Dota 2 21st August Patch – Content Analysis

August 21st, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »
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This week’s Dota 2 patch has arrived early and deployed straight onto the live client, this is most likely because of the International 2012 preliminaries that are due to start on the 26th.

Blog Post Updated: Dota 2 22nd August Patch – Mini Content Analysis

Dota 2 22nd August Patch – Mini Content Analysis

Blog post updated 22nd August, new additions:

Front End Changes

This week’s patch is light on the front end changes but comes with a number of behind the scenes/back end changes.

Hero Model Updates

We’ve some more updates to Pudge’s model in this week’s patch.

Pudge’s Model Update

Pudge’s Toupee makes a return to cover up his bald head.

Pudge’s Texture Updates

Pudge’s textures have also been updated.

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New Pudge Textures

Old Pudge Textures

UI Updates

We’ve a couple of UI updates in this patch for the upcoming International dashboard branding/backgrounds.

International UI Updates

The loading screen background for The International 2012 is now being used:

The main menu also is making use of the alternative International based background/ember effect:

22nd August – UI Updates

 The loading screen has been changed again, this time the Dota 2 text has been removed:

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

Strings for the new Pennant system:

    // Pennants
    "dota_title_pennant"        "DOTA Team Pennant"
    "dota_desc_pennant_radiant"      "The displayed number is the total value of pennants equipped by spectators. Pennants and pennant upgrades can be purchased in the store and then equipped in the fan slot via the loadout panel. Equipping a pennant makes you eligible for tournament item drops."
    "dota_desc_pennant_dire"      "The displayed number is the total value of pennants equipped by spectators. Pennants and pennant upgrades can be purchased in the store and then equipped in the fan slot via the loadout panel. Equipping a pennant makes you eligible for tournament item drops."
									

Fanfare level attribute for the pennant upgrade system and International tag to show which year the tournament drop item is from:

    "Attrib_FanfareLevel"            "Level: %s1"
    "Attrib_InternationalTag"          "The International %s1"
									

A new “Champion’s Aura” particle effect for the unusual couriers unboxed out of the International chests:

    "Attrib_Particle33"              "Champion's Aura"
									

More strings for the Fan slot which informs you that the pennant you’ve chosen cannot be changed in the middle of the match:

    "DOTA_FanSlot"            "Player Fan Slot"
    "DOTA_ChangingFanSlot"        "If you are swapping out a fan item while spectating, the change will not take effect until the next game.  Upgrades can be applied to a fan item while spectating."
									

Strings for the new International announcer:

// Custom teamname sounds for int'l 2012 tournament
"TournamentNames"
{
  "6"  // absolute legends
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_01"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_intl2012_teamnameban_01"
  }
  "36" // navi
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_02"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_02"
  }
  "7" // DK
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_03"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_03"
  }
  "42" // Orange
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_04"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_04"
  }
  "4" // EHome
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_05"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_05"
  }
  "5" // iG
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_06"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_06"
  }
  "3" // complexity
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_07"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_07"
  }
  "22" // CLG
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_08"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_08"
  }
  "39" // EG
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_09"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_09"
  }
  "2" // Zenith
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_10"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_10"
  }
  "31" // Darer
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_11"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_11"
  }
  "15" // LGD
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_12"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_12"
  }
  "8" // MUFC
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_13"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_13"
  }
  "30" // mTw
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_14"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_14"
  }
  "20" // TongFu
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_15"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_15"
  }
  "17" // World Elite
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_16"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_16"
  }
  "26" // Mousesports
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_17"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_17"
  }
  "33" // Moscow Five
  {
    "pick" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnamepick_18"
    "ban" "announcer_announcer_Intl2012_teamnameban_18"
  }
}

									

Unreleased Cosmetic Items

We’ve some more unreleased cosmetic items in this patch.

Axe’s Items

Axe has a new “Dragon Axe” that comes with its own particle effects.

Wyvernguard Edge

“No mere woodcutter’s hatchet, the Wyvernguard Edge is a great-axe with the bite of a dragon. Forged from the knights’ steel found fused and glowing in the molten guts of a dozen slaughtered Pyrexae, the blade of Wyvernguard penetrates to the bleeding heart of any battle.”

Particle Effects:

Drow Ranger’s Items

Drow has a new ice cape and a bow that also comes with its own custom particle effects.

Ice Burst Cloak

“A cloak of scintillating frost.”

Bow of the Howling Wind

“In the endless chill of the far north, it is said that the cold of death comes on a howling wind brought by a great white wolf.  Many a hunter has attempted to slay this grave spirit.  Yet in all the known histories, the stories record only one bow that has ever fired strong enough, and true enough, to pierce its side.”

Particles Effects:

Tidehunter’s Items

Tidehunter’s offhand Hammer Head shark that I covered last week now has a name/description and backpack image.

Recluse Reef Denizen

“Recluse Reef is known for treacherous currents, lacerating corals, and barnacles big enough to drag down a galleon. In these evil waters, one denizen glides without fear, the undisputed master of Recluse Reef. Or anyway he glided…until Tidehunter needed a flail.”

In action:

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We’ve more updates to the unreleased custom couriers in this week’s patch.

Dolfrat and Roshinante

“How did I get here?” Such words of power are commonly heard from Dolfrat the Wizard, whose magic is so great that even he cannot grasp it. Indeed, his enemies accuse him of having no magical training whatsoever, pointing to the evidence of his most frequent incantation: “Did I do that?” And should you ever spy the mighty Dolfrat flat on his back in the road, you can be sure his trusty steed Roshinante is somewhere nearby–probably galloping at top speed away from a creaky tree or shadow that resembled a demon of nightmarish power.”

Standard Version:

Flying Version:

Dolfrat also has his own set of custom particle effects:

Braze the Zonkey

“Separated from his herd when disruptions to the traditional migratory route took it through a tesseract, he stands out a bit in this new habitat. But that’s all right. Apart from enemy heroes, he has no natural predators!”

Standard Version:

Flying Version:

22nd August – Braze the Zonkey

The Zonkey has had his textures updated with a new look.

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22nd August – Drodo the Druffin

“Discovered on an island in the Samareen Sea, this species of delicious dragon has been all but wiped out by hungry sailors.  Druffins lack the sense that nature gives most creatures, but their limitless trust makes them good couriers in the thick of battle.”

The Drodo courier now has it’s own set of particle effects.

22nd August – Lockjaw the Boxhound

“Most boxhounds you’re likely to come across would sooner eat you just for touching them, but all this little guy ever wants to do is play fetch.  His master never came home from battle, so if Lockjaw follows you home you should probably keep him.”

The Lockjaw courier also has his own set of particle effects as well.

Treasure Chests

This patch brought a couple new chests and a new key, these chests and keys will be used during the International 2012 tournament.

International Key

Used to open both the Treasure of Champions and the Treasure of Challengers.

Double click or right-click the key in your backpack and select the chest you want to open.

After the end of September 3rd, 2012 this will become a normal key.

International A Chest

Treasure of Champions

You will need an International Treasure Key to open this chest. You can pick one up at the DOTA 2 Store. This chest will disappear at the end of September 3rd, 2012. The unusual couriers that may drop from this chest can only be found during the International.

Loot List:

Shoulders of the Comet’s Tail (Uncommon)

The Spiritual Spirits (Uncommon)

Golden Walrus Whacker (Uncommon)

Cloak of the Dawn (Uncommon)

Shoulders of the Twelfth Day (Uncommon)

Crown of the Comet’s Tail (Rare)

Champion’s Belly Belt (Rare)

Flail of the Great Elder (Mythical)

International B Chest

Treasure of Challengers

You will need an International Treasure Key to open this chest. You can pick one up at the DOTA 2 Store. This chest will disappear at the end of September 3rd, 2012. The unusual couriers that may drop from this chest can only be found during the International.

Loot List:

Lucky Belly Belt (Uncommon)

Crescent Sickle of the Druid (Uncommon)

Poor Armor of the Druid (Uncommon)

Sange and Yasha (Uncommon)

Spine Sword (Uncommon)

Mask of the Many-Sighted (Rare)

Shoulder of the Noble (Rare)

Vice of the West (Mythical)

International Unusual Couriers

Both of these International chests will also have a chance at coming with an Unusual International courier, which will feature its own exclusive particle effect as well.

Drodo the Druffin

“Discovered on an island in the Samareen Sea, this species of delicious dragon has been all but wiped out by hungry sailors.  Druffins lack the sense that nature gives most creatures, but their limitless  trust makes them good couriers in the thick of battle.”

Murrissey the Smeevil

“It is rare to find a smeevil far from the warmth of the forge to which it’s bound, for they thrive on the affectionate cuffings and curses of their sworn smith. But the lure of a free tortoiceros ride compelled the smeevil Murrissey to break every oath…”

Lockjaw the Boxhound

“Most boxhounds you’re likely to come across would sooner eat you just for touching them, but all this little guy ever wants to do is play fetch. His master never came home from battle, so if Lockjaw follows you home you should probably keep him.”

The particle effect itself:

Team Pennants

A team pennant is a store purchased item that can be equipped via the non-hero loadout “Fan” slot, doing so will allow you to show your support for one of the 16 teams competing at the International 2012.

Once equipped this pennant will then allow you to earn tournament dropped items depending on if one of the tournament drop events (there are currently six of them) are triggered, this also requires that you have the pennant for the chosen team purchased plus equipped and the team you’re supporting are the ones that triggered the event.

For Example:
You’ve a Na’Vi pennant equipped and Dendi scores first blood, if you’ve a Na’Vi pennant purchased plus equipped in the Fan item slot and you witnessed that first blood (live through Dota TV) then you’ll have a chance at getting a tournament drop.

Pennant Upgrades

For those of you looking to throw more support towards your team you can also upgrade your Pennant using the Pennant Upgrade tool.

“item_name”: “Pennant Upgrade”
“item_description”: “Increase the Fanfare Level of a team pennant”

Pennant Strings

Pennant system’s description:

    // Pennants
    "dota_title_pennant"        "DOTA Team Pennant"
    "dota_desc_pennant_radiant"      "The displayed number is the total value of pennants equipped by spectators. Pennants and pennant upgrades can be purchased in the store and then equipped in the fan slot via the loadout panel. Equipping a pennant makes you eligible for tournament item drops."
    "dota_desc_pennant_dire"      "The displayed number is the total value of pennants equipped by spectators. Pennants and pennant upgrades can be purchased in the store and then equipped in the fan slot via the loadout panel. Equipping a pennant makes you eligible for tournament item drops."
									

Changing Pennant mid match will not be allowed:

    "DOTA_FanSlot"            "Player Fan Slot"
    "DOTA_ChangingFanSlot"        "If you are swapping out a fan item while spectating, the change will not take effect until the next game.  Upgrades can be applied to a fan item while spectating."
									

Tournament Drop Events

The current tournament drop trigger events:

    "DOTA_TournamentDrop"        "%s1 has received a prize for witnessing %s2!"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_FirstBlood"  "first blood"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_GameEnd"    "glorious victory"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_KillStreak"  "a multi-kill"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_HeroDeny"    "an allied hero denial"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_AegisDeny"    "a denial of the Aegis of the Immortal"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_AegisStolen"  "a theft of the Aegis of the Immortal"
									

International Team Pennants

(All of the International teams will have custom Pennants when TI2 starts and some of these might be temp art)

DK Pennant Logo:

DK Pennant:

LGD Pennant Logo:

LGD Pennant:

EHOME Pennant Logo:

EHOME Pennant:

TongFu Pennant Logo:

TongFu Pennant:

Complexity Pennant Logo:

Complexity Pennant:

MUFC Pennant Logo:

MUFC Pennant:

mTw Pennant Logo:

mTw Pennant:

Evil Geniuses Pennant Logo:

Evil Geniuses Pennant:

22nd August – Team Pennants

The Team Pennants are now available in the store, the pennant upgrade now has an icon and the rest of the International teams have Pennant Logos, you can find both of these updates below.

Pennant Upgrades

The 22nd August patch has added the Pennant Upgrade icon:

22nd August – International Team Pennants

22nd August Update, for the missing teams.

Na’Vi’s Pennant Logo:

Na’Vi’s Pennant:

CLG’s Pennant Logo:

CLG’s Pennant:

Zenith’s Pennant Logo:

Zenith’s Pennant:

World Elites` Pennant Logo:

World Elites`Pennant:

Absolute Legend’s Pennant Logo:

Absolute Legend’s Pennant:

25th August – International Team Pennants

More Pennants have made their way onto the client and the artwork for the Mouz and Na’Vi pennants has been updated.

Mouz’s Pennant Logo (Updated):

Mouz’s Pennant (Updated):

Na’Vi’s Pennant Logo (Updated):

Na’Vi’s Logo (Updated):

Darer’s Pennant Logo:

Darer’s Pennant:

Updated Sound Files

We’ve some more voice work and music updates in this week’s patch.

International Announcer

There are a number of new announcer lines that have been specifically recorded for The International 2012, ranging from referencing the team’s pick/ban stage, tournament progression and more.

Welcome lines:

eg: Welcome to the Dota 2 International!

Team Advance lines:

eg: Na’Vi has advanced to the next round. 

Game lines:

eg: Game one.

Item Granted lines:

(For the tournament triggered item drops)

eg: You have been granted an item. 

Team Ban lines:

eg: DK’s turn to ban.

International Winner lines:

eg: Mouse Sports are the Dota 2 International champions!

Eliminated lines:

eg: Moscow Five has been eliminated.

(For some reason Na’Vi doesn’t have an elimination line)

Team Pick lines:

eg: mTw’s turn to pick.

Team Name lines:

eg: AL or Absolute Legends.

Team Name Victory lines:

eg: Na’Vi Victory.

Tournament Stage lines:

eg: Quarter Finals.

Usher lines:

eg: Your attention please.

You can listen to the full set of new audio lines here.

Courier Sounds

The new set of unreleased couriers (Drodo, Lockjaw and Turtle Rider) all have their own set of custom sound effects.

Drodo

fish_slam:

Lockjaw

lockjaw_run_gold_03:

Turtle Rider

turtle_rider_rear_up:

Music

The International hero selection drums have been updated again.

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

Will return after The International 2012.

Giveaway

Apologises for the delay on this one, I will get around to handing out the couriers this week so keep an eye on your Steam invite list.

Also this will probably be my last blog post until September, I have a small trip planned in the near future, so I’m going to be a busy for a little while.

<3

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  • Chinabot

    Honk

  • mote

    :D
    first

  • http://www.Jimo.co.uk/ Jimo

    knoh

  • unlasheddeer

    the prelims start on the 26th, no?

  • t00ey

    Thanks as always Cyborgmatt!

  • need techies!

    Great job, thanks!

    (But where are Techies?)

  • xd

    3rd lol

  • akd

    >Mouse Sports champions file
    did I miss something?

    • A CAT

      Mouz are in because of their presence as a backup team in case one team is DQ’d or is a No Show, I’m guessing.

  • Henkr

    What do you guys think will be the most cost efficient if you want the Drodo and Turtle Rider curriers?

  • Kaho

    Is the preliminaries Bo1?

  • Techies

    Is anyone dropping the Drow bow yet?

  • ewars

    na’vi doesn’t have an elimination line? sounds like this tournament is already cooked

    • Daz
    • K3max

      well its not cooked, but navi is the best team and they have triple the amount of points as the team that is named “second” in the team rankings.

  • ophi

    Mousesports win TI2

    • Haans

      But mouz is just a backup team. :(

  • the chicken

    Drodo is best courier.

  • Cesar

    Great job as always, Matt! But looks like Na’vi has something behind the curtains. Hope they don’t win this!!!!!!!!!! (jk lol)

  • Yoshi

    <3 Valve

  • BadKarma

    “A small trip” would this be to Seattle by any chance Matt? ;D

  • ANNONNY

    “eg: Mouse Sports are the Dota 2 International champions!”

    Something even rarer/impossible then Alchemist’s victory animation.

    Lots of interesting little things that will make TI2 even better with the spectating and following teams closely.

  • rabbit

    na’vi already has the elimination line…

  • i know you are IceFrog

    ha ha i know where you are going on a trip, to Seattle! well played IceFrog…

    • Dotaiscool

      :))

  • Bitter

    why the sange and yasha daggers? there is no need for cosmetic in-game items.

  • Dre
  • The Shredder

    zenith penant time!

  • Buffon

    Na’vi have an elimination line, it is second under AL

  • loneRanger

    We get to keep our Alpine Ursa sets!! Can’t wait to wear it every match and insta-win via butthurt.

  • Cz

    Great analysis as always.

  • sumuraijack

    Time to buy keys !

  • Wai Kit

    wow

  • DocMC

    gay cowboy ursa is eliminated!

  • Zypharious

    I can see the pennant gives items if u happen to see fb or such events done by the team your supporting :). Better not watch under Tobi’s camera view then :D

  • My name

    So will I able to get items during watching Intern.?

  • Blöb

    “(For some reason Na’Vi doesn’t have an elimination line)” NOOOOO xD

  • Fox

    The drodo courier is very cool, but i didnt see the particle effect in game?

  • Ashmedai

    So Mouz is going to win with carry Alchemist, that’s sounds reasonable.
    I wonder when Skywrath Mage will be out:(

  • partyy

    (For some reason Na’Vi doesn’t have an elimination line) :D

  • Grow Up and Blow Away

    Sigh, and not a windrunner item was found.

    I’m throwing my money at my screen, but nothing is happening… :(

  • Gz

    M5 eliminated, Navi no elimination line, Mouse Sports champions…
    good humor icefrog, well played!

  • <3www

    lol valve are you kidding me draw has a monkey face from the angle cyborg presents it above…. big disappoint on the gfx. thx for the analysis

    • <3www

      drow*

  • Andra

    hey cyborgmatt, how can I join your giveaway?:D

  • An7hrax

    Wow, the team support item is pretty cool idea from Valve and how you can get items from spectating matches if you bet right :D

  • Jareth

    So that trip means you’re going to be in The International 2 right Cyborgmatt?

  • valveee

    Pennants what if i support more than one team? how will it show on my profile?

  • ๖ FalcσŋεяO ๖

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/falconvicent Ty for all sir :D take care GREAT JOB

  • falconero

    Comparison Slider AWESOME JOB sir

  • N

    WHERE M5 PENNANT???

  • Paskie!

    Nice to see some more communitymade items! Great job as always Matt.

  • MaidMaster

    A little trip right… Have fun in Seattle, IceFrog!

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/MaidMaster/

  • asd

    La verdad preferia el gordo sin cabello, se veia mas Imba

  • http://www.facebook.com/gustespindola Gustavo Espíndola
  • tmsr

    I thought TongFu beat World Elite to go to TI2 o.O

  • guidemoc

    Let me get what i want… Murrissey…
    http://steamcommunity.com/id/guidemoc

  • Rick

    about courier new and old, fix it please xD

  • renegade

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/crimson106
    Thanks for the great post once again :D hope you enjoy your trip

  • Draco
  • Yars

    Where’s m5′ pennant? :(:(:(

  • sumuraijack2010

    zomg zomg zomg

  • jackay
  • dota2needfix

    When valve loading screen of first game will be fixed? (more of 5 mins for load 1º map and other maps 30 sec….)

  • badassmuddah4000

    I’d give my left nut for the Smeevil courier. Does anyone know if they will eventually make their way to the Dota 2 store?

  • dand

    lone druid items should also appear on the bear form…

  • victoria_cn

    so you’re gonna come back,more info plz.

  • http://twitter.com/furthestlucas lucas lu

    I’m nearly 24 years old and will go to work one year later. I dont know if i have passion and time to continue playing dota2 when it comes out one or several years later, whatever, I hope to try dota2 now to find back the memories we owned when we were young. We 22~24-year old were the biggest power that support Dota in war3 at that time. I dont want to wait anymore! But no where can I get even an invitation. I dont want to forget the game when i am working and quit it. So can u invite me to it?

    • Lol

      you are still not working at 24? u failed at school or at studying much?

  • Frodo

    Did i win awesome courier that rhymes with my name?

  • Xbord

    u lets us w8 for 5 weeks alrdy pls there be a new update with ATLEAST 5 heroes

  • LetThemCome

    so is there gonna be a new update soon ?

  • PhiLiP

    I dont have any couriers, some of my friends have, but not me. And I am the guy that almost always play the support role couse me friends are stupid and always wants to have big items and farm like crazy. And i think it would be cool to have a cool courier when im buying it all the time. =)) Thank you

    http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198040078905/

  • samh
  • Rashoova

    :D

  • Gingervitus

    I wonder if we are gonna get Meepo in the test client today! I have waited so long for a new hero!

  • hotshot

    Can I get a courier, please?.. =D
    http://steamcommunity.com/id/12hotshot/

  • RandomGuy

    it seems like cyborg is not interesting on new content anymore, because of no heroes released lately

  • theSAiNT

    Where’s our missing cyborg?

    • http://twitter.com/Ayurai Ricardo Ayurai

      Nobody knows D=?

  • http://www.facebook.com/imre.nagy.589 Imre Nagy

    No New Patch Analysis. :( another cool stuff that dies with the lack of activity…

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikola.jovanovic.3939 Nikola Jovanovic

    Dace Cyborgmatt sto ne da Bog :D
    http://steamcommunity.com/id/jovpsy/