Dota 2 17th April Patch – Content Analysis

April 20th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

After a scheduled holiday in Hawaii Valve are back in action with this week’s Dota 2 patch introducing one of the newer Dota heroes to the pool, Skywrath Mage. You can view the full changelog here.


Front End Changes

Skywrath Mage

skywrath_mageDragonus, the Skywrath Mage.

“A highly placed mage in the court of the Ghastly Eyrie, Dragonus lives a troubled existence. Sworn by birth to protect whoever sits within the Nest of Thorns, he hates the current Skywrath queen with all his soul. As a youth, high-born, he was a friend and companion to the eldest Skywrath princess, Shendelzare, first in line for the Nest. He had loved her warmly and unshakably, but as his studies took hold, his mind turned to arcane learning and the mastery of Skywrath sorcery.

Obsessed with matters aetherial, he missed the mundane signs of courtly treachery that hinted at a plot against Shendelzare, and lost his chance to foil it. When the court was shaken by a swift and violent coup, he emerged from his studies to discover his oldest and dearest friend had been lost to him. The Nest of Thorns now belonged to Shendelzare’s ruthless younger sister, and Dragonus could do nothing. The magic of the Skywrath Mage serves only the sworn protector of the Skywrath scion, so to act against the Nest would render him helpless. He clings to his post, believing it to be the best hope of one day restoring his true love to her rightful place. Meanwhile, his secret is known only to the goddess Scree’auk, whose magic it was transformed Shendelzare from a crippled physical creature into an embodiment of pure vengeful energy.

While he dreams of restoring his beloved queen to the Ghastly Eyrie, he dreams even more desperately of restoring Shendelzare herself to a fully healed physical form. The duplicity of his role at court tortures him, for he is a noble and good-hearted creature; but the worst torture of all is imaging the hatred that Vengeful Spirit must hold in her heart for him.”

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skywrath_mage_arcane_bolt skywrath_mage_concussive_shot skywrath_mage_ancient_seal skywrath_mage_mystic_flare


Voiced by TJ Ramini (Timbersaw, Bristleback).

“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!”


Model Viewer Shots





In Game Shots










New Ingame Item Models

We have some updates to the in game Gem and Smoke of Deceit models and particle effects.

Smoke of Deceit


Gem of True Sight

The in game model and icon for the Gem has been updated along with a new particle effect.

New Icon vs Old Icon


In Game Model


Removed Gem

Valve also tested a purple version of the gem in one of the earlier test patches but it was removed before the patch hit the live servers.


Hero Model Updates

Once again we have one of the older hero models being updated to bring the quality up to par with the rest of the hero pool.

Riki Martin’s Model Update

Comparison Slider


New Model



Old Model



Hero Animation Updates

We have a number of new animations in this week’s patch.

Huskar’s Animations

Huskar has a loadout animation for his new Sacred Bones set.


Razor’s Animations

Razor now has an animation for when teleporting.


Riki Martin’s Animations

Riki’s new updated model also has some new animations, for his smoke screen and blink strike.


Sniper’s Animations

Sniper has a victory animation and a number of new animations for the upcoming second tutorial map.


Tutorial Animations:




Tidehunter’s Animations

Tidehunter also has some new animations for the upcoming second tutorial map.


New Fountain Shopkeepers

Bill & Ben have arrived in your local fountain shop in order to serve you the finest goods on offer.


Radiant Fountain Keeper



Dire Fountain Keeper



New League Passes

We have a big batch of new league passes.

AtoD 3

ATOD3 is the third edition of the uniquely popular Reverse-Captain’s Mode tournament presented by Peter “HamSandwich” Congdon. 12 teams from Europe and the Americas battle for a part of the $1,500 prizepool. Watch unconventional strategies as teams battle with less frequently played heroes.


E2Max L33T Championship

The inaugural E2Max L33T Championship (ELC) will feature a prize pool of SGD13,000 cash. online and LAN qualifiers from May to July, with the Grand Finals on 7th July at E2Max, Cineleisure, Singapore! ELC is presented by Cathay, hosted by Rapture Gaming Network, supported by e-Club and CM Storm.


AMD Dota2 Premier League

AMD, in partnership with DotaTalk, proudly brings you the AMD Premier League. The tournament features SEA’™s finest teams as they compete for a total prize pool of $5,000. Two months of intense action will be commentated by GoDz, LD, Luminous and Blaze on BeyondthesummitTV.


GEST Dota 2 – April and May

The Gigabyte E-sports tournament is sponsored by Gigabyte and hosted by DotaTalk. The winneres of 8 GMPGL Qualifiers from South-East Asia will compete against one another for another cash prize of $1500. The winners will then compete against the Top Chinese Teams for another $1500.


Netolic Pro League 2nd Edition

16 teams, 8 from direct invitation and 8 from qualifiers, will compete for $4000. The tournament will feature teams like Orange, Zenith, Vici Gaming and MUFC. Commentary will be provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


UI Updates

We have some new UI functionality added in this patch along with an updated item icon.

Dashboard UI

We now have a section under the watch tab that provides a list of the replays that you have downloaded, including their match details, players, game mode and how big the replay is.


You can also delete replays directly from this tab.


Report UI

The report UI has been updated to condense the text/voice abuse into one report option.


In addition the report system has been updated to support one report category to increase clarity for the specific behavior behind reported.

There is also a stricter system of communication bans for abusive players. The system takes into account reports, in-game behavior, and other factors to determine whether or not a ban is warranted. These bans will be for voice and text communication channels only; they will not affect matchmaking, and they will not place players in the low-priority pool. The bans escalate according to the following scale:

  • 1st Ban – 1 Day
  • 2nd Ban – 2 Days
  • 3rd (and subsequent) Bans – 1 Week

There is also a maximum cap of four report submissions per week however this could increase in the future as the system is still being fine-tuned.

Chinese Error Message

With the recent announcement that the Dota 2 Chinese beta will start on the 28th of April, we now have a startup message in Chinese that contains their Gaming Safety Notice.

Gaming safety notice

Say no to inappropriate games, say no to piracy

Keep yourself safe, don’t get scammed

Don’t play too much, getting addicted to games is bad for you

Manage your time wisely, live a healthy life.


Back End Changes

Updated Strings

New strings for the second tutorial map.

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_BridgeOut"    "We'll need another way to get him as he's out of range for your normal attacks.  Your ultimate has increased range but we'll need some more experience...nnOh!  This way!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_SecretOverlook"  "Over here!"
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_SecretGo"      "There's a <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Secret Shop</b></font> over there!  Let's check it out."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_SecretExplain"  "Oh!  A customer!  The <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Secret Shop</b></font> stocks items you can't buy just anywhere.nnWhy not try upgrading your <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Boots of Speed</b></font> to <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Arcane Boots</b></font>?nnTo do so you'll need an <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Energy Booster</b></font>."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_UpgradeBoots"    "Just like that, you've crafted yourself some <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Arcane Boots</b></font> by combining the two items!  While not always the perfect item for every hero, right now, these look good on you.nnArcane Boots are an active item, try it out!  Hit <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>%!item_arcane_boots%</b></font> and you'll restore some of your mana."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_UpgradeComplete"  "We should press on and find more places to earn experience."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_LevelExperience"  "The ring's aura might not affect the creeps now, but it is still applying a bonus to you.nnTime to find more creeps and get some experience to reach level six."


International 2013 invite message.

    "DOTA_InternationalInviteMessage"  "You’ve been invited to The International 2013 and have yet to fully complete the registration process.nYour immediate attention is needed so that your attendance is not in jeopardy.nnPlease check your email for further information, as soon as possible."

String for the updated communication abuse option on the report UI.

    "report_communication_abuse"                  "Communication Abuse"
    "report_communication_abuse_desc"                "They were abusive over a communication channel (text or voice)"

The Dota 2 workshop now supports item testing in a local server.

    "DOTA_Workshop_ConfirmInGameError"  "Items cannot be tested in-game when you're already in a game."
    "DOTA_Workshop_ConfirmInGame"        "Start Local Server?"
    "DOTA_Workshop_ConfirmInGameDescription"  "To test your submission in-game, a local game server will need to be started."

It is now possible to submit an alternative death animation in the workshop.

    "DOTA_ItemTest_Animation_Die2"    "ALTERNATE DIE (optional)"

Spiderlings are now listed as a custom unit supported by the workshop.

    "DOTA_Import_Spiderling"      "Spiderling"
    "DOTA_Import_Spiderling_Desc"    "Spiderlings require a single model."

Anti addiction messages for the Chinese client.

    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Level1_Warning_GREEN_chat" "Here's a warning GREEN in chat"
    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Level1_Warning_RED" "Here's a warning level 1 RED"

    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Level2_Warning_GREEN_chat" "Here's a warning level 2 GREEN in chat"
    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Level2_Warning_GREEN" "Here's a warning GREEN"
    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Level2_Warning_RED" "Here's a warning level 2 RED"

    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Reminder_Warning1"  "You've been online for %s1"
    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Reminder_Warning2"  "You've been online for %s1"
    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Reminder_Warning3"  "You've been online for a while!"

Unreleased Cosmetic Items

We have another batch of cosmetic items that have yet to be released appear in the files, some of these are older items that have appeared before and there is no guarantee that these items will be added to the live client.

Dazzle’s Items



Doom’s Items



Enchantress` Items



Faceless Void’s Items


Huskar’s Items



Naga Siren’s Items



Necrolyte’s Items


Obsidian Destroyer’s Items





Omniknight’s Items



Templar Assassin’s Items


Tidehunter’s Items



Warlock’s Items



Warlock’s Golem – Aduron




In Game





Tutorial Map 2 Props



















Unreleased Heroes Update

We have a number of updates to the unreleased heroes in this week’s patch.


Hero Icon


In Game Effects






Elder Titan

Hero Card Portrait




Elder Titan!
It is only right that I am cast into this world, for I had a hand in breaking it.
The Great Symmetry lies shattered.
I step at last onto the terrene plane.
I was the hammer at the Founding.
The Worldsmith wakes!
From perfect unity, I come.
The Five Founders, united again.
Those from the Founding, united at last.

[Battle Begins]
On this alone of seven planes the final war is fought.
What long ago I shattered must be rendered whole.
The battle is joined, like the pieces of a broken world.
We are Foundation.

[First Blood] 
May this blood run deep to heal the world's wounds.
You were the first to leave this plane

Mm hm.
Be it thus.
Comes the Titan.
The Worldsmith wanders.
Such and so.
I will make things right.
That would be best.
This bodes well.
By the Increate's will.
Formed of the forge.
As the Shaper wills.
I stride the terrene plane.
Forged of shattered forces.
The Seven Planes tremble.
I seek amends.
Mm hm.

This way.
A heavy blow.
Shattered unity.
Torn asunder!
Face your fate.
The shadow is cast.
Forge ahead.
Well wrought.
It is my charge.
Beware the Titan.
The Increate's path.
By the Increate.
I hearken well.

I will not let this go.
Sought and found.
What is weak must break.
Rout you out!
Beware the Worldsmith.

[Ancestral Spirit]
A soul divided.
My shadow soul.
Soul of the broken world.
The cloven soul.
A cleaving comes upon me.
Come, twin spirit.
I summon the Titan soul.
My broken soul goes forth.

[Rejoined with the Ancestral Spirit]

[Echo Stomp]
Echo stomp!
Be stilled!
By the power of the Increate!
Shattered by the Increate!

[Earth Splitter] 
Riven earth.
The earth is sundered.
Thus I sunder.
The Titan strikes.
Your unmaking.
Shattered by the Titan.
By the anger of the Increate.
Fall where you stand.
The Titan strikes.

What have I done now?
A pitiable attempt.
What have I wrought?

[Level up]
New strength to shoulder the burden of a broken world.
My broken soul annealed.
May symmetry be restored.
Further Unity!
The forge of creation burns hotter.
By the strength of the Increate.
In sight of symmetry.
The Worldsmith is renewed.
My elder soul's infused with youthful vigor.
Ah, now that is much better.
I haven't felt this way since the first making.
Strong as a world new-formed.
With new strength mended.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[Killing a hero]
Where were you when the world was young?
I broke the world, did you think I could not break you?
Your form needed tempering.
You must learn respect for your elders.
Death shadows us all.
What was divided returns to unity.
Your span was short indeed.
Go and meet your shadow.
You die on my forge.
Your spirit, torn from your flesh.
Go and find renewal at the Increate's hands.
The Increate can uncreate.
Against me, all warfare is asymmetric.
So puny compared to a Titan.
Hm ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho.
Ha ha ha ha ha.
Oh ho ho ho ho.
Ha ha ha ha ha.

[Killing a rival]  
I have reduced you to pulp.
I remember when you were but a sapling.
I spread ashes on the Lone Druid's grave.
A dark matter is laid to rest.
You forget your true nature, Earthshaker.
Shaper of continents, you have forgotten me.
The stone that lives is a stone that dies.
Go rejoin the bedrock, Tiny.
Across the Seven Planes, I have never seen your like.
Return to Unity, old friend.
A strong force you were, but no match for your Elder.
Child of the Schism, Io returns to Unity.
Rejoin your kin on the Fundamental plane.
That which I divided, returns to Unity.
So dies the spark of ancient suns.
Born in the Schism, died in the forge.
Return to the Fundamental plane.

[Meeting an ally]
Ride with me, oh Knight Fundamental.
Chaos Knight, a strong force you are.
Io, my old friend, we are far from your plane.
Sing, Io, of what Schism hath wrought upon this world.
Great age has dissolved the differences between us, Keeper.
Greetings, Enigma, you and I have crossed many planes to fight this war.
My name is Donte the Demon Killah, has a nice ring to it don't you think?
Ah, Enigma, I haven't seen you since the Shattering.
Walk with me, Treant, and we'll teach these fools to fear.
Come, Druid, you are alone no more.
We shall mold this fight to our advantage, Earthshaker.
Tiny, the artisans knew not what they created in you.

[Last Hitting]
Ah, little one.
Waste nothing.
No trouble here.
A small sleight.
Nothing to it.
Do not trouble a Titan.
A small snuffing.
Gold for my forge.
A scrap of a soul.
Soft mettle.
For your elder.

Failed again.
Broken like the world.
A soul divided can't endure.
Tested and found wanting.
Shattered on the anvil.
My shadow follows me.
I return to the Increate.
Learn from my example.
My works are undone.
The last Worldsmith dies.
I should have retired ages ago.
The Titan falls.
The Shaper weeps.

[Respawning through Aegis]
Bloodied but not broken!

The forge of creation casts me anew.
Is this a new form or the same one of old?
The Increate has granted me another chance.
By the Five Pillars I am shaped again to life.
I return and my shadow comes with me.
To wholeness and healing and a world to remake.
The fault was in the mold, not in the maker.
I have had a dream of symmetries unbroken.
I return from the Primordial plane.
From the dream of perfect Unity I wake again to war.
Here I walk to smith the world anew.
Born anew, yet still I am an elder?
I dreamt of a world where the Mad Moon still shone.

The Mad Moon rises unbroken above a fledgling world…but only in my dreams.

A fair trade.
Worth every bit of coin.
Now shall the battle turn.

Ah, scepter!
Scepter of the Titans!

[Blink Dagger]
Blink dagger.
A blade for the ages.

[Specific Items]
Drum of Endurance.
Assault Cuirass.
Shiva's Guard.
Black King Bar.
Shadow Blade.
Heaven's Halberd.
Veil of Discord.

[Bottling a rune]
For the by and by.
Wait till the world's a bit older.

No no.
Not for you.
Not so.
The Titan says no.
By the forge of creation.
The Primordials will it.
Better you run and hide.
That belongs to your elder.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Hm ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha.

[Calling Missing]
Top is missing.
Middle is missing.
Bottom is missing.

[Getting a:
Common item]
By the Shaper's will, what have we here?

Moderate item]
A grand gift from the Increate.

Rare item]
With such fine matter as this, I can remake the world.

[Obtaining the Aegis of the Immortal]
Great unity is eternal.

[Picking rune:
Haste was my undoing, now it shall be theirs.

Double damage]
Double damage!
Strike while the forge is hot.

That the world might be mended.

Fearful symmetries.

None may see the deepest truth.

[Attempting to cast a spell on cooldown]
Not yet.
Not yet.
Not yet.
I'm not ready.
I'm not ready.
I'm not ready.
It's not time yet.
It's not time yet.
It's not time yet.

[Attempting to cast a spell without enough mana]
Out of mana!
Out of mana!
Not enough mana!
No mana!
No mana!
No mana!
Not enough mana!
Not enough mana!
Not enough mana!

My gratitude.
I am in your debt.
Thank you.

[Alerting under attack]
I'm under attack!

Never in all the world's making and remaking have I witnessed an outcome that was more unequivocally in the bag.

[Shit/Crummy Wizard]
Crummy wizard!
Shitty wizard!

The world comes crashing down again.
The Great Symmetry lies shattered once more.
Get off my lawn!

The weight of the world is lifted.
Perfect Unity once more.
You were right to put your faith in the Worldsmith.

Oh my aching bones.
Uh ah!



Ha ha ha.
Ah ha ha ha ha.
Eh ha ha ha ha ha.
Hah ha ha ha ha ha heh.


In Game Effects






Legion Commander

In Game Effects







New Sound Effects & Music

We have some new sound effects for one of the unreleased heroes, Abaddon and new laning music.

New Laning Music




Abaddon’s Sound Effects

We now have sound effect files for a number of Abaddon’s abilities.








Satyr Hellcaster’s Sound Effects


Materials Update

Elder Titan’s Materials



elder_titan_bracer_color elder_titan_hair_color

elder_titan_hammer_color elder_titan_shoulder_color

Legion Commander’s Materials


legion_flag_color legion_fur_color

legion_helmet_color legion_shoulderpad_color

legion_sword_color legion_bracer_color

Particles Update

Elder Titan’s Particles







Legion Commander’s Particles





Predictions For The Next Hero

It was really hard to find a GIF that related to this hero.

Shagbark Update

We are sitting at over 11.5k workshop ratings with a positive rating of 98% <3.


  • Dementia

    What about Techies?

    • AntiMage… i mean, fun…

      Thats getting old now.

      • Havocked

        Word. Sick of the same comment every week.

        • Bland

          Then MAYBE
          Valve should RELEASE THEM
          The day that happens will be glorious.
          I’ll commit to playing 48 hours after its release.

          • Havocked

            Right. Glad you know development process in Heroes. Techies will be released as one of the last heroes. The only heroes I see being released AFTER are probably Xin, FW and arc warden and whatever come sout of 6.68

          • Techies

            Techies and Terrorblade are in CM so suck it, They will be worked on after Abaddon and LC.

          • Havocked

            Eh to be honest I see pheonix and pitlord being worked on before techies…

          • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

            true. that’s why he’s slated as the last hero release though that depends if newer heroes would be added to the roster..

          • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

            Techies will prolly be by the end of the year or next year since they only release 1 hero per month.

          • Bland

            Mhm. Yup. Uh huh.
            Doesn’t and won’t stop me from wanting them sooner.
            And if you couldn’t tell, I’m a very open person.

          • 3451

            The Bristle one is just to show that it may be true that Techies are the next heroes…

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      always with that question.

  • Havocked

    I really hope thats not the final face model for Elder Titan…

    • 2l33t4u

      thanks, now valve has an excuse to wait a few more weeks before releasing him

      • Mack

        I don’t mind waiting until things are perfected.

        • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

          Valve is still changing the looks of other heroes.
          actually even if they already release this in public, they would still change hero models as they like.

      • Havocked

        Id rather something good than something unfishined, polished or just bad. That elder titan still needs alot of work.

        • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

          well its either Elder Titan or Abaddon that gets released in May.
          only 1 hero per month if you still don’t know.

      • Captain Obvious

        Looks like Nicolas Cage to me. And Legion commander is woman? WOW love Valve!

      • Albert L.

        Me too. It’s like a sad guy with a paint job on his face. More or less like Motaro in Mortal Kombat.

        • Grimbear13

          They have that hero already…he’s called Centaur

      • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

        ugh. i don’t know if you already noticed or not but Valve has been releasing 1 hero per month.
        so its not really surprising when Valve will release a hero (only one) per month.
        and its not another excuse if you know that already, i mean just look at the dates of the hero releases starting January..

        • Havocked

          I honestly think hero releases are going to start speeding up for the international expect 2 a month from now on. All heroes besides Warden, Frost and 6.78 heroes will be released… Doable within the time frame given. Valve did it last year they can do it this year its within their capabilities.

          • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

            well we can only hope that they speed it up.
            but i still thinks its still going to be only 1 hero in May.
            its not actually of how fast they can do it, i think they’re just delaying it.
            its better to think that way than expect a hero each week or every 2 weeks.

    • Riviera

      Id rather have Abbadon or Legion ><

      • Plaguer

        it’ll be elder titan, I would love Valve if Abaddon came sooner

      • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

        you don’t even know how Abyssal Underlord would look like. zzz.
        you might’ve seen his concept art but that’s not the final model, hence its called concept art.

    • Baneador

      Yes, in the concept art the face was more beastly, i want the minotaur face and not the oldman

    • Vic

      reminds me of beautifull squidward

    • Juxtapoze

      The horns do need re-working; however, Elder Titan…is an ELDER. He is supposed to have the appearance of an old being.

      • Wisest Man Again

        Exept he is suppose to be Tauren Cheeftain.
        But tauren are copyrighted most likely.
        Yet, why not make something like Minotaur Cheeftain.
        Makes perfect sense.
        But Valve dont want to realise.

    • xiaoxiao

      Well he is supposed to be ELDER…

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      i saw your comment first before i saw the portrait of Elder Titan and you’re exactly right.
      oh well, its just like that time when we first saw Troll’s portrait, he looks like that Monkey guy from China.

      • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

        faking monkey troll and faking old man…. the will fix them through cosmetics.. to make you pay some money

        • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

          at least its better than other games that you have to buy the whole hero…

        • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

          English please, i mean proper English sentence.

    • The Agreeable Snowman

      He looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger: Eldertitan Cop.

    • Guest

      I think this is a troll picture. Looks to me like a valve employee face getting photshopped

  • Josh That’s It

    Elder Titan confirmed Fundamental.

    • zombamafoo

      Very strange, given that they’re based on the four fundamental interactions.

      • Dem

        4 fundamental interactions = Strong nuclear, Weak nuclear, Electromagnetic , Gravitational.

        Enigma = Gravitational
        Ezalor = Electromagnetic ( Light yo )
        What about Wisp and Chaos knight?

        • Anonymous

          Strong nuclear must be CK cause of his stuns and all that
          That leaves Io with weak nuclear

  • paih

    elder titan is an ugly s.o.b

  • adfadf

    Elder titan is the ugliest fucker Ive seen

  • MarcDaKind

    Elder titan needs to look more like a beasty bull, instead of a lame old man-ish thingy, with awkward misfitting horns… Change his face back to how it was in the original concept art, especially the nose, that was epic!

    • Hadryel

      yeah that face needs to be more like the concept art, it would be epic…. that old man face that he have now it’s fucking out of context…

      • SomeGuy

        How the hell does it look “out of context”? You do know what “Elder” means, right?

      • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

        your 1st sentence is exactly what people said when they first saw Troll Warlord’s portrait.
        but look at what happened, the face on Troll’s concept art was different from the one that’s already in the game.

    • Theoldpowers

      Yeah, i want the minotaur head, not the horned oldman face

      • xiaoxiao

        But he’s supposed to be old

  • krj

    textures are obviously going to be revised immensely, hence why elder titan isn’t released yet. why do people always tell game developers that their works in progress don’t look finised -_-

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      coz that’s how they say they don’t like it BUT they don’t really have much of a choice but to accept it.

  • Anon

    CURSE THE 2%!!!

  • Pedro Pina

    Nicely done!
    The new music is great!

  • audhfdsgu

    So is it Cyborgmatt that puts the fake lines in the hero subtitles (Sent ;), Reported, I’m Donte the demon killah), or are they dev jokes from Valve?

  • Liam Donald

    Interesting to see the extra features Valve need to include to launch Dota 2 in China.

  • OneArmBandito

    Oh great, now we’re going to have snipers in pubs with Arcane Boots! Thanks Cyborgmatt :)

  • MasaMainio

    Now that Riki is polished, Valve needs to polish Earth Shaker and maybe Spectre.

    • ericl5112

      And Slardar.

      • Life

        And almost everyone.
        Techies too.

  • Handa711

    They went with the Vanguard face, I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept that Elder Titan model.

  • John

    If you didn’t record the voice for Legion Commander yet, may I suggest you get Ellen Mclain back? I like her voicework the most, and she had the fewest heroes to voice. It would bring more variety to the female voices.

    • Doomroar

      no she has to have the voice of luna and mirana!!!

    • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios


      • Greed

        Hayters gonna Hayte

  • Kappa

    It is appropriate for the next hero prediction because the guy we knew is now a girl……………… KAPPA

    • Şöhrat Annayev

      nea, next is definetely elder titan.

  • Doomroar

    i think i have fallen in love or that thing stalkers feel with Doom’s sword and the new Warlock’s Golem Aduron, and i fear elder titan’s spells are going to be waa more awesome than his model, but on defense those particles are so badass there is hardly a way to beat that!

  • Arrrgh

    Elder Titan’s face really really looks bad.The original concept art pictures were a thousand times better.This face looks so out of place and the horns look like they are fake.

    And he looks like a human.He is SUPPOSED to be a Tauren.

    • FLShift

      first of all.. tauren is a no. he does not look human + it’s alpha.. sheesh

      • Arrrgh

        We saw how earlier models were usually an accurate represention of the final model.Even if they already thought of changing it,I am just stating my opinion because I really don’t want this texture,at all.

        And its a human face ffs,look at it.Horns look like they have been photoshopped to that old man’s face.

        Why is tauren a no?Blizzard didn’t copyright bull as an animal…yet,right?

        • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

          ye.. blizard made the greek mythology……

    • Анатолий Хватов

      Taurens are Blizzard shit, so no, he NOT supposed to be a Tauren.
      Now he is a TITAN, and TITANS can look like humans

      • Derp

        Yeah Blizz invented Minotaurs, come on dude…

      • Baneador20

        Taurens = minotaurs

        Minotaurs are mythical beasts, its popular so Valve can make a minotaur BUT they cant make a american native minotaur (tauren).

        We want the minotaur

        • DarkDX


    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      Taurens are part of the copyright of Blizzard.
      makes sense right?
      do you even know what a COPYRIGHT is?

      • King of Diamonds

        Seems like you dont.
        Noone copyrites greek mythology and minotaur.
        Blizz just got image from the beast, so can valve.

  • N o D

    Holy crap! Elder Titan is an Oompa Loompa!


    Still no effing sign of Techies. That’s just bullshit, thousands of people asking for Techies and nothing yet… thought Dota 2 was meant to be community oriented.

    Don’t want these shitty new heroes, we want the old ones.

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      same old Techies comment. zzz

  • Bird

    Phoenix where

  • Xavier

    Is it just me or Skywrath Mage looked like Loki from The Avengers

  • L3ros

    Yeah, they should just remove the horns, he’s a titan, not a tauren.

  • Nomsayin

    When can we buy shagbark

  • obi1kenobee

    elder titan,you were the chosen one!after i saw your particles i thought you’ll bring balance to dota 2 not leave it in dark!

  • Name

    By the Power of Grayskull…I Have the Power!
    -Doom Bringer

  • Rav

    Am I the only one who likes the elder titan looks? Obviously it’s a bit unpolished still, but i like it. Maybe i wold even remove the horns and go full on the elder and titan theme.

  • bigomon

    The titan looks too human, and the Legion Commander too girly… other than that, all very cool

  • hokker

    chill about the elder titan yall know that in the release they hero will be perfect and all this negativity was unessecery

  • Deimos chan
    • Davi

      ^ well noticed dude 😀

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      just deal with it.
      its just like the same as Troll Warlord’s situation.

    • 3451

      Yeah, we notice lots of things

  • Cuauhtemoc Ilhuicamina

    elder titan looks horrible!

  • MaleOrgan

    Ench set is simply brilliant

  • wheeerow

    elder titan is obviously the horny father of phantom lancer!


    ‘riki martin’
    i lol’d

  • Strengiligence

    Model for Smoke of Deceit feels like looking at Luna’s balls if she ever had one.

  • Pedro Lara Salazar

    Remember how cool Centaur looked on the concept and how he looks like a centaur with midget horse legs? they always looks cooler on the concept.

  • DFX

    The Face Camera which we were using with the help of CFG isnt working anymore!!!!!! now we can only record DOTA2 in Default angle, any way to fix this???? =_=

  • Agareth

    Fuck you and give me my LC.

  • obi1kenobee

    whoever picks colors for dota 2 heroes should be fucking murdered

  • Puow

    Elder titan looks like Kevin Spacey with warpaint on.

  • Puow

    Elder Titan looks like Kevin Spacey with warpaint on.

  • Savo

    Lazy Cyborgmatt!

  • Albert L.

    If Abaddon is the next hero in the making, wouldn’t it be good to have his ultimate like this; if enemy heroes hit him when his life is low, he will generate health (as usual). And if enemy heroes does not him when his life is low, his frostmourne sword attack damage will increase over time. I’d like to see Abaddon a great threat hero for the Radiant. Thanks!

  • JARO

    Well, i agree with people saying that Elder Titan should look more like a minotaur and all, but I’m pretty sure that this is an unfinished model. Perhaps maybe an early concept model. I mean, ever saw that youtube video about Skywrath where he looked like a nomad? Then a few days later they released the original model? Btw, the yellow color of Elder Titan literally looks like the color of shit. 😛

    • Gustavo Gomes Bodevan

      that “nomad” model is just a old radiant creep model, they just use that so people can see the skills which a model in place of then just being casted in thin air

  • Gropag

    >My name is Donte the Demon Killah, has a nice ring to it don’t you think?

    Wait, what?

  • Minh Le

    Looking at ShagBark
    Looking at wallet

  • Ziggy Stardust

    Was dota_free_camera messed up with this update? The normal camera controls are now floaty and free spinning for me making it pretty much unusable.

  • rick

    hello.. . i got ..autism. .

  • denisena

    I think breasts SWM are too big and the legs are small, it is necessary to fix it,
    no proportions

  • Unknown

    Add that face on elder titan and I’ll guaranteed you TC/Elder titan fans will join league of legends/lesbians

  • LolWut

    Does anyone notice that Skywrath Mage is a little bit like Dendi?

  • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

    cyborgfrog icematt

  • Bloop

    I think you better change elder titan’s looks, no offense but it’s ugly as shit.

  • Nazarus

    Elder face looks like Feeling guy meme just saying

  • captBassline

    whoa the new mute system is shite. I got into a match where the complete opposite team and 3 of my teammates were russian ( english servers of course ) and appearently they reported me for not speaking russian and I got muted.. seiously ? this system is waaaay too troll-friendly

  • No one

    new chat ban system is pure shit u can even say miss or call gank …

  • Gustavo Espindola

    Why not name him Taurus Chieftain and make him looks like a Minotaur? I doubt it would be illegal.

  • Goblin Techy

    it seems that valve is hard at work with heroes like legion commander,elder titan,abbadon and pit lord,but the hero I am interested in is the one and only,the true troll hero Goblin Techies,his concept art was put on cyborgmatt’s blog a long time ago,before bristlebacks concept art was put here,is vavle having a hard time making this hero or is he gonig to be the last hero to come out,I am asking because he has been pushed aside for a long time now

  • xdy

    Is it me or Legion Commander looks like Natalie Portman?

  • I said JUST Koko

    i actually like his white hair and humanoid face more than the mindless brute in the concept art, but i leave it for valve to decide, i don’t really like that hero much anyway

  • Sam

    I hope you guys can give us three heroes on the next update

  • kaiba

    Predictions For The Next Hero

    • kaiba

      legion commander

  • DotaCritics

    this is the most fucking retarded update i have ever seen, full of bugs, graphics bug, item bug, hero model bug, profile info bug. There seems bug in everywhere………

  • Malchezzar

    Wait what, Donte the demon killa?

  • Dandy

    valve is probably going for the Prometheus/Atlas look. I kinda like the idea, but honestly ET looks horrible.

  • Guest
  • N o D
  • Wisest One

    Dont really care if legion commander is male of female, the problem is IT DOES NOT HAVE THE HORSE. And it looks like current legion commander will look better without horse than with one…
    But ALL other heroes that had mounts in first dont have ones in dota 2. Breaking this will be death of dota, believe me. Mounted heroes must be mounted.

    • Wisest

      “in first dont have ones in dota 2″ should be “in first DOTA have ones in dota 2″, lol

  • Havoc

    upset about elder titan ): i like all the heros that have so far been ported into dota 2, they have done great. But TC is upsetting ):

  • fak3d3ath

    Legion commander is a girl?? lol

  • Geglash

    Looks like no one noticed it but in ET’s subtitles you can find:

    [Meeting an ally]
    My name is Donte the Demon Killah, has a nice ring to it don’t you think?

    DOTA2: Featuring Donte from DmC.

  • Alex Nicolaev

    screw his human face, it should look like in this art! Not like an old asshole.

  • Dino

    Hurry up with Terrorblade and Techies!

  • Dino

    For how long are we gonna have to wait for Terroblade?