammable.

Medusa Medusa

  • Mana Shield damage absorption rate increased from 50% to 60%
  • Mystic Snake outgoing speed increased from 633 to 800
  • Mystic Snake return speed reduced from 833 to 800
  • Mystic Snake mana steal increased from 20/30/40/50 to 20/35/50/65

The Mana Shield Mana Shield changes alone should and will make Medusa Medusa a very viable pick. While seemingly minor, and extra 10% damage reduction is nonetheless strong, but will chew through your mana a little bit faster.

The increased speed on snake will make landing them on an enemy hero a lot easier, while the mana return increase should allow for some lane spam of the ability. In certain situations, Medusa Medusa can be a very good hero in a crowded lane situation.

Meepo Meepo

  • Meepo clones' boot item slots now match whichever slot Meepo Prime has his boots in

Coming from someone who occasionally messes up hotkeys for the items, this change is a huge one.

Mirana Mirana

  • Leap speed reduced from 2000 to 1600
  • Leap distance rebalanced from 630/720/780/870 to 600/700/800/900

A speed decrease on Leap Leap is not something people should ignore. Not only is it easier to disable her mid-flight, but it also makes chasing her a little bit easier. Coupled with the fact that the earlier levels of the ability now have a shorter range, it can be stated that overall it is a significant nerf to her offlane presence and survivability.

Nature's Prophet Nature's Prophet

  • Nature's Call Treant magic resistance reduced from 20% to 0%

It is a general theme of the patch - making early push heroes not lose their ability to push effectively, but making it possible for the enemy team to react earlier. A 20% increase in Magic Damage taken should not be overlooked, especially in situations where you are facing heroes like Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Light.

Necrophos Necrophos

  • Reaper's Scythe added respawn time penalty from 30% to a constant 30 seconds

I feel like a lot of people are going to overlook this change, however the early game kills by Necrophos Necrophos will allow for a lot of liberty and having buyback in this stage by the enemy can be considered crucial, as otherwise a lot of towers/objectives will be taken with very little opposition. Granted, you actually need to kill someone with a rather mediocre ability at level 6, but it is really worth it.

Night Stalker Night Stalker

  • Hunter in the Night attack speed increased from 45/55/65/75 to 45/60/75/90
  • Darkness duration increased from 25/50/80 to 40/60/80

While the AS increase is a nice addition, it is really the prolonged night that takes the cake in the Night Stalker Night Stalker changes. Being able to be relevant for longer periods of time can make all the difference between snowballing out of control and becoming a dead weight for your team.

Ogre Magi Ogre Magi

  • Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 2.5
  • Fireblast damage reduced from 80/145/210/275 to 60/120/180/240
  • 2x Multicast chance increased from 25/40/50 to 40/50/60%
  • Multicast spread interval increased from 0.3 to 0.4 (affects Ignite and Fireblast)

Ogre Magi has been ignored by professionals and pub players alike for way too long and this patch can certainly change that. An increased Hp regeneration can help him re-discover himself in an offlane position, while the increased chances and spread on multicast will make him a lot more reliable and won't make level 1 ultimate useless.

It is going to be interesting to see this hero in this set up with a potential access to more XP, since it was one of the main problems on the hero - he really needs levels to be effective. Given the fact that he also has a really great starting armor value, it will be quite hard to kill him without a decent amount of burst magical damage early on. And even though I am usually against heroes that have a random factor built into their spells, I feel extremely excited to see Ogre Magi being played in a professional setup.

Omniknight Omniknight

  • Base armor increased by 1
  • Purification damage area of effect increased from 240 to 260

A "please notice me" patch to a hero that already had an incredible Win Rate in public matchmaking, but gets persistently ignored by the pros. These changes do not necessarily do much on their own, but they catch people's attention, and it is good.

Outworld Devourer Outworld Devourer

  • Essence Aura chance to activate increased from 10/20/30/40% to 40%
  • Essence Aura percentage of mana restored reduced from 25% to 10/15/20/25%
  • Aghanim's Scepter Sanity's Eclipse now always triggers the mana drain

I am generally a very huge fan of the Lower risk - Lower reward approach, as it promotes consistency and makes the game generally less random and a lot more about skill. And the changes to the Outworld Devourer Outworld Devourer's aura is something I feel can really make the hero a lot more viable in certain lineups.

The upgrade, while a bit lackluster on its own (except for some extreme cases), can be comboed really well with a multitude of spells possessed by other heroes, such as Anti-Mage Anti-Mage or Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Light.

Phantom Assassin Phantom Assassin

  • Blur minimap hide now has the opposite effect, and is active when no enemies are near

It might seem a rather small and irrelevant change, and it is such in most cases for professional reasons where communication patterns are well established. In a public matchmaking setup, however, where communication is virtually non-existent, this change will make navigating during a teamfight easier, while the attacks from PA herself a bit sneakier. For someone who is extremely used to using minimap at any stage of the game in any situation, I have always found the PA minimap disappearance annoying during a fight. And I feel that with this change it is going to get a bit more annoying.

Phoenix Phoenix

  • Added Aghanim's Scepter: Allows Phoenix to cast Supernova on an allied hero, bringing both into the Sun to be reborn together. This does not refresh either hero's ultimate. 500 cast range. If the Sun is destroyed, both heroes will die.

The way I see it, in many cases this ability can be used to refresh really long cooldown spells that are not ultimates - triple Tombstone Tombstone with a refresher does sound scary for many reasons. Additionally, in an event where the ally is probably going to die anyways, it can allow for a spectacular comeback in a given fight, especially if the saved ally was under an effect of some really strong disable, such as Chronosphere Chronosphere.

Pudge Pudge

  • Turn Rate improved from 0.5 to 0.7

A lot of people underestimate the importance of turn rate for skill shots when calculating the expected position of an enemy and a possible intersection. An increase turn rate on a hero that recently had a moment of fame in some of the Na'Vi games is pretty interesting and it could lead to a very strange side-effect, where experienced players might actually have a disadvantage due to the fact that the old habits die hard, while newer ones will easily get accustomed to more fluid and responsive animations.

Puck Puck

  • Dream Coil no longer ignores invisible units or Illusions
  • Aghanim's Scepter Dream Coil snap stun now pierces Spell Immunity
  • Aghanim's Scepter Dream Coil snap stun duration increased from 1.5/2.25/3 to 1.5/3/4.5

For many reasons I believe that any addition of the Spell Immunity penetration deserves an immediate red marker - I am the type of person who would never feel like I have wasted 4k gold to get extra 6 seconds of Spell Immunity - the effect is just too strong.

The possibilities with the skill, therefore, are endless, since it can allow all of your team to escape an otherwise very punishable engagement or get some really needed kills for a comeback - 4.5 stun is nothing to look down on and while it is still going to be hard to make the enemy actually get stunned, their mobility is going to be severely limited.

Pugna Pugna

  • Life Drain can now be targeted on allies, allowing Pugna to drain his own life into them

Weirdly fitting for a hero and opens up a lot of potential later in the game. A chain of healing from Io Io to a target can allow Pugna Pugna to stay a really long way behind while granting a single ally a massive regeneration.

Queen of Pain Queen of Pain

  • Base Attack Time improved from 1.7 to 1.6
  • Removed unit targeting from Sonic Wave
  • Sonic Wave final area of effect increased from 300 to 450

Some really great all-around buffs that will not necessarily make QoP a viable pick, but can make her situationally effective. A BAT decrease is one of the things that is rather hard to analyze, however in this case, with relatively good progression of both agility and intelligence, the hero can turn out to be a very strong rightclicker in the later stages of the game, especially considering innate mobility.

Razor Razor

  • Plasma Field minimum damage from 60/100/140/180 to 30/50/70/90
  • Static Link no longer ignores Linken's Sphere
  • Static Link mana cost from 20/30/40/50 to 50
  • Eye of the Storm no longer lingers through aegis reincarnation

Some decent nerfs that will make Razor Razor weaker in certain situations, while he remains one of the most desirable picks. The changes are significant enough to make a certain difference, but will not break the hero.

Shadow Demon Shadow Demon

  • Soul Catcher now amplifies damage by 20/30/40/50% instead of attempting to re-deal 20/30/40/50% of the damage as Pure damage
  • Aghanim's Scepter Demonic Purge charges increased from 2 to 3

The former can be considered more of a bug fix, rather than a buff, but it does mean that it now goes through magic immunity in case the source of the damage is physical, which does make a lot of sense.

The latter, I believe, is already extremely powerful and adding an extra charge can and will make kiting enemy heroes a trivial task.

Shadow Fiend Shadow Fiend

  • Necromastery soul cap increased from 12/20/28/36 to 15/22/29/36
  • Requiem of Souls debuff is now applied when the wave hits units instead of in a slightly smaller area independently
  • Requiem of Souls slow increased from 20% to 25%

While these changes do look like they matter, they really don't. No one is going to pay attention given a new arcana item and a model rework.

Joking aside, the Necromastery Necromastery buff could be exactly what this hero needed to make a comeback. Being able to get +30 damage with a single level of the ability will certainly make some choices in skill build easier to make. It will also help greatly in a mid vs. mid situation, since denies just got a lot more powerful.

Shadow Shaman Shadow Shaman

  • Shackles mana cost rebalanced from 110/130/155/185 to 140/150/160/170
  • Mass Serpent Ward cooldown increased from 110 to 120

While seemingly minor, the Shackles Shackles mana cost progression will severely tamper with some of the early game presence of the hero, especially considering it is a general practice to get no more than 1 level of it, until all other abilities are maxed out.

The 10 seconds increase in ultimate cooldown is another thing that should make pushing just a little bit slower, so that it is viable, but not as punishing.

Silencer Silencer

  • Glaives of Wisdom percent intelligence to damage from 30/45/60/75 to 30/48/66/84
  • Global Silence mana cost from 250/350/450 to 250/375/500

Given the fact the Glaives of Wisdom Glaives of Wisdom deals pure damage the equivalent of a double damage rune when using it will be an appropriate comparison. And it is a lot of damage, even if it is not coupled with any damage boosting items.

The ultimate mana cost increase, on the other hand, should not have any major impact on the gameplay.

Skywrath Mage Skywrath Mage

  • Concussive Shot movement slow rebalanced from 40% to 30/35/40/45%
  • Concussive Shot is now disjointable
  • Mystic Flare damage is now dealt over 2.2 seconds instead of 2 seconds

A variety of small changes that combined actually make the hero decently weaker, but without going overboard. The fact that the slow now scales and can be disjointed can and will make the lives of the heroes being ganked by Skywrath Mage Skywrath Mage a lot easier.

Slardar Slardar

  • Slithereen Crush stun duration increased from 1/1.5/2/2.5 to 1.6/1.9/2.2/2.5

Level 1 and 2 of the ability got a very serious buff that will certainly help out the hero to be what he excels at being - a very major threat in the early stages of the game. Problem is, you will still want to max out the skill by level 7 and the time window for when this will actually matter is rather narrow.

At the same time, it does open up interesting possibilities for a roaming support Slardar Slardar. Coupled with a reliable disable/slow the ganking potential can be devastating.

Slark Slark

  • Slark is no longer visible inside Chronosphere during Shadow Dance

A rather situational, albeit strong buff. Given the fact that the popularity of Faceless Void Faceless Void is going to decrease, even if slightly, it is too situational to deserve further investigation.

Sniper Sniper

  • Headshot now causes a 0.5 second 100% MS and AS slow instead of a 0.25 second stun
  • Shrapnel area of effect increased from 400 to 450

I honestly have no idea what was going through the mind of a game designer that decided to take away the signature skill of one of the pubs favorite heroes. While not necessarily being a nerf in every imaginable situation, it does severely limit the interrupting potential of the hero, which makes him a worse pick against lineups that include strong channeling spells.

The buff to Shrapnel Shrapnel on the other hand is definitely not unwelcome. The radius on it is now officially massive and it can be used to stop pushes/push, again, opening some interesting possibilities in different roles.

Overall, I feel like the issue of the Shrapnel Shrapnel being almost completely ignored is being forced too hard and these changes will need some time to get used to.

Spectre Spectre

  • Spectral Dagger movement speed change increased from 5/9/14/18% to 8/12/16/20%
  • Spectral Dagger projectile speed reduced from 857 to 800

Some minor tweaks to a spell. Level 1 Spectral Dagger Spectral Dagger is not completely useless anymore, but there is not a lot to discuss here.

Spirit Breaker Spirit Breaker

  • Charge of Darkness cooldown reduced from 35 to 12
  • Charge of Darkness cooldown is now triggered when Charge hits its target or is cancelled, instead of when cast
  • Empowering Haste can now be cast to improve the Aura by 50% for 6 seconds. 20 second cooldown. After it is used, the aura is 50% weaker while the ability is on cooldown.
  • Greater Bash damage from 10/20/30/40% to 22/28/34/40% of movement speed

Greater Bash Greater Bash is now a value point kind of skill, while Charge of Darkness Charge of Darkness and Empowering Haste Empowering Haste got some well deserved buffs/reworks. A great utility/initiation hero incoming.

Storm Spirit Storm Spirit

  • Ball Lightning mana cost per 100 units from 10 + 1% to 12 + 0.7%

Spamming short-ranged Ball Lightning Ball Lightning is now more punishing to the mana pool, but there is now a possibility to travel longer distances for less. It is going to be interesting to see an actual impact on the gameplay.

Sven Sven

  • Added Aghanim's Scepter: While activated, God's Strength grants an allied aura (900 area of effect) for 40/60/80% of base damage.

Support Sven Sven can definitely be a thing now.

Templar Assassin Templar Assassin

  • Psionic Trap cooldown from 11/9/7 to 11/8/5

At level 3 of the ability it is now possible to almost permanently slow an enemy. Given the nature and magnitude of the slow, it is a very strong addition to the arsenal of TA.

Terrorblade Terrorblade

  • Enabled in Captain's Mode
  • Sunder cast point improved from 0.5 to 0.35

A very strong buff and a Captains Mode debut. The hero should be extremely powerful in the capable hands of someone like EE-sama and I am extremely excited to see him in action.

Tidehunter Tidehunter

  • Anchor Smash damage reduction reduced from 60% to 45/50/55/60%

A very sizable buff that will prevent Tidehunter Tidehunter allowing themselves to be extremely aggressive in an offlane. Given that the skill is usually maxed first, it should reaming the same for all intents and purposes after the laning stage is over.

Timbersaw Timbersaw

  • Added Aghanim's Scepter: Grants Timbersaw a second Chakram.

Latest changes to the map have already decreased the forestation in certain regions. Did we really need a second Chakram flying around as well?

Tinker Tinker

  • March of the Machines no longer affects Spell Immune units

I can't think of any way to write down a diabolic laugh without it looking obnoxious. But that was definitely my first reaction when I saw this change.

Troll Warlord Troll Warlord

  • Ranged Whirling Axes cooldown from 20 to 20/19/18/17 seconds
  • Acquisition Range increased from 600 to 800

Meh...

Tusk Tusk

  • Ice Shards no longer stops when it hits a hero
  • Ice Shards now travels until the cast location and creates its blockade there
  • Ice Shards cast range increased from 1500 to 1800
  • Ice Shards no longer destroys trees
  • Snowball bonus speed per hero increased from 75 to 100
  • Allies can now click in the snowball to jump into it

I really don't know how to feel about the Ice Shards Ice Shards rework. On one hand, with an increased travel distance and potential to hit multiple enemies it is now a much better nuke. But the trade off is the inability to block an opponent on demand, which I find quite depressing.

The snowball buff, on the other hand, might be able to sort this out, since with greater travel speed comes lower risk.

Undying Undying

  • Tombstone area of effect increased from 400/600/800/1000 to 600/800/1000/1200
  • Aghanim's Scepter Flesh Golem damage amplification increased by 5% at all levels, both min and max
  • Flesh Golem slow aura increased from 9% to variable from 5% to 15%, based on distance to Undying (same mechanic as the damage amplification)

Some really nice all-around buffs. I believe the new and improved Tombstone Tombstone is a good enough reason for the pick of this hero, since disabling blinks was never that easy.

Vengeful Spirit Vengeful Spirit

  • Nether Swap range increased from 650/925/1200 to 700/950/1200

A very small improvement that has a potential to have a very huge impact.

Venomancer Venomancer

  • Poison Nova applies its debuff on Spell Immune enemies

The fact that you no longer have to wait to use your Poison Nova Poison Nova if you are accidentally late to a party can greatly contribute to the viability of the hero. It is a really strong buff that will definitely show itself in the matches to come.

Viper Viper

  • Corrosive Skin now only affects enemies within 1400 area of effect
  • Corrosive Skin damage cannot be reflected multiple times

No more Morphling Morphling [missing skill: morphling-replicate-5057] bullshit. More of a bug fix, rather than a balance patch, but can still change certain interactions with global spells.

Visage Visage

  • Familiar Stone Form cooldown from 30 to 26

It is not a strong buff, but it is going to be noticeable. I like it.

Warlock Warlock

  • Fatal Bonds now shares the same damage type that is dealt to it, before it is reduced
  • Fatal Bonds damage percentage from 20% to 25%
  • Golem attack range increased from 100 to 225
  • Golem Base Attack Time improved from 1.35 to 1.2
  • Golem HP regeneration increased from 15/20/25 to 15/30/45
  • Golem Immolation area of effect increased from 250 to 300
  • Golem Flaming Fists chance reduced from 60% to 40%

Some really strong all-around buffs and an appropriate nerf to the Golem. Overall, it does not touch what is so great about Warlock Warlock - Upheaval Upheaval.

Weaver Weaver

  • The Swarm duration increased from 8/12/16/20 to 14/16/18/20
  • Shukuchi no longer ignores invisible units
  • Shukuchi damage reduced from 90/110/130/150 to 75/100/125/150
  • Geminate Attack can now proc items
  • Geminate Attack cooldown increased from 6/5/4/2.5 to 6/5/4/3

To be perfectly honest, Weaver Weaver has always been a very strong offlane hero with a lot of potential for aggression due to high amount of burst damage, coupled with a really good escape mechanics. While the latter remained untouched, the former got nerfed for the initial stages of the game, which is a good, especially if you are a support player.

The item proc on Geminate Attack Geminate Attack is incredibly interesting and it is not before long that we shall see some really interesting builds.

Windranger Windranger

  • Shackleshot max latch distance from 525 to 575
  • Windrun duration increased from 2.75/3.5/4.25/5.0 to 3/4/5/6

The hero is still heavily outclassed by other support and offlane heroes alike, however an increased latch range on Shackleshot Shackleshot is something I really need to try out for myself before driving a conclusion.

Witch Doctor Witch Doctor

  • Maledict area of effect increased from 165 to 180
  • Death Ward bounces now behave the same as the Death Ward attacks with regards to Blademail (neither redirects damage to Witch Doctor)

A couple of great buffs to a hero that will desperately need them once Faceless Void Faceless Void falls out of favor.

Wraith King Wraith King

  • Reincarnation mana cost increased from 140 to 160

Get one extra Iron Branch Iron Branch and pretend nothing has happened.

Zeus Zeus

  • Static Field area of effect increased from 1000 to 1200

Depending on whether it does or does not disable Blink Dagger Blink Dagger this change can be either considered good or excellent. Still, a realy nice addition to an underused hero.

Closing Comments

That is it for now. We will be releasing the next parts of the patch analysis in the days to follow, so stay tuned.

As always, thank you for reading!

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49 коментара
Androgynous

    orb of venom and skadi already stack with searing arrows before the change though

    Reyals

      Soul ring can't save WK when out of mana anymore.

      Aria

        puck's ags going through magic immunity is more important than a pheonix ulti refreshing 3 skills of 2 heroes.. LMAO

        Talem

          No thoughts on Treant Protector yet?

          tzar bomba

            where is earth spirit >:l

            Monja

              Tidehunter : "A very sizable buff" -- mistype I guess.

              Marcus Butthurticus

                Yes, like we needed more Aghs supports. Fuck this patch.

                schnee

                  the red on meepo? seriously? after reaching that part I'm starting to have doubts. I guess the competitive scene is what makes the standard so we'll see. Still nice blog

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                  Crusty

                    Tinker change should absolutely be red, that is a huge nerf coupled with the changes to Dagon and eblade... They effectively killed the 1-2 position tinker

                    Radio Free Zerg

                      I disagree on the Troll Warlord "Meh" i think these are huge buffs to him and now hes gonna be alot more viable. Im saying this since troll warlord excels in situations where he can chase down squishy heroes who got out of position.

                      Kurwa

                        2nd Paragraph 7th word "ting"
                        This patch is probably the biggest ting...

                        Sw!zZ-Pii

                          Undying & Timbersaw = gg?

                          hamelnFlutist

                            No Riki rebalancing?

                            Señor Mango

                              the aghs upgrade on timber seems obscene since theres better items for him to get.
                              buut it will also b rewarding for getting multi kills, i wonder how u will return whichever chackram u want

                              JUICY J

                                lol patch analysis and no mention of the double rune or map change.. wp.

                                gu3st

                                  The Alch change is more related to the change to damage types. It slightly buffs auto attacks in the acid, but overall it's equal damage.

                                  SmallStepsCorrupt

                                    I wonder why you didn't cover the new XP & Gold rewards for killing heroes. This shit is crazy, I think that's the most important thing in 6.82 along with the map changes and runes.

                                    GenKali

                                      Geminate Attack can now proc items <- Not sure what this means : just crit, sange, mjoll and such, or any orb effects?

                                      Feeder Chan

                                        For storm spirit you're reading the patch wrong, it doesn't matter if short range or long range the change effects equally. What doesn't change is point blank ball lightning which is both set pre and post patch at 15 + 7% total mana pool. Lets say at level 6 (468 mana) with no items you want to ball x units starts with the initial mana cost which is 32.76 than + 14.68 every 100 units pre patch, or 15.276. Now for 100 units it's 47.44 mana pre patch, and 48.036. As you can see it's less than 1 mana difference for just 100 unit difference.

                                        Now for 1000 it's 179.56 pre patch, and 185.52 post patch, a difference of 5.96. Keep in mind this is a naked storm spirit at level 6, and actually becomes a buff once Storm Spirit gains 199 mana from either Int, raw Mana or combination. To reach the 199 mana threshold at level 6 can be reached by just from arcane boots or 15.307692307692307692307692307692 bonus int, but for now lets just stick with exactly at 667 mana pool (468 base at level 6 + 199). For every 100 units it's 16.67 pre patch and 16.669 post patch, which is only a difference of 0.001 for every 100 units. While it's only a minor buff, it gets better as mana pool gets larger. For example at 1k mana pool it's 20 vs 19 for every 100 units, 2k mana pool it's 30 vs 26.

                                        So basically the change storm spirit is virtually a minor buff and only "nerf" for early game storm spirit if he gets shut down or some how gets his mana pool get lowered.

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                                        Umu

                                          Interesting how sniper was so annoying for 5th position supports. Now he just become another hero which all u need for countering him is a tp scroll (AND they even made it cheaper~). And i think riki is just nerfed really bad...a simple sentry will kill him many many many many many times as he has no way to get close before lvl6.

                                          Young Zelda

                                            Silencer's glaives of wisdom buff seems a little disturbing - and this is coming from someone who plays Silencer a lot.

                                            Jella

                                              The March change should definitely be Red, not Yellow

                                              H3n

                                                nah even a nerf on march wont stop tinker to get a lot of farm, though its kinda hurt tinker farming ability a bit since he cannot farms ancient anymore, but his ability to burst damage on heroes were seriously tampered with changes and nerf on EB + Dagon

                                                High Impact Crippling Dep...

                                                  Anchor Smash damage reduction reduced from 60% to 45/50/55/60%
                                                  A very sizable "BUFF" that will prevent Tidehunter allowing themselves to be extremely aggressive in an offlane. Given that the skill is usually maxed first, it should reaming the same for all intents and purposes after the laning stage is over.
                                                  You are welcome

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                                                  Tryxtira

                                                    Hi! I want to attest the change of Clockwerk and argue that it is not such a small change. In many cases it will make for much safer splitpushing and farming since you can almost always Hookshot away to safety considering you're almost always in range of jungle creeps or your own creeps. I think it will make an already strong hero a bit stronger.

                                                    Original.MeowMeow <3

                                                      wtfomg lycan speed 650 xD

                                                      Shake n' Baked

                                                        "Reincarnation mana cost increased from 140 to 160
                                                        Get one extra Iron Branch Iron Branch and pretend nothing has happened."

                                                        No. Ever heard of mana burning? WK can't save himself with soul ring anymore, this is a pretty significant opening for WK counterplay now.

                                                        Выношу мусор

                                                          SLARK MUST BE BEST LATE HERO :DDD SLARK SLARK SLARK

                                                          Singaberenang

                                                            here comes clinkz deso

                                                            MJ420

                                                              clinkz deso i'll miss my wins

                                                              Artix

                                                                Anti-Mage is so OP now.

                                                                SHITCROWS

                                                                  Nice analysis, even though I do not necessarily agree with some points.

                                                                  #12

                                                                    Nice post thanks for spending the time to write these. There are a few mistakes though, OoV and Eye already work on clinkz, since searing arrows is just an orb (like life steal) when auto cast and OoV/Eye are just debuffs. The thing with Storm's ult is also off, the change is that it will now cost more mana to travel any distance if you have a small mana pool, and less mana to travel any distance if you have a large mana pool. It doesn't matter if you are spaming it or not. finally the change to LC's ult is not strictly a debuff, since it will now allow her to benefit from some new items during dual, UMA's, basher, HH and so on.

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                                                                    Gustaphos

                                                                      What about new rune, map edits, roshan location change, 2 runes every 2 minutes and the new item.

                                                                      Azraelalpha

                                                                        No opinion on Bloodseeker's ULTRA NERF?

                                                                        Инстинкт ПОПКИ!

                                                                          Pl 1 luv

                                                                          Isit

                                                                            Tide seems like a nerf to me. Not a buff.

                                                                            `Ahin

                                                                              Necrophos is shit... 30secs? hell no..

                                                                              FDGDFHFJHFJFJ

                                                                                Nothing about brokingass pl

                                                                                Fr0$t

                                                                                  wow
                                                                                  That March of machine change is not a RED for u
                                                                                  Amazing

                                                                                  Oatmeal Cookie

                                                                                    stopped read when you mentioned skadi possibility on clinkz. it was already possible before orb change.

                                                                                    Dominator Sans

                                                                                      Some changes were ignored like Damage type changes on Diabolic Edict, Agha Laguna Blade and Land Mines. This analysis is incomplete.

                                                                                      AHungryEminem

                                                                                        Analysis is pretty bad. Most of the changes not only affect the heroes' performance but also their effectiveness overall. The 20% chance for counter helix makes axe more viable for offlane than before, especially when creep skipping. Techies having his suicide and land mines being changed to physical damage and the nerf to suicide's damage is very significant, making the hero less useful as the game progresses and requiring him to get levels ASAP. March change is the most significant change, completely destroying Tinker as a hero for the competitive scene. heck, spend the gold on pipe and BKB then u can push up high ground easily. Bloodseeker is in the same boat as tinker. Even if he were allowed in captains' mode, blood would not be picked at all. The changes just destroyed what the hero can do. PL now is just shit. Nerf to stats and changes to skill made a huge change to what he can do. Now he has more early-mid presence than before. Skadi on clinkz is ancient news. DESO on clinkz is something new. So many things you neglected to expand upon based on what was available. TB in cm is nothing; the hero can be kited and needs as much if not more farm than medusa to come online. Honestly, I think that you haven't played dota for more than 2 years to make such a pathetic analysis.

                                                                                        Ze'us

                                                                                          where is my techies ! You racist BloG!

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                                                                                          Saban2020

                                                                                            What about PL's new passive... Makes running away impossible practically?

                                                                                            Fonzzz

                                                                                              WHERE IS EARTH SPIRIT GUYS

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                                                                                                Hydrocharged

                                                                                                  Interesting to go back and read these old logs, especially looking at opinions of Bloodseeker, as I think it was probably the biggest buff that we've seen to any hero from a single patch. Reading these comments, though, would make it seem like he became absolute garbage lol