Dota 2 9th January Patch – Content Analysis

January 10th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s patch has arrived bringing us the first hero for 2013, the gorgon beast Medusa has now slithered her way onto the battlefield. You can view the full changelog here.


Front End Changes

New Hero


medusa Medusa, the Gorgon.

“Beauty is power. This thought comforted Medusa–the youngest and loveliest of three beautiful Gorgon sisters, born to a sea goddess–because she alone of the sisters was mortal. It comforted her, that is, until the day masked assailants invaded the Gorgon realm and tore the two immortal sisters from their home, unmoved by their beauty or by their tears. One of the invaders seized Medusa as well, but then cast her aside with a disgusted look: ‘This one has the mortal stink upon her. We have no use for that which dies.’ Humiliated, enraged, Medusa fled to the temple of her mother and cast herself before the goddess, crying, ‘You denied me eternal life–therefore I beg you, give me power! Power, so I can dedicate what life I have to rescuing my sisters and avenging this injustice!’ After long thought, the goddess granted her daughter’s request, allowing Medusa to trade her legendary beauty for a face and form of terrifying strength. Never for a moment has Medusa regretted her choice. She understands that power is the only beauty worth possessing–for only power can change the world.”

Dota2_MedusaPortrait npc_dota_hero_medusa medusa

medusa_split_shot medusa_mystic_snake medusa_mana_shield medusa_stone_gaze

Model Viewer Shots




In Game Shots








Hero Texture Updates

Some minor hero texture updates in this week’s patch.

Drow Ranger’s Textures

Drow Ranger has had some more tweaks to her face textures.

Comparison Slider


Hero Icons & Portrait Updates

With the recent updates to Drow Ranger’s textures we now have some updated portraits for her.

Drow Ranger’s Portrait

New Hero Icon


Old Hero Icon


Updated Portrait


UI Updates

We have some small UI tweaks and some new features for the private game lobbies in this week’s patch.

Private Game Lobbies

Followers of the BeyondTheSummit’s Fistful of Tangoes 1v1 tournament will know how overpowered fountains are, thankfully Valve have assisted in this situation and added a “Mid Only” mode that supports mid lane only gameplay with same hero support (aka time for PUDGE WARS).

There is also an option to enable all chat (for voice) in the private lobby games as well.


We also have a “Balanced Shuffle” button for the private lobbies which will let the game attempt to auto balance the two sides based on the hidden matchmaking rankings.


Shared Content UI

The old share announcer UI has now been replaced with a new “Shared Content” UI that now allows you to share your Announcer, Mega Kills Announcer and HUD Skin. It will also alert the players pregame about what content is available to be shared and will display a little badge with the total number of shared items available.


Courier UI

The courier UI has been upgraded and now includes a quick haste button next to the delivery button.

Courier Haste available:


Courier Haste on cooldown:


Reminder Popup UI

This UI update was rolled out earlier in the week straight onto the live client but I figured it was worth covering.

Valve now have the ability to deploy reminder popups about items expiring, which they used to notify people about their Frostivus chests which are due to expire soon.


Back End Changes

Updated Strings

More updates to the tutorial strings.

    "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_M1_DragonTail"    "You're level five! Choose your <font color='#EE0000'><b>Dragon Tail</b></font> skill, and try it out on some creeps. It's a short ranged <font color='#EE0000'><b>Stun</b></font> that'll make it easy for you to deal with enemy Heroes."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_RazorBegin"    "Razor is coming, I can feel it in the air... Use your <font color='#EE0000'><b>Elder Dragon Form</b></font> now to prepare for the fight!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_LaneTip_1"    "Nicely done.  Don't forget you only earn bonus gold by getting the <font color='#EE0000'><b>last hit</b></font>."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_LaneTip_2"    "Stay behind your creeps and let them engage the enemy first.  This is a good way to reduce taking avoidable damage."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_LaneTip_3"    "Let your creeps lower the enemy creep's health and then move in to get the <font color='#EE0000'><b>last hit</b></font>."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_RangedLastHit"  "As with melee, a <font color='#EE0000'><b>last hit</b></font> will earn you bonus gold."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_RangedLevelTwo"  "There should more of those fiends around here somewhere.  Why not explore a bit and see if you can find some more to earn enough experience to reach <font color='#EE0000'><b>level two</b></font>."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_AreaAssign"    "You showed them!  Go ahead and level up <font color='#EE0000'><b>Shrapnel</b></font> when you have a chance."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_AreaLearn"    "<font color='#EE0000'><b>Shrapnel</b></font> is an Area of Effect ability.  It will do damage to anyone caught within its radius."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_AreaIncoming"    "Look out!  There's more!  Use <font color='#EE0000'><b>Shrapnel</b></font> to damage them all!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_AreaUse"      "Sniper!  Use <font color='#EE0000'><b>Shrapnel</b></font> by hitting <font color='#EE0000'><b>%dota_ability_execute 0%</b></font> and left-click to place the shot."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_AreaFriendly"    "Don't worry, Shrapnel will only damage enemies within the area of effect."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TowerHelp"    "Sniper Sniper Sniper!  Over here!  We need help defending the north tower, there's too many for just us to hold them off."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TowerGoTo"    "This way!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TowerDefend"    "Defend the tower!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TowerLevel"    "You've gained another level.  Putting a point into <font color='#EE0000'><b>Take Aim</b></font> will increase the range of your rifle."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TowerThanks"    "Wow, thanks for your help Sniper.  These creeps have been launching attacks on us all day for some reason."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_StashBuy"      "You can always purchase items even though we're not at the base.  Perhaps some boots to improve movement speed for those wee legs of yours?nnOpen the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Shop</b></font> using <font color='#EE0000'><b>%toggleshoppanel%</b></font> or left-clicking the Shop button."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_StashBuyBoots"  "Purchase the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Boots of Speed</b></font>."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_StashExplain"    "The boots have been placed in your personal stash.  The stash will keep your boots safe until you return to base to pick them up."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_StashGo"      "The base is near!  Let's go pick up your boots.  This way."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_StashRetrieve"  "Welcome back Sniper.  I've a nice set of Boots of Speed set aside from you in your stash.  Whenever you're inside the base you can pick up your purchase.  Hit the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Grab All</b></font> button on the stash to transfer the boots to your inventory."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierBuy"    "While we're here let's pick up a Courier as well.  Couriers are great for picking up items you have in your stash and bringing them to you in the field."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierDeploy"  "The Courier, like a Salve, is an active item and must be deployed before you can use it.  Deploy the Courier by hitting %!item_courier% or right-clicking on him in your inventory."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierMovement"  "Hey little guy!  You can control the Courier when you need to have items picked up and delivered to you.nnSelect it with left-click and order it to move with right-click as you would with yourself.  Careful guiding the courier, they have no ability to defend themselves if attacked."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierShop"    "With all this gold you've been hauling around why not get a little spendy.  Use the Courier to purchase a Hyperstone from the Secret Shop."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierMeetRoq"  "The Secret Shop is just out of the way up to the north.  Tell the courier to go to the Secret Shop and purchase the Hyperstone.  You've earned a little break."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierMove"    "You can have him move around the same way you do by right-clicking somewhere while he is selected.  Move him around a bit."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_CourierEnd"    "When you're done with the Courier select yourself using %+dota_camera_follow%."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_MapIntro"      "Sniper!  I've a report from our southern outpost!  The enemy moves on the tower there!  Here's a map of the location!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportMap"    "The map overview contains a lot of useful information.  Buildings, towers, your position, are all marked on the map overview."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportPlayer"  "[Ping Player Position] Your position is noted here along with the the various tower and building locations."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportTower"  "[Ping South Tower] This is the tower that has come under attack.  To reach the tower quickly you will need to purchase a Town Portal Scroll from the shop which will us to teleport directly to the location to help defend!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportUse"    "The <font color='#EE0000'><b>Town Portal Scroll</b></font> is a channeling spell and requires standing in place during the entire cast duration.nnUse the <font color='#EE0000'><b>Town Portal Scroll</b></font> by hitting <font color='#EE0000'><b>%!item_tpscroll%</b></font> and then <font color='#EE0000'><b>left-click</b></font> the <font color='#EE0000'><b>south tower</b></font> on the map overview."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportCenter"  "You can re-center the view on yourself by hitting <font color='#EE0000'><b>%+dota_camera_follow%</b></font> twice or <font color='#EE0000'><b>left-clicking</b></font> the map overview.nnI better get a move on so I can meet you there!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_LastHitReminder"  "Keep earning gold by getting the last hit on the enemy."

Doom Bringer has now been renamed to “Doom”, this includes all of his abilities, lore and sound files, suggesting that the use of Doom Bringer is no longer allowed and/or wanted.

    "npc_dota_hero_doom_bringer"    "Doom"

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_doom_bringer_scorched_earth_Description"    "Carpets the nearby earth in flames, damaging enemies while Doom gains bonus HP regen and increased movement speed."
    "npc_dota_hero_doom_bringer_bio"            "He that burns and is not consumed, devours and is never sated, kills and is beyond all judgment—Lucifer brings doom to all who would stand against him. Bearing away souls on the tip of a fiery sword, he is the Fallen One, a once-favored general from the realm behind the light, cast out for the sin of defiance: he would not kneel. 
Six times his name was tolled from the great bell of Vashundol. Six and sixty times his wings were branded, until only smoking stumps remained. Without wings, he slipped loose from the tethers that bound him within the light and he fell screaming to earth. A crater in the desert, Paradise lost.  Now he attacks without mercy, without motive, the only living being able to move freely between the seven dark dominions. Lashed by inescapable needs, twisted by unimaginable talents, Doom carries his own hell with him wherever he goes. Defiant to the last. Eventually, the world will belong to Doom."

Tusk (Tuskarr) is now listed as an in game unit.

    "npc_dota_hero_tusk"        "Tusk"

More references to the “Shared Content” strings, most likely an updated version of the page where you share announcer etc.

    "DOTA_MegaKill_Default"          "Default Mega Kill"
    "DOTA_Hud_Skin_Default"          "Default HUD"
    "Dota_shared_content_credit"      "shared by: %s1"
    "Dota_shared_content_credit_long"    "shared by: %s1 and 1 other"
    "Dota_shared_content_credit_long_plural"    "shared by: %s1 and %s2 others"
    "Dota_shared_content_available"      "Players are sharing items in the Shared Content tab."

Troll Warlord string updates.

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee"        "Whirling Axes (Melee)"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee_Description"  "Troll hurls two axes around him in a close range area of effect, damaging enemy units and causing them to miss some attacks."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlrod_whirling_axes_melee_Lore"      ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee_damage"      "DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee_max_range"    "RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee_blind_duration"  "BLIND DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee_blind_pct"    "%MISS CHANCE:"

Tusk now has ability strings.

    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_ice_shards"          "Ice Shards"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_ice_shards_Description"    "Tusk compresses 5 shards of ice into a ball of frozen energy that damages all enemies in comes in contact with. If the ball comes in contact with an enemy hero or reaches its maximum range the shards are released, creating a barrier that lasts for 5 seconds."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_ice_shards_Lore"        ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_ice_shards_shard_width"    "RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_ice_shards_shard_damage"    "SHARD DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_ice_shards_shard_duration"  "SHARD DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball"          "Snowball"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_Description"    "Tusk and any nearby allied heroes roll in a quickly growing snowball towards the target enemy unit. Any victims caught in the snowball's path take damage and are briefly stunned; the final target takes extra damage and extra stun duration."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_Lore"        ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_snowball_radius"  "SNOWBALL RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_snowball_grow_rate"  "SNOWBALL RADIUS GROW:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_snowball_damage"  "SNOWBALL DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_snowball_range"    "SNOWBALL RANGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_snowball_speed_pct"  "%SPEED INCREASE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_snowball_snowball_duration"  "SNOWBALL DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil"        "Frozen Sigil"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil_Description"  "Tusk summons a Frozen Sigil by calling upon the deepest cold of winter. The Sigil creates a snowstorm which slows all enemy units within 600 range."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil_Lore"      ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil_sigil_radius"  "RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil_sigil_duration"  "DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil_move_slow"    "%MOVEMENT SLOW:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_frozen_sigil_attack_slow"  "%ATTACK SLOW:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch"        "Walrus PUNCH!"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_Description"  "Tusk prepares his mighty Walrus Punch; his next attack will do a critical strike and launch the victim into the air. The victim will be slowed upon landing and take damage."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_Lore"      ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_walrus_window"  "BUFF DURATION:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_crit_multiplier"    "CRIT MULTIPLIER:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_threshold_crit_multiplier"  "THRESHOLD CRIT MULTIPLIER:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_hp_threshold"      "%HP THRESHOLD:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_air_time"        "AIR TIME:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_tusk_walrus_punch_slow_duration"      "SLOW DURATION:"

More strings for the guide system.

    "DOTA_UI_guide_select_title"  "SELECT A BUILD FOR %s1"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_select"      "Change build"
    "DOTA_UI_default_build"      "Default Build"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_header_default"  "%s1 DEFAULT BUILD"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_header_draft"  "%s1 DRAFT BUILDS"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_header_subs"    "YOUR %s1 BUILD SUBSCRIPTIONS"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_header_top"    "TOP RATED %s1 BUILDS"  
    "DOTA_UI_build_rating"    "Rating: %s1"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_panel_description"  "Description"
    "DOTA_UI_guide_panel_skills"    "Skills"
    "DOTA_Guide_Suggested_Skill"        "Suggested Skill"
    "DOTA_Guide_Item_Guide"        "Item Guide"
    "DOTA_Guide_Ability_Guide"      "Ability Guide"

References to the two new gamemodes, mid only is already in but the “New hero mode” hasn’t been implemented yet.

“New Hero Mode” restricts you from picking from your top 20 heroes, which encourages you to try out new heroes, hence the name.

    "dota_game_mode_11"                        "MID ONLY"
    "dota_game_mode_12"                        "NEW HERO MODE"

    "dota_game_mode_11_desc"                    "Shuts off side lanes and allows the same hero to be picked."
    "dota_game_mode_12_desc"                    "Players can't choose their top 20 heroes! This mode is great for trying out a new hero for the first time since everyone will be on equal footing."

Tom Chantler is credited with doing the voice work for Tusk and Jen Taylor is credited with doing the voice work for Medusa.

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

    Jen Taylor - Lina, Medusa, Puck, Windrunner

Unreleased Hero Update

Some more updates to the unreleased heroes in this week’s patch.


Tusk (aka Tuskarr) now has an initial hero icon and some work in progress ability icons.

Hero Icon


Ability Icons

tusk_frozen_sigil tusk_ice_shards tusk_snowball tusk_walrus_punch

Unreleased Cosmetic Items

We have a number of unreleased cosmetic items in this patch, including a new custom mount.

Custom Mount “Buttercup” For Chen

Similar to Disruptor, Chen also has his own custom mount being worked on referred to as “Buttercup” in the files.




Broodmother’s Items

The Brood Queen Set





Dark Seer’s Items

Dark Seer now has a Soul Ring for his arm.



Dragon Knight’s Items

Dragon Knight also has an in game item turned into a cosmetic item, the Demon Edge.




Huskar’s Items

The Obsidian Blade Set







Lina’s Items

Light of the Solar Divine Set

Model Viewer Shots


Backpack Images






New Sound Files

We have some updated sound files in this week’s patch.

Item Sound Effects

Some updates to the existing item sound effects.

Armlet Activate sound: 

Armlet Deactivate sound: 

Buckler sound: 

Drums sound: 

Hero Idle Sound Effects

Juggernaut idle: 

Huskar idle: 

Doom’s Voice Work

With the renaming of Doom Bringer to Doom, his spawn line voice work has also been updated.

New spawn sound:

Other Changes

There is now a second hero Pedestal model in the files but it is currently unused.


Materials Update

Troll Warlord’s Materials

Some more updates to Troll Warlord’s materials.


troll_warlord_shoulder troll_warlord_head


Particles Update

Troll Warlord’s Particles







Tusk’s Particles









Predictions For The Next Hero

It would be pretty neat if Troll Warlord could ride into battle on the back of Tusk.png

17th January Anniversary Party

Next week’s update will also mark the day that turns one year old, I will be hosting a mega patch party on that day with plenty of FREE stuff to giveaway.


Dota 2 – 10th January Update

We had some more changes added into the patch when the update made the transition to the live server on the 10th of January.

Medusa’s Hero Portraits

Medusa’s card portrait was also updated.

New Card Portrait

npc_dota_hero_medusa Dota2_MedusaPortraitNew

Old Card Portrait

npc_dota_hero_medusa Dota2_MedusaPortrait

New League Pass

Killing Spree: North America

“Killing Spree is a perpetual King of the Hill event featuring four premier teams from North America. Each team will battle their way to the top and attempt to win three matches in a row for a \”killing spree\”. Hosted by NEO Dota.”


New Treasure Chest

The updated patch has provided us with a new community treasure chest which is full of items from the Dota 2 workshop.

Treasure of Dark Implements

“A darkly gleaming treasure with mysterious contents. You must use a Dark Treasure Key to open this.”


Which is opened with a new Dark Treasure Key:


Loot List

This is the first chest to feature a custom mount.

Clinkz’s Molten Genesis



Disruptor’s Grull the Grim Walker

Also known as Bub.



Juggernaut’s Blade of Cleaving Swiftness



Lina’s Catalyst Cap




Pudge’s Flesh Ripper



Pudge’s Heavy Tenderizer



Sven’s Claive of Unyielding Stone



Genuine Items

The Genuine item quality is now in Dota 2. At the moment the following items have been made Genuine:

Kantusa the Script Sword from Standard -> Genuine
Berserker’s Witchslayer from Standard -> Genuine
Recluse Reef Denizen from Standard -> Genuine
Wyvernguard Edge from Standard -> Genuine
Bow of the Howling Wind from Standard -> Genuine
Ramnaught of Underwool from Standard -> Genuine
Dolfrat and Roshinante from Standard -> Genuine
Braze the Zonkey from Standard -> Genuine

The Genuine item quality is used to distinguish items obtained through participation in a cross game/product promotion (eg the Dota 2 tshirts, headset etc) or other in game items such as the Ramnaught courier that came with the Defense 3 league pass ticket as opposed from items gained via other methods such as a random drop, or possibly from a future crafting system?


With the addition of the Genuine tag it now means that the following items listed above can be sold/bought on the Steam Community Market:


  • Dementia

    What about Techies??

    • trololo guy

      valve will never release them because they are 3 hero’s and valve can’t count to 3

      • Dementias

        Fuck your logic.

        • Daniel Golubtsov

          You just don’t know valve logic

          • bill pullman

            team fortress two has three sets of classes of on each there are three classes,the level three dispencer and turret.

          • Smart Pants

            Team fortess was a mod not made but valve so they just adopted, Valve not count to 3 “ever”

          • Smarter Pants

            DotA was a mod not made by valve so they just adopted, Valve can’t count to 3 “ever”,

      • N o D

        Says Francis.

      • Vũ Lượng

        but dude, meepo?

        • Pandawongs

          Meepo is 4-5, and not 3

  • 12:51

    YEA!!!!!! 😀

  • Makubex

    1st!!! Nice work bro!

  • Mir


  • 12:51


  • polartop


  • haha

    troll lol

  • Vdude1231

    Oh da Kappa

  • polartop

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • GabeN

    Next hero = techies

    • epyon

      That would be great

  • DoctaWorm

    Great job as always matt!

  • polartop

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)2



  • WodyPLZ

    Oh duuuuude sick changes!

  • thyL

    Awesome, thanks Matt. But you forgot the model shots for Techies! ;(

    • epyon

      Sarcasm or are there really model shots?

  • Kunicki Olgert

    medusa should look more sexier not like old witch . well medusa got fuckd gg vale

    • Kevin Apollo

      Why would a monster who is only famous because she is so incredibly ugly that looking at her turns you to stone be made cute in Dota 2?

      • Kunicki Olgert

        cuz in dota 1 she looks better

        • Gunker

          Then go play Dota 1

        • Seb

          Read the lore pls.:( She sacrificed her beauty for the sake of rescuing her sisters.:(

          • Phoenix

            This lore can f*ck itself, only lore from original dota matters. I mean, cmon, Trax lore says she is not even a drow(wtf??) and that drow is “repulsive short people” wich is clearly bullsh!t as they are dark elves. Sorry but i am sick of valve’s fantasyphobia. If you do something – do it right.

            But medusa is good.

          • bill pullman

            go suck some dick if your jimmies are so rustled,if you want all your tolkien rip off then go play wow.

          • Phoenix the Displeased

            you mother was good last night, you imbred imbecile, wow is not related to Tolkien’s creations its ripoff from warhammer fb
            Drow was drow in first dota. Drow is called drow cos she is DROW.There is no drow in warcraft, but in dota Sylvana’s model was used and called drow cos she have black skin and pointy ears. This is her history, her charm and her sense – the genius decision to represent undead high elf as dark elf. This is real Drow Ranger, and no matter what new stupid lore valve makes she will be dark elf for anyone who have at least half a brain.
            If you do remake of the game with the same characters – do it right.

          • ur mum o’clock

            lol what a chump

          • Shibubu

            O rly?
            A quote from WIki:

            In the folkloric traditions of the Orkney and Shetland islands, a trow (alternatively trowe or drow) is a small, troll-like fairy creature.[1] Trows, in general, are inclined to be short of stature, ugly and both shy and mischievous in nature.

            Some people are just purebreed idiots…

        • Alexandros Kyriakou

          in DOTA 1 she was a NAGA MODEL you idiot… Medusa in greek mythology was cursed to be ugly as fuck! so yeah GG valve great job!

      • hahano

        League logic.

    • Havocked

      Im quite glad Valve went away from having every femable be amazingly pretty with big boobs. If you want Anime Porn go there. Jesus.

      • bill pullman

        by “there” you mean league of legends.

      • Guest

        What are you talking about? Dota 2 is probably the most realistic in terms of boobs. See pic.

        QoP is a succubus so It makes sense that she’s over exaggerated, Lina and CM are above average, but it’s still reasonable and they are sisters. The rest have pretty normal boobs. Also note how except QoP, Lina and CM none of them really have them ‘on display’ Again, QoP is excused and Lina and CM are just being competitive I guess.

        Compare that to almost any other game.

      • Checksumfail

        What are you talking about? Dota 2 is probably the most realistic in terms of boobs. See pic.

        QoP is a succubus so It makes sense that she’s over exaggerated, Lina and CM are above average, but it’s still reasonable and they are sisters. The rest have pretty normal boobs. Also note how except QoP, Lina and CM none of them really have them ‘on display’ Again, QoP is excused and Lina and CM are just being competitive I guess.

        Compare that to almost any other game.

        • ReevoH

          Lol’d at boob chart.

  • Glacius91

    Why did they change Drow?! She looked so good with those tribal tattoos…

    • Mic

      Potential item(s) for tattoos down the track?

    • Nikos9321

      What bothers me is that now the trailer’s traxex and the in-game traxex won’t look the same…Unless they remove them from the trailer, too.

  • Lummy

    IF you go on the last picture and hold the mouse there you can read the text saying ” It would be pretty neat if Troll Warlord could ride into battle on the back of Tusk” ….. So i assume we will see both.. Thanks CyborgMatt(AKA FROG) (:

  • Rob Solorzano

    nice ! 😀 good job matt

  • Jökull Frozenheart

    Sweet, Looking forward to Tuskar, I don’t expect him for a couple weeks though.

  • Hiss!

    Thanks Mr. Matt the Cyborg, your party better have hot babes and drinks !

  • Hector Olivieres

    HOMAGAWD MEGA PATCH? :3 uguu, can’t wait.

  • Hector Olivieres

    😮 By the way, medusa looks AMAZING. I LOVE her animation dude, so fluent. Absolutely beautiful 😀 well not literally but, god it’s fucking awesome. Really original design, keep it up frog!

    • Mack

      Well, let’s thank all the design and animation team at valve instead, shall we?

      • Don Roberto Querijero

        seriously why the 3 thumbs down?? Valve did a great job.


      It is strange that people where complaining she looked “ugly”.

      I mean, what the hell, just seriously WHAT THE HELL….

      • Rebecca Acceber

        This is not League of Legends where ANY female champion is supposed to be sexy or at least cute. This is DotA, and heroes can be ugly and gritty.

      • Mous

        There’s a difference between ‘awesome ugly’ and ‘boring ugly’

        • Gray

          You sounded like Tyra Banks

  • Puro

    Medusa looks awesome, Valve does it again.
    Thanks Matt.:)

  • Wrightworth

    That lina set looks awesome

    • capawesome

      It does but why does she have donuts all over her body?

      • quirkky

        It’s one of those gipsy’s jewelries they used to put them on their clothes. Or like those belly dancers.

  • Luffydude

    Almost 8 months since Tobi shared with us the Medusa art concept and after all that time this is what we get? I’m gonna grind pubs with PL and AM after tomorrow to kill this ugly ass face..

    • cai

      PL against Dusa, not sure if serious

      • ericl5112

        5 seconds of dead illusions going for medusa
        A rapidly respawing mana burning illusion army for PL (when mana is so important for her survival)

        PL probably wins.

        • Me

          xept she have split shot that would love to eat illusions

          • ericl5112

            I’m going to say a farmed PL will be able to spawn illusions faster than she kills them. She hits 5. That means he has maybe 3 more illusions plus himself hitting 2 times per second. That means PL himself spawns in 1 illusion every 2.5 seconds, and every illusion spawns in 1 illusion every 6 seconds (approx). Meaning those 3 illusions+PL spawn 5 new illusions every six seconds. I think she’d be hard pressed to keep up with that.

            That doesn’t even include PL’s ability to insta-spawn 2 illusions with his lance and dopple. One of which has a 7 seconds CD, the other a 15 second CD. She’d have her hands full dealing with him alone. I still give the edge to PL I think.

  • Pedro Pina

    Love the party anoucement! =D

  • Lance Gray

    What if Broodmother and Medusa fucked you up in your dreams?

  • TinyTerror

    Why the doom bringer name change?

    • buda

      “Blizzard copyrights Doom Bringer”

  • Perhaps

    Good use of Kappa at the end 😀

  • Riley

    why isn’t Medusa in game yet? I don’t see her, and I haven’t seen a patch today.

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      newbie alert, today is the test build update, not the main build update!!

  • oka

    horrible Medusa skin -_______-

    • bill pullman

      go back to league of lesbians

  • idreamo

    i think the animation of mystic snake needs to be improved, i expected more than this. Maybe make it larger like anaconda. The mystic snake’s movement in dota 1 is a little bit better. But thank you valve, overall, i do like this medusa

  • trololo guy

    time for some farm abuse with medusa

  • Imran Adzman

    Great update! Medusa’s lore is brilliantly done. Can’t wait to use it in game. I don’t buy in-game items much, but boy, that Lina’s set is too awesome for me not to buy it. Thanks Matt!

  • raadface

    love the medus color and design looks pretty gr8 imo

  • sQuare

    Yo I’m sQuare

  • No1Known

    Holy shit! medusa looks ugly and scary as fuck!

  • DudeWhy

    I have to say I prefer the silhouette with the hood more. It would’ve been awesome to keep guessing whether she was beautiful or incredibly ugly and the when she cast her ulti, she pulls that hood down and shocks the shit out of everyone with her ugliness…

    plus I can play her 95% of the time without looking at her hideous face Q___Q

  • Eddie

    That DK sword is a direct rip off of the WETA prop sword. Good originality.

    • MassStalker

      You’re an idiot.

      • Eddie

        No, if the item was to be based off of the in-game icon it would be green and have a much different hilt, and if it was based on the comic it would be bright blue. The current model for this sword is a copy of weta’s design.

        • capawesome

          Which in turn was designed for Weta by Valve’s art team. Dun DUN DUUUUUUUN! Same with the Aegis shield trophy Weta made based on the design provided by the Valve artists.

        • bill pullman


  • mr9sky

    Medusa looks like a result from a Naga, Slark and Undying threesome… Fugly and scary as shit. People expect a hot babe with boobs like Lina. Everyone is complaining how fugly it looke at Joindota. That’s only indication of a GREAT JOB VALVE! :)

    • Thomas Price

      Monster who turns you to stone merely by you looking at her face and they want… sex appeal? And people wonder why they say there’s an objectification problem in gaming! Back to LoL with their “every female must be fappable” opinions!

      • Vũ Lượng

        dude think again, if she want to kill them, she should be attractive. don’t you want to take a look at a beautiful woman, despite the cost?

        • Yukoviz

          In her lore, it says the traded beauty for power… she’s not supposed to be pretty.

          • Michiel412

            Too bad they didn’t get the real lore for medusa, they only got part of it. Medusa didn’t trade beauty for power, she was cursed by Athena for defiling her temple by sleeping with Poseidon in there. Athena cursed her so anyone looking at her turned to stone, making it impossible for her to be with anyone ever again.

          • Alexandros Kyriakou

            raped* and Zeus* check your facts

          • Michiel412

            “In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770), Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, “the jealous aspiration of many suitors,” but when she was caught being raped by the “Lord of the Sea” Poseidon in Athena’s temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa’s beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. In Ovid’s telling, Perseus describes Medusa’s punishment by Minerva (Athena) as just and well earned.”
            Granted, you’re right about the raping part, but it was Poseidon though.

          • iCESPiCES

            Maybe Medusa should taunt Tide for worshiping immortal seagods whatnot ?

          • Haris Radzi

            if it was Zeus, I wonder if there is any special interaction between zeus and medusa during in-game like “That’s my hoe” or “I’m your hoe” or “You raped me Zeus” or “I raped you Medusa”

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          • Mic

            That’s Greek Medusa, not Dota 2 Medusa.

          • Michiel412

            My point exactly, I was hoping valve would use the “real” Greek lore for Medusa.

  • Pocky


  • donDoom

    Anyone know when this patch hits the server? I cant wait to get my snake on!

  • DaniTsƧs Gilmour Vazquez

    Thanks for the news, medusa is ugly but its ok seems good

  • Sami Mäkinen

    Medusa, finally :3

  • 6 is not enough

    Medusaasif_ needs more snakes in her hair!
    Hopefully they realise this deformity…h

  • bbb

    what is next prediction ?

    • Thomas Price

      Hover your cursor over the prediction pic as usual for his comedy predictions

  • Nghia Nguyen

    Dat spider! Kill it! Kill it with fire!

  • PSI Guy

    Oh shit, the 17th is my birthday! YAY

  • Elv

    when dota 2 become full, it’s beta for a long time now.
    nice hero medusa, at last

  • adx

    pls add aura effect

  • Kubelecer

    Demon edge for DK from demon edge from I CALL IT

  • PeterPan

    finally the 24/7-farming-splitshot-medusa arrives in order to disturb any action-packed game 😉

  • mos

    ZSMJ Coming …

  • shomy


  • CiaphasCain

    Die Phantom Lancer!!!

  • VII.

    Come on Vlave. The people want Lord of Avernus!
    (Great job un Dusa though.)

  • bill pullman

    that medusa…

    i’d still bang her

  • Techies

    What about me?

    • DarkDX

      Hahaha, no. Not YET.

  • хач

    сосите хуй

  • Zade Lim Quan

    Nice Patch. Waiting for your FREE stuff giveaway =D

  • Zdzisek

    Almost all of your sounds samples in all patch analysis pages dosn’t work for me. I checked it in my friends pc and it looks the same. We are from Poland if it matters.
    PS. Thank u Matt for your hard work, this is one of my favorite Dota 2 site, jointly with Purge’s and DotaCinema YT channels. :)

  • Nazarus

    i was spectanting a troll face in next heros :D:D

  • io

    Dusa looks like thin eel, nothing awesome there.

  • Svyaga

    Don’t really like how Medusa looks. Her attack animations are very weird, and only 6 snakes on the head, she looks kinda bald :S

  • myk

    What happens if an enemy dies WHILE on stone texture? another death animation?

  • Dotai

    I really would like to ask Valve “What did you do the last three month?”
    They should think about finishing all heroes before 2015..

  • serpen

    I kinda liked when medusa had a hood, but still definitely think they did her justice, considering she actually looks like a snake woman.

  • capawesome

    They updated her Mana Shield and Mystic Snake effect today

  • Guillermo Guzmán

    Phoenix is coming too… check the responses in dota2wiki of Medusa when failing to a hero. Check it here

  • Guillermo Guzmán

    Phoenix is coming! Check medusas responses

    • Cat

      Other heroes have responses to Phoenix too :3

  • Juano

    Really like medusa and her particles but the particle/animation when she trows the snake seems so simple to me D: really expect they change that into a greater snake D: ( yep my english sucks but is the only way to say something in pages like this XD )

  • quirkky

    Medusa should look like the one in the Clash of the Titans movie; sexy and sleeky. She’ll turn ugly (like the one now) when she cast her ultimate.

    • capawesome

      Her ultimate is so short in terms of length so the transformation you suggest wouldn’t be worth it. Especially since you’re only seeing the top-down view of the model anyway.

      This game alreayd has enough “sexy” female characters. It needs more monster types like the male heroes.

  • Guillermo Guzmán

    Next heroes after Tusk and Troll are Bristleback and Phoenix

  • layzworm

    Early Happy Birthday for the blog 😀
    love layzworm

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  • tidus55

    love the new lina set & thx for the information!
    17 january!!!

  • wwl

    any info on the dark chest?

  • Punishment

    Whats up with the new Dark Keys?

  • RoKa

    We want “ALL RANDOM” for public

  • Joe

    One of the finest hero models so far, they did a great job. I just don’t understand why they are removing Drow’s face paint! It looked so much better before. Well maybe they’re planning some different paints as cosmetic items. And the cosmetics based on in-game items are getting boring… Soul ring is a ring, not a bracer!

  • awaer

    anniversary party?

    so should I come down to Bellevue?

  • Anon

    Remember when Cyborg used to post gifs of the animations. He’s gotten a bit lazy.

  • ojo

    btw u guys rly should add effect on golden greevil !

  • Matt, Modest Mouse

    Wtf, my Howling Wind bow hasn’t been made genuine!

  • Finger4ik

    Nice update, wanna next update and party from cyborg:D

  • linziyi



    trololo for the next week ofc

  • dota-kaiba

    i want more female heroes like Phoenix, Winter Wyvern

  • kaiba

    I want more female heroes like Phoenix, Auroth The Winter Wyvern

  • kaiba

    I want more female heroes like Phoenix, Auroth The Winter Wyvern

  • Max

    when will the nest patch be?

  • Jose Cascante

    Damn, i hope Troll Warlord comes out 😀

  • Wyotee93

    Great update once again!

  • Guy

    Medusa is hawt

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  • Domhack

    Rapier is core on Medusa.

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  • Haldir

    i rather old Drow Ranger’s face… with all the painted marks