Dota 2 20th February Patch – Content Analysis

February 21st, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »
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This week’s Dota 2 patch has arrived bring the long awaited in game guide system, a new look for Vengeful Spirit and a number of other changes. You can view the full changelog here.

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Front End Changes

Hero Model Updates

Vengeful Spirit has had a complete rework to her model bringing her up the higher standard of model/textures we are now used to.

Vengeful Spirit’s Model

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New Model

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Old Model

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In Game Shots

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Hero Animation Updates

We have a number of animation updates in this week’s patch.

Creep’s Animations

The radiant/dire melee and radiant ranged creep have been updated with a new animation.

Idle standing animation for the tutorial map.

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Barrier casting animation for the tutorial map.

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Sleeping animation for the dire melee creep, used in the unreleased tutorial map.

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Shopkeeper’s Animations

The shopkeeper has a number of new animations for greeting and waving goodbye.

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Dragon Knight’s Animations

Dragon Knight has an introduction animation for the unreleased tutorial map.

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Riki’s Animations

Riki has a new set of custom animations for his new Implements of the Tahlin Watch cosmetic item set.

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Tusk’s Animations

Tusk has been updated with idle injured animations.

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Hero Models Broken Down

Skywrath Mage’s unreleased model has already been broken down.

Skywrath Mage’s Model

No base model until Skywrath Mage is added to the client.

Default Parts

Skywrath Mage’s Weapon
Skywrath Mage’s Head
Skywrath Mage’s Wings
Skywrath Mage’s Belt
Skywrath Mage’s Shoulders
Skywrath Mage’s Bracers

New Cosmetic Store Items

Carrying on the trend of the recent patches we have another three sets ready to add to the Dota 2 store.

Kunkka’s Items

The Commendable Commodore Set

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Contents

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Model Viewer Shots

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Riki’s Items

Implements of the Tahlin Watch Set

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Contents

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Model Viewer Shots

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Sniper’s Items

The Sharpshooter Set

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Contents

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Model Viewer Shots

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Templar Assassin’s Items

The Third Insight Set

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Contents

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Model Viewer Shots

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New League Passes

We have one new league pass in this patch for the 4Players League.

“The 4PL is an European online gaming league that provides, besides many other events, the exciting and well known Play4Dota2 tournaments with teams participating from all over the world. Form your team, win money or hardware prizes and meet or encounter some of the best Dota 2 players.”

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UI Updates

We have a number of UI updates in this patch including the arrival of the long awaited in game guide system.

Team UI

The Dota 2 team system has been updated and now allows for players to be members of multiple teams.

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Combat Log

The updated combat log from last week’s patch has also been updated and now allows for highlighting and copying the combat log text.

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In Game Guide System

The in game guide system I have covered in a number of previous blog posts has now been finished and is ready to launch. The in game guide system hooks directly into Steam Cloud to allow for sharing, saving and rating of a massive database of Dota 2 guides.

The guide system is loaded using the new guide button on the top bar.

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The player will also be shown a notification the first time they play a hero after the next patch, which will remind them of the in game guide system.

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The guides can be loaded from either a list of hosted guides uploaded to Steam by other players or your own custom builds that you have saved for yourself.

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The guide system allows for three areas of guidance; a description panel, an ability guide panel and an item guide panel.

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The ability panel shows you a complete list of the abilities and their recommended skilling order. The guide system also allows for extra custom text to added onto the recommended ability tooltip that players can use to add extra text where required. In this instance the text is used to give the player an idea of what Dragon Knight’s ultimate does.

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The ability guide system also hooks directly into the action panel, giving the recommended ability a glowing gold border and shows the guide text when the player presses the level up button.

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The same guide text tooltip can also be used on the item panel.

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Like the ability system, the item guide also hooks directly into the game by integrating itself into the shop.

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On the dashboard the learn tab has been updated with a builds page, on this page you’ll be able to browse all of the builds/guides made for Dota 2.

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Back End Changes

Updated Strings

The Ancient Stormhide has been renamed.

    "npc_dota_neutral_small_thunder_lizard"      "Ancient Rumblehide"
									

The item panel now has support for separating Lone Druid’s bear items.

    "DOTA_Item_Build_Starting_Items_Secondary"    "Starting Items for Bear"
									

New error messages for the team system.

    "DOTA_TeamInvite_Error_TooManyTeams"              "%s1 is already a member of the maximum number of allowable teams."

    "DOTA_TeamCreate_Error_TeamLimitReached"            "You are already a member of the maximum number of allowable teams."
    "DOTA_TeamCreate_Error_TeamCreationOnCooldown"          "You have created a team recently and must wait %s1 minute(s) before creating a new one."

    "DOTA_Team_Select"                        "Select Team"
    "DOTA_Team_Set_As_Profile"                    "Show on Player Profile"
									

Unreleased Treasure Chest

We have a new treasure chest in this week’s patch.

Treasure of Crystalline Chaos

This is the third community chest which will feature items purely from the workshop. The loot list is currently undisclosed.

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Tutorial Assets

We have a number of updates to the tutorial assets.

Dragon Knight’s Tents

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Dragon Knight’s flag was also retextured:

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New Player Shop

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Training Tower

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Other Assets

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New Music & Sound Effects

We have a number of sound effect updates for existing heroes as well as some new music.

New Music

We have two new pieces of a music in this week’s patch, an alternative startup music and a new stinger for reincarnate.

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Mirana’s Sound Effects

Mirana has a new leap sound effect for the custom Owlion mount.

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Keeper of the Light’s Sound Effects

We have a new mana leak casting sound effect.

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Shredder’s Sound Effects

Shredder has some new attack impact sound effects.

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Sniper’s Sound Effects

Sniper has an updated sound effect for the shrapnel shatter effect.

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Ursa’s Sound Effects

Ursa has a new sound for his Earthshock.

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Materials Update

Legion Commander’s Materials

The first material files for legion commander are now in the files, no texture work done yet except the blank canvas seen below.

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Skywrath Mage’s Materials

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Particles Update

Skywrath Mage’s Particles

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Predictions For The Next Hero

Fear my flare fools.

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  • stan sparrow

    No techies yet?

    • Gegx

      techies will be last

    • OnixDeck

      Techies is shit, i hope he will be the last.

      • adadadadad

        you are shit

  • Ariltonxmn

    first?

  • Chromepixels

    First.

  • Starfreezer

    Great as always , thank you matt!

  • stan sparrow

    4th!

  • yolo

    MAGICMISSILE

  • johnnu

    i hate u

  • SL128

    Most recent!

    Anyhow, time to suggest more people play Dota due to the guide system.

    • Havocked

      Wait for the tutorial system.

      • Pax

        Well, if they’re already familiar with that other ARTS, it’s probably time, as all you really need to do is jump in a quick game with them and show them how denying and the jungle work.

  • stan sparrow

    first

  • 244

    naiz

  • lotrein

    Why would you post 9 times?

  • asdf

    Kappa

  • riki

    nice job

  • breeselbog

    how breesel bog, wwhy breesel isbog. #italiano

    • dilbot

      I’m going to gank venge on friday #wow #whoa

  • stan sparrow

    gj

  • Havocked

    Woot! A sign of Legion Commander!

    Looks like Valve are releasing heroes every 2 weeks. The offweek they introduce either a new UI feature, gamemode OR a BUTTload of bug fixes. This week it was a new UI feature.

    I believe order of next 3 heroes will be Skywrath Mage, BristleBog then either Abaddon or Commander!

  • Pyro

    Sniper’s shoulderpads have “KS” written on them, very fitting.

    • boo9

      this is of course because he is named Kardel Sharpeye (or something along those lines)
      what did you think it was, silly child?

      • Diego

        i though it was Kill securer

      • http://twitter.com/diggtrap Peiul

        Killing Spree would be my secure bet.

      • Mic

        Kant Speel?

      • Imran Adzman

        Kill Steal perhaps?

        • Lycake

          Thanks Captain Obvious -.-’

      • peto

        Kid Silly i guess..

      • lewl

        Kardel Sharpeye

      • Johnny

        King Sniper

      • Shin

        Kill Shot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniellorenzo.lambino Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      if some Sniper player kill steals from you or any of your allies, don’t be mad, its part of teamplay. Sniper is a carry anyway.

    • megafilipe

      i really hate that set

    • M3T4G4M3

      Kill Shot .

    • Neah

      it for kardel sharpeye….

    • yumahkafa

      ofc “kama sutra”

  • add

    fk valve stop focusing on making profit by making a lot of cosmetic item, try to solve major problem like lag or performance issues that arise and no response that make a lot of dota player angry.. btw good job Matt for this fast update

    • N o D

      VALVe didn’t make those cosmetics dum-dum! They just choose it and implement things.

    • adhd

      dota 2 has some of the best netcode in the world
      perhaps the “lag” is a problem with your ISP

    • Havocked

      If you had been around in Dota 2 for abotu 1 year you would notice that back 6 months ago cosmetic items were so infrequent due to lack of “cosmetic producers”, however now that Dota is growing evermore you will see MORE cosmetic items because there are more people making it. All valve does is review it and then implement it making sure it has no bugs. So stfu and learn a few things before you talk stupid shit.

    • frostyvamp

      Not sure if stupid, or just trolling..

    • Frankster

      People like you and those who whine at Valve for not making new heroes should start working for Valve and read your own comments.

    • asdf

      Performance? My study laptop with the lowest version of a intel i5 is capped at 100fps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asadsafdar Asad Ali Shah

    Great work like always

  • adadadadad

    next one is techies

    • Cat

      suuuuuure <3

  • Shoopla

    So you’re suggesting techies is next now matt? :D

    • cat

      no

      • Shoopla

        hey i see fireworks in the predictions while yes it looks like skywrath EXPLOSIONS = techies >.>

  • chpale

    天怒目测会很瞎

  • Propagate11235

    Valve is just fucking with you. BB is definitely next, he has been worked on since before Skywrath had any materials

  • Thresh Deenn

    TRESDINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    yet LoL steal his name , Dota came up with Zet , so LoL steal to Zed , now Thresh came from Thresh Deen

  • Frans

    Is it only me or does the new vengeful look somewhat like the old drow?

  • Coño Terorista

    I want commander, ember spirit and techies please :( no britleback and skycrap mage

    • Shoopla

      I can not wait for Commander to come out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniellorenzo.lambino Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      its bristbog in Dota 2 they changed ‘back’ to ‘bog’, and if you can’t wait for Valve to release those heroes then don’t play.

      • C4rN4g3

        I guess he was tryin’ to be funny…???………. ‘_(-_-)_/’

      • Wiseman

        PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Techies FTW. I can’t wait til he ruins my game and controls the map :D I am gonna dazzle: Gem and Blade Mail. Ruin the little fucker

        • Ninja

          why not just mass necro3?

      • fafa

        chill out dude, u need stop hanging so much time in the pc and get some pussy

    • Me no Terorista

      i want bristle and skywrath mage :) no ember shit and league of legends commander

    • marteh

      Kinda sad seeing how teh heroes that just got into DotA 1 being worked
      on and released when the old heroes such as techies, Abaddon and
      Terrorblade have no sign of being worked on
      exactly

  • Harlem Shake

    New Hero order: Skycrap mage > Bristleback > Legion Commander > ???

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniellorenzo.lambino Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      yeah. looks like Skywrath will be released first before Bristlebog.

    • Shoopla

      Abbadon has a chance of coming before Legion Commander

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniellorenzo.lambino Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

    i can’t hear the sound files.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniellorenzo.lambino Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

    the new model of VS is much better now, though i’ll miss her dark theme.
    just looking at her in the comparison slider looks like she just matured.

  • Krjal

    Sad Bristleback isn’t in yet. Really looking forward to playing him again.

  • Irrelevante

    Gotta love how the sniper’s set is an homage to his D1 model counterpart. Hats off to whoever made it.

    Now off to micspam his D1 voice lines while wearing the set.

  • GROB1AN

    RELEASE EARTHSHAKER ITEMS FFS -.-

  • Svyaga

    I love that new venge look, but when I looked at her face and hair for the first time, I remembered Hades from old Disney’s Hercules animated cartoon :DDD

  • sgg

    this new shity veng(

    • Barsolar

      Whats wrong? She looks much better with new textures. Better fits her lore.

  • klemen

    don’tget the gif is that suppose to be sywrath?

  • VII.

    Can’t wait for the Abaddon Model. I am pretty sure he will be a badass, similar to what we are used from CK :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/amaterv Chepix’z Equilibrium

    riki set already launched
    but they didnt do anything to sange visual bug, suck la..

  • peto

    hey matt, can you put those items regarding what Valve said “Added a large number of items to the random loot drop lists”..please.

    • Gromek

      Where you found that?

      • peto

        its in their update notes..

  • Dimchuck

    Valve, stop making new community chests, my wallet isn’t infinite. Better make all previous chests’ items buyable.

    • Hurt.

      If you’ve actually started collecting this crap you’d better hope your wallet is infinite.

      New stuff is never going to stop, and exclusive things are just going to get that much harder to find.
      I have some old chests if you want them… for a price huehue

  • Zealous

    VS looks like qop. They should make qop purple next patch

    • Hurt.

      Aha

    • jovan

      NO they should make them sisters

    • X

      More like Death Prophet

  • Hyperblast

    Anyone else miss that cool mask Venge used to have back in early beta?

    • Ðireclaw

      Me

    • emil0

      On Workshop has been made as item for Venge … I hope they put it ingame

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Hansen/100001099935181 Thomas Hansen

      Found it

  • Great Phoenix the Greatest

    WHAT THE F*CK? WHY RUIN VENGEFUL??? Previous one was 100 tiems better this one looks like second QoP! Actually the first one with the mask was the best one out of them!
    Now i need to buy stupid items to make her look decent.. Is this your strategy Valve? Is that red mask already in game?

    • Ikuti

      no, no the new one is not worse than the old one. With mask better yes, but the old ne lookd like old creeps models. Now atleast it’s not shitty model made in 5 sec with almost 0 good textures.

  • http://twitter.com/Luffydude1 Luffydude

    I don’t get why people used to complain about anything other than Medusa when Venge looked THAT bad. Though she could’ve used something else other than Death Prophet hair and QoP makeup

  • http://profiles.google.com/darthnixa Darth Nixa

    Whaere teckies

    • Bertha

      Teckies? ROFL….aaaawww that’s cute! it’s like you’re missing the front tooth…!

  • Shomy

    Very creative Legion Commander’s Materials.

  • Muru

    Comander= 1# Hero for retardeds.

  • Bluxen

    i think skywrath mage will like the new venga’s style
    oppa venga style
    ehyyyy sexy venga
    op
    op
    op

  • Tyrone420

    Can you possibly lower the default volume on the audio sounds?
    My ears hurt every time. And I can’t lower it myself before I play the audio.

  • Mrpeshoga

    Hmm i realy want the Elder Titan ( tauren chieftain) and the Winter wyvern to come out , the techies will be nice too :)

    • owlvano

      i don’t think that the elder titan is tauren, as the bastion announcer has a line that says “Tribal Chieftain”. I hope Elder Titan is the completely new hero

  • AntoxaGray

    I never liked old Vengenful Spirit model, and now she looks sexy.

  • illuminatus

    lol 2 of those are shitty imba new heros. anyone remember; pit lord, tauren cheftain, bristle, terrorblade need them to come out

  • http://www.jassibacha.com Jassi Bacha

    Every week you outdo yourself, especially with the prediction gifs.

  • Shawn1997

    Thats is a new DK sword

  • Zoro

    Kinda sad seeing how teh heroes that just got into DotA 1 being worked on and released when the old heroes such as techies, Abaddon and Terrorblade have no sign of being worked on

  • Bertha

    I LOVE THE NEW VENGEFUL SPIRIT!!!! THANKS MATT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bahamut
  • Bitcly

    Anyone know what the animations for Riki look like?

  • MADRID

    i think skywrath and bristlebog will be released both in the next patch or later

  • Kita
  • Jerro

    ITS ACTUALLY “KILL SHOT” WHEN SNIPER GET A KILL FCKERZZ!!

  • IAmStaka

    Ok how do i play the new gamestartup music? it’s really cool… also the reincarnation will it replace the current one and if not, how do i use it as an alternative?

  • aint nobody got time for that

    is now dropable rotten stache and commander items? i saw something on chat

  • emil

    WHY MAX E ON DRAGON KNIGHT ARGGHHHH

  • http://www.facebook.com/hieu.trug.9 Trug Hiếu

    Hey Cybormatt! Can you upload the new VS model ’cause I really want to try it in game, thank in advance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joenoxious Jose Cascante

      Lol

    • Deathlike

      For some reasons, it seems that they patched the model back, it is not in the game anymore

      • http://www.facebook.com/hieu.trug.9 Trug Hiếu

        I know but I thought we could change Dota2′s model with Dota2 Slasher.

  • Dima

    Yes! Next hero is not Bristletrash, awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zaderson.DeokJeon Zade Lim Quan

    What key use to open the box?

  • Nice Guy

    Hey guys and Matt. I am sorry for offtop, but if anyone has a The International 2 wallpaper 1920×1080 without trademark – plz share it. I would be rly thankful

  • Sol

    What happens to my remaining treasure key of the forbidden lotus after Feb 28th? Will it turn to regular keys? If so, what will open the remaining Forbidden lotus chests?

  • BlackBeetleBorg

    Damn, that is a much appreciated change on Venge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhonakos.mysterio Γιάννης Τσαγγαράς

    oy

  • yumahkafa

    im still waiting for terrorblade. poor hero.