Dota 2 18th July Patch – Content Analysis

July 19th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 test patch brings us my predicted Naga Siren, you can view the full changelog here.

Front End Changes

New Hero

Once again, the hero release spree continues with this week’s update bringing us Slithice, the Naga Siren. 

Naga Siren

“Among the high-sworn of the Slitherene Guard there is a solemn vow oft repeated before battle: No Slitherene may fail. In truth, these words are equal parts oath and enforceable covenant, for those who fall short of their duty are banished from the order. To fail is to be other than Slitherene.

Once most highly esteemed of her race, Slithice for many years commanded a battalion of her fellows, using her formidable voice as her greatest weapon. Powerful, sinuous, serpentine, she led her deadly Guard in defense of the Deep Ones, and the great wealth of the sunken cities. But in the final battle of Crey, her forces were driven back by a marauding army of levianths intent on finding tribute for their god Maelrawn. After the long and bloody onslaught, as the bodies were cleared from the sunken halls, a single jeweled chalice was found missing from the trove. Of her hundred Guard, only a handful survived, but their bravery and sacrifice were of little consequence. What mattered was that treasure was taken. Honor destroyed. And so Naga Siren was cast out. Banished to search for the stolen chalice. Though she might add a hundred times her weight to the golden trove, she is doomed to live apart until that day she returns that which was taken. For no amount of gold is equal in honor to the honor she lost.”


Model Viewer Shots:

In Game Shots:

Voice Work:

UI Updates

Once again we’ve some dashboard and in game UI updates.

Dashboard UI Updates

Keybinds for the new spectator stats system:

The unreleased team system that is being tested by the pro teams now has an option to transfer captain to someone else:

In Game UI Updates

An in game message is now displayed if Moscow 5 someone denies the Aegis:

The spectators panel has been updated with a new style:

Game Stats UI

Spectators now have an option to open a robust game stats panel which will allow you to compare a whole range of stats between the teams and players in the game, these stats can also be sorted in a number of different ways.

The range of stats you can check (including their keybind):

The stat panels (some have different sorting enabled):

Hero Model Updates

A number of models have been broken down into multiple parts, to prepare them for cosmetic items.

Chaos Knight’s Model

Chaos Knight’s model has been broken up.

Default Parts:

Chaos Knight’s Horse Head
Chaos Knight’s Horse Amor
Chaos Knight’s Shoulderpads
Chaos Knight’s Helmet
Chaos Knight’s Weapon
Chaos Knight’s Shield

Base Model:

Death Prophet’s Model

Death Prophet’s model has been broken up.

Default Parts:

Death Prophet’s Dress
Death Prophet’s Arms
Death Prophet’s Head
Death Prophet’s Scarf
Death Prophet’s Vortex

Base Model:

Obsidian Destroyer’s Model

Obsidian Destroyer’s model has been broken up into multiple parts.

Default Parts:

Obsidian Destroyer’s Head
Obsidian Destroyer’s Armor
Obsidian Destroyer’s Weapon
Obsidian Destroyer’s Wings

Base Model:

Templar Assassin’s Model

Templar Assassin’s model has also been broken up into multiple parts.

Default Parts:

Lanaya’s Hair
Lanaya’s Shoulders
Lanaya’s Bracers & Skirt

Base Model:

Hero Animation Updates

We have a few animation updates for the existing heroes.

Sniper’s Animations

We’ve a few new animations for Sniper: teleport, teleport_end and spawn.

Teleport Animation:

Spirit Breaker’s Animations

We’ve a few new animations for Spirit Breaker: idle_injured, teleport and teleport_end.

Idle Injured Animation:

Weaver’s Animations

We also have a few new animations for Weaver: idle1, teleport, teleport_end and spawn.

Teleport Animation:

Neutral Creeps Updates

We’ve another update to one of the neutral creeps, following on from the big Thunder Lizard, the small Thunder Lizard has also had it’s model and texture updated.

New Model:

Old Model:

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

Templar Assassin’s ability lore:

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_templar_assassin_refraction_Lore"                  "Manipulating her psionic veil, Lanaya bends nature's law to her will."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_templar_assassin_meld_Lore"                "Lanaya is as elusive as her covenant with the Hidden Temple."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_templar_assassin_psi_blades_Lore"              "Her blades pierce the skin as much as the mind, furthering her understanding of the mystery that is reality."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_templar_assassin_psionic_trap_Lore"            "Calling upon the reach of the Hidden Temple, none escape the eye of the Templar."

Luna’s ability lore:

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_luna_lucent_beam_Lore"                  "Selemine smites those who encroach upon the Nightsilver Woods."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_luna_moon_glaive_Lore"                  "Carefully sharpened, Luna's boomerang-like weapon cuts a wide swath through enemy numbers."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_luna_lunar_blessing_Lore"                  "The Goddess of the Moon smiles upon her kin."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_luna_eclipse_Lore"                    "In times of great need, Selemine herself descends into the world, blocking out the light and hope of the opposed."

Undying’s ability lore:

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_undying_decay_Lore"            "The strength of the living is simply borrowed from the strength of the dead."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_undying_soul_rip_Lore"          "Even his allied Heroes feel despair in Undying's presence."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_undying_tombstone_Lore"          "Dirge calls on his fallen brothers to fight for the Dead God."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_undying_flesh_golem_Lore"          "The flesh of the recently dead add to the power of Dirge's plague."

Rubick’s ability lore:

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_rubick_telekinesis_Lore"              "Even the Grandest Magus may use his powers for enjoyment."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_rubick_fade_bolt_Lore"              "Rubick's favorite spell for dispatching would-be assassins is a rather simple conjuration."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_rubick_null_field_Lore"              "Not every magus can be a Grand Magus..."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_rubick_spell_steal_Lore"              "...but even their lesser magics can be a source of much utility."

Disruptor’s ability lore:

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_disruptor_thunder_strike_Lore"          "Disruptor's charged coils occasionally overload, and a singed armor plate or tuft of fur is the enemy's result."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_disruptor_glimpse_Lore"              "Playing with electricity can have unexpected results."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_disruptor_kinetic_field_Lore"            "The stryder is immune to the gale-force winds that will consume its adversaries."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_disruptor_static_storm_Lore"            "A summer squall in Druud is a hardship that only an Oglodi can survive."

New strings for the tournament lobbies used by the league pass admins:

    "DOTA_create_lobby"                        "CREATE LOBBY"
    "DOTA_create_tournament_lobby"                  "CREATE TOURNAMENT LOBBY"
    "new_tournament_games"                      "NEW"
    "current_tournament_games"                    "IN PROGRESS"
    "old_tournament_games"                      "COMPLETED"
    "create_tournament_entry_button"                "CREATE"
    "clear_tournament_entry_button"                  "CLEAR"
    "clear_tournament_dialog_header"                "CLEAR TOURNAMENT GAME"
    "clear_tournament_dialog_body"                  "Are you sure you wish to clear this game?  Any Match ID will be cleared and any existing lobby will become a regular practice lobby."
    "clear_tournament_failure"                    "Failed to clear tournament game."
    "DOTA_TeamUnsetHeader"                      "TEAM NOT SET"
    "DOTA_TeamUnsetMessage"                      "At least one team does not have a team name/logo set.  Really start the match?"

The background sound setting has been renamed:

    "UI_Background_Sound"                      "SOUND WHILE ALT-TAB"

Linda K. Morris is credited for doing Naga Siren’s voice work:

    // Voice Credits
    "DOTA_ActorCredits"          "Linda K. Morris - Announcer, Luna, Naga Siren, Queen of Pain, Templar Assassin"


There is a now a misc loadout slot:

    "LoadoutSlot_Misc"                  "Misc"

Sand King has been assigned item slots but his model hasn’t been split up yet:

Sand King's Head
Sand King's Arms
Sand King's Legs
Sand King's Armor
Sand King's Tail

Unreleased Hero Portraits & Ability Icons

We’ve a new unreleased hero portrait and ability icons in this week’s patch.

Visage’s Hero Portrait & Ability Icons

Visage’s Portrait:

Visage’s Ability Icons:


Unreleased Custom Announcers

More updates to the Pirate Cap’n pack.

The Pirate Cap’n Announcer

The Pirate Cap’n announcer pack has had all of it’s lines reprocessed resulting in a much more finished pack and normalised volume.

You can listen to the full pack here:

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We’ve more updates to some of the unreleased custom couriers.

Turtle Rider

The Turtle Rider courier has a couple of new animations.




The Gryphon has had his model and textures updated, still doesn’t have any animations yet.

New Model:

Old Model:

Materials Update

Keeper of the Light’s Materials


Nyx Assassin’s Materials

Visage’s Materials


Particles Update

Keeper of the Light’s Particles

Slark’s Particles

We now have the first set of particles for Slark.

Predictions For The Next Hero

I’ll have to go with Visage for the next hero, told you he was close.

Meepo? More like Meepno.

Dota 2 Match History WebAPI

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how the Dota 2 stats site works and what APIs are available for Dota 2 in order to help retrieve match stats.

It’s with a great pleasure to say that now with a bit of magic from Zoid we have a match history API for Dota 2.

Full details here:

  • Brandon

    Not very bulky update. Just the regular run of the mill single hero update.
    I’m rolling for Visage and Nyx Assassin next week.
    Also I don’t like the new Thunder Lizard, it looks like it’s out of an anime.

    • No1Known

      The new thunder lizard is amazing! how can you like the old simple model? and i go for Nyx Assassin and Visage! hopefuly Tuskarr comes soon

      • vaan13

        no tuskarr will appear in 2013.Valve wants to show us a uncompleted game on TI2……thats bad:)

    • Brandon

      I suppose I shouldn’t have an opinion anymore, everyone is flaming me now. I just don’t like the look of it. I didn’t like the old model either.

  • Veektrol

    I want Nyx Assassin :( the best assassin ever

    • Cássio Nandi Citadin

      one of my first heroes, long time I dont play it

  • origin

    Awesome job like usual

  • Meepo Must Come Out


  • Karl

    Quick as always

  • Falconer0

    RAMPAGEEE Thanks you for you JOB Cyborgmatt you are BEST

  • Poolord

    Holy poo this is amazing!

  • hurt

    It’s with my great pleasure to say that now, with a bit of Zoid magic, have a match history API for Dota 2.

    This sentence is a bit off. 😛
    Still amazing work as always.

  • Stan


    • Xbord

      probably suicided

  • TukenTuken

    Can’t wait for Visage! He was the first hero i ever played, back in 2006.

    • ZafinaKageyoshi

      Same here, can’t wait for him to be released.

  • lolz

    I think I swallowed a Techies!
    Awsome work =D
    I really want to see more heroes with cosmetics! Lets’s wait for the guys on workshop ;D

    The denied Aegis in that game really made the difference to game mechanics… All casters: “Where are the Aegis?”

  • Smoke

    Stfu veektrol

  • Jimmy

    awesome… can’t never stop getting impressed from Valve

    • Wahid145

      really man such a nice animation, of naga 😐 i cant get more impressed

    • EBo Rises

      Look at those milky white tits!

    • sala

      one does not simply stop being impressed from valve

  • ZafinaKageyoshi

    Visage looking really badass.
    Though the color scheme… another blue hero :O

  • Broski

    I’d like to know if Invoker chests are comming with this patch.

  • Broski

    I’d like to know if Invoker chests are comming with this patch.

  • danostrowski

    Are you kidding? The level of detail on the new Thunderlizard exposes the old one as a poor WIP.

    • Dingli Qin

      yea, all other creep skins looks too simple now

    • John McLean

      You didn’t seriously think that was a proper model, did you?

    • Chloro

      In fact all the heroes look WIP compared to this lizard… and Slardar is the best example.

  • ardavan

    Is the meepo delay cause of the changes they need to make in the HUD ?

  • Secret Dendi

    “meepo? more like meeno.”

    lololololol…. so bad yet so hilarious…

    • Cringed

      No it was really just awful.
      I cringed.

  • Envy


  • Swamp

    Maybe they’ll release meepo and techies in the same patch to get the hardcore feeding done over. Good players are only ever on the opposite team.

    • Envy

      Lol thats why I intend to pick Meepo every game when he is released. I would hate to have a teammate have him and feed.

  • Anderson Lima

    “An in game message is now displayed if Moscow 5 someone denies the Aegis”

  • Forum Lurker

    Nobody… is commenting on Siren lacking a bra? Boobs?!

    • DDC

      Exactly!! Those Tits are FAIL!!!
      they could have largened the size and put some cool Clam shell bras on her

    • Vyper Nyx

      We are not all little kids. We don’t really care.

  • Raven Woods

    First and foremost, thanks so much again for amazing work Matt! This stuff is awesome!
    Second of all! I am much more impressed by that thunder lizard update than anything else! Wow, just friggen wow at the difference between the old model and the new! As an aspiring artist my jaw just dropped! Can’t wait for overhaul of all of the creeps and hero improvements!

  • ntDars

    That M5 joke 😀

  • spyro

    Anyone want Techiez to be next hero ?

    :meme NO !

  • RTS Dealer

    Dota 2’s spectator features at this stage of the beta are far more superior than Starcraft 2’s. Dota 2 is definitely setting the standard in competitive gaming.

  • RandomGuy

    Visage’s portrait is badass

  • thefu1234

    I want hero troll warlord

  • joindota|tae

    meepo more like meepno lol yeah

  • Tiolpx


  • Lawngnome

    sigh, when will they finally get to work or Soulkeeper or Abaddon.

    • Adwait Rajeshirke

      seriously…cant wait for them..:/

      • Q


    • vaan13

      Your Soulkeeper and Abaddon will be on 2013 release with so ‘Fast” release of heroes.

      • DytjeSaurr

        1 to 2 heroes a week is a lot

    • VII.

      We need Abaddon!!!!

  • Lobo

    Is it true that techies and legion commander will never be added?

    • vaan13

      NO OMG LOOK AT DOTA 2 WIKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • F*** Off

    Is it naga…. or nude naga?

    • iceFrog

      ha ha ha….

  • Noah Dettling

    they need to start working on meepo again

  • Derrick James McKain


    • sala

      i feed you bro

  • mr9sky

    Visage portrait looking badass and all but… bald Lanaya… wtf!!!

    • Blutsense

      Thats her base model.

  • vaan13

    what happened with valve?They forgot about TI2 and began to released 1 hero at week:(

    • vaan13


      • goravine

        That is WHY they release as many hero as possible, So when TI2 began, the competitor will have as many hero as they can pick. So the tournament will be more exciting and epic!

  • teaser90

    visage, nyx, keeper of the light, meepo, medusa, troll, centaur, magnataur, tuskar, slark, techies – it is the hero release sequence

  • sohratus

    visage, nyx, keeper of the light, meepo, medusa, centaur, troll, magnataur, tuskar, slark, techies – it is the hero release sequence.

  • Bobby

    Does anyone know something about the missing neutrals ?

  • last

    MEEPOOOOOO WHERE IT’S MEEPPPO!!!!!!!? you past post nobody like meepo? i play meepo with all lines at same time, and i realy like that; btw cyborgmatt you can put icones of meepos heros with hp and mana bars , that would be helpful for controls heros meepo

    • Natie AlgoRythm Klopper

      I just lost 2 IQ points reading this….sigh.

    • Cássio Nandi Citadin

      Dude, Matt is not making the game, just showing to us (default mortals) what is new in the files.

  • rambler

    fuck meepo

  • QWE

    I lol’d when I saw Cybrogmatt on the same team with Cyborgmatt. Also, bald TA is creepy, never show it again pls.

  • Jechrest

    Gotta love how proud is Cyborgretard about successfuly predicting any obvious hero, your must be a 12 year old minded nerdfail rofl. It’s funny because it’s not like he had successfuly predicted even the half of the heroes *retardface*

    • RCI

      Why don’t you cry about it a little more.

    • Jern

      Pls do cry about it abit more. After all, you are the 12 year old here. :)

    • Sacred_Relics

      U don’t need to stay here and comment, leave this blog and GG

  • Jec123


  • Gingervitus

    If Valve releases two heroes every week, starting next week, by the time The International begins all but two heroes will be in the game. Which is easily corrected by having at least two 3 hero updates. Lol here is hoping!

    • Gingervitus

      Wow is my math every wrong, like not even close lol. 21 heroes remaining to be released, 6 weeks until TI starts.

  • Grimbear13

    :( I’ll bet you Troll and Centaur are the last two they add…after they create 5 more hreos to add.

    • Me

      I can assure you to 100 % that techies will be the last.

  • ~Tenshi~

    That model reword for the neutral ancient really made me happy. Even though it doesn’t mean much,its nice knowing Valve thinks of everything ! Tnx Cyborgmatt, thanks Valve

  • TiraMissU

    I’ve noticed how Valve has taken a liking to asymmetric arm pieces *hinting at Naga Siren and Templar Assasin*

  • marked2


  • Billy

    I hope Cyborg is sincerely wrong in his prediction, or at the very least we see a 3-hero release of Meepo, Visage and Nyx.

    Pleeeease NYX ASSASSIN!

  • Wooh


  • Pit Lord

    weep noooo better GO GO PIT LORD ~~~~~~~~~


    Valve wont release techies cuz they are 3 heros Squee Spleen and Spoon and Valve hates to count to 3….

  • Luis

    Why is taking so long with KOTL?
    what’s the problem whit him!? -.-

  • AILD

    I think ezalor is next too according to the blog

  • Asif

    Still no troll warlord :(

  • Cr1zt14N

    I think will be Visage and Keeper of the Light

    • KPMaker

      I noticed in the Gold per Min on the from page or the Today Blog they have Keeper of the Light and Visage too 😉

  • Vash

    i just want Medusa ( ._.)

  • Haris Radzi

    Visage and KOTL next update. Aww to those that’ve been waiting for other carry hero.

  • name
  • Marco Square Cesi

    Why boobies has no nipples? :(

    • Bastard

      cuz she is not a mammal.


    10/10 would bang

  • digisimo

    awesome work Cyborg Matt, really appreciate what you do!

  • LembidiZ

    Slark will coming out 😀 😀


    hey man MEGA-KILL storm announcer pack not work [no sound] waste of my money!!!!


    i want u to repair MEGA-KILL storm announcers pls [it doesn’t work]

  • zaxx_the_ripper

    slark plz

  • CyrusTheV1rus

    Hi Cyborgmatt.
    I have a new PC and when i go in game the game is dark. When i go in Options Video i make Brightness on max, but it’s instant returned back on minimum. How can i save it to be on max or even on the half of the bar. Thx Ahead!

  • CyrusTheV1rus

    Hi, Cyborgmatt.
    I have a new PC and when i go ingame the game is so dark. When i try to make it lighter from the Options>Video> Brightness i slide the bar on MAX and apply it. But after that the bar is auto back on Minimum brightness. Any solution? btw. i got Nvidia.
    Thx Ahead!

  • Opic

    Matt, hope we get some model updates on existing heroes, IF they need an update. Like Nevermore for instance, I know he’s been an argument for such a long time, but you know, the lads are just missing the original Nevermore.

    But you guys Dota 2 model designs are simply superb so far. I cannot be more than happy. Thanks for your time and patience.

  • Don Roberto Querijero

    is it just me.. or her in game model looks smaller than the average sized hero..

  • pRrNt

    Exactly what i was expecting…

  • Diego Leal Petrola Martins

    What about techies?! Sorry, someone have to say that in every post =x

    • youaredumb

      I think the key word there is some”one”, about 80 people already have so go die in a fire

      • Shaun Wiseman


  • Gingervitus

    I am so excited to see who will be released today! Though I am a little worried that it will be another one hero update, here is hoping for at least two! :)

    • Gingervitus

      OMG three hero update!!!!

  • hmm932

    I wont slark to become an octopus, will be so cool

  • dotatou

    Thumbs up if you’re looking at this for nostalgia