Dota 2 13th February Patch – Content Analysis

February 14th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 patch has arrived bringing the huggable and lovable maniac snowball wielding beast, Tusk. You can view the full changelog here.


Front End Changes

New Hero


Dota2_TuskMinimap Ymir, the Tusk.

“It had been a brawl to remember. There stood Ymir, the Tusk, the Terror from the Barrier, the Snowball from Cobalt, the only fighter to have bested the Bristled Bruiser in a fair fight, and now the last man standing in Wolfsden Tavern. What started as a simple bar bet of supremacy ended with four regulars, a blacksmith, and six of the Frost Brigade’s best soldiers writhing against the shards and splinters of almost every bottle, mug, and chair in the building. The Tusk boasted and toasted his victory as he emptied his brew.

No sooner had the defeated regained consciousness than the cries for double-or-nothing rang out. The Tusk was pleased at the prospect, but none could think of a bet bigger than the one he just conquered. Horrified at the damage to his tavern and desperate to avoid another brawl, the barkeep had an idea. As skilled as he was, Ymir had never taken part in a real battle, never tested himself against the indiscriminate death and chaos of war. He proposed a wager to the fighter: seek out the biggest battle he could find, survive, and win it for whichever side he chose. The stakes? The next round of drinks.”
Dota2_TuskPort  npc_dota_hero_tusk tusk
tusk_ice_shards tusk_snowball tusk_frozen_sigil tusk_walrus_punch


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In Game Shots










Neutral Creep Model Updates

We have a number of updates to the existing older neutral creep models.

Kobold Foreman

The Kobold Foreman has had his pimp cup also buffed in this patch.

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New Textures


Old Textures


Harpy Storm

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Ogre Bruiser

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Old Textures


Hero Models Broken Down

Tusk’s model has arrived already broken down and we also have some updates the existing break down of Rubick.

Rubick’s Model

Rubick’s head is now a separate item slot. Which means I can now do this:


And this:


Default Parts

Rubick’s Staff

Rubick’s Cape

Rubick’s Shoulder Armor

Rubick’s Head

Base Model


Tusk’s Model

Default Parts

Tusk’s Armored Glove

Tusk’s Cowl

Tusk’s Hat

Tusk’s Horns

Tusk’s Weapon

Tusk’s Fish Basket

Base Model


New Cosmetic Store Items

Continuing the trend from the previous weeks we now have a number of new cosmetic item sets ready for the Dota 2 store.

Crystal Maiden’s Items

Regalia of the Crystalline Queen Set







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Lion’s Items

Tools of the Demon Witch Set








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Mirana’s Items










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Outworld Devourer’s Items

Harbinger of the Inauspicious Abyss Set







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The two wards I covered last week, Jakiro’s and Tidehunter’s both now have backpack images and description writeups.

Double Vision

“This mascot of the powerful Pyrexae has two heads with which to scout for trouble!”


Bottom Watcher

“From far below, a dweller of the deeps has been pressed into service at the surface!”


New League Passes

The Star Series Season V ticket is now in the files which will come with it’s own custom Grillhound courier.


UI Updates

The combat log has been completely revamped and now is more in line for the current Dota 2 UI style.

Combat Log

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Team UI

The team UI has had a small update and now has a button for the team admins to add themselves to the player roster instead of using the right click menu.


Back End Changes

Updated Strings

More tutorial string updates. Spoilers: They still hate Tidehunter.

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M1_UseDragonTail"  "Hit your <font color='#EE0000'><b>%dota_ability_execute 1%</b></font> key to start casting <font color='#EE0000'><b>Dragon Tail</b></font>, and then <font color='#EE0000'><b>Left Click</b></font> on an enemy to stun them!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_BootsUpgraded"  "Nice!  Notice the items you purchased have automatically combined to create <font color='#EE0000'><b>Power Treads</b></font>.nnThese too are an active item.  You can toggle which stats they boost by activing them.  Try it now."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_LevelExperience"  "The boots change the attribute they boost when you toggle their state.nnTime to find more creeps and get some experience to reach level six.  Don't want to lose our chance to surprise Tidehunter!"

    "DOTA_Quest_MoveTo"          "Head For the Gate"
    "DOTA_Quest_FindKeeper"        "Find <font color='#EE0000'><b>Keeper of the Light</b></font>"
    "DOTA_Quest_FindRazor"        "Defeat <font color='#EE0000'><b>Razor<b></font>"
    "DOTA_Quest_DefendCamp"        "Defend the Watchtower Using <font color='#EE0000'><b>Breathe Fire</b></font>"
    "DOTA_Quest_ClearNeutral"      "Clear <font color='#EE0000'><b>three</b></font> Neutral Camps"
    "DOTA_Quest_ReturnToShop"      "Return to the Shop"
    "DOTA_Quest_EarnMoney2"        "Earn 185 Gold and Buy a <font color='#EE0000'><b>Circlet</b></font>"
    "DOTA_Quest_EarnMoney3"        "Earn 190 Gold and Buy <font color='#EE0000'><b>Bracers</b></font>"

A large number of the neutral creeps have been renamed, you can find the full list of changes below.

    // Neutral Creeps

    "npc_dota_neutral_kobold_tunneler"        "Kobold Soldier"
    "npc_dota_neutral_kobold_taskmaster"      "Kobold Foreman"
    "npc_dota_neutral_centaur_outrunner"      "Centaur Courser"
    "npc_dota_neutral_centaur_khan"          "Centaur Conqueror"
    "npc_dota_neutral_fel_beast"          "Fell Spirit"

    "npc_dota_neutral_polar_furbolg_champion"    "Hellbear"
    "npc_dota_neutral_polar_furbolg_ursa_warrior"  "Hellbear Smasher"
    "npc_dota_neutral_ogre_mauler"          "Ogre Bruiser"
    "npc_dota_neutral_ogre_magi"          "Ogre Frostmage"

    "npc_dota_neutral_enraged_wildkin"        "Wildwing Ripper"

    "npc_dota_neutral_satyr_soulstealer"      "Satyr Mindstealer"
    "npc_dota_neutral_satyr_hellcaller"        "Satyr Tormenter"
    "npc_dota_neutral_satyr_trickster"        "Satyr Banisher"

    "npc_dota_neutral_jungle_stalker"        "Ancient Stalker"
    "npc_dota_neutral_elder_jungle_stalker"      "Ancient Primal Stalker"
    "npc_dota_neutral_blue_dragonspawn_sorcerer"  "Ancient Drakken Sentinel"
    "npc_dota_neutral_blue_dragonspawn_overseer"  "Ancient Drakken Armorer"
    "npc_dota_neutral_big_thunder_lizard"      "Ancient Thunderhide"
    "npc_dota_neutral_small_thunder_lizard"      "Ancient Stormhide"


    "npc_dota_neutral_gnoll_assassin"        "Vhoul Assassin"
    "npc_dota_neutral_dark_troll"          "Hill Troll"
    "npc_dota_neutral_dark_troll_warlord"      "Dark Troll Summoner"
    "npc_dota_neutral_forest_troll_berserker"    "Hill Troll Berserker"
    "npc_dota_neutral_forest_troll_high_priest"    "Hill Troll Priest"
    "npc_dota_neutral_harpy_storm"          "Harpy Stormcrafter"

The description for the team system has been updated.

    "Team_Create_Desc1"          "The Teams feature is designed for groups of five players who want to compete against other groups of five in practice lobbies, and competitive settings like leagues, tournaments and Team Matchmaking."
    "Team_Create_Desc2"       "For professional gaming organizations, an administrator slot is provided for management purposes, and should be held by the Team's owner. Whenever the five members of your Team are in a lobby together, your Team will be detected. Your Team's information will be displayed in-game, and Team statistics will be collected from the match.nnWhen participating in Team Matchmaking your Team will be rated based on performance against other Teams."

Strings for the updated combat log system.

    "DOTA_CombatLogHeading"    "Combat Log"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Refresh"  "REFRESH"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Modifiers"  "Modifiers"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Deaths"    "Deaths"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Damage"    "Damage"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Healing"  "Healing"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Attacker"  "Attacker:"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Target"    "Target:"
    "DOTA_CombatLog_Interval"  "Interval: %s1s"

Two new replay errors for the match details page.

    "MD_Replay_Not_Recorded"      "Replay Not Recorded"
    "MD_Replay_Expired"          "Replay Expired"

The workshop is going to be updated in the near future with a fully supported portrait editor.

    "DOTA_Workshop_File_PortraitInfo"  "Portrait Layout File (.pts files)"

    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Edit"    "Open Portrait Editor"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Preview"  "In-Game Portrait Preview"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetCamOrg"  "Set Camera Origin"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetCamTgt"  "Set Camera Angles"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetLgtOrg"  "Set Origin"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetLgtTgt"  "Set Angles"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetDir"    "Set Direction"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetCam_Desc" "Mouse left & right: Orbit target pointnMouse up & down: Translate up and downnMousewheel: Translate closer / farthernnMouseclick to exit"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_SetDir_Desc" "Mouse left & right: Modify YawnMouse up & down: Modify PitchnMousewheel: Move target point closer / farthernnMouseclick to exit"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_FOV"    "Field Of View:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Preset"    "Lighting Preset:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Light"    "Spot Light"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_HSV"    "Hue / Saturation / Value:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_H"      "H:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_S"      "S:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_V"      "V:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Size"    "Size:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Distance"  "Distance:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Ambient"  "Ambient Light"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Scale"    "Scale:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Shadow"    "Shadow Color"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Specular"  "Specular Color"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Power"    "Power:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Background" "Background"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Texture"  "Texture"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Bkg_Color"  "Color at:"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Corner_0"  "Bottom Left"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Corner_1"  "Top Left"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Corner_2"  "Top Right"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Corner_3"  "Bottom Right"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Submission_NotReady"  "Submission Not Ready!"
    "DOTA_Workshop_Portrait_Unset"    "You must create a portrait for the %s1 model. Click on the Open Portrait Editor button on the Portrait view to create a custom portrait."

    "DOTA_Workshop_LPreset_TopDown"    "Top Down"
    "DOTA_Workshop_LPreset_Stage"    "Stage Light"
    "DOTA_Workshop_LPreset_NightTime"  "Night Time"
    "DOTA_Workshop_LPreset_CrossLight"  "Cross Light"

The Polycount and tournament couriers now have their own attribute tag in game.

    "Attrib_Polycount"            "Polycount %s1"
    "Attrib_PremierLeague"          "The Premier League Season %s1"
    "Attrib_StarLadder"            "Star Series Season %s1"

Unreleased Heroes

We have some updates to a couple of the unreleased heroes in this patch.


Bristlebog’s voicework responses are now in the files.


Look who's here.
Well, what have we here.
I cut quite a figure, don’t I.

[Battle Begins] 

Oh, now we're in it.
This is what I'm talking about, heh hah hah.
Time to mash some faces, I'd say.

[First Blood]

Well, if it ain't first bloody blood.
A little blood?  First thing in the morning?
Well, look who's first.


You don't say.
Don't mind if I do.
One step at a time.
I'll  sort this out.
By all means.
There's faces need mashing.
Bit of work to do.
Time for a good scrap.
Here we go.
At way!
Oy, one step at a time.
Bit of a hurry.
Here we go.
I'll sort this.
There's more where that came from.


Here we go.
Yeah, I'm getting me blood up now.
A clubbin.
This'll sort you out.
Here we go.
Back to it.
Eow, put me back into it.
Let's hear ya squeal.
Yeah, a propper thrashing.
For your troubles.
Put your lights out.
I'll bash you dim.
I'll concave your head.
Yeah, take it!
Have some of that.
You want some of this, son, you want it?
More where that came from sunshine.
Oh, you fancy it, now do ya?
Oh, you want some of this?
No getting away now.
What'd you take me for, eh?
I'll give you all you can handle.

[Casting a spell]

Oh, you're in it now, are ya?
You want some of me, you want some of Bristleback?

[Casting Bristleback]

Come on, have at me!
Yeah, go on, go on, give it a go!
Hit me!
Oh, me back needs a scratch.
Yeah, you bring your best.
You want some of this?

[Casting Viscous Nasal Goo]

Ooh, excuse me, he heh heh.
Oh, looks good on you, that does, mate.
Oh, where are my manners.
Argh, here's some goo for you.
Heh, you wear it well, mate.

[Casting Quill Spray]

Oh, pardon my quills.
Have some quills.
Ha!  You make a right pin cushion.
Haha, stuck you good.
Quilled in the line of duty.

[Failing to kill a hero]

Oh, sort it out mate, come on.
Ah, come on.
Well, what do you know.

[Leveling up]

My tusks just got sharper.
Now this…this is proper smart.
Bright and breezy.
Bish, bash, bosh.
Oh, I'm a right proper basher.
Oh, now it's on.  Yes.

[Killing a hero]

All in a day's killing.
You shoulda backed down, son.
Who's squealing now, eh?  Ha, aha ha heh.
A good bashing, never hurt nobody.
What are you on about?
Yeah, that chinned ya, didn't it?
I layed you out flat, son.
You won't be getting up too soon.
There ya go, troubles over.
You been sorted.
That pinned your eyes open, didn't it.
Down you go.

[Killing a Rival]

Bashed your bones in.
Oh, now, you're king of the dead.
One less bug in the world.
Off you go, Chen.
One less Zealot.
Time to meet that maker of yours.
Nighty night, Knight. He heh.
You can't heal being dead.
Bashed in that ugly head of yours.
Never did like knights.
Part dragon, all dead.
Lights out for you, geezer.
Knocked you off your high horse, didn't I?
Die, geezer!
Other times, well, we might of shared a brew.
That round was on me.
Yugh, I love a good bar fight.
A beastie after me own heart.
Could of offered me a swig afore dying.
Who's.  Doomed.  Now.
Devil's in the details.
Yegh!  Doffed you and the kitty both.
Oh, I hate cats, or whatever that bloody thing was.
Your whirly-whatsit can bug off.
Brought you down to earth didn't I, eh?
Is that a bat you was riding?  Who rides a bat?
No need for a rematch.
Your tusks were no match for mine.
You had it coming, Tusk.
I been waiting to do that.
Ah, now I feel better.
Wasn't a draw that time.
Well, that's the end of that.
Looks like I won the next round.
So, you can beat a dead horse.
I expected more from a Fundamental.
For a Fundamental…bah, you was barely a wisp of a fighter.
Oy, shut your chimey talking mouth.
Wha… eh, I can't understand a word you just said.
Wha…what's that you said.  No, I don't speak chimey bell talk.
I thought elementals was stronger than that.
Terrorblade?  More like terrible with a blade.
Handsome and smart?  Yeah, Invoker, you had to die, mate.
It's hard being uglier than me, Slardar, but you did pull it off, mate.  Hats off to ya.
The only good Keen is a dead Keen.
So little and weak, you know I almost feel guilty.  Almost.
These keen folk die so easy.
I hate keens.
The Oglodi always put up a good fight.
The Oglodi, they don't die easy, I will give em that.
You Oglodi fighters is tough, yeah, I admit it.
Who's doomed now, eh?
No, listen, I cannot understand a word you just said.

[Meeting an ally]

Let's you me and Tusk throw back a tumbler after this, eh?
Oy, oy, oy, save some of that cake for me, will ya, lads?
I'll split that keg with ya when we're through.
Hey, you keep that keg handy.
Come on, big fella.
Ooh, ain't you a bonnie fair.
That barkeep got us into this, we'll get ourselves out.
Let's put our differences behind us.  What do you say?
Tusk, let's partner up on this one.
Look, we can all fight each other once the killing is done.
Looks like it's you and me, Tusk.
Between your tusks and mine, they won't know what hit em.
Hmm, for the Keen Folk, you ain't half bad.
I'll hit em.  You stand there looking small and weak.
I tell you what, it's nice to know an Oglodi's got me back.
Between you and me, we got this lane, Oglodi.
Okay, here's the plan.  Look, I'll hit em, and you just stand there looking... small and…and weak.

[Last Hitting]

That's for me.
Gold for me teeth.
Bash'n grab.
A dash of the honey.
A bit of jangle.
Eh, he didn't need that anyway.
Pilfered proper.
Bash we go.
You're dead.
Flat busted.
Oopsy daisy.
Dead broke.
Fat for me purse.
Tough luck.


Send me quills, to me mum.
Bury me quills down, so's to poke the devil.
It's toes up, for me.
This ain't how I pictured it.
Ah, you bleedin' muck!
I chipped a tusk.
You dirty fighter.
Oogh, I been better.
Is…is that my blood coming out?
Ah, that can't be good.

[Respawning Fast]

Back at it.
Don't turn your back.
Look who's back.


Oy, calm down, I just took a quick trip to the bog.
Bristleback, again.
Let's get back to it.
Back to work.
Here we go again.
This fountain looks familiar.
What's this, back again?
Oh, they're a dangerous lot.
Time for a little bashing.
The basher is here again.
Stop moping, I'm here.
Oy, stop whining, I'm back.


It was a barkeep that got me into this mess.  Yeah, I think I'll pay em a visit when this is done.
I'm more than a pretty face.

[Purchasing an item]

Aha, here we go.
Cost more than a bit of honey.
This better be worth the grubbin.
Skint me clean for this?
Now here we go.


Ah, scepter.
I tell you what, this'll bash heads pretty like.

[Specific items]

Blink dagger!
Blinkered dagger.
Manta style!
Helm of the Dominator!
Heart of Tarrasque.
Assault Cuirass!
Yeah, Satanic!
Sange and Yash!
Pipe of Insight.
Black King Bar.
Monkey King Bar.

[Storing a rune]

Saved for later.
Well, I'll just stop the bottle up.

Uh, uh.
Ha ha.
I think not.
No way.
You may not.
I refuse you, heh heh.
Consider yourself denied.

[Calling missing]

Top's gone missing.
Missing middle!
Bottom's gone missing, just so's ya know.

[Acquiring the Aegis of the Immortal]

A good time to fight.


Oh, quick now.

Double damage!
Twice the bash.

What's the green rune do again?

The world can't handle three of me.

They won't know what hit em.

[Not yet]

Not yet.
Not yet.
Oy, not yet!
No, I'm not ready.
I'm not ready.
I'm not ready!
It's not time yet, mate.
It's not time yet.
It…it's not time yet!

[No mana]
Out of mana.
Out of mana.
Oy, hey listen, I'm out of mana!
No mana.
No mana.
No mana!
Not enough mana, mate.
No, I ain't got enough mana.
Not enough mana, you idiot!


Ah, thanks a lot.
Too kind, you are.
Much acppreciated.

[Under attack]

Oy, come on, I'm under attack here!
Agh!  They got the drop on me!
I'm under attack.


It's in the bag, mate.  Yeah, go on, you see if it's not.  Open it up and see if it's not in there.  I'm telling you, it's a lock, mate.


Crummy wizard!
Ah, shitty wizard!


Oh, bollocks.
Oh, defeated!
Aw, well that's the end of that, isn't it?
Aw no, you've got to be kidding me.
Oh, no, no, no, no, no.


Aheh hah.  It was only a matter of time.
I never had a doubt in me mind.


Ah, sooo.
Bueh, egh.
Oooh, that's lovely days.
Hahahahaha haha ha.
Hehey hahaha.
Hoho hah ah ha ha ha.
Hahahahh ahh hah, suck it.

Skywrath Mage

Skywrath mage now has some ability icons and he also has some voicework responses.

skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt skywrath_mage_concussive_shot skywrath_mage_ancient_seal skywrath_mage_mystic_flare



Skywrath Mage!
Court mage to the Nest of Thorns am I.
I serve the Ghastly Eyrie.

[Battle Begins]

I am sworn to turn the tide where ere I can.
Even on this fallen field, I dedicate my powers to the lofty Skywrath.

[First Blood]

I would give all this and my blood too if it meant the Skywrath Scion were restored.


I go as bid.
Tis my honor.
My power is summoned.
Forth and willingly.
You'll have no cause to question me.
Just so.
As it is in my power.
As I will.
It is right.
That may well be.
Be it thus.
Consider the consequences.
You've thought this through?
Very well then.
To a new landing.
By my wings.
I'll bide my time.


By the Bloody Pinion!
By the talons of Skree'auk!
Avilliva sends me.
I'll break their wings.
I'll dash them to the earth.
Who dares fly against me?
None threaten me.
The time has arrived!
By Skree'auk!
By the ancient powers!
Arcane are my ways.
You have entered my realm.
I'll dash them to the ground.

[Casting a Spell]

Prepare for a reckoning!
This skies are dark with Skywrath power!
Fly where you will, I will follow you there!

[Ancient Seal]

By the Ancient Seal!
The Seal of Avilliva upon you!

[Concussive Shot]


[Mystic Flare]

Mystic flare!
The light of pain upon you!
Share the light of agony!

Ai, me!
Skree'auk I have failed you.
I am contemptible.

[Leveling up]

From tip to tip my wings cover the sky!
The Skywrath live through me!
The truth of my heart shall be writ upon the skies.
A lesser being would grow dizzy at such heights.
Ah, Skree'auk, your blood enthralls me!
In the name of my secret love I'll use this power well.
Higher I soar!
All creation lies strewn below me!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[Killing a Hero]

Skree'auk's talons pierce your soul.
Those who tangle with the Skywrath risk a fall from starry heights.
Her talons take you!
All I do, I do in Her name.
I use my powers wisely. Take that as you will.
I end your life that something good may begin.
Think of it as a new beginning.
I gave your death some thought, believe me.
I do not kill you lightly. But still, you are dead.
I am a tool of the greater good. What does that make you?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[Killing/Dying to a rival]

My secret love dies with you.
I die, but my love lives on.
It was all I could give you, Sweet Spirit.
Be released from your suffering, Vengeful One.
You must take your magic more seriously.
I think you will remember me now, eh?
Your bookwish ways have made you myopic.
I put you down unfinished, like a terrible book, heh heh.
Such wings should not be allowed so near the heavens.
One source of aerial pollution curtailed.
How dare you sport wings when others more deserving have lost theirs.

[Meeting an Ally]
Ah, my heart, my wings, let us fly.
Vengeful Spirit, let us work to see you avenged.
May I join you in seeking your revenge?
If you will deign to notice me, Invoker, I believe we can learn from each other.
Invoker, do not pretend you have forgotten me, eh?
Ah, Rubick, always a pleasure
My heart is heavy, Rubick. It is a relief to see yours so light.
Sent. :)
Your grimoire, does it say how this will end?
Warlock, I hope you don't fight like a librarian.

[Last Hitting]

Give it here.
Let it fall.
Tis mine.
Toward our greater end.
I accept.
This gladdens me.
I shall not report you.
Tis safe with me.
I'll keep this.
Mine only.
Tis mine.


Oh, drat!
Wings of light, carry me off.
I soared so briefly...
Still Her face I see!
My death means nothing next to hers!
My dreams, unrequited!
Never to restore Her to the Nest of Thorns!
The Ghastly Eyrie will miss me not.
Too fall from such a height...
I was never understood.


That my friend was a mistake.
I am undaunted.
Nevermore to see my Skywrath home, that would be worse than any death.
Small suffering compared to that of some I know.
Power comes from the heart, and now mine beats anew.
I rededicate my magic to the Nest of Thorns.
The hot winds of hell I fear not for they carry me to Skywrath heaven!
The Ghastly Eyrie waits in readiness.
Revenge, always before me, before all else.
If my death can help restore her to the Eyrie, it is worth every sacrifice.
I live not for myself, dear one, but in honor of your loss.

[Purchasing an Item]

Not for myself but for the cause.
No cost too great if it serves the greater purpose.
Strange how merely purchasing an item can dispel the shrouds of gloom.

Ah, scepter!
I hold this scepter in another's name.

[Specific Items]

Blink Dagger!
My purpose unblinking this Blink Dagger serves.
My purpose unblinking...unlike this dagger.
Scepter of Divinity!
Scythe of Vyse!
Ghost Scepter!
Ethereal Blade!
Shiva's Guard!
Linken's Sphere!
Force staff!
Rod of Atos!
Drums of Endurance!
Veil of Discord!

[Bottling a rune]

Hm, an opportunity for patience.
I bide my time and this rune.
Wait with me!


Uh uh!
Down you go!
That's enough.
Mine, I think.
A small loss.
A trifle!
Go to!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha!
Ha ha ha!

[Missing a lane]

Missing Top!
Missing Middle!
Missing Bottom!

[Gaining Items]

Hm, I welcome any contribution to the cause.
Ah, this brightens my heart like a ray of new hope.
Oh, Vengeful Spirit, I offer this treasure to you!

[Gaining Aegis of Immortality]

Nor shall I die until my task is done!

[Haste rune]

Speed the day when revenge has been requited.

[Double Damage rune]

Double damage!
Like twin swipes of Skree'auk's talons!

[Regeneration rune]

The heavenly winds imbue my wings with life.

[Illusion rune]

We serve the same purpose all.

[Invisibility rune]

The pinions of night enfold me.

[Not yet]

Not yet!
Not yet!
Not yet!
I'm not ready!
I'm not ready!
Hey, I'm not ready!
No, it's not time yet.
It's not time yet!
It's not time yet!

[No mana]

Out of mana!
Out of mana!
Out of mana!
No mana!
No, no mana.
No mana!
Not enough mana.
Not enough mana.
Not enough mana! Come on!


My gratitude.
Twas honorably done.

[Under attack] 
I'm under attack!


From the Ghastly Eyrie I can see to the ends of the world, and from this vantage point I declare with utter certainty that this one is in the bag!


Crummy wizard!
Shitty wizard!


Nevermore shall I fly to my sweet spirit's side!


After such a triumph, I know my dream of vengeance is at hand.


Ah hoo hoo hoo.
Oh...hoo hoo hoo.
Boo...hoo...ah hoo hoo hoo.
Ha ha ha.
Pfff, ah!
Ha ha!
He he he he ha ha ha!
Hm hm hm.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We have some more updates to the Starladder Grillhound that is going to be bundled in with the season V Dota TV ticket.

The Starladder Grillhound

The Starladder Grillhound has had his model reworked since the last time you saw him.

New Standard Courier


Old Standard Courier


New Flying Courier


Old Flying Courier



The Grillhound’s particles were also updated and will most likely work like the recent Premier League courier that levels up from watching the tournament games increasing the strength of the particle effect.


Tutorial Assets

We have some more new tutorial assets and updates in this week’s patch.

A ribbon referenced as “NewUser_XP_Map_Emblem”.


Dragon Knight’s tent has been redone.


Dragon Knight also has his own flag banner now.


A burnt out/collapsed Dire banner.


Wooden enteries.



Other stuff.



Other Changes

We also now have a new set of creep models, these are referred to as “Dead Creeps”.

Dead Creep Models




Materials Update

We have no new updates to the materials for the unreleased heroes in this patch.

Particles Update

We have some more updates to Skywrath Mage’s particles.

Skywrath Mage’s Particles










Predictions For The Next Hero

Bloody hell, who forgot to flush the bog.

There is no way I’m going to have enough GIFs for this one. :(

Beyond The Summit Studio

You may have noticed that the site’s background recently changed, this was done to support the recent kickstarter that LD and Godz launched in order to try and take Beyond The Summit to the next step and setup a studio in LA. They have already reached their initial target and are now looking to fund some stretch goals. BTS have provided the community with hours of entertainment, these guys really deserve your support, go and show them some love.

Project page:

Shagbark Progress Update

Progress on the Shagbark courier continues, you can see a highpoly update from Anuxi below.


  • firstlol


  • Stan

    But wheres techies?

    • posnisir

      In W3 DotA.

      • EnrageD

        I have a feeling 90% of the people asking for techies have never actually been in a game with techies.

        • ChiggerLemon

          And of the that 10% who have, only .2% are actually good with them. Just typical circlejerking

        • Siddharth Nair

          Ha,as true you probably are.Techies is techies and they’re missed in DotA2 :)

    • exile

      if you don’t see him in the WIP/in-development list, then he’ll prolly be added late or last.

      • Turvius

        TY captain obvious

      • Sage

        No shit. And I’ll still ask for techies until they come out.

      • adad

        Shut the fuck up

        • dada

          Wheres techies ? XD

    • Clanor

      sorry but i’m need to talk
      FUCK YOU shut the fuck up

    • Aiacos

      In the side shop, now stop ghosting

  • Ossian H Svanborg

    That gif is exactly like how I will look when Techies comes out..

  • FiNEk


  • Tiny Terror

    What is that hero prediction?

    • Havocked

      If you hover over it. It says Someone forgot to flush the blog.. Thus meaning BristleBog


      ever heard of NASAL GOO?????

      • afn

        prolly that guy doesn’t even know Bristlebog.

    • Glacius91


  • Havocked

    Cant wait to PUNCH ALL OF YOU IN THE FACE :)

  • Notfirstlol


  • Raito R. Redemushio

    excellent work as always

  • Javier

    Is Skywrath Mage in love of Vengeful Spirit ??? Awesome

    • Col

      Looks like it. Makes sense, since Vengeful Spirit’s lore reveals that she used to be a Skywrath herself, until her sister betrayed her.

    • Grayden Hormes

      they come from the same race

  • random


  • Hugo Mota

    Bristelbog and Skywrath Mage!


    bristlebag prediction

  • Breezeplease

    Happy Valentines!

  • Mums

    No new heroes next week :(

  • firstlol

    Why is the new starladder courier so ugly?

    • Doomroar

      yeah i liked the old Grillhound more, it looked more ferocious.

      • Grillhoundsucksanyway

        Beta is beta. Just because it’s had a new model and texture change doesn’t mean it’s the final look for this courier. If the particles increase then perhaps so will the model, the more you watch!

      • idoubledareyoumf

        the new one has flames out of it’s ear.

  • minh7194576

    yay Crystal maiden new set

  • wonderr

    How this OD model got into game and not the one from 30 jan patch files- i have no idea.

  • Carloh
    • Carloh

      Here’s Tusk gameplay

  • adadadadad

    how about we get techies soon…

  • jargen

    You would think skywrath would come first since he has ability icons?

  • cookieflips

    Why did Sagan turn into an Owl thing? The set looks nice but the mount looks like it’s out of lore

  • Jake Eigenbrodt

    I think that Skywrath is coming out first.

  • fuckyouvalve

    No update today, rename the title to dota 2 TEST 13th Febuary Patch. Because there wasn’t even a fucking update on valentines day for gods sake.

  • Matthatesfun


  • Grayden Hormes

    lol skywrath mage has voice lines for sex at the bottom

  • Krad

    I loled at Skywrath Mage sex strings

  • xeroti

    The old Starladder courier looked waay better imo

  • CidTheNinja

    Oh come on, there’s got to be some good gifs involving pigs or warthogs of some sort out there.

  • Marcus

    We need Techies.

    • daddy

      i need ur mom ass

  • Gerhard

    “ANALYSIS PUNCH” – Lost my shit, CyborgMatt. Nice hidden joke.

  • petbray

    sr. cyborgmatt want to tell that to timbwesar rectruture that’s not right is not very stable dota1 resistance was most recently underwent the tiwnbersar Shock magic and melee powers also are not falling foul demaciado rolled in so you can do useful in a team fight can not say it but carry dota2 does not kill anyone because it does not hurt to ask him to hero ravise to balance it please

    • groovemike


    • MassStalker

      Are you dyslexic or something? ‘Cause it seems like you can’t make a sentence without fucking it up.

      • Fuck You

        You stupid piece of shit, he obviously doesn’t speak english and just google translated it, I’m pretty confident he has a better grasp of his language than you do of english, the bastard tongue.

        • faggots

          oh wow.
          your jimmies got so fucking rustled that it turned into stone

    • Yes

      Who cares about balance, just rename him so he dont sound like something from LoL.

  • Ecan3m

    I played Tusk in dota 1 and he was super fun, tried out Tusk in Dota 2 client, he’s super duper fun now. Looks way better in every single way, tho the timing on his ult feels a little too fast from what i remember on dota 1. But we’ll see

  • Lance Gray

    Sent. :)wtf?

    • boo9

      when invites to were rare people on 4chan would reply with “sent :)” no matter what, even if there wasn’t left a steamID.
      might have spread to reddit, IDK.

  • Hive the Gamer

    Out of Tangos VS DotA Legend!!

  • Darthnixa

    But when will they add Techies

  • Artsu

    They are most likely introducing creep “corpses” for Pitlord/Pyrelord.

  • Mskliuderis


  • I_expolde

    Looks like Bristle will be Australian.

  • johnlock

    cyborgmatt there’s a really serious bug going on: some people like myself who purchased the new star ladder ticket at the dota store (not market or trading, but at the actual store) didn’t get the courier alongside the ticket. Kindly use your connections to inform valve about this.

  • Rangeiro DONTE

    meanwhile on Valve Headquarters, Abbadon once again is crying because GabeN didn’t buyed his new pair of arms

  • Neo

    Warlock I hope you dont fight like a librarian.
    -Skywrath Mage


    • God

      I want to see him saying that to librarian from w40k.

  • I am

    Just when i was about to say “Wow that great job Valve” i saw “SEAL punch”…
    Well we have a new hero, so its ok.

  • Daywalker, Nightstalker

    I can not understand what is the dragon kinght tent, somoene know what will be the utility for this?

    • sd

      Tutorial mode.

    • Hugo Pinhol

      Im betting it will be new models for barracks just like the HUD and any other cosmetics. Soon there will be custom towers as well.

      • faggot maximus

        stop crying, it’s just for the tutorial

  • Badger Techies

    Where’s Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, Techies, MineBomb? MINEBOMB!?

  • HiveTheGamer

    One more… The Rainbow Gank VS Twist ‘n Trolls!!

  • tas

    notice that it doesn’t show trolls minipam icon anymore probably meaning he is about to take a remake i guess

  • chpale


  • JB

    Everything’s perfect, but i still miss techies he most =(

  • Matt gonna be wrong?

    If you look carefully in CyborgMatt dota 2 unreleased hero status,you can see that Matt is so wrong predict the hero.It’s skywarthmage next hero released(Or VALVE pull the bullshit meepo move on us).

  • Nick

    Kunkka is the one making those tutorials

  • Erindesh

    Maybe they will add the missing ancient neutrals camps now that they renamed them.

    • vaan13

      +1 waiting for them

  • m0eb1us


  • xoa

    why aren’t you posting the update before its being released in the official game? you used to do that

  • adadadadad

    CM i swear if you are going to create techies last…
    You cant be that much of a dick can you?

  • PapaLuffy

    wish for Abaddon next plz