Dota 2 19th September Patch – Content Analysis

September 20th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

As I predicted this week’s patch brings us five new heroes (as long as you’ve a scepter) which means that Meepo has finally arrived into the world of Dota 2. You can view the full changelog here.

Front End Changes

New Hero

Five heroes in one patch, a new record for Valve.


Meepo, the Geomancer.

“If you ask me, life is all about who you know and what you can find. When you live up in the Riftshadow Ruins, just finding food can be tough. So you need to cut corners, you need to scrounge, you need to know your strengths. Some of the beasts up there can kill you, so you need a way to trap the weak and duck the strong. On the upside, the ruins have history, and history is worth a lot to some people. There used to be a palace there, where they had all these dark rituals. Bad stuff. If you survived the ceremony, they would shatter a crystal and split your soul into pieces. They made great art though! Sculptures and such. Let me tell you: sometimes you stumble onto some of those old carvings. Take a pack full of those to town and sell them, then get yourself food for a few weeks. If luck is really on your side, you might find a Riftshadow crystal. Get it appraised and start asking around. Someone always knows some crazy fool looking for this kind of thing. If all else fails, sell it to a Magus the next time one’s in town. They love that stuff. Still, whatever you do, be careful handling those crystals. You do not want one to go off on you. It really hurts.”



Model Viewer Shots

In Game Shots

Hero Texture Updates

We’ve another set of minor texture updates in this patch.

Enchantress` Updates

Enchantress` textures have once again been revisited after last week’s update. The new updated textures give more detail and colour which a lot of the community thought she was lacking in her new texture set.

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New Textures

Old Textures

Pudge’s Updates

Pudge also had some minor texture updates.

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New Textures

Old Textures

Hero Models Broken Down

We’ve an update to one of the existing broken down models and a new arrival.

Crystal Maiden’s Model

Crystal Maiden’s break down has been adjusted with her cape and headdress now being separated.

New Part:

Crystal Maiden’s Headdress

New Base Model:

Meepo’s Model

Meepo’s Model has arrived already broken down and ready for cosmetic items.

Default Parts:

Meepo’s Hood
Meepo’s Backpack
Meepo’s Shoulderpads
Meepo’s Bracers
Meepo’s Tail

Base Model:

UI Updates

This week’s patch brings us a new notification system as well as updates to the hero display and broadcaster selector UIs.

In Game UI

This patch brings another new UI feature, killstreak notifications that are displayed on killstreak events such as first blood and killing sprees.

The first blood notifcation has blood smeared across it:

Examples of the other killstreak notifcations:

Hero Display UI

The finished version of the new hero display UI is now in place and ready for the arrival for Meepo, it’s made specifically for heroes with multiple primary units eg: Meepo and Lone Druid.

You can see an explanation of the new UI’s functionality below:

Broadcaster UI

The broadcaster selector UI has been updated with a new look:

Dashboard UI

The live games list on the watch tab has been updated with a filter, the filter is done based on what hero you specify and the games will be listed in an order of average skill, highest to lowest:

League Passes

This week’s patch has brought a couple of new Dota TV League Passes, one for the RaidCall Dota 2 tournament and another for Starladder’s Season 3 tournament.

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

The strings for the tutorial system have been updated, suggesting that the tutorial system made be being currently worked on again:

    // Last Hit / Deny Training

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_LastHit"    "Last Hit / Deny Practice"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_LastHit"      "Try to get as many last hits and denies as possible in the time limit.  Your score is a combination of last hits, denies, and how much damage you take."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_RoundOne"    "Round One - Sniper"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_RoundOne"    "Sniper has a ranged attack with no projectile, so the hit occurs very quickly.  However, he has low base damage, so timing is important."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_Sniper"      "Last hit as Sniper."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_RoundTwo"    "Round Two - Anti-Mage"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_RoundTwo"    "Anti-Mage has a very quick attack animation and fast attack rate - melee heroes are generally easier to last hit with."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_Antimage"    "Last hit as Anti-Mage."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_RoundThree"    "Round Three - Mirana"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_RoundThree"    "Mirana has a good attack animation and projectile speed but lower damage, making her of moderate difficulty."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_Mirana"      "Last hit as Mirana."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_RoundFour"    "Round Four - Crystal Maiden"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_RoundFour"    "Crystal Maiden's attack animation has a wind-up time and a slow moving projectile, making it difficult to predict when the hit will occur, making her difficult to last hit with."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_CrystalMaiden"  "Last hit as Crystal Maiden."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_RoundFive"    "Round Five - Shadow Fiend"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_RoundFive"    "Shadow Fiend is great at farming creeps rapidly with his good attack animation, high damage, and ability Shadowraze - see how quickly you can farm this lane."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_ShadowFiend"    "Farm as fast as you can!"

We’ve some new strings for a item training on support icons:

    // Item Training - Support
    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems"          "Support Item Training"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems"          "Learn in-depth mechanics of Support items!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_RingOfBasilius"  "Ring of Basilius"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_RingOfBasilius"    "Ring of Basilius is a powerful early game item for junglers and support heroes.  It gives a flat 0.6 mana regeneration, as well as 2 armor to all heroes and creeps in the radius, as well as providing the carrier with extra armor and damage."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_RingOfBasilius2"  "Ring of Basilius"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_RingOfBasilius2"  "The item is toggable. When turned off, the aura won't give your friendly creeps the bonus armor.  Turn it on when you want to make summoned units more powerful or push a lane.  The ring's aura will still affect allied heroes."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_RingOfBasilius2"  "Toggle Ring of Basilius!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Headdress"      "Headdress"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Headdress"      "Headdress is useful early on to help you, your creeps and your lane mates to regenerate health.  The aura radius is only 500, so stay near an ally if they need some health."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Buckler"      "Buckler"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Buckler"      "Buckler is a useful defensive item.  It passively grants some armor and stats, while it's active ability will give friendly units around you +2 bonus armor. This can be helpful when attacking or defending towers, or in teamfights."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_Buckler"      "Give your friendly heroes the armor bonus!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Urn"        "Urn of Shadows"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Urn"        "Urn of Shadows is a dynamic item that can be used in many ways.  Passively, it grants some strength and mana regeneration, but the Soul Release ability is more important.  Whenever an enemy hero dies around an Urn carrier, that Urn will gain 2 Soul Release charges."
    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Urn2"        "Soul Release - Heal"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Urn2"        "When Soul Release is used, it drains a charge from Urn of Shadows.  If it is used on an ally, it will heal them for 400 HP over the course of 8 seconds.  If the unit takes tower damage or damage from a player-controlled unit, the heal is lost, so be careful to use the heal only in situations when this won't happen."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_Urn2"        "Heal your injured ally!"
    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Urn3"        "Soul Release - Damage Over Time"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Urn3"        "If Soul Release is used on an enemy hero, it will deal 150 damage over the course of 8 seconds.  Unlike the heal, this effect can't be removed except by purge effects.  The low amount of damage is useful to finish off running enemies that have low health, due to the long range of Soul Release."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_Urn3"        "Finish off the enemy hero!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_TranquilBoots"    "Tranquil Boots"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_TranquilBoots"    "Tranquil Boots are the most defensive type of boots.  The Heal ability will restore 170 HP over 10 seconds, as long as you don't take tower or player-controlled damage.  Tranquil Boots also add a bit of passive regeneration and armor, as well as having higher than average movement speed for boots."
    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_TranquilBoots2"  "Tranquil Boots - Break"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_TranquilBoots2"    "Tranquil Boots do have a downside - their Break ability.  If a player takes 4 instances of player-controlled damage in the course of 10 seconds, the Tranquil Boots will temporarily become Boots of Speed, meaning that they lose all their passive stats and the Heal ability.  Once the player hasn't taken 4 instances of damage in the last 10 seconds, the Tranquil Boots will reform."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_TranquilBoots2"    "Use the Heal ability!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Medallion"      "Medallion of Courage"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Medallion"      "Medallion of Courage is a double-edged sword of an item.  Passively, it gives you some armor and mana regeneration.  However, the Valor ability makes this item what it is.  When used on an enemy, both the item holder and the target enemy lose 6 armor (which is the same amount gained passively).  Medallion of Courage gives you an armor advantage over your enemies, but it's up to you how to use it!"
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_Medallion"      "Use Valor on Roshan!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Drum"        "Drum of Endurance"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Drum"        "Drum of Endurance is an item that provides a lot of different benefits.  Passively, it gives nice stats, and Swiftness Aura, which grants a small movement and attack speed bonus to surrounding units."
    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Drum2"        "Drum of Endurance"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Drum2"        "The active ability Endurance adds another small movement and attack speed bonus to surrounding units, effectively doubling the speed from Swiftness Aura.  This is very helpful for moments when you need just a bit more speed to catch or run.  It only has 4 charges, so use wisely."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_Drum2"        "Catch the flying courier!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Vlads"        "Vladmir's Offering"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Vlads"        "Vladmir's Offering provides a wide number of bonuses to surrounding teammates, such as armor, regeneration, and bonus damage.  It also gives friendly melee units lifesteal on their attacks."
    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItem_Vlads2"        "Vladmir's Offering"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItem_Vlads2"        "The lifesteal aura is useful for melee carries that have other Unique Attack Effects, as other Lifesteal items won't work for them.  A support with Vladmir's can provide this benefit to his melee carry."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Mekansm"      "Mekansm"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Mekansm"      "Mekansm is a powerful midgame item.  Passively, it gives some nice armor and stats, as well as giving passive regneration to yourself and surrounding friendly units.  The most powerful part of the item is the active Restore, which heals 250 HP and grants bonus armor for a limited time."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItems_Mekansm"      "Heal your allies!"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_SupportItems_Pipe"        "Pipe of Insight"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_SupportItems_Pipe"        "Pipe of Insight is the go-to item when it comes to preventing magical damage.  Building from a Hood of Defiance, it passively increases spell resistance as well as providing a lot of HP regeneration.  The Barrier active ability gives a protective field on all nearby units, preventing 400 magic damage from being dealt to them."
    "DOTA_TutorialTask_SupportItem_Pipe"        "Prevent the magic damage!"

New tooltip strings for unreleased heroes (Medusa, Troll Warlord and Magnataur):

    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_medusa_mana_shield"              "Mana Shield"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_medusa_mana_shield_Description"        "Some of the damage taken by Medusa is dealt to her mana pool."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_medusa_stone_gaze"              "Stone Gaze"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_medusa_stone_gaze_Description"        "Speed reduced by 100%%; slowing regaining speed over time."

    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_slow"       "Whirling Axes Slow"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_slow_Description" "Slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%%."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_troll_warlord_fervor"             "Fervor"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_troll_warlord_fervor_Description"       "Attack speed increased by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_ATTACKSPEED_BONUS_CONSTANT_SECONDARY%."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_troll_warlord_battle_trance"           "Battle Trance"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_troll_warlord_battle_trance_Description"     "Attack speed increased by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_ATTACKSPEED_BONUS_CONSTANT_SECONDARY%."

    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_magnataur_empower"              "Empower"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_magnataur_empower_Description"        "Base damage increased by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_BASEDAMAGEOUTGOING_PERCENTAGE%%%, gaining %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_TOOLTIP%%% cleave damage on hit."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_magnataur_skewer_slow"            "Skewered"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_magnataur_skewer_slow_Description"      "Slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%%."

We’ve a few new cosmetic item sets:

    "DOTA_Set_Axe_Oryx"              "Armor of the Oryx"
    "DOTA_Set_Axe_Heavy_Steel"          "Heavy Steel Armor"
    "DOTA_Set_Faceless_Clas"          "The Dials of Claszureme"
    "DOTA_Set_Clinkz_Vandal"          "Demonic Vandal's Garb"

Unreleased Announcer Packs

The Axe announcer pack and mega kills pack now have artwork, subtitles and response rules which means the new Axe announcer should be arriving soon.

Unreleased Cosmetic Items

The cosmetic items keep on coming, after last weeks addition of around 250 new cosmetic item references we have another batch of new item references.

Axe’s Cosmetic Items

superior’s axe –

Bounty Hunter’s Cosmetic Items


Darksteel Set –

Dragon Knight’s Cosmetic Items


Armor of the Drake Set –

Lone Druid’s Cosmetic Items

tribe_hunter_sicle –

Outworld Destroyer’s Cosmetic Items

diadem_dark_destroyer –

Nature’s Prophet’s Cosmetic Items

shoulder_sprout –

Omniknight’s Cosmetic Items

head_hood_hierophant –


Brother Omni Set –

Phantom Assassin’s Cosmetic Items

the_evildoer –

Phantom Lancer’s Cosmetic Items

feathered_naginata –

sun_forged_spear –

Pudge’s Cosmetic Items

slaughterhouse_chains –

Skeleton King’s Cosmetic Items

khan_cape –

Sven’s Cosmetic Items

mask_of_madness –

Ursa’s Cosmetic Items

skulltar_claws –

Windrunner’s Cosmetic Items

zarukina_protector_hair –


Sparrowhawk Set –

Store Ready Cosmetic Items

There are a number of unreleased cosmetic items that I now suspect will be making their way into the store shortly (which includes a few new bundles/sets).

Axe’s Items

Axe has two new item sets/bundles and a number of other items that are store ready.

Heavy Steel Armor

The Items

Proof of Courage
“In the Red Mist army, cowards were made to cut their hair in shame. Axe has known neither fear, nor shame. Nor a barber.”

Heavy Steel Shoulder
“The warlord thought his forged armor would win the day. Axe showed him otherwise.”

Heavy Steel Axe
“Forged for a brutal warlord who sought to challenge Axe in single combat.”

“Heavy Steel Belt
“A deep scratch shows at its center, a remnant of the only attack the original owner was able to deflect.”

Armor of the Oryx

The Items

Heavy Chopper of the Oryx
“The legendary general Oryx was said to have been able to end any duel with a single swing.”

Helm of the Oryx
“The helm of the legendary general Oryx has seen countless battles and wars.”

Belt of the Oryx
“This belt once belong to Oryx, a legendary general from a bygone era.”

Pauldron of the Oryx
“The sigil of the Oryx is carved into the shoulder.”

Other Items

Skullsplitter Axe
“Axe never had the heart to wipe the original owner’s blood from the edge.”

The Half Measure
“The other blade was just for show.”

Sylnashar the Winged Axe
“Lost for centuries, the winged axe known as Sylnashar was once the favored weapon of an ancient king.”

Little Blink Dagger
“Don’t worry, precious Axe. Blink Dagger does not come to chop.”

“While the edge has cracked and chipped on the lives of hundreds, it has never failed to finish the job.”

“This weapon once adorned a nobleman’s mantel collecting dust, which is exactly the fate Axe made for the nobleman’s head.”

Bloodseeker’s Items
Spinal Slicer
“The prized spine of a red drake provides this heavy blade with an excellent counter-balance.”

“A thousand lives it claimed before it shattered, and a thousand more it shall claim after!”

Bounty Hunter’s Items

Qaldin Assassin’s Glaive

Poniard of the Crimson Cut-throat

Clinkz’s Items

Clinkz also has an item set ready.

Demonic Vandal’s Garb

The Items

Demon Guise of the Vandal
“For a hundred years, a blind smeevil hammered and honed his masterpiece, until the great work was done. None shall see your face behind the iron mask of the Demon Guise.”

Torn Guard of the Vandal
“Tired of your clavicle being exposed to the world? Here is an enchanted armor designed to shield old bones from plight of combat.”

Skeletal Claw of the Vandal
“Lacking flesh, Clinkz adorns his skeletal hand with the claw of the Vandal. Forged by smeevils in ages long past, this iron claw is for many hapless victims the iron grip of death itself.”

Faceless Void’s Items

Faceless Void has a new item set.

The Dials of Claszureme

The Items

Helm of Claszureme
“The runes upon the brow give vision beyond the flow of time.”

“The cudgel of the ageless, said to be the result of a millennia of craftsmanship compressed to the blink of an eye.”

Morphling’s Items

Morphling has a number of new items that are store ready but none of these are classed as sets or bundles yet.

Falling Comet


Shifting Forms


Frost Shard

Other Changes

There’s a new Anvil model that has been added to the files.

Materials Update

No updates to the unreleased heroes materials in this patch.

Particles Update

This week’s patch gives us two new sets of particles for the unreleased heroes, Centaur Warchief and Magnataur.

Centaur Warchief’s Particles

Magnataur’s Particles

Predictions For The Next Hero

At this moment in time I’m expecting Magnus the Magnataur to make an appearance as the next hero in Dota 2. 

  • Cordell Brathwaite

    lmao your streams are hilarious (CHUAN card anyone?) What time is it where you are matt?

  • trout

    are those windrunner cosmetics gonna be in the shop this week?

  • ahahaha

    dumb lol

  • Adrian

    Good! Greetings from Venezuela!

  • Adrian

    Good! Greetings from Venezuela!

  • CC

    Informative and well put together as usual.
    Thanks Matt! 😀

  • Jae

    Thanks Icefrog!

  • Kevinriz9r

    first i won

    • Cordell Brathwaite


    • Cordell Brathwaite


  • peto

    oh yeah good work matt…but i was expecting a material update for an unreleased hero…:(

  • Derrick James McKain

    Where art thou Slark?

  • Golemonium

    Was desperately waiting for more heroes D:
    Sadface engaged.

  • Golemonium

    Was desperately waiting for more heroes D:
    Sadface engaged.

  • SHIT

    mga bobo

  • Skim

    omg, I NEED those WR cosmetics…thanks for the update Matt!

  • rzor

    cybormatt good job!
    Next Hero centaur!

  • Sam Seewan

    So is meepo the only hero coming out? and for fuck sake stop making items for heroes that already have items!

  • WEWT


  • Jonathan Linets

    I swear to God, if I see another Axe item I will decapitate whoever added it.
    To answer your question: Yes, with an axe.

  • hello i like


  • N o D


  • Ricardo Ayurai

    “Five heroes in one patch, a new record for Valve.”
    How lanaya would say: Ha….. ha…… ha……

    • Whaitiri

      It was a joke. Meepo is 5 heroes.



    • asdfjhalskdfhkjasdf

      while meepo still gigling at lanaya –

      Lanaya : he alone engage!
      Main and Alone Meepo : Refraction? hit first > Mek
      Lanaya : Why he aint running?! O_o
      MaAM : zuprizeeee!!! (to late to run perma net – 200×5 damage BOOOM to that shitty face)! (the rest poof to your face )

      meepo : not so op after all =_= (bot – dagger – vlad – gg)

  • nynyny

    “This patch brings another new UI feature, killstreak notifications that are displayed on killstreak events such as first blood and killing sprees”

    Sup Matt. Do you know of any option to return the game back to normal yet? Like a console command so the killing show in the seperate chat again?

    Because IMO its pretty distracting/annoying and I would like to switch it back to “normal”

    Thanks in advance.

  • Κώστας Τσογγίδης

    Great job once again Matthew

  • Trotskij

    I want Slark, goddammit!

  • SLaps

    Thx :)

  • Imran Adzman

    Great post! I hope they stop pushing out Axe’s items. I mean, he’s got a load of it already. Give room for other heroes.

    • Jovan Kanevce

      what room they have unlimited room


    i love we set XD


      i love wr set

  • rfghjk

    Why are most od those cosmetics that ugly? It’s not even funny..

  • Zaira Vicere

    Like 300 cosmetics and none of them are the Venge Mask? :L

    • Zaira is dumb

      Venge mask has been rejected by Valve

      • Zaira Vicere

        I have the page open right now and there’s no rejection notice, so you’re a liar. Nice name though.

  • Major Bob

    Nice patch but cant see a single meepo anywhere.

    • FoxCharge

      Meepo’s still only in Dota 2 Test. They’ll probably add him into the actual Dota 2 client in around six or seven hours (assuming they follow the same pattern as other heroes).

  • Lagger

    FINALLY! MEEPO!!!!! can finally win games 1v5 and not rely on team in pubs XD

    • FoxCharge

      LOL you must have the micro of a South Korean and the future sight of Nicholas Cage.

  • sadfasdf

    5 heroes huh? wow …. i am really disappointed that i found out it was a little joke…. 4 weeks and they release only meepo.. also i am pretty sure the employees were working in their workplace so dont tell me there was the international….

    • Miles

      The International was very all hands on deck.

    • Pyra

      You should ask for your money back

    • Pimp

      needs a refund man, just give me back my money right now

  • Misiek

    I see Enchantress’ face still looks like that of a misshapen anorectic. Who the **** approved this at Valve? I mean, I can understand making the mistake of letting some intern work on a hero alter, but to put it in the client for all to see when it’s objectively worse than the previous version?

    • FoxCharge

      The phrase “objectively worse” has been cropping up a lot lately, and it’s simply hilarious. There is NOTHING “objective” about YOUR opinion on her appearance. Yes, the fact that she has less facial animations is an issue and should be addressed. Yes, the fact that she is still not smiling is also an issue…and should also be addressed. But your opinion is not “objective.” Check out a dictionary sometime.

      • Misiek

        So I gather you have a degree in fine arts like I do? And you’re a professional illustrator, like I am? And you’ve studied human anatomy, like I did?

        If the answer to any of the three is “no”, then I suggest you skip the dictionary lessons. I’m not expressing an opinion here, I’m giving an assessment of technical prowess behind the new model. The values and relations are obviously worse, from the shape of the jaw and chin to the bridge/nose tip ratio to the unnaturally tilted eyes. This is all IN RELATION TO AN EXISTING MODEL that not only had better proportions, it also conveyed the idea behind the character better.

        • Hykz

          first i will answer ur 3 question with yes, no (but i am 3d artist, so no complaint) and yes,

          and i assume that i had right to answer that you actually expressing ur opinion as objective opinion.

          i think you forgot that this is not human, rather it is a dryad, and how the dryad look like is up to the creator. it is a fantasy model, not a reality model where you are strict to some ‘requirement’.
          and more importantly, whenever the model is good or not, is not based on one person alone, as some people might think that she is better, while some people might she become worse.

          so please stop talking about objectively, as it is clearly subjective based opinion,


        • FoxCharge

          Again, you’re using completely subjective terms like “obviously worse” and “better proportions.” It IS your opinion, there are many Dota players who strongly disagree with you. If the justification for YOUR OPINION is that her face doesn’t conform to common human proportions, then it is inherently flawed: she isn’t human. Humans don’t have horns growing out of their forehead. They don’t have the lower body of a doe. Even if they did, we’re talking about the depiction of said features in a top-down game, so you’ll have to take general perspective into account as well.

          In case you didn’t hear/read, there were many who complained that the EXISTING MODEL looked like a 30+ year-old woman. That simply does not convey the idea behind the character – you know, a cheerful young dryad. That’s not an opinion, it’s logic. Giving younger features to a supposedly young character who looked to old is logical.

          Yes, I do have a degree in fine arts. And yes, in order to obtain said degree, I studied human anatomy. I’ll concede this, however: I did not study Valve’s DRYAD anatomy on a technical level. But I suppose YOU did, right? And I suppose Valve is bound by said DRYAD anatomical proportions in designing their characters?

          • Misiek

            The proportions of her face do not have to adhere to natural proportions of the human face. They do however have to fit in a certain spectrum of distortion, beyond which the human eye stops responding well to what it sees. This is pretty basic stuff, first semester of any anatomy course. The current model does not conform to that spectrum – it’s artificially triangular and top heavy with misplaced eyes and flat forehead. And the general reaction of people who do not have that theoretical knowledge confirms my position on the matter – the new design OBJECTIVELY isn’t working. And I’ve already said why. There is a difference between alien shapes designed to make the viewer feel uneasy about what he’s looking at and something that’s just plain badly proportioned. The new design is the latter.

            And these features are only ever visible in portrait view, where the top-down nature of the game has no application, so I have no idea why you find that relevant at all.

            If you think the previous model looked like a 30 year old woman, I have nothing to tell you. It didn’t look like that for me. Not the that current version looks young. More like emaciated. Whatever.

            Your rapier sharp wit is also noted. Shame it has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

          • FoxCharge

            Saying that people’s “general reaction” confirms something does not make it objective in any way. Really, refer to my first comment, because you are STILL not grasping the diffrence between “subjective” and “objective.” In any case, there are plenty of players who do not have that theoretical knowledge and still find the new model appealing.

            Additionally, no, it does not HAVE to fit into a “certain spectrum of distortion” in order to look appealing. Again, this is NOT a human woman we’re talking about. She is a dryad. In an unrealistic video game. You act like Peter Konig and the other artists at Valve have never had any sort of professional art training. Did it ever occur to you that her facial features were INTENTIONALLY deviated from common anatomy in order to further differentiate her from the more-or-less “human” characters in the game?

            Not every humanoid character has to have anatomically-accurate features in a fantasy video game, especially not Dota. If that were the case, where the hell is Furion’s nose?

          • Misiek

            Eh, I’m not sure if there’s any point in dragging this out. You clearly do not want to accept that someone’s opinion on something can be positive or negative (and thus subjective) but that has nothing to do with the technical quality of the object. There’s plenty of people who like to eat at McDonald’s or listen to Justin Bieber. There are those who don’t like veal in red wine or Bach. They’re exercising their right to SUBJECTIVELY pick what they like. But that doesn’t mean that a line produced cheesburger is of better quality than a dish made from fresh ingredients by a qualified chef, nor does it mean Bieber makes better music than Bach. Because the are OBJECTIVE qualities that tell us where each of those items belong on a scale going from bad to best. I admit, this does invalidate my previous argument based on vox populi, but there you go.

            And no, no human is infallible. Valve has already modified the new Enchantress skin by removing the horrible anime eyes she had in the first iteration, so they’re clearly capable of admitting they made a mistake. Whatever they tried to make didn’t work out the first time around and by my professional judgement, still isn’t working. Not to mention you don’t need to white knight them, since I never personally attacked any of the artists involved in the DOTA2 project.

            Last but not least, you’re still confusing anatomically accurate features with features that are proportional. If you want to make a humanoid face, you have to remain within certain constraints to make it both believable and pleasant to look at. You cannot stretch it as you like and hand wave valid complaints away just because “it’s not human”. Sites like deviantArt are full of people who think that anything goes. Well, it doesn’t.

        • !

          Model? Model hasn’t changed, the textures have.
          The colouring and detailing is a lot better in the newest texture.

          Bambi’s face is humanoid, not human.

          • Misiek

            The mesh of the face is clearly different. In fact, the whole mesh has changed, since it got broken up for cosmetics.

  • sic

    Fuck…why the brother omni set?!

    • Avalokitesvara Q. C.

      ¡Jalabola! xD

  • 2l33t4u

    gonna be a few weeks before we see another hero probably :/

  • derpmcderp

    don’t troll predictions ever again matt….

  • Prizefighter

    I love that people who were too dumb to get the joke are complaining about you trolling. Hilarious.

  • thyL

    thanks for the work, Cyborgmatt, awesome as always!

    But still nothing new of Techies… *sigh* At least we get to play Magnus soon, if your predictions are correct.


    must…. gett…. dat hookkkk!

  • Rohan

    Meepo is here…. Finally..
    Guys if you can please visit and let me know how i can improve it! Trying to write a blog :)

  • Rohan Samal

    Wow Meepo!! Amazing njoi now.. Pubs are never gona be the same again….

    Guys ive made a blog on Dota 2. PLease check it out

    Let me know how to improvve the blog. Thanks

  • Njdnik

    U can choose your new name, CyborTroll or maybe.. IceTroller… 5 heroes, i must have knew hahahaha

  • Mark Brown

    Another great post, Matt. Thanks all the hard work.

  • Axe

    Axe, need more items

  • Freezwalm

    As announced by Valve, order of upcoming unreleased heroes:
    troll warlord
    skywrath mage
    goblin shredder
    pit lord
    ember spirit
    terror blade
    tauren chieftain
    legion commander

    • Ben

      Where’d you see this?

      • Freezwalm

        on the moon

    • danostrowski

      1. That doesn’t look like an announcement, that looks like a leak.
      2. Where did this come from?

    • thL

      Valve-employees stated this is highly unlikely to be the exact release order in private talks.

    • youdumb

      This looks like something any idiot could print off on his printer

    • Phoenix

      **** you Valve, i hate you so much, Abaddon is my favourite hero from DotA! Well at least i have predicted he will be last (cos world hates me).

  • Animalgreed

    Has anyone checked if doom actually got his tail back? i cant download dota 2 test right now.

  • Elle


  • aag

    Techies I SAW IT!!

    • X-NEET

      me too, exciting huh

    • tom

      fuck it took me AGES to find out where and what were u talking about.. ITS ON THE DASHBOARD UI guys! YEAHH TECHIES I peed myself in excitement

  • WetWater

    Enchantress still looks terrible, they’ll never be able to make a good model like the old one.

  • zStArSz

    Still waiting for my Pit Lord !!!!!!! :(

  • Gu

    The anvil is the same as the one in the workshop picture
    Maybe they’re planning to introduce that smith as the radiant shopkeeper or something.

  • Arthur

    Where is items? OMG 2 patches gone and 0 items were added

  • Arthur

    Where is items? 2 patches and no new items in store

  • Arthur

    Where is new items? 2 patches and no new items in store

  • Lich

    “Are you having problems with Meepo ?
    Is Meepo really annoying you ?

    I have the solution. It’s called Chain Frost.
    Just give me a call, name is Lich.

    • Lich is To mainstream

      all 5 buy dagon burst the clone . no problem – poof dagger user? get blademail , just when he blink in to ya thinking of rampage (turn on dat dammit) – GG , warlock? bond – ult – dagon gg

      spectre – vg – heart – come at me brah!

      sf say hello

      shadow demon love it

      dazzle – me ult u dead , carry dazzle stronk

      Tauren Chieftain ._.


      AM-poof?what poof?poof?WHAT???????

  • Cristian Catlan

    I want fking centaur warchief..the best hero ever in dota!!!

  • Just me

    Wanna play centaur and Legion commander u trolled us with that 5 hero patch hahahha

    op op OPA GANGNAM STYLE!! hahahaha

  • MagePower

    When is Medusa coming out? /; the most awesome hero in the game..

  • Karusaman

    Magnus *-* its a great hero , but i’m still waiting for Tauren Chieftain *-* i olve this one

  • lumi

    pls just centaur and magnataur and my favorite troll
    and valve – dont even care about shits like medusa or abadon they make me angry