Dota 2 27th June Patch – Content Analysis

June 28th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 test patch has arrived bringing us a double hero release with the arrival of Luna and Wisp. You can read the full changelog here.

Front End Changes

New Heroes

This week’s patch once again treats us with the addition of multiple new heroes.  


“How had she been reduced to this? She was once the Scourge of the Plains, a merciless leader of men and beasts, and able to sow terror wherever she dared. Now she was far from her homeland, driven half mad from starvation and months of wandering, her army long dead or turned to worse. As she stood at the edge of an ancient forest, a pair of glowing eyes spied on from an elder branch. Something beautiful and deadly sought a meal in the wilting dusk. Without a sound, it turned and left. Fury overtook her. Clutching a rust-eaten dagger, she charged after the beast determined to reclaim even a shred of her past glory, but her quarry would not be caught. Three times she cornered the creature among the rocks and trees, and three times she pounced only to witness its fading shadow darting further into the woods. Yet the full moon shone brightly, and the creature’s trail was easy to follow.

Arriving in a clearing atop a high hill, the beast’s massive feline form sat in the open, attentive and waiting. When the woman brandished her dagger, the creature reared and roared and charged. Death, it seemed, had come for her at long last in this strange place. She stood, calm and ready. A flash of movement, and the beast snatched the dagger from her hand before vanishing into the forest. Stillness. Hooded figures approached. In reverent tones they revealed that Selemene, Goddess of the Moon, had chosen her, had guided her, had tested her. Unwittingly she had endured the sacred rites of the Dark Moon, warriors of the Nightsilver Woods.

She was offered a choice: join the Dark Moon and pledge herself to the service of Selemene, or leave and never return. She did not hesitate. Embracing her absolution, she renounced her bloody past, and took up a new mantle as Luna of the Dark Moon, the dreaded Moon Rider, ruthless and ever-loyal guardian of the Nightsilver Woods.”


Model Viewer Shots:

In Game Shots:


“Wisp is everywhere, and in all things. Denounced by enemies as the great unmaker, worshiped by scholars as the twinkling of a divine eye, Wisp occupies all planes at once, the merest fraction of its being crossing into physical existence at any one moment.

Like the great twin riders Dark and Light, and yet another ancient traveler whose true history is lost to the ages, Io the Wisp is a Fundamental of the universe—a force older than time, a wanderer from realms far beyond mortal understanding. Wisp is nothing less than the sum of all attractive and repulsive forces within matter, a sentient manifestation of the charge that bind particles together. It is only in the controlled warping of these forces that Wisp’s presence can be experienced on the physical plane. A benevolent, cooperative force, Wisp bonds its strength to others so that the power of allies might be enhanced. Its motives inscrutable, its strength unimaginable, moves through the physical plane, the perfect expression of the mysteries of the universe.”


Model Viewer Shot (Yes. Wisp is made purely out of particles):

In Game Shots:

CELT Codec

The old Speex codec used for voice communication has been replaced with the newer (better) CELT codec. The resulting change means the quality of the in game microphones has increased greatly, so now you’ve no excuse not to treat yourself with a Defense ticket.

Video Preview (with a little help from joinDOTA’s TobiWan):

UI Updates

We’ve some updates to the learn tab, workshop UI this week and a new ticket for The Defense tournament.

Workshop Updates

The first stage of the cosmetic item testing tools has been added, you can now preview your workshop submissions directly from the workshop UI tab.

Learn Tab

The learn tab has been updated and now loads directly from a web page with a tab for heroes and items, this is most likely for the upcoming web based Dotapedia.

Inspect UI

There’s now a shortcut for the Inspect UI located directly on the hero portraits (the white eye symbol).

Other UI Updates

The Dota TV ticket for The Defense tournament has been updated.

Visual Updates

Rubick has received some updates to his particles effects.

Spell Steal:


Neutral Creeps Updates

The neutral creep, big thunder lizard, has had it’s model, textures and spell icons updated.

New Spell Icons:


New Model:

Old Model:

Hero Animation Updates

In this week’s patch we’ve a number of animation updates for multiple heroes as well as some more custom stolen spell animations for Rubick.

Rubick’s Animation Updates

Rubick’s animations have been updated, giving us even more custom stolen spell animations.

New Animations:

Spirit Breaker’s Charge, Nether Strike.

Earthshaker’s Fissure, Enchant Totem, Echo Slam.

Lina’s Dragon Slave, Light Strike Array, Laguna Blade.

Witch Doctor’s Death Ward.

Storm Spirit’s Static Remnant, Electric Vortex, Ball Lightning.

Sniper’s Shrapnel, Assassinate.

Nature’s Prophet’s Sprout, Teleportation, Nature’s Call, Wrath of Nature.

Ursa’s Earthshock, Overpower, Enrage.


Bloodseeker’s Animation Updates

Bloodseeker now has an haste running animation.



Ogre Magi’s Animation Updates

Ogre Magi’s attack animations have been updated.



Flying Frog Courier Animation Updates

The correct version of Flying Frog courier has now been released, it comes with a bundle of new animations and fixes up the problems with the older animations.



Back End Changes

Updated Strings

Linda K. Morris is credited as the voice actor for Luna.

    "DOTA_ActorCredits"          "Linda K. Morris - Announcer, Luna, Queen of Pain"

Wisp is listed as itself in the voice credits.

    "DOTA_ActorCredits"          "And Featuring Wisp as Itself"

Strings for the new Workshop functionality.

    "DOTA_Workshop_BrowseImage"      "The preview image will be resized to 512 x 512 when displayed on the web."
    "DOTA_Workshop_PreviewTitle"    "PREVIEW IMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_ItemTitle"      "TITLE:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_HeroTitle"      "HERO:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_SlotTitle"      "LOADOUT SLOT:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_TypeTitle"      "ITEM TYPE:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_FileTitle"      "SUBMISSION FILE:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_DescTitle"      "DESCRIPTION:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_TestTitle"      "STEP 1: TEST YOUR MODEL"
    "DOTA_Workshop_SubmitTitle"      "STEP 2: SUBMIT TO THE WORKSHOP"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Test"        "TEST"
    "DOTA_Workshop_TestExplanation"    "Wearables need to be tested to ensure they're within budget. Select the compiled model and then hit the Test button. If you're submitting something other than a wearable, you can skip this step. Submissions of untested wearable models won't be considered for addition into Dota 2."
    "DOTA_Workshop_NoFile"        "< NO FILE SELECTED >"
    "DOTA_Workshop_ValidationFailed"  "Validation failed. Item cannot be submitted."
    "DOTA_Workshop_ValidationSucceeded"  "Validation succeeded."
    "DOTA_Workshop_File_Submission"    "Submissions (.zip files)"
    "DOTA_Workshop_File_Preview"    "Preview Images (.jpg files)"
    "DOTA_Workshop_File_Models"      "Models (.mdl files)"
    "DOTA_Workshop_NoHeroSelected"    "No hero selected"

Preview string for the backpack, most likely used in providing a quick preview of the selected cosmetic item.

    "DOTA_BackpackPreview"      "Preview"

There is now a mount cosmetic slot, currently Disruptor is the only hero with a mount slot.

    "LoadoutSlot_Mount"                  "Mount"

There are references to “Unusual paint”, most likely used for allowing customisation of the unusual courier effects that use an RGB value to dictate its colour.

Also provides a helpful fix for the bugged unusual couriers that have black/grey RBG values.

    "DOTA_UnusualPaint_Confirm"    "Are you sure you want to apply <font color='#%s1'>this color</font> to your Unusual item? The original color will be replaced. This action cannot be undone!"

More strings referencing the “Unusual paint”:

    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint"  "Unusual Paint"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Blue"  "Unusual Paint: Blue"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Purple"  "Unusual Paint: Purple"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Green"  "Unusual Paint: Green"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Light_Green"  "Unusual Paint: Light Green"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Gold"  "Unusual Paint: Gold"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Orange"  "Unusual Paint: Orange"
    "DOTA_Item_Unusual_Paint_Red"  "Unusual Paint: Red"
    "DOTA_Item_Desc_Unusual_Paint"  "This item will allow you to change the color of the particle effects on one unusual item. Note that this does not work on Felicity's Blessing or the Affliction of Vermin. This item is consumed upon use and its effects cannot be reversed."

Unreleased Hero Portrait Updates

We’ve a number of updates to the unreleased hero portraits.

Disruptor’s Portrait

Keeper of the Light’s Portrait

Meepo’s Portrait

Naga Siren’s Portrait

Nyx Assassin’s Portrait

Templar Assassin’s Portrait

Undying’s Portrait

Unused Cosmetic Items

We’ve a number of new, unused cosmetic item models in this patch.

Bounty Hunter’s Items

This items are referenced as “light leather”, features bracer, head and shoulder cosmetic items.

As seen on the workshop:

Dragon Knight’s Items

These items are referenced as “davion”, features a bracer, cape, helmet, shield and shoulder cosmetic items.

As seen on the workshop:

The colours above look abit funky due to how Dragon Knight looks in the model viewer, so here’s a quick photoshop of what it will look like in game using the new workshop test tool:

Faceless Void’s Items

Faceless Void’s Rift cosmetic head is also in the files now, currently untextured.

As seen on the workshop:

Omniknight’s Items

One new item for Omniknight, a Rune Hammer.

As seen on the workshop:

Phantom Assassin’s Items

A new “double blade” weapon for Phantom Assassin, doesn’t have textures yet.

As seen on the workshop:

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We’ve more updates to the Snow Leopard unreleased custom courier.

Snow Leopard Courier

The Snow Leopard courier has had its model and texture work updated.

New Model & Texture:

Old Model & Texture:

Unreleased Shopkeeper

There’s now a new shopkeeper in the files, he is referenced as Dire’s secret shopkeeper, meaning that every shop will eventually have it’s own unique shopkeeper when his model is implemented into the game.

The model currently doesn’t have any animations.

Materials Update

Disruptor’s Materials



Magnataur’s Materials

Naga Siren’s Materials

Undying’s Materials

Visage’s Materials

Particles Update

We only have updated particles for one of the unreleased heroes this week.

Templar Assassin’s Particles

Predictions For The Next Hero

Now that we have Luna I have a feeling that Templar Assassin will be the next hero released, that is unless Valve are planning on Disruptoring that.

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  • Guest


  • Yth684

    love Luna so hard

  • C_redell


  • LuK Mejía García

    LOL at Wisp’s model shot

  • max

    omg!its luna!

  • lol

    wtf faceless void has no face, ironic

    • 1derful

      he lives up to his name indeed…faceless…LOL

  • Dmsnova

    Enjoyed watching the progress of the blog. Thanks for working on the info even though it’s so early in the morning for you <3


    Why second guess the techies prediction!! 

    Excited for Luna.

    Also is nice to see some more of the community stuff working its way into the game also, while not being the super gimmicky stuff either.

  • Eryc_91

    greaaaaat jooob:D!

  • spycrabz

    Wtf Gengis khan as Dire shop keeper 😛

    • Lembidi

      Haha LoL’z..

  • shenendori_sama

    Wow. That… Visage, just, wow. Badass.

  • Tim Allen

    The Bounty Hunter cosmetic items workshop is here: 

  • Workapproachingon

    no texture update for templar assasin no way its added for next week

  • Anderson Lima

    Fck that ‘to do’ gifs

  • Anderson Lima

    btw nice job man !

  • Archangel

    woot Luna, Gj keep it up

  • danostrowski

    Man, oh man, I really do hope it is Templar Assassin.

  • Farrien

    luna is not hot :(

    • Julliants

      She’s got a pretty face and wearing skin-tight spandex. What’s not hot about it? You don’t always need cleavage and thongs to look sexy.

    • Guest

      The first thing which came to my mind when I saw her was actually that she had the sexiest female model in dota2 until now.
      Huge facial update (make-up), skin-thight clothes and an awesome curvy way to sit on that tiger-thing

    • Vaan13

      no she is fine,cute. Nice model

    • Guest

       Boo hoo. Why do you care? If you’re looking at the model over other people and creeps during the game you’re a bad player.

      Do I need to link you some websites where you can find porn, child? Because apparently you don’t know it exist.

  • heyitsme

    where are they going to release techies!! i want a fun heroes

  • Andres F. Tellez Garcia

    Matt, all those items are from the Workshop, here is the dual blade from PA:
    and here is the armor for BH: 

    • Cyborgmatt

      Yeap, I updated the post linking to all the workshop pages.

  • BloodyOrange

    undying looked finished a very long time ago and he is still not released =(

    • Vaan13

      dont worry they all going to be released soon

  • Scsf

    luna’s hair is kinda weird

  • Lotrein

    It mostly looks like Disruptor is next as his textures are qyute polished and he has a lot of particles, while Templar assassin has only new alpha textures corresponding her concept and a bunch of particles.

    • Rub3s

      I agree! 

      Maybe a second hero, but i can’t identify how far the progress on undying is done……

    • Rub3s

      And what happened with meepo? i remember him being nearly finished too….

  • asiano

    My prediction is that IceFrog is going to troll … Therefore I say Visage/Undying … They would also make a great impact on professional level.

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    • Stamfukk


      • Luke Morten Bielke

         Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I WAN TECHIES, SOON!

        • gg132

          he will be last because he isn’t used in high lvl or in toure

          • Paradox

            He was used in GEST tournaments :)

          • Paradox

            He was used in GEST competitions this year :)

      • vaan13

        Ok but international is soon and it seems that Dota 2 have to be released after the competition.

  • MwazZ

    These update logs make my day.

  • Mogul Khan Professor Axe

    visage looks like Zambie Viper

  • Veljkov Fon

    So disappointed with Lunas skill icons…

    • Sasori

      Still better than sniper’s skill icons

    • Sasori

      Still better than sniper’s skill icons

      • namei

        That is still better than Tidehunter’s spell icons.

  • Dagon

    i wonder how they can add cosmetic items for the wisp , it seems impossible other than color change :p

    • Boh

      Floating stuff around him? ô.o

  • Vaan13

    seems that next patch will be veeeeeery big and great

  • choiie

    Undying and Thrall seem nearly done too, I wouldnt be so sure about Lanaya.

  • Nandi

    This wisp is something most beautiful in CG graphics I have seen so far.

    Valve, thank you once again.

    • Adweya Dalvi

      and the sound set…. eerie. sweet

    • Mistereko

      So happy for the release of wisp, and yea it looks amazing

  • Ttramp


  • squall_boy25

    I hope the rumors are true that Techies will never come to DotA 2. Any game with a Techies is broken.

    • posnisir

       Where did you hear that? I heard he will be the last one, but not that he will never come out. Also, a game with techies isn’t “broken”, but it’s… Different.

      • Unfawkable

         Annoying is the word you are looking for.

        • Boh

          Awesome was the word actually.

  • jonA

    Templar and Visage/Centaur/Magnataur I wish. Thanks Cyborgmatt!

  • Gingervitus

    Man I wanna play these heroes!  I hate how efficient you are Matt and how you give us these updates like a day or two before they are up on the main client 😛

  • Simon

    cyborgmatt, the duble blade for phantom assassin is from this workshop item

    • Simon



    nice job 😀

    any new tp animation ?
    add more  rubick animation gif

  •ésar-Hoffmann/1610177714 César Hoffmann

    Valve is trolling you, Matt. I feel sorry for you. Hope they release Luna like you predict.

  •ésar-Hoffmann/1610177714 César Hoffmann

    OOPS! Luna was released already. I mean Templar Assassin! Sorry.

  • funnyman526

    Ohhh Valve must do a video with both shop keeper now, just to improve the audience of this new one, hahahaha

  • jav

    i was hoping to see wisp to be an archon or something like that, not just particles…:(

  • .King.


  • Jose_impro

    make a pack of 5 heros release 😀 that will be awesome

    • Vaan13

      i am pretty sure that one patch like that will be soon

  • Bts Leroy

    I would not be surprised if Undying was next.
    He’s in the work for solong now.

  • TheAusus

    Whatever happened to Meepo?

    • Cyborgmatt

      They’re probably working on his voice work, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him in the near future.

  • Lolol

    Undying looking so good.. But I really hope its lanaya

  • Zagoracmarko1

    lanaya and dirge is next update together 100%

  • Ryan Moore

    Wasn’t Dota 2 originally on SILK? Not Speex… I use speex in mumble all the time and even on low settings the old Dota sounds much worse. I remember Valve making a big deal when they changed everything to SILK too. (unless Dota wasn’t included in this…)

    • Cyborgmatt

      You’re thinking of Steam voice chat, that’s separate from the codecs used in the source engine.

  • RandomGuy

    “Disruptoring that” hahaha

  • Joghurtcreme123

    Where are le gifs?

  • Amanda_bieber

    Matt, please make a new blog post containing rubick’s stolen spell animation’s gif. :)

    • Cyborgmatt

      I have a video rendering now showing off his new animations.

  • FanDota

    Disruptor 😉 and now can plays wisp ^.^ thanks!!

  • Gongwonchong

    Dota OS X:Snow Leopard

  • Azure

    I wonder when will the TerrorBlade and Pheonix come

    • Vaan13

      i think that all heroes will be released within 2 months before The International.

      • Boh

        well, don’t know if you have noticed but we already are in that time frame. The international is in 2 months.

  • TheAncientOne

    UNDYING PLEASE!!! undying with templara ssasin, but pelase undying soon valve

  • CyrusTheV1rus

    Hi Cyborgmatt!
    I want to know how can i make my own logo on Dota2 as a flag and base floor? Thx Ahead!

    • Cyborgmatt

      Only the teams that have access to the team tab in game can set those. You’ll have to wait till Valve give access to the tab to every one else.

      • CyrusTheV1rus

        Thx for the info.

  • CoCo

    Keeper of the light: “Look at my horse my horse is AMAZING”

    • Lockerxzx

      He looks like Gandalf lol

      • Don Roberto Querijero

        Fly you fools! haha

  • Asyaru

    that shopkeeper is actually in game, was going to ask about it at JD.

  • Orjnd

    Maybe Disruptor’s portrait is not his final version. In his materials he’s got white eyebrows, and I don’t see the hexagon patter you can check on his shoulderpad.

  • LalalaDemacia

    I think the “Unreleased Hero Portrait” will be much more different in the gamejust ,they are still unfinished.My prediction for the next hero is Keeper of the Light :)

  • Abddon

    Bring Lord of Avernus (Abaddon) soon please, Valve!!!

  • danny

    Keeper of the Light look really stupid, his face make him look like a clown man when always smiles like that.

  • iAxX

    Any news on Abaddon ?

    He was my favorite and I haven’t even seen a portrait for him.

  • Divh

    I want to see Ember Spirit

  • posnisir

    After seeing how much Valve is trolling you Cyborgmatt, I wouldn’t be surprised if they released every hero that has a portrait at the time in the next patch, except Lanaya :)

  • squee

    We need Techies. So bad. Please Valve, give us a sign of them!

    And remember, Techies are -even if not regularly- played in competetive games, too. just check the SEA DotA games (forgot the tournament) on GGnet, Techies is the new trend!

    And I want to pubstomp with him. PLEASE.

    • Florin

      yea , him will be the last hero to apear , in 2013 valve sayd it

  • That

    There’s a difference with the ES and Rubick stun. ES has some kind of animation delay (getting the gourd and hitting the ground) with the stun while Rubick’s stun is almost instant.

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  • netto

    i have hope that maybe a wild naga siren will appear next!! just hope, never know…

  • Lex

    Keeper of the Light? Hello Gandalf?

  • Gingervitus

    Did Undying just get added?

    • Gingervitus

      AND Disruptor?

      • Manazell

        yea valve tjust trolles again cyborgmatt about TA…

  • dravaeloola

    we got disruptor and undying

  • dota2player

    Disruptor :3 –> Troll mode on