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With five days before the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Valve releases patch 7.21c which will surely change the dynamics of the past couple of weeks meta.

Viper is one of the heroes who was just making a comeback into the competitive matches. He’s been the key factor in Team Secret’s games at ESL One Katowice and for Team Liquid at MDL Macau 2019. In an interview after the event in Katowice, Gambit Esports’ captain and drafter Artsiom “fng” Barshack said “we knew that Viper is potentially a cool hero this patch. It was obvious from the MDL matches. […] After the first series with Secret in the playoffs we realized that Viper is a real problem.” Neither Secret or Liquid will be at the upcoming Minor, but Gambit will fight in Kiev next week for a shot at joining the two European juggernauts at the Major in Sweden. The good news for Gambit is that Viper is no longer a problem. The latest patch brings nerfs to his Agility gain, to his Nethertoxin, and to the Poison attack.

Viper:

  • Agility gain reduced from 3.3 to 2.8
  • Nethertoxin aoe damage no longer stacks with itself
  • Nethertoxin manacost increased from 75 to 70/80/90/100
  • Poison Attack slow reduced from 25/30/35/40% to 10/20/30/40%

Kunkka is another hero who was seen mid lane more often recently, but might just go back to the support position after Valve decided to nerf the Tidebringer.

Kunkka:

  • Tidebringer no longer provides a bonus on denies

With these two getting tuned down a little and with Monkey King also touched in this patch (Mischief now makes the hero immune to damage briefly, rather than invulnerable), other mid lane heroes received a few buffs. Templar Assassin, Meepo, Lina, Death Prophet and Queen of pain might become the flavor of the month.

In their attempt to balance the lanes and reduce the gold rush, Valve have also nerfed Hand of Midas in 7.21c. the item now grants 160 gold bonus down from 180. The full patch notes can be found here.

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