Dota 2 25th July Patch – Content Analysis

July 26th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »
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This week’s Dota 2 test patch has arrived bringing us one of my prediction heroes, Visage, along with two other bonus heroes Keeper of the Light and Nyx Assassin, you can view the full changelog here.

Front End Changes *

New Heroes *

The crazy hero release spree continues with this week’s Dota 2 test patch giving us an amazing triple combo pack with the arrival of Keeper of the Light, Nyx Assassin and Visage.

Keeper of the Light *

Ezalor, the Keeper of the Light. 

“Upon a pale horse he rides, this spark of endless suns, this Keeper of the Light.  Ezalor long ago escaped the Fundamental plane, separating from the other ancient forces to which he was bound within the great Primordial harmony.  He is a power grown sentient in the dawn of the universe, and now rides forth in all planes at once, one step ahead of pursuing chaos, bearing his gift with him at the end of a radiant staff.  His majestic truth lies hidden beneath the outward appearance of a slightly doddering old man who barely stays in the saddle.  However, when faced with the challenge of chaos, or the forces of darkness, his primordial light bursts forth, and his full power is revealed, transforming him once again into a force to be reckoned with.”

   

   

Model Viewer Shots:

In Game Shots:

Nyx Assassin *

Unnamed, the Nyx Assassin. 

“Deep in the Archive of Ultimyr, shelved between scholarly treatises on dragon cladistics and books of untranslatable spells, there is an ancient tome of entomological curiosities. Compiled by scholars, the book describes the telepathic talents of the zealot scarab, a strange species of social insect with abilities unique to all the seven planes.

Unlike most grubs of his colony, Nyx Assassin did not arise from metamorphosis with the plodding thoughts and blunted appendages common to the worker caste of his kind. For his was a special transformation, guided by the grace of Nyx. He was the chosen one, selected from the many and anointed with an extract of the queen goddess herself. Not all survive the dark blessing of the queen’s chamber, but he emerged with a penetrating mind, and dagger-like claws–his razor sharp mandibles raking the air while his thoughts projected directly into the minds of those around him. Of all zealot scarabs, he alone was selected for the highest calling. After his metamorphosis, he was reborn, by grace of Nyx, with abilities which shaped him for one thing and one thing only: to kill in the name of his goddess.”

   

Model Viewer Shots:

In Game Shots:

Visage *

Visage, the Necro’lic. 

“Perched atop the entrance to the Narrow Maze sit the looming shapes of sneering gargoyles, the paths into the hereafter forever in their gaze.  Beasts and birds, men and monsters, all creatures that die and choose to travel beyond must someday pass beneath their sight.  For an untethered spirit, the decision to journey through the veil of death is irrevocable.  When chance comes, and by craft or cunning some restless soul escapes their hells and heavens, it is the dreaded gargoyle Visage, the bound form of the eternal spirit Necro’lic, who is dispatched to reclaim them.  Ruthless and efficient, unhindered by the principles of death and fatigue, Visage stalks its prey without mercy or end, willingly destroying all which may give shelter to the fugitive essence.  That which flaunts the laws of the afterlife may never rest, for while it is true that the dead may be revived, it is only a matter of time before Visage finds and returns them to their proper place.”

    

Model Viewer Shots:

Model Viewer Shots (Familiars):

In Game Shots:

In Game Shots (Familiars):

Bonus audio clip:

Hero Model Updates *

We’ve a few model updates in this patch, an updated look for Batrider and we’ve two more models that have been broken down to prepare them for cosmetic items: Gyrocopter and Sand King.

Batrider’s Model *

Batrider’s model has been slightly updated with more detail and higher resolution textures.

New Model:

Old Model:

In Game Shot:

Crystal Maiden’s Model *

Crystal Maiden has also had her model and textures updated.

New Model:

Old Model:

In Game Shot:

Gyrocopter’s Model *

Gyrocopter’s model has been broken up into multiple parts to prepare him for cosmetic items.

Default Parts:

Gyrocopter’s Bottles
Gyrocopter’s Gloves
Gyrocopter’s Goggles
Gyrocopter’s Guns
Gyrocopter’s Propeller
Gyrocopter’s Homing Missile

Base Model:

Sand King’s Model *

Sand King’s model has also been broken up into multiple parts to prepare him for cosmetic items.

Defaults Parts:

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

Base Model:

Hero Animation Updates *

We’ve a number of animation updates this week for the older heroes, which mainly consists of spawn and teleport animations.

Earthshaker’s Animations *

Earthshaker has a few new animations: spawn, teleport and teleport_end.

Teleport Animation (Bangs his totem):

Night Stalker’s Animations *

Night Stalker has a number of new animations: teleport_in, teleport_out, run_injured, idle_injured, spawn, run_haste, victory and defeat.

Run Injured Animation:

Pudge’s Animations *

Pudge has a couple of new animations: teleport and run_haste.

Shadow Demon’s Animations *

Shadow Demon has a few new animations: spawn, teleport and teleport_end.

Spawn Animation (Ignore the hat, I accidently left it on him, it does suit him though):

Tidehunter’s Animations

Tidehunter also has a few new animations: spawn, teleport and teleport_end.

Spawn Animation:

Teleport Animation:

Tinker’s Animations *

Tinker has a few new animations: spawn, teleport and teleport_end.

Teleport Animation:

UI Updates *

We’ve a couple of UI updates in this patch.

There’s now a notification for when a tournament has a live game in progress (Mock up screenshot):

There’s now a “Buyback” category on the spectator stats panel which shows the current buyback cost for that hero (you can now also hover over the row to reveal the player’s name):

Phantom Assassin’s minimap icon has been updated to match the newest version of her model:

League Passes *

We have another new league pass in this patch.

        "item_name": "Prodota 2 Worldwide League",
        "item_description": "Prodota 2 takes its tournament to the world stage during the play-offs, featuring some of the most well known and talented teams from around the globe. With $30,000 in prize money on the line we'll find out which region of the world truly has the best of the best!"
									

Workshop UI Updates *

The workshop UI has also been updated with a new publish item page, the new system will compile, validate and preview your model before you submit it.

Updated Item Icons *

Yes the logo on that recipe is the Half-Life 3 Combine symbol.

 

Item Name New Icon Old Icon
Abyssal Blade
Aegis
Ancient Janggo
Arcane Boots
Armlet
Armlet Active
Assault
Basher
Belt Of Strength
Bfury
Black King Bar
Blades Of Attack
Blade Mail
Blade Of Alacrity
Blink
Bloodstone
Boots
Boots Of Elves
Bottle
Bottle Doubledamage
Bottle Empty
Bottle Haste
Bottle Illusion
Bottle Invisibility
Bottle Medium
Bottle Regeneration
Bottle Small
Bracer
Branches
Broadsword
Buckler
Butterfly
Chainmail
Cheese
Circlet
Clarity
Claymore
Cloak
Courier
Dire Courier
Cyclone
Dagon
Dagon 2
Dagon 3
Dagon 4
Dagon 5
Demon Edge
Desolator
Diffusal Blade
Diffusal Blade 2
Dust
Eagle
Emptyitembg
Energy Booster
Ethereal Blade
Flask
Flying Courier
Flying Dire Courier
Force Staff
Gauntlets
Gem
Ghost
Gloves
Greater Crit
Hand Of Midas
Headdress
Heart
Heavens Halberd
Helm Of Iron Will
Helm Of The Dominator
Hood Of Defiance
Hyperstone
Invis Sword
Javelin
Lesser Crit
Lifesteal
Maelstrom
Magic Stick
Magic Wand
Manta
Mantle
Mask Of Madness
Medallion Of Courage
Mekansm
Mithril Hammer
Mjollnir
Monkey King Bar
Mystic Staff
Necronomicon
Necronomicon 2
Necronomicon 3
Null Talisman
Oblivion Staff
Ogre Axe
Orb Of Venom
Orchid
Pers
Phase Boots
Pipe
Platemail
Point Booster
Poor Mans Shield
Power treads
Power treads Agi
Power treads Int
Power treads Str
Quarterstaff
Quelling Blade
Radiance
Radiance Inactive
Rapier
Reaver
Recipe
Refresher
Relic
Ring Of Aquila
Ring Of Aquila Active
Ring Of Basilius
Ring Of Basilius Active
Ring Of Health
Ring Of Protection
Ring Of Regen
Robe
Rod Of Atos
Sange
Sange And Yasha
Satanic
Sheepstick
Shivas Guard
Skadi
Slippers
Smoke Of Deceit
Sobi Mask
Soul Booster
Soul Ring
Sphere
Staff Of Wizardry
Stout Shield
Talisman Of Evasion
Tango
Tpscroll
tranquil Boots
tranquil Boots Active
travel Boots
Ultimate Orb
Ultimate Scepter
Urn Of Shadows
Vanguard
Veil Of Discord
Vitality Booster
Vladmir
Void Stone
Ward Observer
Ward Sentry
Yasha
Wraith Band

Back End Changes *

Updated Strings *

Strings for the new delay system when failing to accept a queue or abandoning their last game:

    "matchmaking_match_disabled_local"              "You are prevented from matching for %s1 due to failing to ready-up or abandoning your last game"
    "matchmaking_match_disabled_party"              "%s1 will prevent matching for %s2 due to failing to ready-up or abandoning his or her last game"
									

The Rich Presence will show when you’re watching a tournament game:

    "DOTA_RP_WATCHING_TOURNAMENT"    "Watching A Tournament Game"
									

Bot difficulties have been renamed:

    "DOTA_Lobby_BotDifficulty_easy"    "Easy"
    "DOTA_Lobby_BotDifficulty_medium"  "Medium"
    "DOTA_Lobby_BotDifficulty_hard"    "Hard"
									

Some new error messages for the lobby system:

    "lobby_slot_error_header"    "Unable to switch slot"
    "lobby_slot_error"        "Failed to change lobby slot."
    "lobby_slot_denied"        "You do not have permission to join this slot."
    "generic_error_header"      "ERROR"
    "generic_gc_timeout"      "Message timed out."
									

Strings for the new workshop item testing system:

    "DOTA_ItemTest_LOD0Desc"      "This is the .DMX, .SMD, or .FBX file that contains the higher resolution skinned geometry for your item. It will be used only in portrait views. If your item isn't highly visible in the hero's portrait, leave this blank and we'll use the in-game geometry instead."

    "DOTA_ItemTest_LOD1Desc"      "This is the .DMX, .SMD, or .FBX file that contains the skinned geometry for your item. It will be used in-game."

    "DOTA_ItemTest_DisableNICE"      "Disable Texture Filtering"
    "DOTA_ItemTest_DisableNICE_Desc"  "On some textures, the NICE filter we use can result in mipmaps that don't maintain some specific texture detail. If you see this happening with your textures, try turning this option on and see if the textures are more readable."
    "DOTA_ItemTest_Reimport"      "Re-import"

    "DOTA_ItemTest_Importing"      "IMPORTING"
    "DOTA_ItemTest_Import_Success"    "IMPORT SUCCESSFUL"
    "DOTA_ItemTest_Import_Failed"    "IMPORT FAILED"
									

The spectator box will now show how many broadcasters are casting in the game under the audio channel section:

    "DOTA_SpectatorAudio_Header"    "%s1 Available"
									

Nolan North is credited for doing the voice work for Keeper of the Light and Dempsey Pappion is credited for doing to the voice work for Nyx Assassin and Visage.

    // Voice Credits
    "DOTA_ActorCredits"          "Nolan North - Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Keeper of the Light, Lone Druid, Lycan, Ogre Magi, Shadow Demon | Dempsey Pappion - Nyx Assassin, Visage"
									

Unreleased Hero Minimap Icons *

We’ve a couple of new, unused minimap icons in this patch.

Magnataur’s Minimap Icon *

Magnataur now has his own minimap icon, suggesting that he may arrive in the near future.

    "minimap_heroicon_npc_dota_hero_magnataur"
    {
        "file"    "vgui/hud/minimap_hero_sheet"
        "x"      "416"
        "y"      "160"
        "width"    "32"
        "height"  "32"
    }
									

Meepo’s Minimap Icon *

Progress continues on Meepo with his minimap icon now also being finished. Also suggesting that he may arrive in the near future.

    "minimap_heroicon_npc_dota_hero_meepo"
    {
        "file"    "vgui/hud/minimap_hero_sheet"
        "x"      "448"
        "y"      "160"
        "width"    "32"
        "height"  "32"
    }
									

Unreleased Cosmetic Items *

We’ve no new cosmetic models in this patch but we do have a number of new textures which may suggest what some of the future items might be.

Disclaimer: These items are still work in progress and might never be in the game, no freaking out allowed, thanks.

Axe’s Items *

Which is the texture for the Reaver’s Axe workshop item:

Which is the Nightmare Edge workshop item:

Blood Seeker’s Items *

Which is the texture for the BloodLetter workshop item:

Bounty Hunter’s Items *

 

 

 

Which are the textures for the Master Assassins workshop set:

Dragon Knight’s Items *

Which is the texture for the Blood Ravager workshop item:

Faceless Void’s Items *

Which is the texture for the Heavy Crusher workshop item:

Nature’s Prophet’s Items *

Which is the texture for the Metal Horn workshop item:

Omniknight’s Items *

 

  

Which are the textures for the Hierophant workshop set:

Sven’s Items *

Which is the texture for the Ruling Sword workshop item:

Tidehunter’s Items *

 

Which are the textures for the Deep Sea workshop set:

Which is the texture for the Tempest Site Axe workshop item:

Ursa’s Items *

 

 

Which are the textures for the Assault Armour workshop set:

 

Which are the textures for the Bones of the Ravager workshop set:

Unreleased Custom Couriers *

We’ve textures for a new, unseen courier, the Drodo.

Drodo *

There were references to a Dota 2 retail bundle that comes with a “Drodo the Druffin”, which is most likely this courier.

We don’t have a model for him yet, just textures:

Lockjaw *

Another extra listed on the retail bundle list is “Lockjaw the Boxhound”. We also have a texture for this guy as well.

Source Filmmaker Models *

A number of the tree prop models and bushes now have a “_sfm” version of the model, potentially showing that proper Dota 2 integration with the Source Filmmaker may be arriving sometime in the future.

Materials Update *

We’ve no new materials for the unreleased heroes in this week’s patch.

Particles Update *

We’ve no new particles for the unreleased heroes in this week’s patch.

Predictions For The Next Hero *

For my next hero prediction I will be picking The International 2. The progress made recently has been great but now is most likely the time to start buckling down and preparing for the second International event, polishing and fixing any remaining issues to ensure that the tournament goes smooth. Not to mention it would also help delay the release of Meepno.

Shoutouts *

A quick shoutout to every one who watched tonight’s live stream for this blog post, we somehow managed to get 3,000 people on at one point (to watch me make heroes dance?). Thanks guys/girls. <3

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  • Bardock

    Is Shadow Demon supposed to wearing that classy headgear?

    • Cyborgmatt

      Whoops!

      • PizpotGargravarr

        New Shadow Demon ability: Pimp Slap.

        • I WAN TECHIES AND TERRORBLADE!

          New Shadow Demon Cosmetic Set: Ye Olde Shadow Demon

          • Nope

            inb4 DOESN’T FIT WITH LORE

  • john

    All i ever needed was here
    in my arms

    • john

      Words are very unnecessary
      They can only do harm

      • Manly

        extremely gay!

  • Kara

    Oh Matthew <3 <3

  • Here here

    The Double Damage bottle is the same as the old, and the regular + medium bottle isn’t next to the small or the medium and small isn’t next to the regular bottle.

    • Here here

      On a personal note, why do they always have to add that cheap shine when they update item icons? Auuugh some of them look like plastic again.

  • Hellyeah

    cybormatt you make me moist

  • Contraire

    Thanks for this analysis, Icefrog, it really helps us know what you’re up to.

  • peto

    omg i’ve been waiting for you the whole day..where have you been?

  • Mac Mac

    This is relatively important too! ^^

    HIGHLIGHTS:- Added Nyx Assassin, Keeper of the Light, and Visage and enabled in Captain’s Mode!- Added a cooldown to being able to find a match when a player declines or abandons a gameGAMEPLAY:- Beastmaster: Fixed Wild Axes working with Refresher.- Beastmaster: Wild Axes no longer provide vision when they aren’t flying.- Naga Siren: Fixed Dust of Appearance not working against units slept by Song of the Siren.- Naga Siren: Fixed Ice Blast debuff not getting added to units slept by Song of the Siren.- Naga Siren: Fixed Weave not affecting units slept by Song of the Siren.- Phantom Lancer: Fixed Doppelwalk illusions not correctly replicating their inventory item slots.- Rubick: Fixed Wild Axes being left around when another ability is stolen.- Sand King: Neutrals can now be damaged by Sandstorm.- Templar Assassin: Fixed Meld initial attack doing too much damage.- Slardar: Fixed Bash working while doomed.- Neutrals damaged by an invisible enemy will now try to run away.

  • Chirpers

    Valve is just been amazing at releasing patches.

  • Contraire

    Thanks again Icefrog

  • Envy

    Was hoping for Meepo particle updates but guess Ill have to wait till after International by the looks of it. Would be a nice last hero suprise though.

  • perromentiroso132

    Great , but some new icons r wrong , btw first

    • perromentiroso123

      yea im first u dumb people so hate me

  • http://twitter.com/muni_juggler Oleg Firsov

    no heroes model update…i guess on next week we not see hero =

  • s1n

    Yaaay! No Meepo, thank God.

  • Alevyr

    Does anyone else notice the Combine logo from HL2 on the new recipe icon?

    • Squeak

      I KNEW I RECOGNISED THAT FROM SOMEWHERE!

  • Filipe

    thx cyborg

  • Next Week it shall be…

    i still reserve the thought of valve trolling CM, you dont know them.

  • BACONSTRIPS

    GOOD STUFF

  • Im.RainboW

    WEeee.. need Tauren Chieftain..
    Nice patch..

  • Alex

    1st, alright Gandalf is back!

  • Denada Dendi

    Great 3 heroes in this week i hope Meeeepoo will the next hero soon !

  • Zero

    International 2? Love that hero. Great job on the analysis.

  • expiredtofu

    CM’s textures are backwards, I think.

    • DrWorm

      I don’t think so if you look at the older one it’s a bit more pixelated than the newer one look at her thighs

      • expiredtofu

        That’s true. The wrists and some other places look more intricate in the old one though.

  • Meepo Must Come Out

    I don’t Meepno if I agree with you….

  • John

    the minimap icon looks like it could be bristleback

  • http://twitter.com/DudeWhat5 Dude What

    hi Gents

  • FalconerO

    GReat Job sir thanks you very much xD first blood :D

  • Alex

    Nyx looks like the lurker in starcraft 2.

  • FalconerO

    i thinks next hero is SUPER MEEPO xD

  • Chris

    Cyborgmatt, Quelling Blade and Stout Shield new icons seem to have been mixed up wrongly. Because the new icons seem to have poorer texture than the older icons.

  • pff

    yay

  • Shi

    What the fuck is wrong with their icon artist? They make them uglier with every update.

    • gekkey

      They’re moving away from the 3d look and towards the style of the comic.

  • Okoo

    Dude, the TI2 starts the 31 august………….
    Valve wont stop to make heroes 1 month before the tournament…

    • vaan13

      i agree u seee its not the previous year situation when u had only 40 heroes available at TI2 and dota was at early stage of development. Now we have Dota 2 Test + the most what need to be done is completed .

  • FalconerO

    icefrog and cyborgmatt are the same person or different people????

  • FalconerO

    icefrog and cyborgmatt are the same person or different people???? can tell me anyone please xD and GREAT JOB thats perfect

  • http://www.facebook.com/nate.borland.7 Nate Borland

    they really need to stop making weapons for axe that aren’t axes :(

    • Mic

      They need to stop making weapons for Axe. Seriously, he’s got a buttload, make some for the other heroes :(

      • Count Funkula

        Also Sven. He has like 15 swords but few options for everything else.

  • Barrogh

    They really have to release Meepo and Techies before International. It would be funny enough to see someone picking those, I’ll even silence down my inner realist for the sake of sheer lulz.

  • Annonymous

    That’s not Magnataur. It’s Bristleback!

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaun.wiseman.92 Shaun Wiseman

      “minimap_heroicon_npc_dota_hero_magnataur”

    • http://www.facebook.com/rectifyme Raphael Collantes

      he’s a rhino now

  • techies

    techies

  • Lodurr

    Stream was fun to watch, thanks for the hours of work that go into each of these. That top hat freaked me out though, I was ready to mourn the death of DotA2’s awesome aesthetics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.alex.37 Paul Alex

    Kotl trashcan hero but the ursa items are amazing

    • PizpotGargravarr

      The fantastic animation for Illuminate almost makes me want to play him… almost.

  • http://www.typhox.net/ Typhox

    Still no news about Phoenix… :(

  • Avram

    Is this patch even out yet?

  • BloodyOrange

    I dont like the new headdress and gem, but the rest of the new items look good

  • techies2

    techies

  • Delita Heiral

    Oh look… more items for Gondar, Tide,Sven, Axe and so on… when will people start making some items for the rest of the gang ? This is getting ridiculous… I’m surprised I don’t see a new Drow set… oh wait the workshop has 3 new already…

    • O.K.O.K

      the reason for this is that there are only about 10 or so models that are broken down and available to use for cosmetics. When they release new broken down models, like Sand King and Gyrocopter in this weeks post above, we will start to see some new heroes getting items.

      • Delita Heiral

        Yeah.. It’s just that I’m getting sick of the same heroes getting hats…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rectifyme Raphael Collantes

    I lol’d at the new Dire courier hahaha, Evull Donkhey!!!

    • you retard

      its not new

  • AvEngErZx

    No, please don’t change Assault Curiass, Drum, Armlet, Vanguard, Sange, S&Y icons! They are just overdone and ugly!

  • Copain

    I doubt I’ll get a response, but Matt, are the “Animations” supposed to be animations? You seem to indicate things like the teleport animations are you posting the animation, but it’s always just a picture for me. I’ve viewed them in multiple browsers and it’s just the same picture..

    • Lizard

      That should tell you something; And since it isn’t obvious to you, no, it’s ALWAYS just a picture for everyone.

  • mr9sky

    For the 4th In-game shot, the KOTL head is missing…

  • cyanidechrist

    Visage looks like Ryuk O_O

  • http://www.facebook.com/ispectre TAz Warásrí

    old blink dagger is better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Feed-Teh-Trolls/100002937185113 Feed Teh Trolls

      agreed

  • MisterG

    Meepo? Meepo? Meepo ?! *scrolls up and down*

  • LoveSaves

    Invis sword?????

    • Snipufin

      Shadow blade

  • http://www.facebook.com/harryxaxa Imran Adzman

    Thanks for the update!

  • Asif

    sigh, so no troll warlord until TI2

  • omfg lol

    Cyborgmatt dude you still have troll in Medusa’s concept art. And TI2 isn’t next week.. it’s still a full month from now. which gives valve enough time to release Magnus and Medusa

  • omfg lol

    Besides, Valv said there would only be 5-10 unreleased heroes by TI2… there are still 18 missing

    • vaan13

      i understand which 5 heroes will be unreleased for sure but others 5….

  • Tazz

    I agree with cyborg … i don’t think new heroes will come till after the international. About the new items … just “sick” … only the heart of tarasq is worst now

  • Utkan Gezer

    Those double damage bottles are identical… Both old and new ones.

  • Snorlax

    Heroes dance? Yes, i love it. xD

  • Radio

    I lost it when you put Omniknight’s head on Sand King doing the Zoidberg stance.

  • PiKRAJ

    WHAT ABOUT

    T
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    ???

    • Faraday

      Nothing

  • Willzon

    Matt thanks for all the hard work i was one of the 3000:D

  • Zoro

    I still think Valve can pump 3-5 heroes before the inter

    • vaan13

      and i thik they wont add only rizzrak legion commander ember spirit techies and dragonus

      • posnisir

        probably won’t add phoenix or tuskarr either

  • N o D

    I think 2 more heroes will be released in August since TI2 is scheduled in 8/31/2012 so more room for fixing bugs/exploits/etc. It looks like Magnataur is next but i don’t know about Meepo.

  • JG

    Shadow Demon pimp hat = amazing. Give him a sweet cane to go with it and I’m all in.

  • joe

    The new lothars, rapier, and skadi look so bad….. whyyyyy change the icons again i don’t understand

  • Gecko

    Although I’d like to see Meepo soon (before TI2), I still feel his model is not fitting enough. Perhaps he needs a touch of wickedness to make him look more intimidating and not so humorous. He just doesn’t look like a Geomancer to me…
    By the way… will he be carrying a shovel??

  • nls

    Blade Of Alacrity looks too much like yasha. I don’t like it

  • AiFidNubs

    Thanks CyborgMatt!
    Heroes: Good!
    Items: Same problems as before… satanic is better, but we still dont know what it is! Also MoM got cooler, but lost the characteristic colors that helped identify it. This happened with Cuirass. SnY and others too. Finally, when will they turn “boot” of elves into… idk, anything other than boots. But yeah, all in all still pretty good looking stuff.

  • Sephet

    Nice patch, was waiting for Nerubian Assassin for a long time.. but seriously, what the fuck are those new item icons? They are always getting worse.

  • bunneh

    *falls to knees* MMMEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Jawsh

    SnY should’ve stayed it’s greenish/yellow color. Red and green don’t make purple lol.

    • Savo

      yup purple SnY sucks.

  • GG

    Nyx is sexy and he know it! tu turururu tutu tu!!

  • Asilhouette

    I’ve got to say.. I love all of the new content for this patch and all.. but the only thing that bugs me the most is Crystal Maiden’s newer makeup that they used for her model. It’s too dark and it clashes with her bright personality!… =_= … my only annoyance.

  • gertrude

    I’m glad they’re still updating icons. I love it as an artist.
    Some of their new icons need a bit more work, but i beleive those won’t be the final accounts.
    Satanic especially looks unfinished.

  • Dankratos

    I WANT MEEPO AND TECHIES D:

  • Noocta

    I want Meepo before the Invitational :(

  • Frazzlehoon

    Cyborgmatt’s content analysis creation streams are the best. Lets get to 5k next week!
    GANGAM STYLE + LOADS OF MONEY. :D

  • Gx

    how will i able to find bloodstone if u always keep changin its appearance!

    • youaredumb

      they didnt idiot

  • Mac Mac

    And now it’s simply confirmed “and then there was 18″,valve is stopping all new heroes release after TI2,just like what Matt predicted,nice predictions Matt! ^^

  • http://twitter.com/franalex Francisco Alejandro

    I like the new kawaii wards

  • anonymus

    they didnt changed all items they only changed few of them in this patch

  • Crixalis

    Matt, i think u misarranged the new dagon icons. Dagon 5 has only 3 spikes while Dagon 3 has 5.

  • http://twitter.com/Swampsteel Nathan Almirall

    Official DOTA 2 website new hero entries have placeholder words (i.e. “BIO”) instead of actual bio entry and Keeper has glitched ability entry

  • armel

    Why replaced the ARMLET? the old one is more BETTER!

  • Sappo

    Hey everyone. Was watching last stream night and saw there really funny short furion clip (somethink with gpm or so). Could some1 link it? =) Thanks

  • beb97

    I made a video this week, featuring Nix Assasin and Ezalor involved in failed ganks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVN8Z7Uvm88
    Tell me what do you think !

  • vaan13

    matt where is review on last patch?