Valve doesn’t constantly release updates for Dota 2, so the release of 7.27d last week was quite exciting. Sadly, we come bearing bad news: a couple of heroes were nerfed in this update, with Spectre being the one that was hit the most.
That said, Underlord, Venomancer, and Doom were nerfed as well, which we will discuss further below.
First things first: item changes. There were four items on Dota 2 that received changes in this patch. For starters, the release of Update 7.27 changed the components found in the Drum of Endurance, which led to it being more expensive. An increase to all the attributes bonus was made as well. Now, with 7.27d, the item is back to +4 from +6.
Moving on, Heaven’s Halberd now requires a recipe. As a result, the item has also increased by 400 gold. On the other hand, the cost for Soul Ring’s recipe was decreased by 275 gold.
Lastly, two changes were made for the Helm of the Dominator: 1) the minimum health to the dominated is now 1000 from its original 1500, and 2) it now gives +4 armor to the dominated creep.
Now that the item changes are out of the way, we can discuss the changes made to the heroes. As mentioned, Spectre was nerfed the most out of everyone. His desolate damage, for instance, was lowered to 15/30/45/60 from 24/36/48/60. It doesn’t end there: his Spectral Dagger damage was also decreased from 90/140/190/240 to 75/130/185/240. As you can see, the difference is quite significant.
For Doom, the duration for Scorched Earth is now 15 seconds instead of 16 seconds. Not only that, but his HP Regen for Devour decreased from 2/6/10/14 to 1/5/9/13.
As for Underlord, three of his skills were nerfed. Pit of Malice’s cooldown was raised to 21/19/17/15, and his creep bonus for Atrophy Aura was changed from 4/6/7 to 2/4/6/8. Lastly, the cast range for his Firestrom was initially just 675, but now it was scaled to 600/625/650/675.
Last but not least, we have Venomancer. For this hero, it will be his utility that will mostly be impacted by his nerfs. His mana cost for Plague Ward was increased to 20/22/24/26 and there was a raise in gold bounty as well.
All these changes are quite sad, but on the plus side, we’re sure that there’s a reason why these changes were made. If you don’t mind these updates, don’t hesitate to update your Dota 2 game now! If you want to read more about this patch update, you can do so here.