We take a look at some of the big changes in the latest Dota 2 update, including the brand new item Blitz Knuckles.
After IceFrog promised us a new update a few days ago, it finally arrived. The first part of path 7.27 is finally here, and it covers the general, as well as the item changes. As you know, Valve decided to divide the updates into two. The first part now focuses mainly on the items, whereas the second part of the update is all about the heroes.
Although this might seem a bit strange at first, the idea behind this decision is to allow the players to adjust easily to the new changes. Having said that, here are some of the highlights of this Dota 2 update. You can read the full changelog, here.
The first couple of interesting changes are gold and XP related. This was something that many people have waited a long time for, so Valve have no doubt pleased fans. Now, the base experience for a hero kill has been increased to 100 (previously, it was 40). Also, the last hit gold bounty for each hero has been slightly increased (120 +8 *, rather than 99 + 7.2 *).
In addition to that, the Bounty Runes now provide reliable gold, which is awesome news for everyone. Even though this might not seem like much, it will make a lot of difference when it comes down to your Buyback.
Another change to the gold in the game is the tower’s bounty. Instead of 180 gold, the towers now give 120/140/160/180, which is worth mentioning.
Valve decided to make another pretty interesting change when it comes down to the Outposts. If you remember, when this feature was first added to the game, both teams tried to steal this before the 10th-minute mark so that they’d get bonus experience. Well, you won’t have to do this anymore because from now on, you can’t steal this objective until you destroy one of the T2 towers. On top of that, whenever you’re capturing it, you’ll now be revealed to enemies. Another new addition.
Of course, there are a lot more changes in this patch, so make sure you check out everything. There are even a few changes related to some of the game modes (All Pick & Captain’s Mode).
Apart from some general things that are new, this Dota 2 update also brought changes to a lot of items in the game. Once again, we will only highlight the most notable ones. If you want to learn more, make sure to read the full update, or just wait for another article that we plan to release soon.
As expected, IceFrog decided to nerf some of the really popular items in patch 7.26. If you played Dota in the last couple of months you know that the last update was all about pushing, as a result, items, such as Necronomicon and Helm of the Dominator, and Vladimir’s offering were really popular. Needless to say, all of them, as well as many more are now slightly nerfed.
Another change that’s really notable in terms of the items is related to three of the best starting items — Null Talisman, Wraith Band, and Bracer. All of them are now nerfed when it comes down to their stats. However, the one that is really affected by these changes is Bracer. Apart from providing fewer stats, it also doesn’t offer any magic resistance at all. The idea of this change is to prevent heroes from stacking this item all the time.
Needless to say, the nerf of this item means that the “mid-lane nukers” might be back. We won’t be surprised to see heroes, such as Skywrath Mage and Tinker back in the meta.
Changes to late-game items
In addition to everything we’ve said, there are also changes to some of the items traditionally bought for the late-game. For example, Hear of Tarrasque. It will no longer provide +10 Health Regen, nor the regen amplification. Instead, it provides a 1% passive HP regen. If you manage to stay out of combat, this item will also reward you with a 50% health regen amplification, which can make a serious difference. Nevertheless, the item provides +40 str (was +45), and the recipe now costs 650. Previously, this item was just 400 gold.
Another unexpected change here is related to Monkey King Bar. If you remember a few patches ago, the True Strike mechanic was slightly changed, which had a drastic effect on this item. Now, it seems like Valve decided to change it a little bit. Instead of requiring a Quarterstaff, you will now have to buy “Blitz Knuckles”. This is Dota 2’s newest item which we will take a look at in just a bit.
In addition to that, Monkey King Bar now provides 10 less damage (42, rather than 52). However, it gives +35 attack speed, whereas previously, it only gave 10.
Apart from these two items, there are also many other small changes to some of the big items. Make sure to check them out carefully so that you know what to expect.
The new item
Even though there are plenty of changes in this patch, one of the things that most people will want to see is the newest Dota 2 item. It goes by the name of Blitz Knuckles, and it basically provides +35 attack speed. What’s really impressive about this item is that it only costs 1000 gold, which makes it a really efficient choice early on.
Apart from the stats bonus, this item is also a part of Monkey King Bar, as well as Shadow Blade. We personally believe that this item will cost more soon. Although we are not certain, this should probably happen during the next small update.
These are just a few of the highlights, the full patch notes for this update are well worth the read. It looks like 7.27 has brought with it more than a few changes that will have a real impact on the meta.