Dota 2 23rd May Patch – Content Analysis

May 24th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 test patch brings the arrival of the much loved double headed buffoon, Ogre Magi.  You can view the full changelog here

Front End Changes

As well as the arrival of Ogre Magi we’ve some huge updates to the UI and a couple of updates to older hero models, Chen is the latest hero to have his textures/portrait/look redone.

UI Updates

This week’s update finally brings the arrival of the new card based hero/loadout selection system and a completely new version of the dashboard.

The New Dashboard

The base dashboard has been completely redone and now matches the same style of UI that we got with the newest version of the in game interface.

The background for the new dashboard:

The New Hero Selection System

The card based hero selection system has finally been released, after being in the client files for a number of months we now have the updated selection system, although we’re still missing the loadout aspect of the HUD which allows you to equip cosmetic items on your hero.

The new selection system allows you to favourite heroes.

There are a number of different filters built into the new selection system, for example the heroes you do best with, recently played heroes, your favourites and heroes you have cosmetic items for.

There are also filters for the different hero roles and attack types (melee vs range).

The new selection system also lets you suggest heroes for your team mates to pick.

There is also a grid based system which lets you see a “Guess Who” style layout of the hero cards, this is particularly useful in Random Draft mode.

Other UI Updates

The top bar will now display a disconnection symbol over the hero’s icon when the player has disconnected.

You can now fill the private game player slots with individual bots allowing you to select a specific difficulty for each one.

Hero Updates

We’ve a couple more hero updates this week with Chen being the latest hero to have his textures redone.

Chen’s Hero Update

Chen is the latest hero to receive a fresh new look/texture update and a new hero icon.

New Chen:

Old Chen:

Sandking’s Hero Update

Small update to the Sandking’s textures, his eyes now stand out more.

Lion’s Hero Update

Lion’s selection icon has been updated to reflect his recent model update.

Back End Changes

A number of extra back end changes in this week’s patch, updates to the unreleased hero portraits, another new courier and some new music stingers.

Updated Strings

There are now references to “Battle Points”, these are gained by playing matches, increase the player’s profile level and can also help increase your cosmetic item drop rates.

    "DOTA_BATTLE_POINTS"  "Battle Points"
    "DOTA_Scoreboard_Header_Battle_Level"  "BATTLE LEVEL"

    "DOTA_Chat_DropRateBonus"    "%s1 increases the <font color='#FFD700'>Battle Points</font> points earned by all players in this match by <b><font color='#FFD700'>%s2%</font></b>!"

We’ve more updates to the in game team system’s strings, I expect this system to be released sometime soon now that we’ve the new dashboard.

    "DOTA_Community_CreateTeamCaps"    "CREATE TEAM"
    "DOTA_Community_ManageTeam"    "Manage Team"
    "Team_Create_Header"        "CREATE YOUR TEAM!"
    "Team_Create_Desc"          "Create a team of 5 people to show off your name and logo in practice lobbies.nnComing Soon: Team Profile with your team's match history."
    "Team_Create_Full_Name"     "Please enter the Full Name of the team you want to create: "
    "Team_Create_Tag"           "Please enter a Tag/Abbreviation for your team:"
    "Team_Create_Logo"          "Upload team logo:"
    "Team_Browse_Logo"          "Click the BROWSE button below to select a rectangular logo. It must be at least 250 x 150 pixels."
    "My_Team_Header"            "MY TEAM"
    "Team_Members_Header"       "TEAM MEMBERS"
    "Team_Edit_Logo"            "EDIT LOGO"
    "Team_Invitation"      "TEAM INVITATION"

    "DOTA_TeamInviteAccept_Success_Message"              "Congratulations. You have joined %s1. You will now be able to view your team in the TEAM tab."
    "DOTA_TeamLogo_Error_Header"                  "Failed to change logo"
    "DOTA_TeamLogo_Error_Unspecified"                "A problem occurred while attempting to change your team logo. Please try again."

    "DOTA_TeamDisband_Confirmation_Message"              "Do you wish to disband %s1? You will not be able to undo this action."

    "DOTA_Team_Invite_Accepted_Desc"                "New team members will appear in the 'Manage Team' area under the TEAM tab."

String updates for the new card based hero selection system.

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Msg_Desc_Favorites"  "You haven't chosen any favorite heroes yet. To mark a hero as a favorite, click on the Star in the top left of the hero's card. You can mark up to 10 heroes as your favorites at any time. It's a great tool for marking down a set of heroes that you'd like to improve with."
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Msg_Desc_Suggestions"  "Here you would be able to see heroes that other players on your team suggest you play, if any had been suggested. To suggest a hero to the other members of your team, click on the Suggest Hero flag. You can suggest up to two heroes at a time."

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Title"      "Hero Suggestions"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Text"      "Here you can see heroes suggested by your team. You can suggest a hero to your team by clicking on the Suggest button on the Hero's card."
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Hero_Title"  "%s1"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Hero_Text1"  "Suggested by: %s1"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Hero_Text2"  "Suggested by: %s1, and %s2"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Hero_Text3"  "Suggested by: %s1, %s2, and %s3"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Hero_Text4"  "Suggested by: %s1, %s2, %s3, and %s4"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Suggest_Hero_Text5"  "Suggested by: %s1, %s2, %s3, %s4, and %s5"

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Random_Title"    "Random Selection"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Random_Text"    "Allow the game to randomly select a hero for you. You will be granted a bonus of 250 extra starting gold."
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Repick_Title"    "Repick your Hero"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Repick_Text"    "Go back and select a different hero. You forfeit 100 of your starting gold, and you lose any extra gold you earned by randoming. You may only repick once per game."
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Suggest_Title"    "Suggest Hero"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Suggest_Text"    "Tell your team that you think it's a good idea for someone to play this hero. You can suggest up to 2 heroes at a time."
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Favorite_Title"    "Favorite Hero"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_TT_Favorite_Text"    "Mark this hero as one of your favorites. You can mark up to 10 favorites at a time."

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Pick_InGame"      "Pick"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Pick_Loadout"      "Customize"

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_RD_Soon"        "It will be your turn to pick soon."
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_RD_Next"        "You will be picking next!"

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Intro_Header"    "SELECT A HERO"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_Intro_Body"    "Scroll through heroes using your mouse or the arrow keys.nnJump directly to a hero by typing its name.nnHit ALT + Enter to quickly confirm your selection.nnUse filters to narrow down your selection to the role your team needs the most."

Updates to the performance bar description and a new system which will now automatically rate new players after their first five matchmaking games.

    "dota_pb_description"                    "Your performance bar shows how well you've played each hero compared to other players at your skill level.  It is not based on your wins and losses."

    "pb_desc"                          "Five games are needed to establish a performance rating.  Your ratings will become more accurate the more you play."


Updates to the different game mode’s descriptions.

    "dota_game_mode_0_desc"                      "Each player selects a hero from the entire hero pool."
    "dota_game_mode_1_desc"                      "Each player selects a hero from a set of three heroes randomly chosen for them."

    "dota_game_mode_2_desc"                      "Each player is randomly assigned a hero."
    "dota_game_mode_3_desc"                      "Players take turns selecting a hero from a shared pool of 20 random heroes. You will be told when it's your turn to select."

    "dota_game_mode_4_desc"                      "Captains alternate 1/1/1/1 ban picks. It then goes into a 1/2/2/2/2/1 hero draft."
    "dota_game_mode_5_desc"                      "Each team is assigned a Captain, who makes all the hero selections for their team. Captains also ban heroes from the pool."

There are now references to a “League Pass” system, potentially allowing the users to subscribe to leagues through the in game client?.

    "DOTA_LeagueViewPass"  "Activate league view pass?"
    "DOTA_LeagueViewPassEnabled" "Activated league pass!"

Nolan North <3 has been credited for voicing the double headed fool, Ogre Magi.

    "DOTA_ActorCredits"          "Nolan North - Brewmaster, Lone Druid, Lycan, Ogre Magi, Shadow Demon"

Updated In Game Store Strings

We now have more “killeater” references to leveling up your cosmetic items, similar to the strange weapon system in TF2.

    "DOTA_KillEaterLevel_Text"      "Your %s1 has increased in level! It is now %s2!"
    "DOTA_KillEaterLevel_Title"      "Your item has leveled up!"
    "DOTA_Event_KillEater_Leveled_Chat"   "%s1's <font color='#FFD700'>%s2</font> has reached a new rank: <font color='#FFD700'>%s3</font>!"

“Battle Points” are most likely going to be linked with the drop rate of cosmetic items/treasure caches etc. With the possibility of boosting it with another item of some kind (Most likely the Souls)

    // Drop Rate Modifiers
    "DOTA_DropRateModifiersNone"            "You currently receive <font color='#FFD700'>Battle Points</font> at the base rate."
    "DOTA_DropRateModifiers"              "Battle Points Modifiers:"

We’ve a number of new item sets added for a range of other heroes.

    "DOTA_Set_Furion_Peace_Bringer"        "Garments of the Peace-Bringer"
    "DOTA_Set_Sven_Mono_Militis"        "Sect Armor of the Mono Militis"
    "DOTA_Set_Sven_Flameguard"          "Sect Armor of the Flameguard"
    "DOTA_Set_Faceless_Chronite"        "Chronite Defense"
    "DOTA_Set_Ursa_Alpine_Stalker"        "Garb of the Alpine Stalker"
    "DOTA_Set_Blood_Seeker_Hlotl"        "Ritual Garb of the Seeker"
    "DOTA_Set_Tidehunter_Pirate_Slayer"      "The Pirate's Booty"
    "DOTA_Set_Tidehunter_Punisher"        "The Paleogeneous Punisher"
    "DOTA_Set_Kunkka_Admirable_Admiral"      "The Admirable Admiral"
    "DOTA_Set_Dragon_Knight_Uldorak"      "Uldorak's Hide"
    "DOTA_Set_Omniknight_Crusader"        "The Radiance of the Crusade"
    "DOTA_Set_Invoker_Exort"          "The Fires of Exort"

Unreleased Hero Portraits

With the arrival of the card based system, all of the previous unreleased hero portraits have been updated to fit the new size.

Chaos Knight’s Hero Portrait

Chaos Knight’s portrait has been updated and he now has some finished ability icons.


Disruptor’s Hero Portrait



Gyrocopter’s Hero Portrait

Similar to the older unreleased heroes (Templar Assassin and Phantom Assassin), Gyrocopter is also getting a complete rework of his previous unreleased model.


Luna’s Hero Portrait

Luna also has some finished ability icons as well as her new portrait.


Meepo’s Hero Portrait

Naga Siren’s Hero Portrait

Naga Siren has some WIP ability icons as well as her portrait update.


Nyx Assassin’s Hero Portrait


Phantom Assassin’s Hero Portrait


Templar Assassin’s Hero Portrait


Undying’s Hero Portrait

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We’ve another new custom courier in this week’s patch.

Mech Courier

Bonus GIF:

Flying Mech Courier

Unreleased UI Updates

The team system has been updated to include the new dashboard style, it’s still not implemented but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it arrive in the next few patches, who knows, it main even be the tool used to enter a team into the Valve International tournament’s wild card east/west spots.

Updated Sound Files

We’ve another new set of stingers this week, specifically for ganking.

Music Stingers







UI Sound Files

The Radiant and Dire both have their own individual horns now which will play from their respective bases.



Ogre Magi’s Voice Work

All of Ogre Magi’s voice work can be heard on the Dota 2 Wiki, voiced by the amazing Nolan North:








Materials Update

We’ve a few materail updates for the unreleased heroes this week.

Disruptor’s Materials

Gyrocopter’s Materials

Nyx Assassin’s Materials

Templar Assassin’s Materials

Particles Update

Another batch of particle updates for the unreleased heroes.

Luna’s Particles

Naga Siren’s Particles

Undying’s Particles

Wisp’s Particles

Predictions For The Next Hero

Last patch I said it would either be Ogre Magi or Chaos Knight next with preference going towards Chaos Knight, with the arrival of Ogre Magi that means I will continue to keep my choice of Chaos Knight for the next hero.

Although it would be nice to see a wild Gyrocopter, Luna or Phantom Assassin appear sometime soon. (That’s in order of favourite if you’re reading Valve).

See you next week. 


  • Pete Steele


  • Baneador

    Disruptor, Undying and Nyx Assasin looks really good, and ogre magi is fantastic XD the voice is very funny and the baseball animation rulz.

  • Thanatos1495

    I saw a picture of Nyx concept while watching your stream…where did you find that?

  • Ilya Sladkiy


  • Jerald Punx


  • Pete Steele

    I just need disruptor!

  • Jerald Punx

     1st gay

  • Popmessiah

    LOL!I love the new UI!

  • Dropshooker


  • Rzor

    maybe 2 heros!

  • -G

    A wild Ogre Magi Appears!

  • Error

    Undying looks…fucking creepy

  • Kogyblack

    Aewsome job!

    It seems that Valve is hurrying things up to The International 2… So many new heros updates and new content. I’m glad they are working so much to surprise us again at The International..

    ty Cyborg, you’re great 😀

  • JC

    Valve, if you’re reading, finish Meepo first. 😀
    Preferably, release t hem all at once +_+

  • Brendan Hardy

    Can’t say I’m a fan of the new Templar Assassin look. =/

    • insaneghost90

      Yeah Lanaya needs her hood back at the very least. Also, if they make her an Assassin who kills Templars for a living in her lore, then yeah she DEFINITELY needs a hood 😀 She already has the hidden psionic blades, so might as well throw in the hood


      • Qwe

        Hoods on asassins are way too generic, this new lanaya looks great, better than that early ginger/indian alpha

  • Scsf

    this Naga looks much worse than the one in Dota 1. 

    • JRK

      She looks like a Togruta from the Star Wars universe

    • Asd

       She’s still in progress, btw i love the earplugs 😀

    • Qwe

      you’re lookind at an Alpha/Beta, heroes still change alot until release


      no shit its alpha

  • Thanatos1495

    I saw a picture of Nyx concept while watching your stream…where did you find that?”

    Please answer this question or my curiosity will kill me.

  • Aaaa

    disruptor has also been recieving a lot of changes recently so i wouldnt be surprised if he is released before some of the heroes you listed

  • MoonLight Tonight

    I think Luna looks like angelina jolie (little bit maybe) hahaha… please release her soon… she is my fav hero now

  • +(^_^)+

    Naga Siren looks so weird… Why don’t they change it to mermaid..??

    • Shibubu

       Cuz it would be boring? Let them be more creative.

  • danostrowski


  • Joe

    you’re a legend Matt.  I don’t know how you do it so quick.  Valve needs to hire you and give you money for the work you’re doing asap.

  • Joe

    And idk I guess it’s just me but I love the new looks for all the unreleased heroes… Maybe it’s just because I love new things but idk.. I think they look awesome.  A lot better than in wc3 dota.

  • Bhyssk1

    undying really cool

  • Breno


    good work as always cyborg ;P

  • Doppelganger29

    Thanks Matt. Awesome work from Valve as expected :-)

  • Rean

    nyx assassin is nerubian or is it a new hero?

    • LOL

        yea he is, Blizzard owns Nerubian

    • Malvodion

       Nerubian. They had to change the name because the “Nerubian Race” is from Warcraft, wich is owned by Blizzard.

    • krana

      It is nerubian.

    • Marginean Sergiu

      It’s nerubian,I think they had to change it because of some blizzard licence stuff…

    • Pogo

      its nerubian assassin, but i think “Nerubian” is owned by Blizzard, so they changed it to Nyx assassin

    • Please

       well apperently Nerubian is ownd by blizzard

  • mattlight

    awesome as always.  do you think that second wisp particle is the actual hero, it would be funny, but then wisp is almost all-particles-no-model sort of thing…..

  • krana

    I vote for CK and PA plus -AR mode for next week!

  • Asimo

    Where did you get this NA concept?

  • 1337_n00b

    I’ve a jar of manly tears from this ol’ Gyro here.

  • Asrial

    I’d like to add, that Doom got a facelift too. In the test build, he is much darker, where in the current build, he is orange’y.

    • Managor

      Actually… He’s been that way for quite some time. His portrait has only remained the same

      • Asrial

        Actually no, I tried to open both versions of the client while they had different versions; Doom was definately like his picture in the prev patch.

  • scaR

    Can’t wait to see more of the Luna, PA and Naga Siren!

  • JacobyDakota


    • Streetfarm


    • Treant

      nothing about techies =) u can see.

    • Joj

       I am hoping they just don’t implement techies at all or they only allow players to play techies in non MM games.

      • bw

        Noob got owned by techies, stfu.

    • Drvaeloola

       techies will be the last hero! i predict that!!!

  • FIlth LEss

    cyborg….how did you change the font size of your graph??….please tell me”)

  • Rodrigo Mlopez

    Guess you switched chen’s old and new portrait.
    Good job as always, keep it up!

  • Tangoman

    Seriously pissed off at Slithice / Naga’s new ability :S  gief teh crits back!

  • Qwe

    Am I the only one that finds it ironic that Disruptor went from an Orc to a “Fel Orc”?

    • Finear

      haha yeah ;p he was also Thrall from wacraft in dota1 

  • Klabby

    Valve, if you’re reading then please Phantom Assassin!

  • Fel

    I might be missing something, but what are these drops that were mentioned? Like a true loot drop of cosmetic item in the middle of the game??

  • Largs

    It’s just me or Ogrimagi looks like he has an broken arm, look when he walks!

  • PP

    Techies and Terrorblade not even on the Beta list yet. :(

  • Isquen

    I can’t freaking wait for Gyro, I hope he’s a surprise attack <3

    I want him sooner, rather than later; he's not a "good" hero, but he's so damn much fun to play, and eventually the bads will tire of not having their instant win button Lycanbroke and go back to him, leaving him ALL TO ME.

  • Poochop

    Wow, CK looks pretty close to finished, but that’s awesome that Gyro/Lanaya/Thrall/Meepo/Naga/Luna/PA have been heavily worked on since the last patch.

    Here’s to hoping no patch next week because of memorial day, and all 7 above heroes coming out at once :p

    • Poochop

      in the week after

  • BrotherCajún

    Valve if you’re reading this, stop reading this and get to work

  • 2l33t4u

    siren looks like a twi’lek

  • Anon

    I’m hoping to see Nyx-, Templar- and Phantom Asssassin be released the same week. Wouldn’t it fit pretty well since they’re all assassins? :) Also looking forward to Meepo, Gyro and Undying! 😀

  • Tom T

    I personally prefer the Anub’arak/Nerubian Assassin model, but I guess for legal reasons they can’t make it similar.

  • Overcrush

    When will they change Sand King selection icon?

  • JSGlock

    Nyx looks like a jacked Stalker oO


    Seriously, why does Meepo look like that “Rape face Woody” doll…?
    Jesus, lol..

  • Sdafasdf

     What about TECHIES

  • Joelduff90


  • Zelda

    YES! I’ve been waiting for news on Guardian Wisp for so long.

  • Joe

    you’re going to be wrong 3 weeks in a row!!!! They just teased Phantom Assassin as next week’s hero!

    • Honest Abe

      Really, guy?    What sick thrill is it you get out of thieving the usernames of other people on The Hill to write libelous crap like “P.S. I love men kissing cause I’m a homo”?  

      What sick sort of bastard are you?   Oh.  Right.   This kind.

      You get the court summons yet for the defamation case against you, loser?

  • Joe

    They purposely chose your least favorite hero of all the ones you listed to add!!! Valve is trolling you hard!

    • Honest Abe

      what’s that, right wing extremist who thieves others’ usernames on The Hill to project your homosexual fantasies as them?

      “P.S. I love men kissing cause I’m a homo”

      “Like my a$$ liberal a$$ licker….”

      Right wing coward.

  • Crism1

    hey cyborgmatt can you post comparisons with old(ingame)portrait with the new(selectioncard)one one by one ?

  • NuclearDuck

    Holy fuck, Nerubian Assassin portraits finally out. 

    Best thing I’ve heard all day.

  • KPMaker                   “Techies
    (who I play the most) is now a cart with 2 goblins in the back holding a
    bomb and 1 goblin in the front. Their spell effects look really good

  • Umwhat

     Why are some of these pictures so tiny?

    Can you post the new CK picture bigger? wtf…

  • Guhuman Gouhoubas

    u should better change ur prediction next hero it will be mortred and i am 99% sure about this!!!

  • Guhuman Gouhoubas

    The next hero is mortred not chaos knight and i am 100% sure that she will be just check at

  • Ouch

    Quick someone should make a meme about Cyborg’s continuous fail attempt to predict haha!

  • Tazz

    My guess is that next hero is Phantom Assasin like the teaser in the hero picker with the PA card

  • Nyatra

    Take a close look at the hero picker pic in Valve’s blog post for this patch. There just might be a hint at who’s next within it.

  • SiC

    what’s with valve and old guys?…disruptor should be a kid for a change…

  • Adonisds

    Trolled by Valve: ‘Every Hero Is Different as read by the TRUE Cybrogmatt. This guy is never wrong when predicting releases unlike that other guy.’

    • Asif

      Who is the other guy?

      • 1337_n00b

         Cyborgmatt. Cybrogmatt and Cyborgmatt are two different people.

        • RandomGuy

          what does that mean? :S 

        • RandomGuy

          oh i see now 😛 i understood it

    • MMOStars – ORZ

      Have to say, the TREE addition was another TROLL act from Valve 😉

  • Asdf

    so many nooobs in dota 2 :/

  • Stonerer

    Just sayin, I say it’s gonna be Phantom assassin. From looking at the screenshot in the new update xD

    • Bill Murray

      just about to say this, Cyborg you should change your prediction! :)

  • Crism1

    cant you put a comparison between card portraits and in-game portraits ?

  • Ky Nguyen

    Hey guys, is there anyway to disable the animation in the background when in the dashboard?

    • Cyborgmatt

      You can use the command dota_embers 0 or delete the “Steamsteamappscommondota 2 betadotaresourceflash3dota_embers.usm” file.

      • Ky Nguyen

        thank you!

  • Luknight

    I want undying =)

  • Guhuman Gouhoubas

    I hope you know Cyborgmatt that the next hero will be mortred if you read Valve as u told us if we do

  • Nahakieri

    They ruined all the style and usability

  • Aaron

    I must say the new selection screen was a bit overlooked.

    Can’t view picks/suggestions in grid view and when you pick you don’t see pick/suggestions.

    Very frustrating! But I suppose that’s a devforum post…

  • xRdR

    Next one will be PA.  She is highlighted in the screenshot on

  • NiCo

    nyx assassin looks like a zerg lurker in sc1