We are just over a week away from the end of season 1 of the DPC Leagues and out of nowhere, Valve decides to drop a new patch in the form of Dota 2 patch 7.28c, at a time where a single win or loss could determine a team’s fate regarding qualifying for the DPC Major or getting relegated. Patch 7.28c is a small patch, which brings nerfs to 14 heroes, with some of the nerfs being significant enough to warrant reconsideration about picking the hero. The entire set of changes can be found here. We will look at the three biggest hero changes.
Batrider has been thriving in the mid lane for the sole reason that he could farm stacks early on in the game because patch 7.28 changed the Sticky Napalm 50% damage to creeps and increased it to a 100% damage. But that, along with the fact that Ancients take more magic damage than earlier, gave Batrider the ability to take quadruple Ancient stacks 10 minutes into the game, which gave the hero a very early power spike difficult to counter. The nerf back to the old Sticky Napalm will possibly end Batrider’s tryst with the mid lane, or at least make life a lot more difficult.
Earthshaker has one of the best Aghanim’s Shards in the game. Earthshakers with the Aghanim’s Shard have been using Echo Slam from afar, just to chain stun heroes struck with Fissure. This nerf will make Earthshaker players think again whether it is still worth doing that. Blink Dagger and Aghanim’s Scepter, which had been getting lower priority than the Shard, will now possibly be considered more frequently.
Morphling’s Morph form lasts for 20 seconds, which earlier meant he would have Morph form for half the time in the game. With the 12% cooldown reduction talent, the down time on Morph was only 15.2 seconds, giving Morphling the freedom to use it liberally. With the nerf, it’s a 32.8 second down time, meaning Morphling will have to be careful with usage of the skill. If a team fight errupts and he does not have the ultimate, there could be issues. Of course, it is still the same with an Aghanim’s Scepter, but that makes the decision to forgo a Scepter (or get it later) for a position 1 Morphling a difficult one.
The new patch and the nerfs it brings is bound to have an effect on the last week of matches and some players like Undying’s MoonMeander are not happy; and rightly so. With so much on the line, teams who have been practicing and theorizing strats for such a long time will now have to make suffed changes to their plans.
After 2 months of qualifiers where dropping more than 1 bo3 equals not going to LAN, then dropping a patch right before regionals end. pic.twitter.com/qRiZOPlBRa— David Tan (@MoonMeanderated) February 20, 2021
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