Data guzzlers from around the world started downloading the Dota 2 patch 6.79. Not about bug fixes, this patch was purely about shifting the balance in Dota 2. With extensive changes put into place, this may just turn the Dota 2 meta on its head.
Let’s look at some of the changes. The day/night cycle is now four minutes instead of six. With that change in day/night cycle, Drow Ranger, Mirana, Puck, Leshrac, Enchantress, Ancient Apparition, Meepo and Treant Protector all have the standard 800 night vision. Roshan respawns at a random time between 8-11 minutes after death, and when the Aegis expires unused, it heals the hero fully over five seconds. There is a change to gold – starting gold has increased, as has gold income rate and the gold earned from ending a spree and tower last hit.
The biggest changes are hero and item specific – Pudge can buy Blink Dagger, Riki doesn’t lose invisibility when casting spells or using an item, and Tranquil Boots have been completely changed. Io’s tether now does -100% MS/AS slow instead of a stun while Meepo gets his first clone earlier and last clone later. The list goes on and on – just about every hero and item has been buffed or nerfed. This means new combinations and build orders are coming.
You can check out the full patch notes here – are you pleased with the changes, or has your entire strategy and knowhow been undone?