Dota 2 24th April Patch – Content Analysis

April 25th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This week’s Dota 2 patch has arrived bringing a number of bug fixes, new cosmetic items and other hidden goodies. You can view the full changelog here.

Q: Who is the llama spiritual leader? A: The Dalai Llama

Front End Changes

Hero Animation Updates

We have some more updates to Tidehunter’s tutorial animations and for Huskar’s new Sacred Bones set.

Huskar’s Animations

The Sacred Bones set adds a new loadout animation and some new death animations for Huskar.



Tidehunter’s Animations

Tutorial map 2 featuring Tidehunter the mountain climber.



New Cosmetic Store Items

There are a number of new cosmetic store items in this week’s patch. Including a couple of new couriers.

Huskar’s Items

Sacred Bones Set







Model Viewer Shots




Meepo’s Items

Spoils of the Bone Ruins Set







Model Viewer Shots




Slardar’s Items

The Sea Dragon’s Set







Model Viewer Shots




The Llama Llama Courier

“The Llama Llama courier… with a courier THIS good, you name him TWICE! “Fleet of Foots” and “Service with a Smile!” … What more can you ask for?”

Standard Version




Flying Version




The Kupu the Metamorpher Courier

“All hail Kupu the Metamorpher! Honest and forthright, Kupu with delivery your items in a most timely fashion. Steadfast!”

Standard Version



Flying Version




UI Updates

This week’s updates to the in game Workshop importer tool have now added support for custom HUDs.

Workshop UI

A photoshop template for in game HUDs will be available from the Dota 2 Workshop technical requirements page.

Submitting a HUD skin:



Chinese Client UI

With the upcoming Perfect World beta for the Chinese Dota 2 players arriving in the next few days we have some changes to the client to add some more Chinese content.

An alternative startup video for the Chinese client has been added that contains the Chinese Safe Gaming message:


Back End Changes

Updated Strings

More updates to the second tutorial map’s strings.

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_PullBegin"    "Spotted more here!nnTry shooting them <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>once</b></font> to get their attention and <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>pull</b></font> them towards your creeps by running back here.  Allow your creeps to help take them out!"

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_KillTideComplete"  "Pow!  Nicely done, he won't be bothering us for a while."

    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportBuy"    "We're going to need a <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Town Portal Scroll</b></font> to cross the divide.  Buy a <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Town Portal Scroll</b></font>."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportCourier"  "Now have the courier bring it to you using the Deliver Items button."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportChannel"  "With the courier on its way, there's something you need to know about teleporting.  Teleport is a <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>channeled</b></font> spell so you need to stand still while using it.  If you move, it will cancel the cast."
    "DOTA_Tutorial_M2_TeleportUse"    "Use the <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>Town Portal Scroll</b></font> by hitting <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>%!item_tpscroll%</b></font> and then <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>left-click</b></font> the <font color='#006697' face='Dota Hypatia Bold'><b>north most tower</b></font> on the minimap."

A region group for the Perfect World Chinese beta servers.

    "dota_region_pw"        "Perfect World (China)"

    "dota_matchgroup_pw"      "Perfect World (China)"

Legion Commander now has some tooltip modifiers.

    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_overwhelming_odds"        "Overwhelming Odds"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_overwhelming_odds_Description"  "Gaining %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%% movement speed."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_press_the_attack"        "Press the Attack"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_press_the_attack_Description"  "Gaining %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_ATTACKSPEED_BONUS_CONSTANT_SECONDARY% attack speed and %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_HEALTH_REGEN_CONSTANT% HP regen."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_duel"              "Duel"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_duel_Description"        "Dueling until opponent dies or the effect ends."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_duel_damage_boost"        "Duel Victories"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_legion_commander_duel_damage_boost_Description"  "Number of opponents defeated in Legion Commander's Duel.  Each win grants 10 bonus damage permanently."


You will now get an error message when you try and report someone when you’ve used up your reports.

    "no_reports_remaining"                  "You have already used your allotted number of submissions for this week."

The voice communication banned message will now display how long is left on your communication ban.

    "DOTA_VoiceTextBanned_Reports"    "No one hears you. Your account has been flagged as disruptive and your communication privileges temporarily revoked. Time remaining: %s1 hours"

Workshop strings for the new HUD skins import system.

    "DOTA_Workshop_ImportHudSkin"    "IMPORT HUD SKIN"

    "DOTA_Workshop_File_HudSkin"    "HUD Skin Images (.png files)"

    "DOTA_Workshop_SubmissionType_HudSkin"      "HUD SKIN"
    "DOTA_Workshop_SubmissionType_HudSkin_Desc"    "A set of images designed to replace the in-game HUD."

    "DOTA_ItemTest_Images_Title"    "IMAGES"

    "DOTA_ItemTest_HudSkin_Intro"    "HUD Skins are a set of images that combine to replace the in-game HUD."
    "DOTA_ItemTest_HudSkin_Desc"    "A set of .PNG files that were produced by the HUD Skin Photoshop export tool. Browse and select any of the .PNG files, and we'll find the rest. They must be in the directory structure created by the export tool."
    "DOTA_ItemTest_HudSkin_Help"    "HUD Skin Help"


More updates to the anti-addiction system that has been implemented for the Perfect World client.

     "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Initial_With_ID_18Plus"    "Last time online: %s1nLast IP Address: %s2"
     "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Initial_With_ID_Under_18"  "You are under 18. The anti addiction system is in effect.nLast time online: %s1nLast IP Address: %s2"
     "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Initial_No_ID"        "Your account is not registered.nLast time online: %s1nLast IP Address: %s2"
    "DOTA_AntiAddiction_Initial_DateFormat"      "%s1Y%s2M%s3D  %s4:%s5:%s6"

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We have a new custom courier hidden away in this week’s files.

Houndeye Courier

The famous Houndeye alien from the Half-Life series has turned up as a courier, it is still work in progress and currently has no animations.

The courier will be bundled in with the upcoming Half-Life 3 release as a preorder bonus.

Standard Version

Just Kidding....

He actually comes with Half-Life 2: Episode 3...

Flying Version




Tutorial Map 2

We have a couple of new tutorial map 2 props in this patch along with some animation updates for your local tutorial bird Roquelaire.

Tutorial Map 2 Props



Roquelaire’s Animations

Roquelaire has a few new animations for flying/gliding and being startled, lets hope Tidehunter doesn’t accidently sit on him.



Unreleased Heroes Update

We have a number of comedy ability icons for the three unreleased heroes and some updated portraits.


Abaddon now has some comedy styled ability icons.

Ability Icons

abaddon_death_coil abaddon_aphotic_shield abaddon_frostmourne abaddon_borrowed_time

Elder Titan

Elder Titan has had some updates done to the portrait that was introduced in last week’s patch, it’s still work in progress and we also have some comedy styled ability icons.


elder_titan npc_dota_hero_elder_titan


Ability Icons

elder_titan_echo_stomp elder_titan_ancestral_spirit elder_titan_echo_stomp_spirit elder_titan_return_spirit elder_titan_natural_order elder_titan_earth_splitter

Legion Commander

Legion Commander now has her first work in progress now in the files as well as some more comedy ability icons.



Ability Icons

legion_commander_overwhelming_odds legion_commander_moment_of_courage legion_commander_press_the_attack legion_commander_duel

Other Changes

There is now a Fountain Shopkeeper sword in the files which suggests that the newly added blacksmiths in the fountain shops that were added in last week’s patch will be updated with new animations to show them working on a sword they have been forging.


Materials Update

More updates to Elder Titan’s materials as progress continues on his model.

Elder Titan’s Materials

Elder Titan’s Base Material:


Elder Titan’s Totem Material:


Elder Titan’s Hair & Hammer Materials:

elder_titan_hair_color elder_titan_hammer_color

Elder Titan’s Shoulder & Bracers Materials:

elder_titan_shoulder_color elder_titan_bracer_color

Particles Update

We have no updates to the unreleased heroes` particles in this week’s patch.

Predictions For The Next Hero

If you stare long enough this will turn into a GIF.

  • DNO

    Leona commander :kappa:

  • Iftime Viorel

    He He , cant w8 for next patch .

  • congojack


  • EasterWolf


  • Jaburu


  • Janelson

    Please cyborg we all want abbadon and techies pls hurry up :(

    • Hello

      Wtf? Cyborgmatt can’t make that happen you know that ?

      • Havocked

        Cyborg is secretly Icefrog. Did you not get the memo?

        • Leonardo

          Just.. fuck you ‘-‘

  • chrisgatodlc

    Orgasms on that slardar set

  • Alex

    another trolling about HL 3 by CyborgMatt =(

  • watchdota2

    Keep up the good work! :)

  • kenjigye

    ugly titan :S

  • Gordon

    The courier will be bundled in with the upcoming Half-Life 3 release as a preorder bonus.

    “Yeah well that seems appropriate I guess.”
    “The upcoming WHAT RELEASE?!!?!!!”

    • Andrew

      I know! I about shit myself haha

    • Freeman

      Hover your mouse to the hound eye pic below it…

      I was discouraged.

      • Havocked

        You should over the next picture it says: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 hahahaha

        • Vapor Whisp


    • Raven Woods

      Seriously what and the what?!!

    • Faestus

      Idiot. Valve can’t count to 3.

      • Legosheep

        Not true. They recently announed the Dota 2 International 3

        • Ajonos

          Funny story: I can’t for the life of me find anywhere in the official announcement anywhere they call it “International 3″.

          They just say “International” as if they’ve forgotten that something should go after that word…

    • Legosheep

      I’ve heard people suggest it might be for the black mesa steam release since it’s greenlit and heading to steam.

  • Voker


  • guy

    please tell me that isn’t going to be elder titans portrait. please god no!

  • Navi_Lose_Tobi_Cries

    OMFG! This
    Elder Titan’s! W-T-F VALVE!

    • qwerrewq

      looks like john locke :O

      • Steffen Bergo Jenssen

        Looks like arnold schwarzenegger, hopefully he will be voiced by him :O
        When you pick him: “I don’t know what the problem is, but I’m sure it can be solved without resorting to violence.” Salves or heals someone somehow: “Come with me if you want to live!” Dies “I’ll be back!” kills Cenatur: “The difference is… I’m just going to kill you.”
        That would be totaly AWESOME 😀

    • Deatherminator

      He looks like Gabe freakin angelos in his DoW 1 Look

  • Pedro Pina

    Whattahell is that set for Meepo?
    And that Half-Life courrier?
    Man… this gonna be ugly.

    Nice work matt!

  • sorijealut

    Ilol if you hover over the courier pictures from cyborgmatt it reads:
    “Just kidding…”

    “He actually comes with Half-Life 2:Episode 3″

    • Raven Woods

      Well played…oh wait!

  • Raven Woods

    I actually like the general direction of the Elder but just his face is too human and looks out of place with the rest of the design.

  • Nephtali Rodriguez

    Hover over the prediction picture haha It works I swear 😛

  • KuRaMa

    Meepo is a keyblade wielder now?

  • Luffydude

    So the only good thing about this patch is Half-Life 3.

    HELL YEA !

  • trech

    just me or those items are rly horrible?

    • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

      i agree. horible as shit

    • Vic

      the items aren’t horrible slardar model is horrible

  • Gingervitus

    I dunno why, but I actually thought Valve would release a hero this week, silly silly me.

  • Dementia

    What about Techies?

  • Kenny

    great job on the kupu metamorpher courier. One thing that i don’t like is the elder titan portrait ==” like seriously, he needs to be a fking bull. Pls dont do this to us VALVE

  • Kahmu

    Relax people, they’re adding Drow and Tusk into Tournament CM this week and Skywrath, Bristleback and Slark next week.
    My guess is they’re working on having all heroes (including those still in development) available in Tournament CM at TI3!


    • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

      who the fak cares about CM? we want the old heroes come to d2 now!

      • Kahmu

        You do realise that every hero that is in CM also is available in every other mode?

  • Havocked

    The courier will be bundled in with the upcoming Half-Life 3 release as a preorder bonus.

    I dont know how to say this kindly… BUT FUCK YOU CYBORG! Lol you got me badly

  • Samuel Green

    My guess is that the blacksmith’s sword will be the award for TI3. iG need a sword to go with their Aegis

  • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

    ugliest sets ever

  • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

    ugliest sets ever.

  • Doomroar

    that meepo set, aight lets go feeding! and that Houndeye courier sadly it will never be released, and what happened with mulan?

  • Scampiqq

    Thanks for the updating analysis, very interestingly!

  • Anon

    When the hell was Half-Life 2: Episode 3 announced? I didn’t see any news about it, except for the fake one some website posted on april’s fool.

  • Krad

    Seriously, dafuq happened with Valve’s heroes design?

  • Elder Titan


  • Fotzen Knecht



  • Barsolar

    Why do you complain? This Elder Titan looks badass. He is now Worldsmith not freaking bull. This face fits him perfectly.

  • KingTeXxx

    Guys, its a TITAN now, not a TAUREN … So for me it looks pretty good…for a titan -stop flaming ’bout usless stuff o.0 and the meepo set is in my eyes awesome aswell

  • KoLT

    seriously, wtf is that shitty skull on meepo ? it looks like it was made on paintbrush.

  • AntoxaGray

    I will pre-order Half-Life 3 of course. I’d prefer houndeye without barrels and shield though.

  • John

    I will repeat my request for Legion Commander to be voiced by Ellen McLain. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it is the only logical course of action.

  • lolfuckyou

    Seriously , apart from the kupu thing , the rest of the patch’s fucking horrible

  • Savo

    Fuck this Elder Titan.
    Fuck this Luna’s Sister Legion Commander.
    Valve’s gone mad.

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      not all of the models that will be released are final, Valve still changes models of some heroes.
      so just wait.

      • David

        aaand they DID . At first the predictions and pictures were AWESOME ! And now it is changed to this. Seriously my favourite hero looks like a swedish grandpa not elder TITAN 😀

        • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

          you do know that not every hero wouldn’t exactly look like the ones that appears on blogs/sites like this, i mean Valve might change it for the better before releasing it in the test and main build. just look at your last reply and see what Elder Titan looks like now.

  • Bluxen

    why an old man valve? just make titan like kratos from god of war jeez…

  • Andy Lai


  • Gecko

    ola ke ase courier!

  • yolo

    I know elder titan is going to be elder, but please reshape his face
    He looks like a man who is trying to be a clown

  • pairo33

    haha meepo trade his HAT with that cross com veil from TF2 Sniper on trading market…

  • fog

    why do valve like to change the first concepts of the heroes and convert them into pure ugliness……. seriously i thought elder titan would have some relation with earth shaker

    • Me

      Because they need to avoid Blizzard rights.

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  • Tatan Muñoz Silva

    No shagbark? :(


    Please use the Elder Titan from the concept art insteadm he looked kick ass.

    Valve, please your concept artists knows what theyre doing.

    • Shomy

      Yea,That Concept art pictures looked perfect. I can just imagine how he would be cool if they followed concept art for Troll Warlord or elder Titan

  • GevMePanadol

    SHIT !!

  • PelleParafin

    Elder titan looks like shit

  • didio

    Elder Titan is a tauren, not a ungly, old men, with shit horn!!

    • L3ros

      No he is an
      Elder-> Google the word
      Titan-> Google the word.

  • Jay dawg

    i stared….. nothing happened

  • Ordinary DotA player

    The last unreleased courier making me want to vomit. Dota 2 is getting worse in every update -_-

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      then don’t play.

  • Joe Schmoe

    There is alot of heroes not realeased yet, that people wait for! So lets release the demented lama!

  • QwaserOfGold

    Meepo set with keyblade LOOL

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      thats exactly what i said when i saw his weapon.

    • Stephen Bates

      So I’m not the only person who’s first thought was a KH reference.
      Thought I was going crazy

  • Jaycee Mandap

    wait so Legion Commander WILL be a Woman? DAMN!

    • Leonardo

      Valve is just fucking dota, we all know that =)
      They just want to earn money like in TF2, selling tons of useless cosmetics items and dont doing the right job, that is porting ALL the heroes from D1 to D2

      • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

        in case you haven’t noticed.
        they’ve been releasing 1 hero per month.

        • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

          faking valve sleepers…..

          • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

            there is a difference between the words ‘fucking’ and ‘faking’. try to study English so you won’t be corrected like the idiot you are.

    • essentialblend

      Look up her concept art,she actually looks awesome and I just cant wait for it!

    • Ro

      So many people living under a rock these days…

    • L3ros

      Yeah, damn that’s a great idea.

  • Şöhrat Annayev

    I want Dota 2 with more beasts, not that ugly old man. Please Valve change the Taurens face and Release heroes quickly

    • L3ros

      He is not a Tauren, that’s why he doesn’t look like one.

    • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

      please stop comparing it to WC3 Dota, its part of Blizzard’s copyright. ffs!
      up to now there are still ppl who doesn’t even know about the copyright. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Me

        True. You guys need to understand that every character of Dota is part of WC3 and then under the copyright of Blizzard. So no heroes of Dota 2 will resemble those of WC3 Dota.

  • Daniel Lorenzo Lambino

    please stop comparing this Elder Titan to WC3 DOTA’s Tauren Chieftain.
    its a copyright issue, Taurens are part of Warcraft which Blizzard made.

  • Alejandro Daniel Peregrina

    You can avoid blizzard right and still create a beast… He doesn’t have to have this horrid face. What is with all the people thinking that valve was forced to make elder titan with a human head?

  • Kamikaze


  • OniWasARacecarDriver

    Why Elder Titan looks like an ice lolly?

  • Fransis Thriller

    God damn the Elder Titan’s face. It unbeliveable ugly, stupid and looks like a piece of dyed shit.

  • Turvius


  • Andreiya Barus

    You Better finished all the heroes beforeThe International 3!!

  • Yuuh’

    Elder Tootan, bwahahah

  • Rick

    Sad elder titan is sad (and fugly)

  • Smylodon

    Ok, Valve cant use a Tauren, but Blizzard cant copyright the greek mythology. Even LoL or HoN and any small competidor have their own minotaurs etc. Elder Titan would be the perfect excuse to use a minotaur creature. my 2 cents.

  • 쿄코가 좋은 진짜 이로선생

    Not liking Elder Titan’s old man face is one thing… but I wish people would stop complaining about what his face is “supposed to be like” as if there’s any rule about them. No ma’am, it’s just you, expressing your dislike as if it’s some kind of rule. He was a minotaur in Dota 1, yes. So what? We know Valve is doing whatever they want to when they redesign heroes for Dota 2. They decided to make him a titan, then let them.

    That said, since Valve decided to make him a titan, I wish he’d look more badass. I can find it acceptable if that face was designed after native Americans though. I like native American tribes.

    • David

      yeah I am not blaming but the firstp ictures were awesome some elder big badass guy but this is not what I imagine when someone says TITAN. Buut if they would rename him as “Swedish Grandpa” it would pretty much fit the expectations of the people.

      • 쿄코가 좋은 진짜 이로선생

        Are you saying you’d imagine a minotaur when someone says titan? Let’s not go into their namesakes, but get any man on the streets and ask him to draw what he envisions as a titan. I don’t think you’d get anyone who draws the head as a bull’s. Honestly, I think we should have seen it coming when we heard the name change.

        And how the face looks… I don’t get why that matters as to whether the name titan fits. For all I care, a titan can have a baby’s head and I’d accept as long as it’s gigantic and powerful. Swedish gramps isn’t out of the question either.

        • David

          well I do not mind if it is minotaur or not. “badass guy” does not necessary mean a minotaur. But something like I dont know more frightening, something that makes me fear the guys based on his appearence.

          If somebody should draw a titan they would not draw him by these colour light blue with light yellow and I do not have anything against Sweden but it should be more dark colours and so on. Titans=Gods and because of that I would suggest design that makes me feel “holy fuck who is that guy better run . For example Shadow fiend has that pressence. Even spell “pressence of the dark lord” . And as a ancient titan I would like to have something that way. When you look on the concept art and the Second one has it it was perfect now they just made him older but I still believe there will be some set or some visuals that can make him look that way because to me it seems he looks the same just the colours and the visuals of an old man changed

          hHope you understand now what I meant :) have a nice day

          • 쿄코가 좋은 진짜 이로선생

            It’s just face paint job, I think, especially given how the face looks a lot like stereotypical native American tribal designs (with the mohawk and all).

            Now all these is tastes and preferences and personal interpretations so I’m not going to call myself correct, and not like I don’t understand where you’re coming from either. Good day.

  • Albert L.

    Why is the prediction hero is the same like the one before; Elder Titan? I hope this means a rebuild of the facial design. It’s like a person’s face taking a crap. No offense, we just love DOTA 2!

  • David

    if you look on the 3 pictures that were released before then the SECOND ONE was the best I was like YAY finally some good design and now this swedish old grandpa.

    FOR GOD SAKE he is called ELDER Titan not old grandpa! Now you can rename him ! AH geez

  • Cuauhtemoc Ilhuicamina

    Elder Titan looks awful. Like a grumpy old man with (yellow skin from) hepatitis and horns glued to his head!

  • Guest

    You could make a courier from rokelaire, I really like her ^^

  • Marx Guimarães

    It would be awesome if you made a roquelaire courier, I really like her ^^

  • Guest

    I just stare my eyes for 20 mins still not to turn a gif ? are you sure about that?

  • Volkan ÖZER

    i just stare my eyes it and wait for 20 mins… and its not turn to gif :@

  • shing

    Techies! Techies! Techies! Techies!

  • AntoxaGray

    This comment has been muted by Valve.

  • Miles

    What the hell is this? I can understand trying to make it look different from any wow universe characters, but this is bullshit! Elder TItan looks ridiculous!

  • obi1kenobee
    • 쿄코가 좋은 진짜 이로선생

      Oh man! I really liked the old man face. That’s like… well, okay, it’s fresh. But I really wish they kept the native American-style face.:(

  • Ranadom

    I don’t understand all the hate against valve..
    In a matter of few weeks, everyone will just get back to loving the game.
    All these things are given to us for free, just as was the wc3 dota maps.
    It’s not like anyone complained about the models in dota 1. Just take it as it is and be thankful in my opinion :S

    • Anon

      Nobody complained about the wc3 models because people understood that dota1 is limited by the wc3 engine and character designs. People rage on dota 2 because this is Valve’s chance to make a great game even better, so lots of expectations are put on them.

  • ‘Ploutonas Pankratios

    This comment has been muted by Valve.

  • AntoxaGray

    Anyone else find Elder Titan looks like Ukraian football fan?

  • panda

    why is legion a she?