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Dota 2: Valve buffs Pangolier, nerfs Dark Willow and more

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Since Valve released the massive Dueling Fates update (7.07) for Dota 2 one week ago, with literally hundreds of balance changes and two new heroes, the Pangolier and Dark Willow, I think we all expected some balance patch. Valve has now released a balance patch (7.07b) that makes a tonne of changes to several heroes, including the two new heroes, as well as a number of items and increasing the backdoor protection damage reduction to 40% (up from 25%).

Then, Morphling has also been restored in Captains Mode and see some positive changes as well. For the most part, these changes where expected, unless you think the Pangolier was overpowered on release that is. Check out all the changes to the two new heroes below.


  • Swashbuckle now changes your attack damage to 24/42/60/78 rather than just dealing physical damage as an independent nuke (this means the listed amount can now proc for lifesteal, crit, etc)
  • Shield Crash damage reduction increased from 8/10/12/14 to 9/12/15/18%
  • Shield Crash now causes you to move forward 225 units (can traverse terrain with it)
  • Rolling Thunder now has a 1.2s cast time rather than a 1.2s channel period
  • Rolling Thunder turn rate increased from 105/110/115 to 120
  • Rolling Thunder speed increased from 550/575/600 to 600
  • Rolling Thunder speed is now fixed
  • Rolling Thunder damage increased from 200/250/300 to 200/275/350
  • Fixed Swashbuckle attacks not affecting Spell Immune units
  • Level 25 Talent increased from -12s Rolling Thunder to -16s

Dark Willow

  • Bramble maze now does its damage over time (on 0.5 second intervals)
  • Bedlam cooldown rescaled from 20 to 40/30/20
  • Bedlam damage reduced from 75/150/225 to 60/140/220
  • Cursed Crown cast range reduced from 800 to 600

The update also buffs and nerfs several more heroes, with the most noticeable being a big slew of buffs to Anti-mage and Tiny. Then, there are also changes to a few items, for example, a Mask of Madness Armor Reduction increase and a nerf to Meteor Hammer. You can check out the full patch notes here.

What do you think about the changes in the latest Dota 2 balance patch? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Dota 2 Steam

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