The customary post-TI patch is out and it’s only a small one for now. With 6.88b providing the most versatile metagame ever, and the big release of the final DotA 1 hero, Underlord, ready to shake things up in pubs, patch 6.88c simply brings a few much needed tweaks. However, any seasoned player will know that even small changes can have huge ramifications so let’s check out how things have changed.
- Disruption illusion damage taken increased from 150% to 200%
Shadow Demon has been one of the strongest support picks at professional level for the past few months and this was slowly filtering down into pub matches. His potential in combination with illusion-based heroes like Terrorblade, Morphling and Naga was disgusting and this was a much needed change. Is it enough to stop the strat? Nope, but it does give opposition line-ups more of a fighting chance against those illusion armies and may bring some alternative carries into the game.
- Starstorm Aghanim upgrade no longer releases a second meteor
This was a much needed change. With her flexibility as both a support and carry Mirana’s Aghanim’s upgrade was a bit too strong. We’ve seen her public win-rate drop by 2-3% as a result and that puts her in a good spot – still a viable pick but no longer the easiest option during the drafting phase. Hopefully we’ll see some other mid heroes back in play as a result, and fewer roaming Mirana in pub matches can only be a good thing for those mid players out there.
- Echo Stomped units no longer get targeted by towers or creeps (like nightmare)
- Echo Stomp damage decreased from 85/110/135/160 to 70/100/130/160
Another overpowered support, Elder Titan was shown a bit too much love by Valve after months of insignificance. These changes aren’t enormous but should reduce his early impact quite a bit and diving towers will now be a bit safer when an Elder Titan is around. Possibly his major strength as a hero though, Natural Order, was unchanged though so for sides that want to stack auras he’ll still be an option for now.
- Rupture damage increased from 26/42/60% to 30/45/60%
Get ready to see more Bloodseeker in your pubs. It’s only a small change but people used to love jungling with this hero and everyone is getting a bit bored of Legion. Rupture’s uselessness at early levels was always Bloodseeker’s major drawback, because his other abilities make him a pretty handy early to mid game hero. We’ll have to see whether the pros want to experiment with him or not but this is a move in the right direction for sure.