Dota 2 24th October Patch – Content Analysis

October 26th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 update has arrived bringing the arrival of the four-legged Druud, Centaur Warrunner. As well as Centaur’s arrival, there are also the usual goodies hidden away in the patch. You can view the full changelog here.

Front End Changes

New Hero

Centaur Warrunner

Bradwarden, the Centaur Warrunner. 

“It’s said that a centaur’s road is paved with the corpses of the fallen. For the one called Warrunner, it has been a long road indeed. To outsiders, the four-legged clans of Druud are often mistaken for simple, brutish creatures. Their language has no written form; their culture lacks pictographic traditions, structured music, formalized religion. For centaurs, combat is the perfect articulation of thought, the highest expression of self. If killing is an art among centaurs, then Bradwarden the Warrunner is their greatest artist. He rose to dominance on the proving grounds of Omexe, an ancient arena where centaur clans have for millennia gathered to perform their gladiatorial rights. As his fame spread, spectators came from far and wide to see the great centaur in action. Always the first to step into the arena, and the last to leave, he composes a masterpiece in each guttering spray, each thrust of blood-slickened blade-length. It is the poetry of blood on steel, flung in complex patterns across the pale sands of the killing floor.

Warrunner defeated warrior after warrior, until the arena boomed with the cheering of his name, and he found himself alone, the uncontested champion of his kind. The great belt of Omexe was bestowed, wrapped around his broad torso, but in his victory, the death-artist found only emptiness. For what is a warrior without a challenge? The great centaur galloped out of Omexe that day with a new goal. To his people, Warrunner is the greatest warrior to ever step into the arena. Now he has set out to prove he is the greatest fighter who has ever lived.”



Model Viewer Shots

In Game Shots

Hero Texture Updates

We’ve some more texture updates for multiple existing heroes.

Dark Seer’s Updates

Following on from last week’s Dark Seer test model, we now have a new Dark Seer model breakdown with his new textures.

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New Textures

Old Textures

Kunkka’s Updates

Kunkka has received a complete new set of textures and an update to his base model in this patch.

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New Textures

Old Textures

Lich’s Updates

Lich has had a minor texture update to his base model.

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New Textures

Old Textures

Luna’s Updates

Some minor texture updates for Luna’s mount and equipment.

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New Textures

Old Textures

Hero Models Broken Down

We’ve some more hero model break downs to prepare them for cosmetic items.

Dark Seer’s Model

Default Parts

Dark Seer’s Spikes
Dark Seer’s Hat
Dark Seer’s Bracers
Dark Seer’s Loin Cloth
Dark Seer’s Neck Armor

Base Model

Centaur Warrunner’s Model

Default Parts

Centaur’s Axe
Centaur’s Horns and Hair
Centaur’s Upper Armor
Centaur’s Belt Buckle
Centaur’s Trophies
Centaur’s Bracers
Centaur’s Tail

Base Model

Kunkka’s Model

Default Parts

Kunkka’s Boots
Kunkka’s Hands
Kunkka’s Sword
Kunkka’s Hair
Kunkka’s Spyglass
Kunkka’s Shoulder Guard

Base Model

Hero Ability Icons Update

As well as the common patch trends of breaking down hero models, updating textures etc Valve are also making the revisiting older heroes` ability icons and updating them with new art another weekly trend.

Bane’s Icons

Bane has a new icon for cancelling his Nightmare ability.

New Icon

Enchantress` Icons

New Icons


Old Icons


UI Updates

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

In Game UI

The spell button states have been updated with a new visual style.

No abilities have been learnt:

Choosing an ability to learn:

One ability has been levelled, none of the others have been:

Ability has been activated:

Ability is on cooldown:

Dashboard UI

The dashboard UI has a new feature to restrict party invites to friends only, helpful for the popular streamers:

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

Once again we’ve a bunch of strings for the tutorial system that is being worked on.

    "DOTA_Tutorial_Quests"        "QUESTS"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_TaskCompleted"    "Completed!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_Move"        "Hey, Dragon Knight!  Over here!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_MoveHow"      "RIGHT CLICK to move where you want to go. Move to the highlighted location!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_MoveCam"      "Move to the position north across the bridge!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_MoveCamHow"    "You can move the camera in several ways:n- Move your mouse to the edge of the screen.n- With the %+forward% %+moveleft% %back% %+moveright% keys.n- By holding down your middle mouse button and dragging."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_Warning"      "We've heard an enemy Dire Hero named Razor is attacking our remote outposts. We need you to find and eliminate him. An allied Radiant Hero, Keeper of the Light, left earlier, so see if you can meet up with him first."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_Attack"      "Attack this Dire creep by right clicking on him."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_AttackWave"    "Incoming!  Help us defend against the incoming Dire creeps!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_Camp"        "Follow us Dragon Knight!  There's a watchtower up ahead!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_CampLevel"    "You've gained a level helping defeat all those creeps!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_CampLevelHint"  "Click the LEVEL UP button above your portrait and select your first skill, DRAGON BREATH."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_CampInvade"    "I hear something... look out!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_CampUseBreath"  "Use DRAGON BREATH on them!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_CampFinish"    "We'll hold this watchtower. You should press on and find Razor.nnYou'll need some more experience, and better equipment to face him!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_ShopAttract"    "Psst! Buddy! Want to buy a health potion?"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_ShopOpen"      "Welcome to my shop! Hit %toggleshoppanel%, or click the Shop button to browse my wares!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_BuyPotion"    "Right click on the Healing Salve and the Stout Shield to buy them. The Stout Shield can be found under the Armaments tab."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_UsePotion"    "Healing Salves are Active Items, so you need use them on a target. Left-click on the Salve in your inventory to get a targeting cursor, then left-click on yourself to drink it.nnYou can also hit the %dota_item_execute 0% key to use the item in your first inventory slot (in this case the Salve). Hitting that key twice will immediately use and target it on yourself."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_PostPotion"    "Be careful not to take damage while the potion regenerates you, or it'll break the healing effect. Meanwhile, put your mouse over the Stout Shield to see what it does. It's great for protecting you from enemy melee attacks."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_GoCreeping"    "I've got another useful item for you, but you'll need to earn some money first. I've seen some kobolds off in the woods over there, and I bet there's a good bounty on their heads."

    "DOTA_Quest_MoveTo"          "Head for the gate."
    "DOTA_Quest_FindKeeper"        "Find Keeper of the Light"
    "DOTA_Quest_FindRazor"        "Defeat Razor"
    "DOTA_Quest_DefendCamp"        "Use DRAGON BREATH to defend the watchtower"
    "DOTA_Quest_EarnMoney1"        "Earn 150 gold and buy Gauntlets of Strength"

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_QuestSuccess"  "You Win!"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_QuestSuccess"  "You successfully completed the quest."

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_QuestFailure"  "You Lose!"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_QuestFailure"  "You failed to completed the quest."

    // MidLane1v1_Tier1_Tutorial

    "DOTA_TutorialTitle_Mid1v1Tier1Tutorial"  "Mid-lane 1v1 Tier1 Tower Fight"
    "DOTA_TutorialBody_Mid1v1Tier1Tutorial"    "You will play Sniper versus a Dragon Knight enemy bot. Defend your mid-tier1 tower while destroying the enemy's mid-tier1 tower."

New strings for the party invite restriction settings.

    "UI_ALLOW_INVITES"                        "ALLOW PARTY INVITES"
    "UI_ALL"                            "ALL"
    "UI_JUST_FRIENDS"                        "JUST FRIENDS"
    "party_block_all"                        "Block invites from players not on Friends List"
    "party_block_all_disc"                      "(Can be toggled in General Area of Game Settings panel)"

Tom Chantler is credited with doing the voice work for Centaur Warrunner.

Tom Chantler - Centaur, Lion, Riki, Witch Doctor, Outworld Destroyer

Slark’s default parts are already listed/referenced in the files.

Slark's Bracers
Slark's Shoulder Armor
Slark's Cape
Slark's Hood

Halloween Update

We’ve more updates for the upcoming Halloween event in this patch.

Halloween Particles

We’ve had more updates to the Halloween particles.

“Candy Carrying Overhead” effect (for the Halloween gamemode):

“Candy Carrying Stack” count (for the Halloween gamemode):

Fog of War ghost effects:

Halloween Candy drop effect:

Halloween Candy drop effect:

Roshan has a number of new particle effects for “dismembering” as well as references to a “Roshan Wave of Force cast” effect:

Halloween Props

This week’s patch added in a few effect/particle models for the fountains and some new animated props.

Effect Models

Animated Props

Halloween Creeps

The Baby Roshan siege creeps now have a few new alternative attack, death animations and a running animation that suits the speed that the creeps will be moving compared to the previous animation.


Halloween Eggs

We now have some interface files for the mystery eggs that turned up a few weeks ago, this interface is referred to as the “Halloween Egg UI” and looks like something out of Pokemon:


The Egg UI has a number of different backgrounds:

There is also a background that looks very similar to the “Shadow Essence”.

There are also some new icons for the egg and essences in the schema:

Mysterious Egg

Quas Essence

Wex Essence

Exort Essence

Shadow Essence

Unusual Essence

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We’ve another new custom courier in this week’s patch.

Silly Dragon Courier

The Silly Dragon courier as featured on the Dota 2 Workshop has now appeared in the game files. Both the standard version and the flying version are in the files.

Standard Courier


Flying Courier


Unreleased Cosmetic Items

We have a few new backpack item icons for cosmetic item sets.

Anti-Mage’s Items

The Mage Slayer’s Set (Previously covered here):

Death Prophet’s Items

The Corpse Maiden’s Set (Previously covered here):

Invoker’s Items

Cabalist of Dark Magic Set (Previously covered here):


Other Changes

Sithil the shop keeper now has a couple of new animations.

Point animation:

Purchase animation:

Materials Update

Slark’s materials have been broken down into multiple files suggesting that he will arrive already broken down similar to how Centaur, Meepo etc were released in a broken down state already.

Slark’s Materials



Particles Update

We’ve some particles for one of the unreleased heroes in this patch and some more tutorial particles.

Tutorial Particles

The giant arrows will be used above new players in order to point out who to flame.

Slark’s Particles

Predictions For The Next Hero

Q: What did Medusa give to her husband?

A: A goodnight hiss!

Q: What does an exhibitionistic Medusa wear to the beach?

A: A pythong.

  • Jaredok


  • slash903

    Awww this wasn’t the item set I wanted for Invoker

  • ZeDemonL

    That’s one awesome pun at the end.

  • Marius

    LOL @ the predictions.

  • guauguauguau


  • Precisionist

    The water heroes will attack ! 😀
    Dusa and Slark mb in the next update ! XD

  • Xuncocox

    techis is a zombie??

  • Guest

    Slark looks pretty done too Matt, no faith in Valve?

  • [T4D]Cruncher

    Obviously Medusa’s Husband is Slark

    Here’s to next week, a week of Cold-Blooded Dominance!

  • sy

    will baby roshan coming out within this week?

  • Fivey

    Haha, Arrows used to point out who to flame!! Nice one Matt.

  • jobz

    lol invoker aizen

  • Carl Arthell Callanta


  • Gu

    Yuppie Invoker

  • Makoto

    That NPC is the son of Master Roshi

  • Thew

    Hoping for Slark next week!!!

  • Fago

    We want Slark!!!
    And Matt could you please update the unreleased heros section :)

  • Freaky Alien Genotype

    Btw, here in Australia, a “Thong” is an open sandal-like piece of footware that consists of nothing more than a sole with a strap to attach it to your feet. So your 2nd joke didn’t make me laugh Matt. TRY HARDER NEXT TIME.

    Lol. Nice breakdown anyways, as always. Much appreciated!

    • Chose

      You retard or what ?

    • Idiot

      Total retard

      • nikki4EVER

        OMG cnt u c hes funey geez git a lif u rtrd omg

        • Gorn Moody


          • nikki4EVER

            can’t you make your own hiss?

    • Wheels

      Words can have more than one definition.

    • Nightflash

      The joke still works if this is the only thing she wears, duh.

  • dav3e


  • Justin

    Is it just me or does Kunkka and DS’s old textures look better than the new ones? New ones look bland-er and less textured

  • Noj Kunnath

    Mysterious Egg looks just like dragon’s egg from Game of Thrones

  • Havocked

    I get this feeling its going to be Slark and Medusa with the Halloween map to fit this “scary” theme. Its got to happen.

    Medusa was done this week, look no updates on her.

    • LegendWyn

      Indeed. The Tag Team mode sounds really interesting (reminded me of the X Hero Siege). GIve us Medusa + Slark + Tag Team, Valve.

      • Christoffer Tagg

        The tag team was indeed interesting, but i think its a big chance it will be a failure.

        • RandomPoem

          There was an old AoS on WC3 that had the same feature of hero switching; it was excellent and very fun.

        • ANNONNY

          Well, modes like DM or the random skills custom maps are more about variety and fun.

          Another mode can’t hurt Dota 2 in particular when we’re still stuck in 3 modes and not even AR still..

      • John

        You can do it Valve! Dusa + Slark + Tag Team + HL3. COME ON MAN.

    • danostrowski

      I hope they do release two heroes. Sometimes I wish they’d save up and release like 3-4 heroes at a time.


      Well, Cent’s image certainly looks like it has Slark’s weapon in it pretty blatantly.

      You can see some “snake like” things in the background also, but nothing as “Wow, that one was easy” like Slark’s.

  • Dimitri Ęvanescent

    Come on … this medusa has been delayed so freaking much ….

  • johhny

    when halloween update go up ?

  • cargo

    cool voker set !

  • Dr.Phoenix

    WarRUNNER???? Are you freaking serious? “What manner of sissyness is this?”

  • Imran Adzman

    No update on Drow’s new updated skill?

  • Noppanat Khaoyai

    ( Me )Q:Wanna sex with me?
    (Medusa)A:Of course hiss!

  • Me

    Why Centaur has pony ass?

  • samhain_Woden

    Centaur is too small///

  • Azaghg

    Why THE FUCK Centaur Warchief is now named WarRUNNER? and why he lost his awesome passive ulti? was it too OP or what? im so fucking dissapointed, now he has a shit ulti.

    • kkedd

      well his strength gain per lvl was increased to compensate his old ulti. he just got a new skill which is actually a buff

      • Name

        Instead of explaining the benefits of his new ulti, you go and bash the kid, good job anons. No wonder the community is filled with cancer….

    • aaa

      ye global surge + stun is totally worse than passive strength you retard

    • benj bernier

      are you a kid or what?

  • TMP

    Pls change that fuckin centaur color and also is background color
    It most not be blue (light blue) but it should be Dark Red or Maroon

    And make him more darker and stuff like that

    • Pedro Lara Salazar

      The centaur looks just ridiculous, his horse feet are way too small, he is out of proportion, looks like a big guy with pony feet, he is like a midget centaur, if you see the concept art his proportions are way better, and his colors sux, please darker, he should be a mean centaur, he is a gladiator for god shake!

  • Dave

    Okay, the tutorial is a bit unrealistic. Defeat Razor as Dragon Knight? Ahahahahahaha

    As someone who has the most play with Razor this is what would normally happen: Plasma field, Eye of the storm, static link, dodge stun if possible, lighting whip him to death with his own damage points. Dead DK.

  • anonym

    Nice, Cyborgmatt please update unreleased heroes statut.

  • preshlen

    its slark and medusa for sure, but im curious, after helloween would “the helloween map” be available for playing (chosen as.. different theme as maybe in future winter theme, exotic theme ect.. that could be dead theme .. ;d

  • Insane Hobo

    Could you please update the unreleased heroes status?

  • Puppey