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Dota 2's latest update brings Dark Willow to Captain's Mode and much more

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Early in February this year, the lead developer on Dota 2, IceFrog, revealed that the game would get bi-weekly updates leading up to The International 2018. The updates are smaller than what we are used to, but this week does have quite a lot of information to take in due to a plethora of balance changes.

Before we get to the mammoth list of balance changes in the latest update (7.10), which released late last night, we’ve also got a hero joining Captain’s Mode for the first time. Dark Willow was released all the way back in November last year with the Dueling Fates update and now, we might finally see her make an appearance in the upcoming Major and Minor tournaments as she is now available in Captain’s Mode.

There are several general gameplay changes in the update, from neutral melee creeps getting their damage reduced by 1 to changes to Bounty Runes and a buff to the Tome of Knowledge item. Further, Boots of Speed sees a base movement speed increase from 40 to 50, which also means Phase Boots and Power Treads gets an increase. With the speed increase also comes an increased cost for Boots of Speed.

I, for one, am pretty excited to see how these changes and the addition of Dark Willow to Captain’s Mode changes the meta. It won’t be long until we see some of the top teams in the world competing at the Bucharest Major, with group stages kicking off this weekend. The teams will have to deal with all the balance changes in the latest update as well, which you can check out below.

Update 7.10 balance changes

The latest Dota 2 update brings a plethora of balance changes to quite a few heroes, from Terrorblade getting some nerfs to Undying getting some good buffs and much more, the balance changes in 7.10 is robust. Put on those reading glasses and check out all the balance changes below.

Abaddon:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from +50 Mist Coil Heal/Damage to +60
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +15% Cooldown Reduction to +20%
  • Level 25 Talent reduced from +250 Aphotic Shield Health to +225

Alchemist:

  • Level 20 Talent increased from +25% Cleave to +30%

Ancient Apparition:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from -1.5s Ice Vortex Cooldown to -2.5s
  • Level 25 Talent changed from 4 Charges of Cold Feet to 900 AoE Cold Feet

Anti-Mage:

  • Level 10 Talent changed from +175 Health to +10 Strength
  • Level 15 Talent changed from -2s Blink Cooldown to +400 Blink Cast Range
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +300 Blink Cast Range to -2.5s Blink Cooldown

Arc Warden:

  • Level 10 Talent changed from +5 Armor to 8% Cooldown Reduction
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +2s Flux Duration to +3s
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +100 Attack Range to +125
  • Level 20 Talent changed from +10% Cooldown Reduction to -1.5s Spark Wraith Cooldown

Axe:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from +30 Movement Speed to +40

Bloodseeker:

  • Bloodrage now heals you for 50% of its value if you do not get the last hit but are within 300 AoE of a dying hero.

Centaur Warrunner:

  • Level 20 Talent increased from +250 Double Edge Damage to +300

Clinkz:

  • Strafe projectile dodge count increased from 3 to 4
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +15% Evasion to +20%

Crystal Maiden:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +200 Health to +250
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +90 Gold/Min to +120

Dark Seer:

  • Level 20 Talent increased from +300 AoE Surge to +400

Dazzle:

  • Base movement speed increased from 305 to 310
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +30 Poison Touch DPS to +45

Doom:

  • Base Intelligence increased by 2
  • Level 10 Talent changed from +25 Movement Speed to +16% Scorched Earth Movement Speed

Dragon Knight:

  • Agility gain reduced from 2.2 to 2.0
  • Level 10 Talent changed from +30 Attack Speed to -20% Breathe Fire Damage Reduction

Drow Ranger:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from +400 Gust Distance/Knockback to +550
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +2s Gust Duration to +3s

Ember Spirit:

  • Sleight of Fist bonus hero damage increased from 25/50/75/100 to 30/60/90/120

Enchantress:

  • Nature's Attendants manacost increased from 125 to 140

Gyrocopter:

  • Improved visual effect for Flak Cannon projectiles
  • Homing Missile bounty increased from 25 to 50
  • Homing Missile cooldown increased from 20/17/14/11 to 26/21/16/11

Invoker:

  • Level 10 Talent from +0.3s Tornado Lift Time to +0.5s
  • Level 15 Talent from +1.5s Cold Snap Duration to +2.5s
  • Cataclysm Sunstrikes spawn distance is now slightly closer to each target (from 175-250 distance away to 160-220)

Io:

  • Tether duration increased from 12 to 14

Jakiro:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +25% XP to +30%
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +250 Attack Range to +300

Kunkka:

  • Tidebringer damage increased from 25/45/65/85 to 25/50/75/100

Leshrac:

  • Lightning Storm manacost rescaled from 90/100/110/120 to 75/90/105/120  

Lich:

  • Level 25 Talent from Attacks Apply 30% MS and AS Slow to 40%

Lina:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +100 Cast Range to +125
  • Level 10 Talent increased from +25 Damage to +30
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +300 Health to +350
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +10% Spell Amplification to +12%

Lion:

  • Mana Drain slow increased from 14/16/18/20 to 16/19/22/25%
  • Level 10 Talent increased from +75 Damage to +90
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +90 Gold/Min to +120

Lone Druid:

  • Spirit Bear health regeneration increased from 4/5/6/7 to 5/6/7/8
  • Level 15 Talent increased from -8s Savage Roar Cooldown to -12s

Luna:

  • Level 15 Talent from -3s Lucent Beam Cooldown to -4s

Lycan:  

  • Base damage reduced by 3

Magnus:

  • Base strength increased by 1
  • Level 25 Talent increased from +0.75s Reverse Polarity to +1s

Mirana:

  • Starfall manacost from 100/120/140/160 to 80/105/130/155
  • Level 25 Talent increased from -70 Moonlight Shadow Cooldown to -80

Monkey King:

  • Base damage increased by 2
  • Fixed Mischief not showing the right particles for the first bounty rune
  • Level 10 Talent increased from +150 Tree Dance Vision AoE to +300
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +300 Tree Dance Cast Range to +600
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +300 Primal Spring Damage to +400

Morphling:

  • Morph can now be toggled to go back and forth from the original target until the duration runs out. Has a 1 second toggle cooldown.

Naga Siren:

  • Sleep buff linger time reduced from 0.5 to 0.4
  • Song of the Siren manacost increased from 100 to 100/150/200

Nature's Prophet:

  • Wraith of Nature cooldown reduced from 70/65/60 to 60
  • Level 10 Talent increased from +30 Movement Speed to +40
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +8 Armor to +10

Necrophos:

  • Level 15 Talent changed from +30 Movement Speed to +16%
  • Ghost Shroud SlowLevel 15 Talent changed from +300 Health to +40 Death Pulse Heal

Ogre Magi:

  • Level 20 Talent increased from +30 Strength to +40

Omniknight:

  • Purification cooldown increased from 11/10/9/8 to 11

Oracle:

  • Turn rate improved from 0.5 to 0.7
  • Intelligence growth increased from 2.9 to 3.2

Outworld Devourer:

  • Astral Imprisonment manacost increased from 120/140/160/180 to 140/160/180/200
  • Level 10 Talent increased from +200 Health to +250

Phantom Assassin:

  • Stifiling Dagger Talent now has a 300 cast range buffer for the secondary target

Phantom Lancer:  

  • Level 25 Talent increased from -5s Doppelganger Cooldown to -7s

Phoenix:

  • Level 15 Talent changed from +40% XP Gain to +500 Health
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +1s Supernova Stun Duration to +1.25s

Pudge:

  • Rot slow reduced from 20/24/28/32% to 17/22/27/32%

Razor:

  • Static Link manacost increased from 50 to 65

Riki:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from -5s Smokescreen Cooldown to -7s

Rubick:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from -35 Fade Bolt Hero Attack to -45

Shadow Demon:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +25% XP Gain to 30%
  • Level 25 Talent changed from +5s Disruption Banish Duration to 2 Charges of Disruption

Shadow Fiend:

  • Shadow Raze damage increase per stack reduced from 80 to 50/60/70/80

Skywrath Mage:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from -6s Ancient Seal Cooldown to -8s

Slardar:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +20 to +25 Damage

Slark:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +8 Strength to +10

Spectre:  

  • Level 25 Talent increased from +20% Haunt Illusion Damage to +40%

Sven:

  • Level 15 Talent changed from +30 Damage to Storm Hammer Dispels Enemies
  • Level 20 Talent changed from Storm Hammer Dispels Enemies to -5s Storm Hammer Cooldown
  • Level 25 Talent changed from -9s Storm Hammer Cooldown to +0.75s Storm Hammer Stun Duration

Terrorblade:

  • Base HP regen reduced from 3.25 to 3.0
  • Reflection no longer reduces attack speed

Tinker:

  • Laser Scepter bounce radius reduced from 650 to 400
  • Laser manacost increased from 95/120/145/170 to 110/130/150/170
  • Level 20 Talent from +100 Damage to +10 Armor

Tiny:

  • Tree Grab cooldown increased from 18/16/14/12 to 24/20/16/12

Treant Protector:

  • Level 10 Talent changed from +35% XP Gain to +2 Living Armor Block Instances
  • Level 15 Talent improved from 3s Tree Respawn Time to 2s
  • Level 25 Talent changed from +6 Living Armor Block Instances to 700 AoE Living Armor (heroes and buildings)

Troll Warlord:  

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +200 Health to +250
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +50 Whirling Axes Damage to +75

Undying:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +100 Cast Range to +150
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +20 Decay Duration to +30
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +3 Tombstone Attacks to +4

Ursa:

  • Fury Swipes Roshan duration increased from 6 to 10

Venomancer:

  • Level 15 Talent increased from +150 Cast Range to +200
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +6s Poison Nova Duration to +7s
  • Level 25 Talent increased from +600 Poison Nova AoE to +800

Visage:

  • Soul Assumption Talent now has a 300 cast range buffer for the secondary targets
  • Added secondary ability on Visage to make the nearest Familiar land each time it is clicked.

Warlock:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +125 Cast Range to +150
  • Level 15 Talent increased from +40% XP Gain to +60%
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +250 Shadow Word AoE to +300

Weaver:

  • Level 10 Talent increased from +25% XP Gain to +35%

Windranger:

  • Shackleshot Manacost reduced from 90/100/110/120 to 70/85/100/115
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +0.5s Shackleshot Duration to +1s

Winter Wyvern:

  • Arctic Burn manacost reduced from 120/110/100/90 to 90
  • Level 10 Talent increased from +50 Damage to +60

Wraith King:

  • Level 15 Talent changed from +5 Max Skeletons to +25 Skeletons Attack Damage
  • Level 20 Talent changed from +30 Skeletons Attack Damage to 2x Skeletons Spawned

Zeus:

  • Level 25 Talent increased from +200 Cast Range to +275

What do you think about all the balance changes in the latest Dota 2 update and do you think we will see Dark Willow featured in the next big tournament and how will that impact the meta? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Dota 2 Blog

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