Dota 2 3rd January Patch – Content Analysis

January 4th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 patch has arrived and deployed straight onto the main client, with it only being the 3rd of January this is only a small patch to disable the Greeviling gamemode, fix some bugs and add a couple new features. You can view the full changelog here.


Front End Changes

Hero Models Broken Down

Mirana has had her model broken to down to get it her ready for cosmetic items (and custom mounts) as well as some updates to Timbersaw’s base model again.

Mirana’s Model

Default Parts

Mirana’s Bow
Mirana’s Mount
Mirana’s Headdress
Mirana’s Cape
Mirana’s Shoulders
Mirana’s Bracers
Mirana’s Quiver

Base Model


Base Mount Model


Timbersaw’s Model

Timbersaw’s model has been broken down even more with both of his braces now becoming removable items.

New Parts

Shredder’s Bracer
Shredder’s Off Hand Bracer

Updated Base Model


Hero Texture Updates

We’ve some minor texture updates for Shadow Demon in this patch.

Shadow Demon’s Textures


Hero Animation Updates

We have some new animations for a number of different heroes in this patch.

Axe’s Animations

Axe now has some force staff animations, which are different depending on whether it was his own/an allies force staff or an enemy force staff that pushed him forward.

Self/Ally Force Staff


Enemy Force Staff


Beastmaster’s Animations

Bestmaster has an animation for his loadout stance.


Undying’s Animations

Undying now has an animation for his loadout stance.


Venomancer’s Animations

Venomancer also has a loadout stance animation and he also has a new head turning idle animation.


UI Updates

We have a couple of new UI features in this week’s patch.

Announcer Previews

The announcers now have a preview option which lets you listen to a selection of preview lines.



Nightstalker O’Clock

The day/night clock cycle now has support for Nightstalker’s Darkness spell.



Shop UI

The shop UI has also been updated with some new visual effects and a banner for the secret shop.






We also now have access to a new region of servers in Australia. Enjoy your low pings Aussies.



Back End Changes

String Updates

More updates to the tutorial strings.

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_CampInvade"    "Something's coming! Quick, Dragon Knight, cast Breathe Fire on that creep!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_KeeperIntro"    "Ah, if it isn't, don't remind me... I've got this...  I don't have this.  Oh!  Yes, of course, Dragon Knight!  Someone mentioned at one point or another you'd be on your way.  We've ourselves a bit of a hullabaloo here perhaps you can help.  You can keep the gold and I'll keep your mana in good supply as best I can."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_LastHitRecipeBuy"  "The items required for the Bracers show up near the bottom of the shop window.  You already have two of them so all you need is the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Recipe</b></font> which can be purchased automatically by <font color='#EE0000'><b>right-clicking</b></font> the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Bracer</b></font>.  You can also buy the recipe directly."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_MapExplain"    "Your <font color='#EE0000'><b>minimap</b></font> contains an overview of the map you and your allies can see.nnThe tower under attack is far to the south and we'll need some haste to get there in time..."


References to the upcoming hud skin items.

    "DOTA_Hud_Skin_Default"          "Default HUD"

Australia region strings.

    "dota_region_australia"      "Australia"
    "dota_matchgroup_au"      "Australia"


All of the announcer preview lines.

    // Announcer Preview lines
      "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Kleiner_01"    "Good grief! Your Ancient is under attack"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Kleiner_02"    "Dire's structures are cunningly fortified"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Kleiner_03"    "Well drat! Your top barracks has fallen"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Kleiner_04"    "We now have confirmation that Roshan is the latest victim..."
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Kleiner_05"    "Dire's top tower is being attacked like nobody's business"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Kleiner_06"    "Victory of the most Radiant sort"

      "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_01"  "Your defenseless Ancient is being victimized"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_02"  "Dire's innocent courier has been butchered. Some animals..."
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_03"  "Dire's structures are fortified, just like me"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_04"  "Rest in pieces top barracks, you will be remembered"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_05"  "Dire's bottom tower is under attack. Run little bottom tower, run"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_06"  "Dire victory, and well deserved"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_Killing_Spree_01"  "First Blood! About time"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_Killing_Spree_02"  "Double Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_Killing_Spree_03"  "Jugg-like!"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_Killing_Spree_04"  "Rampage"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_Killing_Spree_05"  "Triple Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Juggernaut_Killing_Spree_06"  "Unstoppable"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_01"    "The Dire have fortified their grove"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_02"    "Dire's bottom barracks no longer stand"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_03"    "The Radiant have ended Roshan"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_04"    "Radiant's middle tower is under attack. It will fall like a ripe apple"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_05"    "Your middle tower has returned to earth"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_06"    "Dire victory! Let the trees whisper tales of this hour"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_Killing_Spree_01"    "Dominating"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_Killing_Spree_02"    "Mega Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_Killing_Spree_03"    "Rampage"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_Killing_Spree_04"    "Killing Spree"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_Killing_Spree_05"    "Ultra Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_NaturesProphet_Killing_Spree_06"    "Unstoppable"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_01"    "Your Ancient is under attack"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_02"    "Oh look, they found the button. Radiant structures have..."
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_03"    "The Dire, now with Mega Creeps"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_04"    "You'll be pleased to hear that the enemy's top barracks have fallen"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_05"    "Summon the will to defend your top tower"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_06"    "For better or worse, your top tower has been denied"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_Killing_Spree_01"    "First Blood"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_Killing_Spree_02"    "Storm-like"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_Killing_Spree_03"    "Monster Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_Killing_Spree_04"    "Rampage"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_Killing_Spree_05"    "Ultra Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_StormSpirit_Killing_Spree_06"    "Oh Stormy"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_01"    "Yarr! Dire's Ancient be under attack"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_02"    "Well shiver me timbers! The enemy's bottom barracks..."
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_03"    "Radiant's courier's been rather brutally murdered"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_04"    "Good as New! Now get to work"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_05"    "The Kraken has fallen to the Radiant"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_06"    "Your bottom tower be under attack"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_Killing_Spree_01"    "Dominatin'"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_Killing_Spree_02"    "Outstandin'"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_Killing_Spree_03"    "Plundered"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_Killing_Spree_04"    "Shipwreck"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_Killing_Spree_05"    "Ultra Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Workshop_Pirate_Killing_Spree_06"    "Unstoppable"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_01"  "That was Axe-tacular!"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_02"  "Axe cannot help but notice that Radiant's Ancient is under attack"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_03"  "Even couriers are not safe! Hah now this is a bottle"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_04"  "Puny Radiant hides behind their fortifications"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_05"  "Axe does not pick sides; but Axe is on your side"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_06"  "Dire's middle tower has failed them for the last time"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_Killing_Spree_01"  "First Blood"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_Killing_Spree_02"  "Dominating"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_Killing_Spree_03"  "Godlike"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_Killing_Spree_04"  "Monster Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_Killing_Spree_05"  "Ultra Kill"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Axe_Killing_Spree_06"  "Wicked Sick"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_01"    "Radiant's Ancient is under pressure"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_02"    "Dire's courier didn't make it"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_03"    "You do know why they call him Tiny don't ya?"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_04"    "Nobody likes to play support, yet everybody likes to win"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_05"    "Hope the Dire weren't partial to that mid tower"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_06"    "Crack your knuckles and get comfortable"

    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_Killing_Spree_01"    "That's a First Blood"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_Killing_Spree_02"    "Let's just say it's a winnin' streak"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_Killing_Spree_03"    "Eight in a row"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_Killing_Spree_04"    "And down they all go"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_Killing_Spree_05"    "Somebody's on a roll"
    "DOTA_Announcer_Preview_Bastion_Killing_Spree_06"    "Way to clean their clocks"

Unreleased UI Updates

The unreleased “featured store item” UI that I covered a few weeks ago is now in game but currently unused.

Featured Store Item


Unreleased Cosmetic Items

We have some more texture updates to the unreleased Bub mount for Disruptor.

Disruptor’s Mount – Bub


Unreleased Hero Update

We now have a in game static image from Troll Warlord’s work in progress model’s portrait card.

Troll Warlord



Updated Sound Effects

We have some new music in this patch and some sound effect work for Medusa.

Medusa’s Sound Effects

Movement Sounds


Ability Sounds

med_stonegaze.wav (oh god): 


New Laning Music

The laning music has finally made its return and has had some new music recorded for it.


Material Update

Troll Warlord now has some updated, high quality materials.

Troll Warlord’s Materials


troll_warlord_head troll_warlord_shoulder


Particles Update

Some small minor updates to Medusa’s particles in this week’s patch.

Medusa’s Particles





Predictions For The Next Hero

Why you heff to be mad?


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  • Rubica

    Another week, another hero opportunity missed.



      • Rubica

        Achievement Unlocked: Get called a faggot on the internet.

        Aw yiss.

        • ElVoidCuliado

          Im jelly bro, share the wealth please. call me faggot.

          • asd

            faggot :d

          • ElVoidCuliado

            thank yoo

  • Chinabot


  • Andy

    I’m okay with Mirana’s model.

    • ChiggerLemon

      half naked cancer patient? 10/10 would wife

  • Dementia

    What about Techies?

    • 123


      • ElVoidCuliado

        but i wantz techies D:

  • Bob


  • wutupz


  • Joseph Menzies

    yay for Australia!

  • Guest

    Disappoint about Troll Warlord,he’s ugly,much more than the concept

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      lets just hope Valve are trolling with that model of Troll.

    • Торопыгин Максим

      looks like huskar lol

  • Lance Gray

    The Balanar timer is ugly.

  • rainfallis


  • I won’t pick a name

    The fact that heroes will get extra force staff animations is exciting. Really cool.

    • koko

      but the flail animations are rly funny 😀

  • Husky

    You snake GIFs are hilarious! Awesome work as always, Matt. Cheers!

  • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

    the best thing i’ve seen in this analysis is Mirana’s model. hahahaha

  • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

    WTF?! is that Troll Warlord or just some monkey in a carnival costume?!?!?!

    • mr9sky

      The Monkey King – Wukong. go read it up

  • Dendi

    rememebr, cyborg matt was WRONG when he said medus and shredder came out! Do not heed his word for he is wrong!

  • Imran Adzman

    Is that the final model for Troll? Looks weird to me. Medusa looks wicked. Can’t wait.

  • Don

    that stone gaze sfx is so wicked!

  • danostrowski

    Hey Matt, didn’t you have a link to all the in game music you’ve posted? I downloaded the tracks here by finding the URLs in the source, but did you have a list of them all?

  • Doopy


    ….Can we get WALRUS GIFS instead!?

  • Troll.warlord

    I am so sure that Valve reads this blog and decides ALWAYS to release other heroes first. So, Troll Warlord next.

    • Michael A. Walker

      This is actually fitting since its the “Troll” Warlord. As in Valve is trolling cyrborg matt. See what I did there?

    • warlord troll

      This threads predictions are just based on which is most complete at the time of this patch. Obviously they are tending to release heroes that they spend all week working on. I think they plan on releasing many heroes at once at some point, and having many near complete heroes would support that.

  • idreamo

    Medusa sound effects do not work, anyone?

  • Александр Околокулак

    Balanar’s timer looks like vagina with teeth

    • LORD

      Vagina Dentata

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      LOL. that’s so weird.

  • Sherwin Orijuela

    we need tauren chieftain for competitive purposes XD

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      right, that’s what they all say when their favorite heroes are still not released on Dota 2. zzz

  • datDota

    What are the particles? Does each hero have their own?

  • mr9sky

    1. Someone once said true beauty is evident when she looks hot even when bald. And holy macaroni…Mirana….
    2. Troll Wartoad = Monkey King
    3. And that Medusa Stone gaze sound effect..INSERT FULL SCREEN SCARY PIC

    Good job Matt!


  • mr9sky

    SPOILER – The Base Model is going to be the default in-game model.

  • Memz

    Man, came here for the updates, stayed for the gif, again!

  • Louseman

    U will be troll by valve again cyborg, they wont releash medu, instead they releash tuskar and troll warlord

  • Spenser Hodum

    Dat Mirana model 😉

    That med_stonegaze.wav O_o

    So much attention to detail in just this tiny updates that I would have never imagined being added to the game. I love this game so much :)

  • Whataboutme?

    What about Techies?

  • grpl

    can we stop talking about techies all the time

  • CidTheNinja

    why is it that most of the time your soundclips don’t play?

  • francez

    some links are broken

  • sdfsdf


  • hans

    Troll wardlord looks retarded.
    Looks exactly like huskar but with yellow & blue colors.

    • bastard

      husk is a troll -_-

      • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

        or could possibly Valve is trolling since it’s TROLL warlord.

    • ShadowNugget

      It actually really doesn’t look at all like Huskar, except for the fact that the both have those bone masks. But maybe its a troll tradition?

  • Robin Turunen

    Why does my computer freeze everytime I enter one of your blog postes ?;S

  • Luffydude

    Medusa has been close to finish for a long time but since Valve guys just want to troll Cyborgmatt we had to wait for ever for them to release these useless and underpowered heroes like Slark, then Timber and now Trolll -_-

  • Luffydude

    Medusa has been close to finish for a long time but since Valve guys just want to troll Cyborgmatt we had to wait for ever for them to release these useless and underpowered heroes like Slark, then Timber and now Trolll -_-

    Please Cyborgmatt just predict some hero that has no chance of getting ported in the next months like Phoenix so that I can own people with my new 5 split shot arrow!

  • hkdoom

    man that troll warlord model looks awful :s

    jeez vavle plz fix that oO

  • Simeon Poligorski

    I see only good news :) Amazing Job again Matt !!!

  • agrea

    laning music! +1

  • spencer pootis


  • Anton Ivanov

    How can i put this NS timer?

  • Bearing

    cybormatt will out of snake gifs if valve delays medus a bit more

  • Charlie Keilar

    27 ping omg

  • meh

    i got a prediction…

    dota 2 xrd January patch content analysis

    new particles for medusa
    new textures for xxxx hero
    a new item for axe!!!
    preductions for the next hero: another snake gif

  • Cruz

    they should make troll warlord look like on the concept art it’s much better than this.

  • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

    WTF happened to Troll’s concept art?
    why did it get replaced with a MONKEY FACE?!
    the concept art for Troll is better than that.
    shitting like bricks.

    • Jester John Payawal

      its monkey king of HoN

  • notme

    i want to download medusa med_stonegaze.wav to put it as a ringtone everytime my mother calls

  • Noppanat Khaoyai

    how about animation for crystal maiden? can you can for snowdrop set for her please

  • oduncuz

    Valve Can You Open Turkey SERVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tugend

    ???? Why does Medusa still have a hood and why is she so damn ugly? :/ And why does “Troll” look like an ape? Hes realy far away to be a troll. if you guys dont noticed it dunno fanboys or just blind

    • Yukon

      According to every piece of fiction she’s in, she’s supposed to be hideous, hence why looking at her turns people to stone. And if you ask me, warlord looks like he’s related to Batrider, so…. QQ about nothing?

  • Thales De Assis Pinto

    Dota 2 developers should do a plug for Brazil and not just this South America.

  • PhobozZz

    Love the update and the new music, but this patch has dropped my fps of dota 2 by 30. I don’t know if anyone else had the same problem. Really hope this gets fixed in the very near future.

    • Alek

      Same here, you are not alone. The greeveling patch totally wrecked my fps (for no reason really, since my device is pretty high end) and this “back to normal patch” ruined the game.

  • ShadowNugget

    I don’t see why everyone’s complaining. Troll Warlord looks pretty good to me, plus he looks quite a lot like Bat-rider…….interesting…..

  • Sparky

    troll looks …ok i guess. But he needs to be green not yellow.He is a forest troll after all 😀

  • huehuehue

    guys, some1 is trolling that snake
    smells like troll, troll warlord

  • Lliam

    yes aus serves now i get to play without 200-300 ping all the time

  • hwanlv

    Jesus, its insane.