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Dota patch 7.27b: Is the old school back?


The new 7.27b Gameplay Update went live on the servers on July 16, 2020. Usually, b-patches are rather small. This time, Valve brought a giant update with a few item changes and most importantly, nearly every hero received a minor or even larger rework.

Valve often tries new mechanics and skills, but sometimes, IceFrog and his team do not seem to approve of how their experiments turn out. Several abilities got reverted to an older version. For example, Clinkz’ skill Burning Army now got shifted to an Aghanim’s Scepter bonus skill. His main ultimate got changed back to Death Pact, which used to be his ult. until Patch 7.20.

Treant Protector’s Leech Seed is now an enemy target spell again. Chaos Knight’s Chaos Strike now has a 30% chance to proc instead of using a cool down. Tiny’s Tree Grab no longer slows his movement speed and has a five charge limit again. And the most important part of the patch notes – Dark Seer’s Vacuum cooldown got refined from 60/50/40/30 to 60.0/50.0/40.0/30.0. The toggle feature for Medusa’s Split Shot celebrates a comeback as well.

A lot of heroes received movement speed buffs. Most notably, IO’s base speed got increased from 280 to 320, so prepare for a fast ball of light dashing through your pubs. Apart from base values, abilities are affected as well.

Shadow Fiend has seen some action in competitive play as a hard-hitting midgame monster that can end games quickly if he’s able to snowball. 7.27b makes the hero stronger in that regard by amping up the bonus damage he receives from his Necromastery passive.

Despite being nerfed for what feels like eight-straight patches now, Phoenix remains a strong pick for both support roles. So Icefrog nerfed him some more by increasing the mana cost of Fire Spirits from 80/90/100/110 to 120 and rescaled the hit count for Supernova from 5/8/11 to 6/8/10.

Hand of Midas is back, as the item’s recipe cost has been reduced from 1850 to 1750 gold, meaning you can now get it faster and easier. Meanwhile, Monkey King Bar has been nerfed as its recipe cost has been increased from 350 to 550. Finally, Abyssal Blade, Mjollnir, Silver Edge, and Solar Crest can no longer be disassembled while Silver Edge can now be disassembled.

The list of changes is extremely long, as nearly all heroes are affected in some way, one can find all detailed changes in the official patch notes, either on the official Dota homepage or in-game!

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