DOTA 2 Patch 7.30 is upon us, and there is some really wacky stuff that came with it.
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A new patch has been expected, especially since the Dota 2 Nemestice Battle Pass expired earlier today. Fans had various expectations on the gravity and extent of this patch, though, ranging from minor adjustments to meta-defining changes. Dota 2 Patch 7.30 turns out to be more of the latter.
To get the complete list of changes, players can check out the patch notes on the Dota 2 Blog. In general, almost all heroes received at least small changes. Dawnbreaker finally receives her Aghanim’s Shard and Aghanim’s Scepter buffs. A lot of Shard effects have been reworked, and many talents have been replaced or rescaled.
There have also been changes in some items, most notably with the neutral items. Dota 2 Patch 7.30 says goodbye to neutral items Faded Broach, Ironwood Tree, Imp Claw, Illusionist’s Cape, Minotaur Horn, Orb of Destruction, and Ballista. In their place are eight new neutral items of different usabilities, with the wackiest being the Pig Pole, which turns users into pigs. Never thought about hexing yourself before, have you?
Apart from adding new neutral items to the mix, Valve also decided that everyone should have a neutral item now. Five neutral items now spawn from neutral creeps for each tier, making sure that everyone will get a fair share of the loot all the time.
The International 10 is still a couple of months away. Save for some minor balance patches, Dota 2 Patch 7.30 might be the patch players will have to adapt to for TI10. Now, we wonder, how will these changes actually affect the meta? Which teams will benefit the most? Which teams will stagnate because of these changes?