Dota 2 23rd January Patch – Content Analysis

January 24th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 patch has arrived bringing a huge amount of new features such as; all random in match making, a tournament calender for Dota TV, oh and also Troll Warlord. You can view the full changelog here.


Front End Changes

New Hero

Troll Warlord

Jah’rakal, the Troll Warlord. Dota2_TrollWarlordIcon

“It’s an easy thing to offend a troll. A prickly and contentious race, trolls thrive on argument and strife, missing no excuse to raise their voices in dispute. Males grow to maturity in subterranean chambers beneath their matriarch’s domicile, feeding and amusing themselves while contributing nothing. Often they stay for years beyond the age of maturity, while the matriarch provides them with sustenance. When young trolls are finally pushed from their sub-chamber, they gather with others of their kind, forming roving gangs of malcontents who complain loudly about all manner of vexation.

As much as trolls love to argue, imagine how rare it is for a troll to be driven from his own kind for being too difficult to get along with. Such was Troll Warlord’s fate, a monger troll from deep in the Hoven. So deluded was he, so bitter and abrasive, that even other trolls found his company intolerable. After one particularly vitriolic outburst in which he claimed the lion’s share of loot from their latest raid, his cohorts finally snapped. They turned on him, beat him with clubs, and drove him from the encampment. Enraged at his banishment, he returned the next day, armed with steel, and slew them all, one by one. He then swore a blood oath: he would ever after be a fighting force unto himself. Now he roams the world as the Toll Warlord, bitter and angry, the Imperial high commander of an army of one.”

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Model Viewer Shots

Troll Warlord’s shoulder piece is missing from the model viewer shots.




In Game Shots





Neutral Creep Model Updates

We have some more updates to one of the NPC creeps, this week’s updated creep is the neutral version of Ogre Magi.

Neutral Ogre Magi’s Model

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New Ogre Magi


Old Ogre Magi


In Game View



Hero Animation Updates

We have some more Force Staff animations in this patch and some updates to Disruptor’s and Windrunner’s animations.

Bounty Hunter’s Animations

Bounty Hunter now has Force Staff animations for both ally and enemy Force Staffs.


Disruptor’s Animations

Disruptor’s teleport animation has been updated and his hammer now floats in the air in front of his and spins whilst he is teleporting.



Necrolyte’s Animations

Necrolyte has a custom set animation for the new Death Protest set, it replaces his ultimate animation with a version where he spins.


Windrunner’s Animation

Windrunner has a new loadout animation.


Hero Models Broken Down

Troll Warlord has arrived already broken down and ready for cosmetic items.

Troll Warlord

Troll Warlord has two sets of weapon models, one set for his melee mode and another set for his range mode.

Default Parts

Troll Warlord’s Default Weapon
Troll Warlord’s Default Off-Hand Weapon
Troll Warlord’s Default Melee Weapon
Troll Warlord’s Default Melee Off-Hand Weapon
Troll Warlord’s Default Shoulders
Troll Warlord’s Default Head
Troll Warlord’s Default Arms

Base Model



New Cosmetic Items

We have some new cosmetic item sets in this patch, which includes a bloody PANDA for Lone Druid.

Lone Druid’s Items

Lone Druid’s “Tools of the Haruspex” Set – With added Panda.








Spirit of Calm

“Though doom and ruin they saw, the visions of the haruspex brought to Sylla a sense of destined calm. During mediations, he found his spiritual projections altered to appear less intimidating.”





Necrolyte’s Items

Necrolyte’s “Relics of the Putrid Pontiff” Set.






Warlock’s Items

Warlock’s “The Demonic Archivist” Set.











Ishul-Shog the Watcher.



We have some more updates to the custom gamemodes in this patch.

Least Played

The “Least Played” mode that was added into the game last week has been tweaked and now your top 40 heroes are eliminated from the pool (as long as they have three wins).

All Random

All random is now available in the match making queue system.

If you random Meepo there's a fat chance in hell I'm swapping with you

UI Updates

We also have a number of new UI updates in this patch.

Match History

Valve have now added an option to disable the sharing of your public matchmaking game history with external third parties (this is enabled by default) and will most likely have a big impact on the upcoming release of DotaBuff’s recently announced DBR rating system.


Dota TV Calender

This has been a hugely requested feature and it’s going to make the Dota TV experience even more awesome. A full calender system for all of the upcoming Dota TV tournament matches.


Practice vs Bots

There is now an option under the play tab that will take you (and your party) directly into a private practice match against bots on the difficulty you have pre-selected.


In Game Shop UI

The in game shop UI has been updated and now has the support to show you the completion cost on the shop item tooltips, which is displayed when you have one or more of the components required already.


The categories have also been updated and now show a tooltip with the name of the category when you hover over the icon.


Back End Changes

Updated Strings

More updates to the tutorial strings.

    "DOTA_Tutorial_Experience_Title"  "One Quick Question"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_Experience_Question"  "How familiar are you with Real-Time Strategy games?"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_Experience_Yes"    "Played them a lot"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_Experience_No"    "Haven't played many"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_MoveCamHowNoEdge"  "You can move the camera in several ways:n- With the <font color='#EE0000'><b>%+forward% %+moveleft% %back% %+moveright%</b></font> keys.n- By holding down your <font color='#EE0000'><b>Middle Mouse button</b></font> and dragging."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_BeginFollow"    "The base is this way Sniper."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_RangedCreep"    "Your ranged weapon should be able to hit the enemy from up here!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TowerLevelAny"  "You've gained another level.  Go ahead and level up and choose a skill.  Read the tool tips to learn what each one does and pick one."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_StashBuyBoots"  "You can buy items at any time and they'll be stored for you in your <font color='#EE0000'><b>stash</b></font> while you're out adventuring so you can pick them up later.nnBuy the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Boots of Speed</b></font> to increase your movement speed."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierBuy"    "While you're here, pick up a <font color='#EE0000'><b>Courier</b></font> as well.  <font color='#EE0000'><b>Couriers</b></font> are great for bringing items to you while in the field, but more on that later.nnPurchase a <font color='#EE0000'><b>Courier</b></font> to continue."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierDeploy"  "The <font color='#EE0000'><b>Courier</b></font>, like a Salve, is an active item and must be deployed before you can use it.nnDeploy the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Courier</b></font> by hitting <font color='#EE0000'><b>%!item_courier%</b></font> or <font color='#EE0000'><b>right-clicking</b></font> on him in your inventory."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_LevelSmoke"    "There's some smoke to the northeast, Sniper.  I bet there's something there...  let's check it out!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_LevelBridgeOut"  "There's Tidehunter!  He must have taken out the bridge.nnDoesn't look like he's noticed us.  Let's stick to the plan."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_LevelGraveyard"  "Looks creepy in there..."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_PullBegin"    "I hear more nearby...nn[Map Ping]nnTry shooting them and <font color='#EE0000'><b>Pull</b></font> them towards your creeps and when they're close, they'll help!  Remember to run back to the creeps for protection!"


Bristleback has now been officially renamed to Bristlebog.

    "npc_dota_hero_bristleback"      "Bristlebog"

Bristlebog’s tooltip modifiers.

    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_bristleback_viscous_nasal_goo"        "Viscous Nasal Goo"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_bristleback_viscous_nasal_goo_Description"  "Losing %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_PHYSICAL_ARMOR_BONUS% armor and slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%%."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_bristleback_quill_spray_stack"        "Quill Spray"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_bristleback_quill_spray_stack_Description"  "Each stack of quills deals more damage."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_bristleback_warpath"              "Warpath"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_bristleback_warpath_Description"        "Moving %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%% faster and dealing %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_PREATTACK_BONUS_DAMAGE% bonus damage."

Tusk’s tooltip modifiers.

    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_frozen_sigil"              "Frozen Sigil"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_frozen_sigil_Description"        "Attack speed slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_ATTACKSPEED_BONUS_CONSTANT_SECONDARY%, movement slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%%."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_frozen_sigil_aura"            "Frozen Sigil"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_frozen_sigil_aura_Description"      "Slowing nearby enemy attack and movement speed."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_walrus_punch"              "Walrus Punch"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_walrus_punch_Description"        "Next unit will get punched!"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_walrus_punch_slow"            "Walrus Punched"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_tusk_warlus_punch_slow_Description"      "Slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%%."

Skywrath Mage is now listed an in game unit.

    "npc_dota_hero_skywrath_mage"    "Skywrath Mage"

Skywrath Mage’s ability strings.

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt"          "Arcane Bolt"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt_Description"    "Skywrath launches a slow-moving bolt of arcane magic, dealing damage to an enemy unit based on Skywrath's intelligence."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt_Lore"        ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt_bolt_damage"    "BASE DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt_int_multiplier"    "INT DAMAGE MULTIPLIER:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot"        "Concussive Shot"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_Description"  "Skywrath sets of a long range shot that hits the closest hero within a long range.  Upon impact, it deals damage and slows in an area of effect."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_Lore"      ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_launch_radius"  "SHOT RANGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_slow_radius"  "DAMAGE RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_damage"      "DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_slow_duration"  "SLOW DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_concussive_shot_movement_speed_pct"  "%SLOW:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_ancient_seal"          "Ancient Seal"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_ancient_seal_Description"    "Skywrath seals the targeted unit with an ancient rune, silencing it and causing it to take additional damage from spells."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_ancient_seal_Lore"        ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_ancient_seal_resist_debuff"    "%BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_ancient_seal_seal_duration"    "DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_mystic_flare"          "Mystic Flare"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_mystic_flare_Description"    "Skywrath uses his ultimate magical ability to conjure a precise and violent mystical field that lays waste to his adversaries. Deals massive damage distributed evenly among any heroes in the area over 2 seconds."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_mystic_flare_Lore"        ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_mystic_flare_radius"      "RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_mystic_flare_duration"      "DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_skywrath_mage_mystic_flare_damage"      "DAMAGE:"

Strings for the new Dota TV calender system.

    "dota_watch_schedule_tab"                  "EVENTS"
    "dota_my_tournaments_tab"                  "MY TOURNAMENTS"
    "my_tournaments_header"                    "MANAGE TOURNAMENTS"
    "my_tournaments_dates"                    "TOURNAMENT DATES:"

Accumulated online game time warning strings for the Asian client.

    "DOTA_AASystem_Green" "Accumulated online game time: %s1. You are currently playing within healthy time-limits. Enjoy the game!"
    "DOTA_AASystem_Yellow" "Accumulated online game time: %s1. You have exceeded healthy game time limits. Please take care to rest!"
    "DOTA_AASystem_Red" "Accumulated online game time: %s1. You have exceeded healthy game time limits. It is reccomended that you sign offline and rest!"

Unreleased Cosmetic Items

We have some more update’s to Chen’s custom mount.

Chen’s Items

Chen’s “Buttercup” mount has been updated with some new textures and it also has some armour specifically made for it.


Lich’s Ward

Lich now has a custom cosmetic ward in the files.


HUD Skins

There are now two new unreleased HUD skins in the files, one for Radiant and another for Dire.

Radiant HUD Skin







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Dire HUD Skin






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Tutorial Map

The overview minimap for the tutorial map has been updated (still just a minimap rendered from in game).


Unreleased UI Updates

The unreleased in game guide system has once again been updated.

In Game Guide System

The in game guide system has now been hooked up to the shop and updates the recommended item list to the items from the guide, it will also show the help text in the tooltip.


Updated Sound Files

We have some updated item sound effects and new voice work in this patch.

Item Sound Effects

The Dagon’s sound effect has been updated.


Omniknight’s Voice Work

Omniknight’s rival line for Doom has been updated to remove Doom’s old “Doom Bringer” name from the audio.


Outworld Devourer’s Voice Work

Outworld Devourer’s spawn line has been updated to reflect his new name.


Source Filmmaker Assets

We have a few new Cine tree models in this patch that are above 10k polys, which suggests they were made as assets for Source Filmmaker.





Materials Update

Skywrath Mage’s Materials


Particles Update

Bristlebog’s Particles








Skywrath Mage’s Particles



Tusk’s Particles












Predictions For The Next Hero

Q: How do you tell the difference between a walrus and an orange? A: Put your arms around it and squeeze it. If you don't get orange juice, it's a walrus.

Introducing Shagbark


Shagbark is a trusty forest familiar who lives for the thrill of delivery. Fond of secrets and artifacts, he hopes you’ll never finish farming.

A big thanks to Danidem for the concept art, you can find more of his stuff on his Workshop and Deviantart pages.

Progress will continue on Shagbark over the next month or two with the help of Anuxi and T_Vidotto. I’ll be keeping you guys updated with the progress along the way via the blog.

Click for a larger version.


  • Cymen

    What a great patch!

  • Perhaps


  • Pwnguin

    Nice blog post as always.

  • David Newton

    Is that Panda skin really going to fly in China?

    • Lu Natic

      Huh? Why wouldn’t it?

      • Marx

        In China any video game that depicts a Panda’s death is legally not allowed to be played in the country. It is considered a bad omen to those who witness it.

        I assume Valve just won’t sell that single cosmetic to the Chinese market, seeing as the servers differ so much there’s no harm in keeping it in the files and just not using it (like the Chinese skill icons in our dota client)

        • Lprsti99

          That’s a myth, there is no such law.

        • Anon

          the panda restrictions are no longer as strict

          • Thomas C. Stowe

            Look at the fine print of what they’re doing. They can’t even show skeletons. The laws there may not be as strict but they’re sure as hell going to follow them as well as they can if they want to stay a publisher there.

        • Lu Natic
  • Lea

    Oh my god this is such the cutest patch ever!

  • neil young


  • Gorm

    The Lich Ward is called the Black Pool Watcher which is made by Mr.Scrake.

  • Ady

    Nice gh matt

  • Krad


    • HappyDazzle

      pls valve stahp

      • Jonathan Linets

        inb4 Heavenshate WIzard.

      • Hacker–x

        Dude its because bristleback is copywrited to blizzard do you really think they are doing it for no good reason…. Your ignorance amazes me

        • Peach

          You can’t copyright a name. You can trademark one, however.

    • megafilipe

      Outworld Devourer…

      • strife

        They should just name him Outworld Demon

        • Gorn Moody

          They could pull a Doom and change his name to Outworld

          • Carl Filip Arrdal

            cant they call him harbringer?

          • presidente pullman

            inb4 they pull a bigger doom and change his name to out

    • strife

      Bristle Boar

  • polartop


  • Marius

    Awesome. Sweet courier too, hope it goes through.

    • McPaul

      That panda isnt a courier. It’s SUMMON PANDA FOR DRUID.

      • Leonard Chan

        i think he didn’t read the whole thing….

      • -.-

        He’s about Shagbark -.-

  • Myk


  • McPaul

    Even though i dont usually like to post a comment using a meme quote. But i cant hold it any longer.. that DRUID SET


  • Aaron Greene

    cant wait for tuskar =/

  • Leonard Chan

    what’s the predicted hero ???

    • Asdf

      Obviously tuskar? It’s walrus…easiest clue ever..

    • sdfsdf


  • Peiul


  • Luffydude

    The Necro set looks really kickass !

  • N o D

    Ohhhh… Shagbark looks cool!

  • jacob beyer

    Ok am i just having a derp moment or is my client not updating to have warlord available? its probably a derp moment…

    • Pandawongs

      This is only the test client yet, so that’s the reason

  • theprofessorr

    so… is tuskar’s new weapon going to be a flute?

  • Shwan

    It would be cool if it were possible to export the dotaTV calender into google calendar. Someone make this happen.

    • ReevoH

      That would be epic.

    • Dingolicious

      Oh god yes.


    Wow, SO MUCH to love in this patch.

    Troll brings back the nostalgia in me, almost as much as AR in matchmaking after all this time.

    Always great to see that Valve is watching everything from glitches being used in the Defense, to the Dota Buff stuff and their rating system, giving a good option to solve any concerns with it.

    Only strange part is the Panda after all that fuss with heroes.

    • anon

      A panda item is much less of a big deal than a panda hero, as far as chinese censorship goes. All they have to do is not offer the panda item to chinese accounts. Much easier than remodeling a whole hero for them, which they already have to do for Skeleton King and Pugna and probably others.

      • CondoM

        The whole ‘panda fuss’ had nothing to do with Chinese censorship. It was because of the conflicting model designs of Chen Stormstout and Pandaren Brewmaster, and their coming WoW expansion Mists of Pandaria.
        Like already pointed at above, the Chinese panda laws are just myths, “there are a bunch of Chinese-made games with Asian-inspired expansion packs, races, and entire MMOs based around panda people.” –

    • urscrubiampro

      Dont worry, he will be renamed to trerl wardancer in next patch.

  • Pls no

    That courier design is much too cutesy for my srs bsns game. Pls no.

  • anon

    best patch ever, pretty much

    Bristlebog sounds dumb at first but I suspect we’ll get used to it. I’m picturing a big fat cajun warthog or something.

  • serpen1

    So judging by the new particles, skywrath mage can apparently gather energy for a spirit bomb.

  • Baconator


    • vaan13


      • Dehaf


        • balls deep

          doesn’t matter it’s still fun to play with him even if you suck

      • Jose Cascante

        This. Me too man i even sometimes play Old Dota just to play with him

    • nikos

      Abbadon!!!!!!!!I want Abbadon!!!He is going to be my new timeline cover!!

      • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

        then you have to wait until they finished Skywrath Mage.

    • Techies’ Vasall
      • em0za

        lol, a petittion for techies? SIGNED!

    • trombon


  • Koko

    kewl now i might consider enchanting the frost ogre

    nah, sproink!

  • DimakSerpg

    Mm awesome hud)

  • Lorenz Del Rosario

    shagbark and take my money!

  • Gantev

    You have killed my Bristleback.

    No , I am your Bristlebog.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! (doesn’t make any sense but, fuck it)

    • Duo Ranger

      i still call him Razorback

      • DarkDX

        Unlike a certain TF2 item, he actually IS pretty good.

    • Nel

      I still call him “the pig”

    • Invoqwer

      I’ll be calling him “Bristlebro” <3

  • erer

    why i cant update yet

    • Random Guy

      It’s test version only so far. It’ll be updated later to the real game client.

  • ledota

    the panda got added so that china teams cant kill ur courier Kappa

    • I’m Rigt

      panda is not a courier, its druid item

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      didn’t you even look at the pictures on top?
      it comes with LD just like Warlock’s Golem. hayz.
      learn to read next time, use your eyes.

  • Brooklyn

    Is that troll mokey version of ursa?

  • Husky-

    Shagbaaaaark! Also, that walrus dancing is killing me!

  • knq


    Guys, Practice vs Bots: How is this different from playing against bots in the lobby?

    • Random Guy

      It’s just faster to start.

  • medusa

    dat shagbark remind me of this

  • Andrew Helenek


  • Sami Mäkinen

    Oh Shagbark, u crazy. Mind selling the other owl on your horns?

  • mElix

    when will Techi come to our world?

  • asdf

    MOKEY KING lol

  • mElix

    Just give me a prediction, when will thechi come 5-6 month or a year? When should i look at dota2 again?

  • Sora

    i want tauren chieftain!

  • Fabrizio Ekite

    Bristlefug :DDDDD

  • O_xD

    Bristlebog can be changed to smth like battlebacon or spiked pig. way better than bog(wtf is a bog, it means god in macedonian) bristle god?

    • Broniac

      Mate,no offense but it’s not macedonian language.You’re not officialy macedonian (Country name is F.Y.R.O.M).I live in Greece and i feel bad when someone thinks that he is macedonian without knowledge of history.Sorry for my english hope you understood.ABADON NEXT DAMMIT

    • Juraj Bugaric

      a bog is a swamp

  • Badr Shaheen

    i have to admit that im very disappointed by troll WARLORD’s model :S.
    i liked the concept art much much more……… he is more like….tooo thin….. and tooo shaky and doesnt actually look like a berserker…..

  • elv

    nice courier shagbark lol

  • Random Guy

    Is that Panda the Spirit Bear or Lone Druid’s ultimate form?

  • fucking fuck

    pls valve just rename him to Rigwarl …

    • hkdoom

      y totaly

      bristlebog is just aweful sounds realy dumb :(

  • PP

    Bristlebog. Swedes are gonna have fun.

    • Magnus Lidman


  • Razvy

    Techies…bad idea because they are the slowest in-game (270 MS)

    Although releasing Arc Warden(Zet) is a nice idea. OP like hell

    • Jovan Kanevce

      theyll balance him

  • CondoM

    Really disappointed with Troll Warlords animations. His standing stances look great, both ranged and melee, but as soon as he starts attacking it looks really awkward. The way he holds the axes in melee is very masculine and fits him well, but doesn’t fit all that well for hitting someone with them. Not a huge fan of the axes position as he runs either, IMO they should face more downwards and not completely to the opposite sides. I do realize it fits more with his standing stance and his attacks but they just look so awfully awkward.

    When he attacks his entire body looks incredibly stiff, especially his arms at that; awkwardly swinging from the side and pulling back before the axe even looks to land. Not to mention how he pulls the axe behind his body before swinging, which looks incredibly weird once he gets his attack speed up(making the attack speed animation look good would seem important for a hero of his kind).

    Ranged stance also looks great, but its again just that stupid attack animation(or the projectile, fixing either one would work). The projectile doesn’t look or feel related to his swing at all, him swinging the axe forwards and the projectile somehow going upwards.
    But other than that, everything looks great.

    • Derrick James McKain

      I got through the first sentences stopped.. still a +1 though.

    • sebastian muñoz

      still a beta… they have changed a lot of heroes animations and effects… also i miss the mohawk but im sure that some fan it is going to do an item for that

    • ReevoH

      They pulled an Ursa for his melee attack animations.

  • reņģis

    It’s spelled “calendar”.

  • R’amon

    Bear. This how brewmaster must looks like!

  • Cosmin Balan The new hero preparing for his release.

  • August

    Please redesign Troll Warlord, Valve!
    I don’t like the Roman warrior style. Instead of steel/iron coloured armor, it should be darker and possibly leather armour. Also, get rid of the helm. He should just have a bad-ass mohawk haircut. Frankly, I could live with the design of the body-armor, but that helm is just awful!

    • SnarkyDude

      Yep, Valve will just abandon the character design, made by a professional character designer, an change it because some random dude in the comments section of a blog wants them to.


    nice patch

  • Ed

    Shagbark is adorable!

  • Techies(TM)

    So, how about inb4 Dwarf Technicians?

  • Techies(TM)

    So, how about inb4 Dwarf Technicians?

  • Gingervitus

    I thought blizzard owned Pandas

    • Ph.D. Fuckerson

      So i own human race, now noone can include humans in their game. Suck this blizzard.

      • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios


  • Neo

    Bristlebitch is better

  • Makoto

    I’m only here to watch the prediction gif :)


    dire HUD is awesome

  • rapeman

    installing dota 2 beta because of troll

  • rawker

    I’m just here for the panda.

  • Bastard

    Just name him warpig

  • cesardka


  • Neos

    They COULD have called him Razorback :/

  • WDSky

    Bristlehog will sound better tho…

  • jo_oking

    Omni has a new portrait, he’s brunette now, don’t know if anyone noticed or not

  • 王桧(wang)

    hey guys I come from china ,panda is not the problem

  • 王桧(wang)


  • SlyRaccoon

    Someone please tell me how I can open my saved item builds! The button in the shop menu is gone…I can still edit and save but I have no clue how to open them.

  • sebastian muñoz


  • Nightfire

    I lold at how valve dont understand what “troll” means… Easy to offend? When did trolls cared about someones opinion or subject of discussion? They just try to invoke negative emotions in other members… Thats why “feeding” them is taking seriously their attempts… But i guess they cant tell difference between trolls and angry whining kids.

    • :-)

      Or you know, they didnt base the lore just off the fucking internet trolls.

  • Reminder of Matt

    Hey (i know this early but) update your DOTA 2 unreleased hero status about troll warlord.Why i have the feeling that VALVE did it again to connect dota 2 with their other game?(because the bot mode image similar to the bots from TF2 MvM (Mann vs Machine))

  • Leonard Chan

    i predict 1 month until we got a new hero !

  • Bruja

    Bristlebog should’ve been Bristlehog or Bristlebeast. I think those two sound better

  • Haldir

    where is my phoenix? T_T