Now that the last big tournament of the year in Dota 2 has ended, Valve has announced some exciting news about the next game update.
The upcoming patch, 7.00, will bring about extensive changes to all aspects of the game. It will introduce a new character and rework existing heroes, as well as make significant updates to the game’s map, user interface, and gameplay. This makes patch 7.00 one of the most ambitious updates ever released by Valve for Dota 2.
Please visit the official Dota 2 patch 7.00 webpage for a comprehensive overview of all the major changes in the patch.
One of the highlights of the patch is the addition of a new hero called Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. While originally planned for the original Dota mod in Warcraft 3, this hero was never released until now. Consequently, Monkey King is the first original hero to be introduced in Dota 2, since all 112 classic heroes were already imported from the previous version of the game.
Perhaps the most notable change in the patch is the introduction of talent trees. This new feature allows players to gain additional advantages by enhancing specific spells or acquiring extra attribute points for their hero during a game. Players can select talents at four different points in a match: when their hero reaches levels 10, 15, 20, and 25. For example, the hero Weaver can now choose at level 10 between increasing the damage of the spell Shukuchi by 30 or gaining 6 points in the strength attribute.
Valve has also provided tech-savvy players with the ability to program their own non-player controlled characters. Bots in Dota 2 can now be customized to behave and play in unique ways. Furthermore, these custom bots can be shared on the Steam Workshop, the game’s user-generated content hub. This means that soon players will have access to a wide variety of customized bots.
Whether you love it or hate it, 2017 will be a year of significant exploration and adaptation for the entire player base of Dota 2.