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Last year, when the Dota 2 Summit 9 ended towards the end of July 2018, patch 7.19 was released which was the patch for TI8. The Summit 10 ended today and Valve released patch 7.22f, which is quite likely going to be the patch on which TI9 will be played. The patch brings with it one small change to an item and a number of small changes to heroes with a couple of changes having the potential to make a big difference at The International 2019. We will look at a list of winners and losers of the patch and the big changes it has to offer. The complete set of patch notes for patch 7.22f can be found here.

Item changes

Aghanim’s Scepter – Consuming recipe cost reduced from 2000 to 1800

A very small change that will have an impact in the late game only. No hero wants to consume a Scepter before getting six slotted and 200 gold after the 50 minute mark isn’t really a big deal.

Hero changes – Winners and Losers

Most of the changes in patch 7.22f are miniscule. But Dota 2 is a game in which a small change makes a big difference. Let’s take a look at whether these changes put specific heroes in the winning column or the losing one.

Winners of patch 7.22f

  • Chaos Knight
  • Clockwerk
  • Dragon Knight
  • Drow Ranger
  • Invoker
  • Keeper of the Light
  • Lycan
  • Tinker
  • Underlord

The big winner of the patch is Tinker. Increase to the damage amplification talent at level 10 and the new talent introduced at level 15 makes him a strong hero. +11% Manacost/Manaloss Reduction is very beneficial for a hero like Tinker, who relies on casting spells over and over again.

Another hero that will be happy is Invoker, who even though didn’t get the biggest of buffs, got enough of a boost to propel Quas-Wex Invoker to the fore.

Losers of patch 7.22f

  • Ancient Apparition
  • Centaur Warrunner
  • Chen
  • Dark Willow
  • Grimstroke
  • Outworld Devourer
  • Spiritbreaker
  • Wraith King

Perhaps the biggest loser is Wraith King, with Wraithfire Blast being nerfed quite a bit in lane. Also, WK doesn’t like to max Mortal Strike over Wraithfire Blast anymore which means the reduction in damage will not disappear at level 7. He will either feel the effects till later on in the game or have to make a tough decision on maxing out his stun.

The changes overall seem mellow and not meta changing, but the best thing about The International is, you can expect the unexpected at the biggest tournament of the year. Before TI9, Clinkz, Wraith King and Vengeful Spirit were barely played but they became the most played heroes of TI8. In this off time between the end of the DPC season and The International, teams get a lot of time to scrim, experiment and find out what heroes are better than they seem and vice-versa. So even though patch 7.22f doesn’t bring along with it a lot of changes, its true effect will only be felt on the 15th of August when The International 2019 begins!

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