There are a few clear winners of the newly implemented 7.22 patch. Alchemist and Anti-Mage are most likely to be important pieces in the new meta and although both have plenty of item sets, there is always room for more, right?
Valve’s call to arms for The International 2019 Collector’s Cache brought to the workshop only one item set for Alchemist and only two for Anti-Mage. They are rather interesting, so here is where you can find them and where you can cast your vote if you want to see one of them added to the game.
The four artists working on this feathery set put the Alchemist on a true throne on the back of his Ogre buddy. The new Chieftain is him, the little Gnome Alchemist, and he has a new tool to spill the Acid Spray. Presumably, he is brewing up the Unstable Concoction from the same caterpillar he holds in his left hand.
For those unaware of the new patch changes, if Alchemist buys a Scepter of his own, he now gains +30 bonus Damage and +6% Spell Amp for each Scepter that he gives to his allies.
Two sets were submitted for the Collector’s Cache this year, but one stands out by far.
The Aghanim’s Scepter upgrade for Anti-Mage is really menacing. The hero has never been out of the meta entirely, given his capacity to farm fast and be very effective in the team fights as well as a being one of the best carries to chance with. The Scepter upgrade for Anti-Mage applies now +70 seconds to the highest cooldown ability on the enemy hero that gets killed by the Mana Void. And it gets even worse, the cooldown starts once the enemy respawns. So, clearly, Anti-Mage might has just become first pick/ban material. With that in mind, it won’t be surprising at all to see Valve pushing more than one Anti-Mage item sets in the future treasures of The International 2019 Battle Pass.