The long-awaited Dota 2 patch 7.31 has finally arrived, just in time for the weekend. Now, before you jump into your casual ranked match, here are several highlights that will be important to your game.
Reworked Techies are always bad news
Ah, Techies, quite possibly the most hated hero in Dota 2 history, even Techies spammers *cough Slacks cough* are looked down upon in their matches. For starters, the Techies revamp doesn’t cripple the Techies when it comes to its win rate. However, Techies players will need to be more involved with their allies in teamfights.
New tech skills include a targeted throwing ability, sticky bomb and an AOE disarm skill, Responsive Tazer. The Blast Off skill still launches the Techies in place, but it will no longer deny itself. All three skills require relatively close range to perform the skills, which means Techies players can’t be that solo narcissist who lets his team play 4v5 and brags about winning them while spinning them.
The old Q or Proximity Mines skill becomes the ultimate, which also has few buffs, such as reducing enemy magic resistance and higher damage (up to 750). Now here’s a no-brainer Techies combo; channel Reactive Tazer, Blast Off on enemies in sight, and drop a Proximity Mine plus a Sticky Bomb. This combo, when performed correctly, can deal up to 1610 AOE damage and 3 seconds of disarm!
Therefore, a Techies selector in your game will probably keep us awake at night.
The Mighty Jungle
In Dota 2 patch 7.31, a Techies player is the least of our worries, as micro-based heroes just received a massive buff. Notably, Icefrog added three new species of Jungle Creeps to the ecosystem and generally gave a minor stat buff to most Jungle Creeps. This wouldn’t traditionally be a problem, but Icefrog is letting jungle mobs run wild with active abilities in Dota 2 patch 7.31. Expect the jungle meta to be tougher than ever, and cramps of the jungle could become a danger if the creeps combine their active abilities.
Alternatively, one can take advantage of the jungle buff by playing Chen or heroes who can overpower creeps.
For example, the new Ancient Frozen Golem has a passive that grants a 10% cooldown reduction. Cooldown reduction is generally a great buff to have and helps drafts that take on mid-game objectives to make it even worse. the kobold soldieralthough a weak creep, can disarm a target for three seconds, which is detrimental to auto-attack carriers.
Nonetheless, Chen and micro-based heroes, in general, are some of the toughest Dota 2 heroes to master, so don’t expect Chen to be in every game. However, heroes, such as Doom, Enchantress, or the wielder hero who builds Helm of the Dominator, can benefit from the jungle resource.
While you’re at it, maybe sing The Tokens song, “The lion sleeps tonight.”
Introducing new skill mechanics
Reduced casting range
Apart from Jungle Buffs, Dota 2 Patch 7.31 also introduces various new skill mechanics. We see two high pick rate heroes, Bane and Tinker, receive revamped skills that deteriorate an opponent’s cast range.
Specifically, Bane weaken, which previously reduced attack speed, now reduces cast range. While Tinker’s new shard skill, Distortion, does more than just reduce the cast range, where it also “teleports” the target to 600 units. We can definitely see this being used against ranged auto-attack carriers, which usually build Dragon Lance, an attack range enhancement item.
Meanwhile, we’re seeing more heroes gaining persistent buffs from kills, which have traditionally been unique to Pudge, Slark, and Silencer. These heroes steal attribute stats, strength, agility, and intelligence respectively.
With Dota 2 Patch 7.31, Ax felling blade kills gives him permanent armor while Necrophos scythe of death grants health/mana regeneration. These are certainly good additions for the heroes mentioned, who generally don’t scale well in the late game. Despite their mid-game presence, Ax and Necrophos aren’t very durable in the late game.
These heroes are, of course, popular picks in both casual and professional games, so expect them to flood your games.
The Primal Beast Emerges!
Perhaps the most exciting addition to Dota 2 patch 7.31 is the new featured hero, Primal Beast. Fun fact, the model for Primal Beast was leaked earlier last December, but many speculated that it was potentially a revolutionary upgrade to Roshan. The polished model suggested he was too well done to be just another character dropped from the Dota 2 files.
However, no one expected Primal Beast to make his hero debut due to his massive character size, rivaling Roshan’s. That said, Primal Beast’s hitbox will likely be standard sized, particularly located on the belly side.
Either way, Primal Beast has a very bold skill design to match his outrageous traits. Q skill, Assault is a channeling skill that propels her forward, knocking down both allies and enemy heroes in her path. This creates a great synergy with other initiators or a life-saving skill. Skills W and E, trample and Uproar respectively, do lethal damage and durability.
Yet the most fearsome skill of all is his ultimate, Spray, which violently crushes a target like a rag doll. It’s a lot like the iconic “The Avengers” scene, where the Hulk crushes Loki. All kidding aside, Primal Beast will likely be played off-track, due to its decent damage and durability.
Other original changes
Rubick’s Aghanim Scepter upgrade will surely be an attractive option for Position 4 players, now that it can steal two spells with zero cooldown. We can’t even begin to understand how many different combinations of skills Rubick can now pull off. Therefore, we’ll leave that to notable Rubick players, such as Yazied”YapzOr“Jaradat and Xu”fy“Linsen, for entertaining us during the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 (DPC2021-22) Round 2.
Anti-Mage’s Mana Burn skill now stacks with Diffusal Blade’s Mana Burn passive skill, which hysterically brings the AM Broadcast Blade meme to life. From a strategy perspective, the double mana burn build is situational, perhaps against a Medusa or Bristleback carry deck.
Finally, an addition that says goodbye to fountain farming, invulnerable status in the fountain. Heroes that have just respawned will be invulnerable as long as they don’t trigger any commands and there is at least one other friendly hero in the fountain. This is done specifically, to prevent fountain farming after one side has already unquestionably won the game
Looking back, Icefrog outdid itself with Dota 2 patch 7.31, and we can already estimate the increase in player count. There are other heroes with unique buffs, who could be nominated for the best Dota 2 heroes to climb the ranks. Thus, we recommend looking at established pros participating in BTS Pro Series S10 and DPC2021-22 Tour 2 as a more insightful source.
Otherwise, Dota 2 ranks professionals are another reliable alternative to study Dota 2 patch 7.31