Dota 2 Update: Compendium Rewards and Patch 6.81b released

Dota 2 Mervyn “ISB” Tan

Valve have released a patch today that releases three of the promised compendium rewards, as well as addressing some balance changes in the current patch. 

Valve has released the voting systems for the $7.2 million and $8 million stretch goals of Alternate Voice and Model Update respectively. At the same time, Valve have also fixed some issues with the recently released Immortal items, but more interesting are the balance changes in 6.81b.

Out of all the changes, the most notable ones that will affect the competitive scene are the nerfs to Batrider and Invoker. The nerf to Batrider's Sticky Napalm will slow down his jungle farm as well as his ability to contest for last hits in the lane - this comes on the back of the previous 10 auto attack damage nerf in 6.79. 

On the other hand, the Invoker nerf targets the split-pushing power of Invoker when he combines Forge Spirits together with Necronomicon summons. The nerf to Cold Snap's damage is also significant as it now may give more reason for Quas-Wex invokers to put more points in Quas. The nerf to Deafening Blast also means that BKB becomes a much stronger item against Invoker now to dispel the Disarm and counter-initiate. 

You can find the full changelog below. 


Dota 2 Update - June 2nd, 2014
- Compendium Reward Released: Daily Hero Challenge 
- Compendium Reward Released: Alternate Voice Vote
- Compendium Reward Released: Model Update Vote
- Added sound effects for Dragon Knight's Kindred of the Iron Dragon Immortal
- Added sound effects for Death Prophet's Fluttering Mortis Immortal
- Fixed Hellborn Grasp Upheaval visual effects not showing properly
- Fixed Vici Gaming gem causing crashes 

6.81b Gameplay Changes:


Ancient Apparition
* Ice Vortex slow decreased from 18/22/26/30% to 15/20/25/30%

* Sticky Napalm bonus damage is now halved against non-hero units 

Bounty Hunter
* Shadow Walk duration increased from 15/20/25/30 to 20/25/30/35

* Devour manacost rescaled from 60/50/40/30 to 60

Drow Ranger
* Gust knockback duration increased from 0.5 to 0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9

* Turn rate improved from 0.6 to 0.9
* Echo Slam's Initial Damage, Echo Search, Echo Damage AOE increased from 525, 550, 500 to 575, 575, 575

Elder Titan
* Echo Stomp damage increased from 80/85/90/95 to 80/90/100/110

* Midnight Pulse duration increased from 8 to 11

* Forged Spirits 33% magic resistance removed
* Cold Snap damage reworked from the initial and secondary proc damage of 60/30 to 7xQuasLevel per proc
* Deafening Blast's Disarm is now dispelled when Magic Immunity is applied

* Omnislash damage per slash rescaled from 175-250 to 200-225
* Base Attack Time improved from 1.5 to 1.4

* Pulse Nova damage increased from 66/100/144 to 80/120/160 (Scepter from 100/150/200 to 100/160/220)

* Light Strike Array stun duration increased from 1.6 to 1.6/1.7/1.8/1.9

* Howl duration decreased from 12 to 10
* Howl bonus damage reduced from 20/30/40/50 to 14/26/38/50

* Sacred Arrow minimum stun duration decreased from 0.5 to 0.01 (maximum duration is still 5 seconds growing linearly)
* Sacred Arrow minimum damage reduced by 40 (maximum damage is still 190/280/370/460 growing linearly)

Ogre Magi
* Multicast's passive manacost penalty on Fireblast reduced from 30/70/110 to 20/40/60
* Bloodlust can now be cast on Magic Immune allies

* Degen Aura slow increased from 7/14/21/28% to 10/18/26/34%

Phantom Assassin
* Phantom Strike bonus attack speed increased from 100 to 130

Queen of Pain
* Shadow Strike cast range increased from 435 to 450/475/500/525

* Smoke Screen cooldown reduced from 13 to 11

Skywrath Mage
* Ancient Seal damage amplification increased from 18/24/30/36% to 30/35/40/45%

* Bash bonus damage increased from 40/60/80/100 to 60/80/100/120

Treant Protector
* Leech Seed damage per pulse decreased from 24/36/48/60 to 15/30/45/60

* Snowball cooldown reduced from 21 to 21/20/19/18
* Walrus Punch cooldown reduced from 30/24/18 to 25/20/15

* Intelligence growth increased from 2.0 to 2.5

* Focus Fire manacost decreased from 150 to 75/100/125

* Lightning Bolt vision and truesight duration increased from 3 to 4.5
* Lightning Bolt search area of effect increased from 250 to 325


* Recipe cost increased from 600 to 900
* Static Charge duration decreased from 20 to 15


Headline picture of Invoker from Risq555 on DeviantArt

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Mervyn “ISB” Tan
Mervyn 'ISB' Tan is an undergraduate who writes about eSports mostly because he has the time to. He enjoys the ARTS/MOBA genre in general, and cannot play FPS games to save his life. He wishes that he will one day reach 5k MMR, too.