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Dota 2 28th January Patch – Content Analysis

The New Bloom Festival event patch has arrived to the Dota 2 test client bringing two new heroes Terrorblade and Phoenix along with a ton of new content.

Front End Changes

6.80 Changelog


  • You now lose one gold per second if you haven't picked a hero after the selection timer runs out in All Pick
  • All Pick selection time increased from 60 to 75
  • All Pick pre-creep time reduced from 90 to 75
  • Roshan no longer stops upgrading his hp/damage/armor at 45 minutes
  • Roshan upgrade rate increased by 20%
  • Roshan bounty rescaled from 105-600 to 150-400



  • Night vision reduced from 1400 to 800
  • Unstable Concoction maximum shaking duration reduced from 7 to 5.5
  • Unstable Concoction no longer continues to get stronger while it is in the air

Ancient Apparition

  • Ice Vortex spell damage amplification increased from 10/15/20/25 to 15/20/25/30
  • Ice Vortex duration increased from 12 to 16
  • Ice Vortex aura stickiness increased from 0.1 to the standard 0.5 aura value


  • Mana Void radius increased from 300 to 450
  • Added AoE targeting cursor for Mana Void


  • Base HP regen increased from 2 to 3
  • Berserker's Call duration increased from 1.5/2/2.5/3 to 2.0/2.4/2.8/3.2
  • Berserker's Call cooldown rescaled from 10 to 16/14/12/10


  • Attack animation time improved from 0.5 to 0.3


  • Call of the Wild Hawk duration reduced from 60/70/80/80 to 60
  • Call of the Wild Boar duration reduced from 70/80/90 to 60
  • Call of the Wild no longer destroys previous summons on cast


  • Thirst Bonus Speed and damage rescaled from 7/14/21/28 to 5/15/25/35
  • Bloodbath now gives the full hero kill benefit (instead of only half) if he is within the 325 AoE when a hero dies


  • Primal Split cooldown reduced from 180/160/140 to 140/120/100


  • Base damage reduced by 4


  • Can no longer leave the map boundaries
  • Spin Web no longer provides 200 vision
  • Free pathing is now removed when enemies have vision over you

Centaur Warrunner

  • Stampede cooldown reduced from 120/90/60 to 90/75/60


  • Hits required to kill Power Cogs rescaled from 3 to 2/2/2/3

Crystal Maiden

  • Base intelligence reduced by 3

Dark Seer

  • Ion Shell cooldown reduced from 10 to 9


  • Weave duration increased from 20 to 24

Death Prophet

  • Exorcism cooldown increased from 100 to 115
  • Silence AoE increased from 350 to 425

Dragon Knight

  • Dragon Tail cooldown rescaled from 9 to 12/11/10/9

Drow Ranger

  • Reworked Silence



Silences all enemy units in a target area.

Range: 900

Radius 300

Duration: 3/4/5/6

CD: 13

Manacost: 90



Releases a wave that silences and does a minor non-interrupting knockback.

AoE: 250

Distance: 900

Silence Duration: 3/4/5/6

Knockback Distance: inversely proportional to travel range, 350 at closest, 0 at 900

Knockback Duration: 0.2

CD: 13

Manacost: 90

Earth Spirit

  • Stone Remnant recharge timer increased from 25 to 35
  • Geomagnetic Grip now does a 2/3/4/5 second silence instead of a 1/1.5/2/2.5 second stun
  • Geomagnetic Grip damage rescaled from 125 to 100/150/200/250
  • Boulder Smash damage rescaled from 100/150/200/250 to 125
  • Boulder Smash now does a 0.75/1.25/1.75/2.25 second stun instead of a 3.5/4/4.5/5 second silence
  • Boulder Smash radius from 225 to 200
  • Rolling Boulder now also gets interrupted if disabled during the initial 0.6 rolling charge, instead of only while its moving
  • Geomagnetic Grip now kills trees along the path of a dragged allied hero
  • Targeting someone directly with Boulder Smash will now be blocked by Linken's Sphere
  • Fixed being able to cast Geomagnetic Grip on magic immune allies
  • Fixed Boulder Smash being able to target Magic Immune units
  • Fixed Rolling Boulder travel distance going further than intended if you use a Stone Remnant near the end of the roll


  • Base movement speed increased from 300 to 310
  • Strength gain increased from 2.5 to 2.9


  • Base armor reduced by 1


  • Black Hole AoE increased from 375 to 400
  • Black Hole cast range increased from 250 to 275

Faceless Void

  • Chronosphere cooldown reduced from 120/110/100 to 120/100/80
  • You now have 1000 movement speed and phase while you are in Chronosphere
  • Timewalk manacost reduced from 120 to 90


  • Burning Spear duration increased from 7 to 8
  • Inner Vitality bonus heal below 40% increased from 15/30/45/60% of primary attribute to 30/45/60/75%
  • Inner Vitality cast range increased from 450 to 550


  • Forge Spirits armor reduced from 2/3/4/5/6/7/8 to 0/1/2/3/4/5/6
  • Forge Spirits attack range reduced from 300->900 to 300->690
  • EMP burn increased from 100->400 to 100->550
  • EMP delay from 3.7->2 to 2.6
  • Alacrity manacost reduced from 75 to 45
  • Ghost Walk movement speed from -30/-25/-20/-15/-10/-5/0 to -30/-20/-10/0/10/20/30


  • Ice Path damage rescaled from 25/50/75/100 to 50
  • Liquid Fire DPS increased from 10/15/20/25 to 15/20/25/30
  • Dual Breath burn and slow duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
  • Dual Breath DPS increased from 5/10/15/20 to 16/36/56/76
  • Dual Breath damage interval improved from every 1 second to every 0.5 seconds
  • Dual Breath Attack Speed slow increased from -20 to -30
  • Removed initial impact damage from Dual Breath


  • Blade Fury cooldown reduced from 30/28/26/24 to 30/27/24/21

Keeper of the Light

  • Mana Leak stun duration increased from 1.3/1.6/1.9/2.2 to 1.5/2/2.5/3

Legion Commander

  • Moment of Courage now only procs one extra lifesteal attack
  • Moment of Courage buff grace period increased from 0.5 to 1.0 seconds
  • Moment of Courage cooldown reduced from 1.2 to 0.9


  • Lightning Storm jumps from 4/6/7/8 to 4/5/6/7
  • Lightning Storm damage from 80/145/205/265 to 80/140/200/260
  • Lightning Storm cooldown reduced from 5.5 to 4
  • Lightning Storm manacost reduced from 100/115/130/145 to 90/100/110/120


  • Dragon Slave Initial/Final AoE increased from 275/150 to 275/200
  • Fiery Soul duration increased from 7 to 9
  • Fiery Soul movement speed increased from 4/5/6/7% to 5/6/7/8%


  • Aghanim's Scepter now causes Finger of Death to hit units within a 200 AoE of the primary target

Lone Druid

  • Spirit Bear's Entangle is no longer an Orb Effect


  • Wolves Fade Time decreased from 3 to 1.7
  • Level 3 Lycan Wolves now have Invisibility
  • Level 4 Lycan Wolves now have a passive ability that gives them 15 HP regen


  • Base intelligence increased by 2


  • Mana Shield damage absorption increased from 0.75/1.25/1.75/2.25 to 1/1.5/2/2.5


  • Divided We Stand level requirement reduced from 4/11/18 to 3/10/17
  • Divided We Stand now passively reduces your revive timer by 10%/20%/30%


  • You can now cast and attack while in Waveform

Nature's Prophet

  • Wrath of Nature manacost increased from 150/200/250 to 175/225/275


  • Death Pulse now hits units in Fog of War

Night Stalker

  • Crippling Fear's night miss chance increased from 40 to 50%

Nyx Assassin

  • Cast Range on Impale now matches the travel range

Ogre Magi

  • Unrefined Fireblast manacost changed from 400 to 60% of your current mana

Omni Knight

  • Degen Aura stickiness increased from 1.0 to 2.0 seconds

Outworld Devourer

  • Astral Imprisonment cast range reduced from 550 to 500

Phantom Assassin

  • Invisible heroes now trigger Blur
  • Blur delay reduced from 1.5 to 0.75


  • Fire Spirits Attack Speed slow reduced from 150 to 80/100/120/140
  • Fire Spirits can now be cast during Icarus Dive
  • Fire Spirits DPS reduced from 20/40/60/80 to 15/35/55/75
  • Icarus Dive is now interrupted if you are stunned during it

Queen of Pain

  • Sonic Wave Scepter cooldown rescaled from 100/70/40 to 40


  • Base HP regen increased from 0.75 to 1.5

Sand King

  • Sand Storm radius rescaled from 275/325/375/525 to 525

Shadow Demon

  • Shadow Poison max effective stacks increased from 4 to 5

Shadow Shaman

  • Shackles duration increased from 2.5/3.25/4/4.75 to 2.75/3.5/4.25/5
  • Mass Serpent Wards can no longer trap Roshan


  • Global Silence cooldown reduced from 140 to 130

Skywrath Mage

  • Mystic Flare damage increased from 600/900/1200 to 600/1000/1400


  • Bash damage increased from 40/50/60/70 to 40/60/80/100


  • Pounce damage reduced from 70/140/210/280 to 60/120/180/240
  • Shadow Dance cooldown reduced from 65 to 60


  • Take Aim range bonus increased from 80/160/240/320 to 100/200/300/400

Spirit Breaker

  • You now gain vision over your target while you are casting Netherstrike

Storm Spirit

  • Base movement speed reduced from 295 to 290


  • Base armor increased by 3
  • Warcry cooldown reduced from 36/30/24/18 to 32/26/20/14


  • Sunder cooldown reduced from 160/110/60 to 120/80/40
  • Sunder is no longer partially blocked by Magic Immunity
  • Reflection cast range increased from 250 to 275


  • Kraken Shell debuff threshold reduced from 600 damage taken to 600/550/500/450
  • Kraken Shell damage block increased from 9/18/27/36 to 10/20/30/40


  • Base strength reduced from 25 to 22


  • Added Aghanim's Scepter: Doubles Laser cast range and Heat-Seeking missile count

Treant Protector

  • Overgrowth AoE increased from 625 to 675
  • Nature's Guise cast range increased from 300 to 600

Troll Warlord

  • Fervor max stacks rescaled from 2/3/4/5 to 4
  • Fervor attack speed per stack rescaled from 20 to 16/22/28/34


  • Secondary units hit by the Snowball now take the same impact as the primary unit
  • Removed 50% threshold mechanic from Walrus Punch
  • Walrus Punch base crit increased from 3x to 3.5x


  • Soul Rip cooldown reduced from 25/20/15/10 to 24/18/12/6

Vengeful Spirit

  • Wave of Terror armor reduction increased from 2/3/4/5 to 3/4/5/6


  • Base damage reduced by 5
  • Base HP regen reduced from 0.75 to the default 0.25


  • Base movement speed reduced by 5
  • Grave Chill manacost rescaled from 70/80/90/100 to 100
  • Familiars are now properly magic immune


  • Upheaval max duration increased from 12 to 16


  • Focus Fire manacost reduced from 200/300/400 to 150
  • Focus Fire no longer has a cast animation

Witch Doctor

  • Maledict AoE increased from 150 to 165
  • Voodoo Restoration initial manacost reduced from 25/50/75/100 to 20/30/40/50
  • Paralyzing Casks can now bounce to units in Fog of War

Wraith King

  • Reincarnation slow increased from 50 to 75%
  • Reincarnation slow duration increased from 4 to 5


  • Arc Lightning cast range increased from 700 to 850


Animal Courier

  • Ground Courier bounty per player reduced from 175 to 150

Arcane Boots

  • Manacost increased by 10

Battle Fury

  • Cleave AoE increased from 225 to 250

Blink Dagger

  • Blink no longer has a manacost


  • Can now be used on your allies by holding down the Control key

Diffusal Blade

  • Agility bonus increased from 22/26 to 25/30

Drums of Endurance

  • Number of charges increased from 4 to 5
  • Recipe cost increased from 800 to 875

Eul's Scepter of Divinity

  • Cyclone cooldown reduced from 25 to 23

Force Staff

  • Force travel speed is reduced

Iron Branch

  • Gold cost reduced from 53 to 50

Mask of Madness

  • Lifesteal increased from 17% to 20%


  • Changed the area type that is used when Static Charge hit units


  • Necronomicon units bounty increased from 100/125/150 to 100/150/200
  • Necronomicon units armor reduced from 6/8/10 to 4
  • Necronomicon cooldown increased from 80 to 95

Observer Ward

  • Can be targeted on allies to transfer one charge


  • Attack damage bonus increased from 60 to 65

Refresher Orb

  • Recipe cost reduced from 1875 to 1800

Ring of Aquila

  • Agility bonus increased from 6 to 9

Rod of Atos

  • HP bonus increased from 325 to 350

Sange and Yasha

  • Sange and Yasha slow duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
  • Sange and Yasha slow increased from 30 to 32%

Sentry Ward

  • Can be targeted on allies to transfer one charge

Shadow Amulet

  • Fade delay improved from 1.8 to 1.5
  • Can now be used on allies

Shiva's Guard

  • Arctic Blast range increased from 719 to 900
  • Arctic Blast speed increased from 300 to 350

Smoke of Deceit

  • Duration decreased from 40 to 35

Teleport Scrolls

  • Stacking delay decreased from 3/5/6/7/8 to 3/5/5.5/6/6.5
  • Max targeting range increased from 525 to 575

Tranquil Boots

  • Movement speed increased from 85 to 90
  • HP Regen increased from 10 to 12

Veil of Discord

  • Strength/Agility/Damage bonus increased from 3 to 6

New Heroes



Lore & Abilities

In Game Shots

Model Viewer Shots



Lore & Abilities

In Game Shots

Model Viewer Shots

The New Bloom Map

The New Bloom version of the Dota 2 map features an overall oriental spring look with blossom trees, paper laterns, new tower models and Asian secret shops.

Example Map Assets

The map also features fireworks and firecrackers that go off at the start of the match and once the creep wave spawns which makes use of some fancy new particle effects and sound effects.

Map Screenshots

The Coming Of The Year Beast

The New Bloom patch also comes with a special "Battle of the Year Beast" gamemode which features the Year Beast teased in the preview pages.

The ability to fight the Beast will only be available when he is around. There will be a timer on the UI which shows the next time the Year Beast will be available to fight, the UI will also display how long the Beast will remain active for.

Whilst playing in normal Dota 2 gamemodes you will start to accumulate a new resource known as "Flamesalt Ingots", these Ingots can be redeemed for new unique in game items such as Fireworks and Lanterns which you can use to help defeat the Year Beast by either distracting, disabling or damaging him depending on the type of item you choose.

Your Flamesalt Ingots will be converted into Gold to use within the gamemode so you can purchase items. Any unspent gold will be converted back to Ingots after the match.


"Inflict as much damage as you can to the Year Beast. The more damage you do, the better loot you get! If the Year Beast grabs someone, shoot a Firework at him to break them free!"

The abilities or final appearance of the Year Beast have yet to be confirmed, all we have at the moment is a work in progress model that is missing parts, final textures and new animations.

Year Beast Loot

The loot you earn from the Year Beast will be based off parts of the Year Beast itself and can be used in conjunction with new crafting recipes.

  • Year Beast Claw
  • Year Beast Scale
  • Year Beast Tail
  • Year Beast Horn

Crimson Parcels

Occasionally, heroes will come across Crimson Parcels, which may contain small gifts of Flamesalt Ingots for your defense against the Year Beast, or even Jade Tokens!

Potential Loot

Handful of Flamesalt Ingots

"Unpack this gift to earn 50 Flamesalt Ingots."

Handful of Jade Tokens

"Unpack this gift to earn 50 Jade Tokens."

Pile of Flamesalt Ingots

"Unpack this gift to earn 150 Flamesalt Ingots."

Pile of Jade Tokens

"Unpack this gift to earn 150 Jade Tokens."

Recipe: New Bloom Artifact

"Collect pieces of the Year Beast to complete this recipe."

Recipe: New Bloom Rare Artifact

"Collect pieces of the Year Beast to complete this recipe."

Fortune's Favor

Similar to the Wraith Night event you will also be able to purchase Favors for the New Bloom event which will boost the in take of your Flamesalt Ingots and allow you to earn Jade Tokens.

Fortune's Favor

"Use this item to increase the rate at which you earn Flamesalt Ingots by 100% for 500 game minutes. Additionally, you will earn Jade Tokens at the same rate and you will grant other players a stacking 20% bonus to their Flamesalt Ingot and Jade Token rate."

Abundant Fortune's Favor

"Use this item to increase the rate at which you earn Flamesalt Ingots by 500% for 500 game minutes. Additionally, you will earn Jade Tokens at the same rate and you will grant other players a stacking 100% bonus to their Flamesalt Ingot and Jade Token rate."

New Bloom Battle Booster

400% Prosperous Battle Point Booster (500 minutes)

"Available until February 20th. Use this item to increase the rate at which you earn Battle Points by 400% for 500 game minutes. Additionally, you will grant other players a stacking 80% bonus to their Battle Points rate. Battle Point Boosters are only consumed whenever Battle Points are earned and features like spectating games or coaching do not deplete them."

Recipe: New Bloom Artifact

"Collect pieces of the Year Beast to complete this recipe."

Potential Items You Can Craft


Blade of the New Year

Power of the Red Horse

Heavy Butterfly Blades

Locks of the New Bloom



Thunder Spirit

Recipe: New Bloom Rare Artifact

"Collect pieces of the Year Beast to complete this recipe."

Potential SETS You Can Craft (You can find more images of these sets below)

Strength of the Demon Stone Set

Flames of Prosperity Set

Gifts of Fortune Set

Ember Crane Set

Foreteller's Robes Set

Aria of the Wild Wind Set

Commander of the Dragon Guard Set

Desert Gale Set

Bloom Harvest Loot List

"Open to receive a random reward unique to the New Bloom!"

The items unboxed from here will also have the chance of getting a random Gem and Socket.


Repose of the Defiant

Cauldron of Summons

Lantern of Auspicious Days

Beast of Vermilion Wilds

Bestmaster's Boar Summon.

Dragonfish Sceptre

Banners of Battle Fortune

Flight of the Jade Phoenix

Stone Dragon Soul

Treasure of Vermilion Renewal Chest

The New Bloom patch also brings a new Treasure Chest into play, the Treasure of Vermilion Renewal which requires the Seal of Vermilion Renewal to unlock it.

The Seal of Vermilion Renewal is currently being shown as an item you can cash in Jade Tokens for however this may change as the Keys for Treasure Chests are normally sold in the Dota 2 Store.

Treasure of Vermilion Renewal Loot List

You will also have a chance of getting a Single Battle Point Booster as a bonus item.

Charming Assassin Curls

Dragon's Breath

Fortune's Coin

Curse of the New Season

New Ultimate form for Lycan.

Jade Talon

Equine Battlehelm

Living Nelum

Staff of the Enduring Colt

* Sunglasses not included.

Healing Fount of the Lost Isles

New Healing Ward for Juggernaut.

Dragon Horse Spirit Totem

Treasure of Vermilion Renewal Unusual Courier List

Like all of the other Dota 2 Treasure Chests the Vermilion Renewal chest will have the chance of unboxing the following couriers as Unusual with the New Bloom Celebration Unusual effect:

  • Captain Bamboo
  • Baekho
  • Yonex's Rage
  • Shagbark
  • Nimble Ben
  • Kupu the Metamorpher
  • The Llama Llama
  • Itsy
  • Captain Bamboo
  • Mok
  • Blotto and Stick
  • Tinkbot
  • Alphid of Lecaciida
  • Waldi the Faithful
  • Arnabus the Fairy Rabbit
  • Deathripper
  • Azuremir
  • Coco the Courageous
  • Tory the Sky Guardian
  • Throe

New Bloom Celebration Unusual Effect

Sticking with the New Bloom theme the new unusual effect is based on a Firework effect and fuse trail.

We also have a new Prismatic Gem colour known as "Vermillion Renewal", hex color: #CA0123.

My Offering

Also part of the New Bloom event is the new offering UI which allows you to offer up your cosmetic items in the hopes of getting something in return.

"The time has come to prepare your tributes to the Eight Shades of Fortune! Sweep away your bad luck items, your ill-fated arms or couriers earned in tragic battle, by removing them from your Armory to your Offering. Be wary: once you have chosen to remove an item from your Armory to place into your Offering, it cannot be reclaimed."

You will get a confirmation dialogue before the item is taken.

You will be unable to offer up some items such as those tagged as untradable.

Ability Draft Gamemode

"Trade the organized chaos of Dota 2 for a taste of pure bedlam! Unlocked at level 11, in this mode each player is randomly assigned a hero, and each hero's abilities are placed into a pool. Players then take turns choosing which abilities their hero will bring into battle. Behold the majesty of a Pouncing Pudge, witness Axe fumbling with Psi Blades, and experience the terror of Illusory Orb Magnus."

The basis of this new mode is that you are basically creating a Custom Hero via a 4-Round Draft. You can choose up to 3 regular abilities and 1 ultimate.

The mode has a completely new interface implemented to help keep track of every stage and quickly see what abilities are available to pick from.

Those who get last pick for that round will get first pick on the following round.

If you fail to pick an ability before your craft timer expires you will be given a random ability from the pool.

Replay Takeover Mode

Another new feature introduced with the New Bloom update is the ability to takeover replays at any point and rewrite what happens in the rest of that match with the help of 9 other players.

"Grab your friends and rewrite history! Now you can take control in any replay created after the New Bloom update, then act out the rest of the match from that moment forward. During a replay, hit the Takeover button to create a lobby where everyone can choose which hero to portray. Resume the match, and become the one to turn the tide of a favorite pro play, discover a way to escape an impossible setup, or relive a cherished team fight again and again.

Takeovers are considered a new match and have separate replays, which are recorded from the moment you assume control."

The new Takeover feature will only be available on replays created after the New Bloom update.

Animation Updates

Dragon Knight's Animations

Dragon Knight has new sword on shoulder loadout animation that comes with his new "The Knight's Repose" Kinetic Gem.

Ember Spirit's Animations

Ember Spirit has three new Remnant animations for his new cosmetic item set.

Nature's Prophet's Animations

Nature's Prophet has three new alternative attack animations.

Storm Spirit's Animations

Storm Spirit also has new Remnant animations for his new cosmetic item set.

Wraith King's Animations

Wraith King now has friendly and enemy Force Staff animations.

Wraith King also has a new "Salvage Loadout" animation.

Vhoul Assassin's Animations

The Vhoul Assassin creep now has three new death animations where he drops his spear.

New Cosmetic Item Sets

Chaos Knight's Item Set

Chaos Legion Set

Chen's Item Set

Desert Gale Set

Death Prophet's Item Set

Foreteller's Robes Set

Earth Spirit's Item Set

Strength of the Demon Sto ne Set

Includes custom Remnant model.

This set also has a custom loading screen.

Ember Spirit's Item Set

Flames of Prosperity Set

This set also has a custom loading screen.

Legion Commander's Item Set

Commander of the Dragon Guard Set

This set also has a custom loading screen.

Lina's Item Set

Ember Crane Set

This set also has a custom loading screen.

Storm Spirit's Item Set

Gifts of Fortune Set

This set also has a custom loading screen.

Windranger's Item Set

Aria of the Wild Wind Set

This set also has a custom loading screen.

New HUD Skins

New Bloom

This will be the default HUD skin when playing during the New Bloom event.


Imbued Stone

Three Virtues

This HUD also includes a custom loading screen.

New Store Bundles

The Three Virtues Bundle

"Contains all of the items in the 'Strength of the Demon Stone', 'Flames of Prosperity', and the 'Gifts of Fortune' for the Three Spirits. Also includes a bonus loading screen and HUD."

New League Passes

SteelSeries Balkan Cup Season 1

"The SteelSeries Balkan Cup is an open tournament featuring the most talented Balkan teams competing for $1,000 USD worth of Na'Vi gaming gear."

Oscar Cup Tournament Seeason 3

"Teams compete for a grand prize of $200 in the Oscar Cup!"

GameLadders Dota 2 League

"The GameLadders Dota 2 League is a competition by GameLadders in order to bring a first hand experience of online Dota 2 on a competitive level to Sri Lanka."

joinDOTA League

"The first season of the joinDOTA League features over 2500 teams across the world competing in various divisions for the grand prize! Each purchase of this ticket will add $0.75 to the total prize pool!"

Pro Dota 2 Solo Ranked League Season 2

"120 players fight to claim the competition with a total prize money of up to $350!"


"joinDOTA and MLG team up to present the MLG T.K.O.! This tournament features the top eight European and American teams compete for $60,000 in an innovative knockout format!"

Pro Gaming Tours League

"16 teams compete in a single elimination bracket for $300!"


"32 teams in Brazil compete for R$600 in this World Cup style format tournament!"

UI Updates

New Bloom Dashboard & Loading Screen

The Dashboard has once again been re-themed to match the new event.

Loading Screen


Dashboard UI

The region selection screen has been updated to include the world map which shows the regions you are activating.

Hitting the Leave Game button will now trigger a second dialogue requiring you to confirm that you really want to leave the game.

The Archronicus now has a table of contents page.

You can now revisit the previous scripture for old events.

Spectator UI

When spectating a Captain's Draft game you will now see a list of the heroes available in the pool along the left side of the spectator draft screen. Heroes that are no longer available to pick will be greyed out.

In Game UI

Items that have been purchased while dead can now be sold, if that item was bought during the same death. Previously, no items could be sold while dead.

Highlighting an allied Ward will now display its effective range.

Holding ALT and clicking on an ability will now issue a context-sensitive ping for that ability. This can be used to indicate whether the pinged ability is ready for use, if you do not have enough mana to use this ability, or to indicate the number of seconds remaining on that ability’s cooldown.

When upgrading an item it will now remain in the same slot, for example you have a Magic Stick in Slot 1 and upgrade to a Magic Wand, the Magic Wand will now always be in the same slot as the Stick was originally.

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

Strings for the new Replay Takeover system.

+ "CopyToClipboard" "Copy to Clipboard"

+ "ReplayTakeover" "Takeover"

+ "LobbyTakeoverDescription" "Taking Over MatchID %s1 at time %s2"

+ "dota_hud_error_cant_takeover_have_lobby" "Can't Takeover, you are already in a lobby"

Strings for the new ALT click notify system on abilities.

+ "DOTA_Ability_Ping_Ready" "[ALLIES] %s1: %s2 %s3Ready"

+ "DOTA_Ability_Ping_Mana" "[ALLIES] %s1: %s2 %s3Not Enough Mana"

+ "DOTA_Ability_Ping_Cooldown" "[ALLIES] %s1: %s2 %s3In Cooldown ( %s4 seconds remain )"

Updates to the chat disconnection message to notify about party abandons.

+ "DOTA_Chat_DisconnectWaitForReconnect" "%s1 has disconnected from the game. Please wait for them to reconnect. If the disconnected member is in your party, you will receive a secondary abandon on your account if they do not reconnect."

+ "DOTA_Chat_Abandon" "%s1 has abandoned the game. If the abandoning member is in your party, you will receive a secondary abandon on your account."

The Archronicus now has a table of contents.

+ // The Archronicus - Table of Contents

+ "arch_toc_header" "Table of Contents"

+ "arch_madmoon_toc" "The Mad Moon and The Ancients"

+ "arch_chronicleofthesos_toc" "Chronicle of Thesos"

+ "arch_summoningsea_toc" "The Summoning Sea"

+ "arch_lasthitchallenge_toc" "The Death Bounty"

+ "arch_cycleofsolstice_toc" "Cycle of Solstices"

+ "arch_wraithnight_toc" "The Wraith-Night"

New Fantasy League scoring options.

+ "fantasy_scoring_levels" "Levels"

+ "fantasy_scoring_kills" "Kills"

+ "fantasy_scoring_deaths" "Deaths"

+ "fantasy_scoring_assists" "Assists"

+ "fantasy_scoring_last_hits" "Last Hits"

+ "fantasy_scoring_denies" "Denies"

+ "fantasy_scoring_gpm" "Gold per Minute"

+ "fantasy_scoring_xppm" "XP per Minute"

+ "fantasy_scoring_stuns" "Stun Duration"

+ "fantasy_scoring_heals" "Healing Done"

+ "fantasy_scoring_towers" "Towers Destroyed"

+ "fantasy_scoring_roshans" "Roshans Killed"

Updates to the Fantasy League roster slot options.

+ "fantasy_league_roster_slot_core" "Core"

+ "fantasy_league_roster_slot_support" "Support"

+ "fantasy_league_roster_slot_any" "Any"

+ "fantasy_league_roster_slot_none" "None"

Error message for corrupt save games.

+ "SaveGameCorrupt" "The request save game is corrupt and can not be used."

The Auto Draft mode has been renamed to Balanced Draft. Also the addition of Ability Draft is listed as well.

+ "game_mode_17" "BALANCED DRAFT"

+ "game_mode_18" "ABILITY DRAFT"

"game_mode_17_desc" "Each team is given 5 heroes that are automatically selected with an attempt to balance roles."

+ "game_mode_18_desc" "Create a unique Hero by drafting from a pool of abilities."

Strings for the new Offering system.

+ "Dota_Backpack_OfferingsFilter" "My Offering"

+ "DOTA_Backpack_LoadOfferings_Header" "Loading Offerings"

+ "DOTA_Backpack_LoadOfferings_Body" "Requesting a list of your offerings to the Shades of Fortune."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_LoadOfferingsFailed_Header" "Loading Offerings Failed"

+ "DOTA_Backpack_LoadOfferingsFailed_Body" "The Dota service is busy and cannot provide our offerings list right now."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingAccepted_Header" "Offering Made"

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingAccepted_Body" "Your offering has been made. The item can be viewed in the My Offerings tab of the armory."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_Header" "Offering Rejected"

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_NotFound" "The item you wish to offer could not be found in your backpack."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_InUse" "The item you wish to offer is currently in use."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_NotDeletable" "The item you wish to offer is undeletable and so cannot be given to the spirits."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_WrongQuality" "This item is of a quality far too valuable. Surely you do not wish to trade fortune for loss?"

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_WrongPrefab" "The Shades of Fortune have no interest in items of this type."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_NotAllowedToDelete" "You are not allowed to delete items, so cannot make offerings."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_FailedToLoadSDO" "The Dota service is unavailable at this time."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_WrongRarity" "This item is of a rarity far too valuable. Offering it would be folly."

+ "DOTA_Backpack_OfferingFailed_NoTrade" "This item is cursed with untradability. Even the Shades of Fortune are not strong enough to release it from your grasp."

New store banner strings.

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Three_Virtues" "The Three Virtues Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Three_Virtues" "Three spirits and you're out!"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Lina_Ember_Crane" "Lina: Ember Crane Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Lina_Ember_Crane" "Red is your color."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_LC_Commander_Dragon_Guard" "Legion Commander: Commander of the Dragon Guard Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_LC_Commander_Dragon_Guard" "Command Respect."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_WR_Aria_Wild_Wind" "Windranger: Aria Wild Wind Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_WR_Aria_Wild_Wind" "A wild wind blows."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Chen_Desert_Gale" "Chen: Desert Gale Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Chen_Desert_Gale" "Breath a little life into death."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_DP_Foretellers_Robes" "Death Prophet: Foreteller's Robes Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_DP_Foretellers_Robes" "A fate foretold."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Earth_Spirit_Demon_Stone" "Earth Spirit: Strength of the Demon Stone Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Earth_Spirit_Demon_Stone" "Strong as stone, quick as a demon."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Storm_Spirit_Gifts_Fortune" "Storm Spirit: Gifts of Fortune Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Storm_Spirit_Gifts_Fortune" "Fortune favors the blue."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Ember_Spirit_Gifts_Prosperity" "Ember Spirit: Flames of Prosperity Set"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Ember_Spirit_Gifts_Prosperity" "In war, none prosper like the flames."

+ //"StoreBanner_Header_Fortunes_Favor" "Fortune's Favor"

+ //"StoreBanner_Text_Fortunes_Favor" "150% drop rate on Ingots, unlocks Jade token drops."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_Vermilion_Renewal_Seal" "Seal of Vermilion Renewal"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_Vermilion_Renewal_Seal" "Unseal the gifts of the New Bloom Festival"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_HUD_Spirit_Stones" "HUD: Imbued Stone"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_HUD_Spirit_Stones" "Leave No Stone Unturned."

+ "StoreBanner_Header_HUD_Temple_Wall" "HUD: Temple"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_HUD_Temple_Wall" "That's a wrap (in red ribbon)."

Two new status messages for the Rich Presence system.

+ "nian_game_mode_status" "Battling the Year Beast"

+ "custom_game_mode_status" "Playing Custom Game"

New Unusual effect and Unusual color.

+ "Attrib_Particle185" "New Bloom Celebration"

+ "UnusualVermilionRenewal" "Vermillion Renewal"

Some new animation mod gems for the animations seen above.

+ "DOTA_Anim_Mod_when_nature_attacks" "When Nature Attacks"

+ "DOTA_Anim_Mod_Salvaged_Sword" "Salvaged Sword"

+ "DOTA_Anim_Mod_Good_Fortune" "Good Fortune Remnants"

+ "DOTA_Anim_Mod_Prosperity" "Prosperity Remnants"

Two alternative styles for the Eastern Invoker set.

+ "DOTA_Item_Hairstyle_of_the_Eastern_Range_Style0" "Ponytail"

+ "DOTA_Item_Hairstyle_of_the_Eastern_Range_Style1" "No Ponytail"

+ "DOTA_Item_Cape_of_the_Eastern_Range_Style0" "White"

+ "DOTA_Item_Cape_of_the_Eastern_Range_Style1" "Red"

The Demon Stone Mane has two styles.

+ "DOTA_Item_Mane_of_the_Demon_Stone_Style0" "Mane of the Demon Stone"

+ "DOTA_Item_Mane_of_the_Demon_Stone_Style1" "Conical Hat of the Demon Stone"

A new voice actor for Dota 2, David Sobolov, has been credited for Terrorblade's voice work.

+ "DOTA_ActorCredits_21_Name" "David Sobolov"

+ "DOTA_ActorCredits_21_Role" "Terrorblade"

Strings for the new crafting dialogue.

+ "dota_create_dialog_0" "What have we here?"

+ "dota_create_dialog_1" "What’ve you got for me?"

+ "dota_create_dialog_2" "Let’s have a look."

+ "dota_create_dialog_3" "Need something opened?"

+ "dota_create_dialog_4" "I’ll get my tools."

+ "dota_create_dialog_5" "The one’s tricky..."

+ "dota_create_dialog_6" "It’ll be just a moment."

+ "dota_create_dialog_7" "Ah! I see how it works."

+ "dota_create_dialog_8" "Almost got it."

+ "dota_create_dialog_9" "Hang on a sec."

+ "dota_create_dialog_10" "It’s about to give!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_11" "There it goes!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_12" "Would you look at that!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_13" "Isn’t that something!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_14" "Got it!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_15" "And open!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_16" "Very nice!"

+ "dota_create_dialog_17" "Ha! That was easy."

+ "dota_create_dialog_18" "Enjoy!"

Unreleased UI Updates

Front Page Rework

There are a number of new UI files for a restructure of the front page of the Dashboard to allow for a multi panel approach with features such as the following:

  • Match Calendar
  • Sale Notifier
  • Dota 2 Store
  • Dota 2 Updates
  • Dota 2 Events
  • Workshop Voting
  • And More

Some initial panel mockups already in the files:

Custom Compendiums

The work has continued behind the scenes on custom/third party Compendiums. There is now a full example Compendium in the files which can be used as a basis for building your own.

We also now have the ability to test custom Compendiums from within the game client.

Fantasy League

Progress continues on the Fantasy League system as well, below you can see a preview of what stage the panels are currently at.

Unused New Bloom Icons

With the New Bloom event spreading the release of new cosmetic items and sets over a number of weeks. We already have some different gift icons within the files which may or may not be used at some point in the near future.

New Bloom Gift Small

New Bloom Gift Golden

Harmonious Battle Booster

Old Phoenix

The previous model for Phoenix was left in the files so I have included some shots to see how far the current version has come since the WIP one.

Unreleased Custom Couriers


Jade Dragon


Doesn't look finished yet from the textures and animations.

Unreleased Custom Wards

Chinese Ward

F2P Ward

Will most likely be a promotional item related to the Dota 2 Documentary Free2Play.

Unreleased Cosmetic Item Sets

A number of these sets will most likely appear at some point later in the New Bloom event.

Death Prophet's Items

A replacement model for Death Prophet's Exorcism ghosts.

Dragon Knight's Set

Gyrocopter's Set

Includes custom loading screen.

Gyrocopter's 2nd Set

Invoker's Set

Alternative cape.

Alternative hair style.

This set also includes a custom loading screen.

Luna's Set

Pudge's Set

This set also includes a custom loading screen.

Sven's Set

Unreleased Cosmetic Items

Broodmother's Items

Custom Spiderling model.

Lion's Items

Lion's Gazing Eye of the Demon Witch cosmetic item has been updated with an alternative version to choose from.

Riki's Items

Silencer's Items

Tinker's Items

Most likely just a testing item. Boots of Travel.