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Dota 2 28th March Patch – Content Analysis

This week's Dota 2 patch has arrived bringing a large number of new league pass ticket bundles and a well needed update to the Hill Troll Priest.

Front End Changes


  • Fix bug where players attempting to reconnect would be rejected with "Steam authorization failed", during a Steam service disruption
  • Fix bug where the gameserver would not properly display notification messages when a player was marked as abandoning by AFK
  • Fix bug incorrectly giving players abandons if the gameserver was unable to contact the Dota 2 Network at the time the match ended and players left rapidly.
  • Players who have not yet picked a hero five minutes after the horn will be treated as abandoning by AFK.
  • Fixed various solo matchmaking exploits
  • Ranked matchmaking will no longer accept parties with an extremely large MMR spread.
  • Several tooltip and ability description adjustments and fixes
  • Fixed a few server crashes related to clients sending invalid orders
  • Recalibrated the thresholds at which players are put into low-priority after receiving high numbers of reports.
  • Spectators can now see when a commentator uses hero showcase mode

Neutral Creep Updates

Hill Troll Priest

The Hill Troll Priest has had his model and textures updated giving him a massive quality increase.

Comparison Sliders

Slide the comparison slider all the way to the right to see the new image. Alternatively you can click on the New/Old links to open the image in a new window.

New League Passes

WPC World Esports Professional Classic

"The WPC World Esports Professional Classic is an international tournament comsisting of the top professional teams from around the globe."

Battle of the Cities

"The best teams from cities across Russia compete in the Battle of the Cities!"

Main Dota 2 Champion Tournament

"The Main Dota 2 Champion tournament is a double elimination format with prize pool RP 2.520.000."

Nvidia Dota 2 Vietnam Tournament

"The Nvidia Dota 2 Vietnam Tournament will feature 32 Vietnamese Dota 2 teams competing to prove which team is the best in Vietnam."

DotaTalk Open Cup

"An open Dota 2 tournament where anyone can enter. The winning team takes home the $500 prize pool."

Steelseries Malaysia Cup March

"The top eight Malaysian teams will compete for gaming equipment from Steelseries worth $1,000!"

Pro Dota 2 Solo Ranked League Season 4

"Season 4 returns for the Pro Dota 2 Solo Ranked League where 240 players fight in 2 different leagues (Amateur and Semi-Pro) non-stop for 2 weeks to claim the prize up to $200!"

Evolution Esports League Season 1

"The first season of the Evolution Esports League pits 64 amateur teams to compete for a chance to win $1000."

Dota4You Cup Season 1

"The first Dota4You Cup takes CIS teams that will compete for a prize of more than $600!"

SDL 2014 Season 2

"One tournament per month for three months! Each one will have more than 40 South American Teams fighting for a place on SDL Professional with a total prize pool of R$ 2500,00"

AMD D2M League

"The AMD D2M League league consists of two parts: the qualifier division and then the professional division. This tournament is proudly supported and sponsored by AMD and e-ClubMalaysia. Teams will compete for $1,000 and 15 Lockless Luckboxes."

New League Bundles

Astrological Sign Championship

"The Astrological Sign Championship has a total price pool of 18000RMB. Games will be held every two weeks as a mini-season for twelve consecutive mini-seasons. Finals for the first seaon will be after 6 months with a game product prize worth 5000RMB. This bundle includes the Astrological Sign Championship Ticket and The Dead Reborn Wraith King item set!"

Wraith King Set

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FGCL Championship League Season 2

"Eight of the best teams in Europe in addition with two wild card teams compete for a price pool of $3,000. This bundle gives you the league ticket to view games from the FGCL Championship League Seaon 2 and includes the Redrage Crawler Lifestealer item set."

Naix Assassin Set


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PinoyDota Online Battle Season 2

"PinoyDotA Online Battle Season 2 returns with amateur teams facing up against local top teams. The top six amateur qualifying teams and two invited top teams which will compete for P20,000 prize pool sponsored & powered by Razer & E-Club. Bundle includes the Claddish Renegade set!"

Kunkka Set

Netolic Amateur League Season 2

"The Netolic Amateur League is an open tournament where teams from all around the world are welcome to join for free! Each season will take place over four weekends with a prize pool of $1,100! Bundle includes the Chieftain of the Warstomp Clan set!"

Centaur Set

Excellent Moscow Cup

"The first Excellent Moscow Cup puts the best teams in Europe competing for a prize pool of $20,000! Bundle includes the Wild West Sniper set!"

Sniper Set

Dota Pit League Season One

"Dota Pit League features 144 semi-pro and professional teams from all over the world fighting for a $3000 prize pool. Bundle includes the tournament ticket and Ethereal Wings item for Puck!"

Puck Wings

Dota2VO Ability Cup #1

"32 teams will compete with each other for 16,000 rubles and the title of first champions of Ability Draft Mode! Bundle includes the Garb of Shades set, Sands of Luxor loading screen, and Sands of Luxor HUD skin!"

Shadow Shaman Set

Sands of Luxor HUD Skin

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UI Updates

When a broadcaster uses the showcase view a side panel will appear displaying the player's name and hero.

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

We have some more ability string updates.

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_phantom_lancer_doppelwalk_note0" "Casting Doppelwalk does not interrupt channeling."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_crystal_maiden_freezing_field_movespeed_slow" "%MOVEMENT SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_crystal_maiden_freezing_field_attack_slow" "ATTACK SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_crystal_maiden_freezing_field_movespeed_slow_scepter" "%SCEPTER MOVEMENT SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_crystal_maiden_freezing_field_attack_slow_scepter" "SCEPTER ATTACK SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_slardar_slithereen_crush_crush_extra_slow" "%MOVEMENT SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_slardar_slithereen_crush_crush_attack_slow_tooltip" "ATTACK SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_pugna_life_drain_Description" "CHANNELED - While channelling Life Drain, Pugna siphons HP from the target enemy unit. If Pugna has full HP, and the target is a Hero, Life Drain will restore mana instead. Lasts 10 seconds.\n\nUpgradable by Aghanim's Scepter."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_chaos_knight_chaos_bolt_Note0" "The stun duration and damage values dealt are inversely related."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_keeper_of_the_light_blinding_light_Note0" "Causes knockback of 250 range over 0.4 seconds, centered on the middle of the target area. Upon landing, units will destroy trees in a 150 radius."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_wisp_tether_attackslow_tooltip" "ATTACK SLOW:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_slithereen_crush_Description" "Affected by Slardar's Slithereen Crush. Move speed slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%% and attack speed slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_ATTACKSPEED_BONUS_CONSTANT%."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_invoker_ghost_walk_self_Description" "Invisible, movement speed changed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%%, and slowing nearby enemies."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_wisp_tether_slow" "Tether Slow"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_modifier_wisp_tether_slow_Description" "Move speed slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_MOVESPEED_BONUS_PERCENTAGE%%% and attack speed slowed by %dMODIFIER_PROPERTY_ATTACKSPEED_BONUS_CONSTANT%."

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_item_dagon_range_tooltip" "CAST RANGE:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_item_dagon_2_range_tooltip" "CAST RANGE:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_item_dagon_3_range_tooltip" "CAST RANGE:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_item_dagon_4_range_tooltip" "CAST RANGE:"

+ "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_item_dagon_5_range_tooltip" "CAST RANGE:"

New strings for when party members` MMR is to far apart to be allowed in ranked.

+ "CompetitiveMMNotEnoughSkillDataPartyMember" "One or more party members does not have enough gameplay history to estimate their skill for rankeded matchmaking."

+ "CompetitiveMMNotEnoughSkillData" "More gameplay history is needed to make an estimate of your skill for ranked matchmaking. Please play more unranked matches. (Approximately %s1 more matches are needed.)"

+ "CompetitiveMMSpreadTooLarge" "Party members' MMRs are too far apart to participate in ranked matchmaking."

Some new disconnection UI strings.

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_User" "Disconnected by user"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_Server" "Disconnected from Server"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_ConnectionOverflow" "Overflow error"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_NoSpectators" "Match does not allow spectators"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_DisconnectByUser" "Disconnect by user"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_DisconnectByServer" "Disconnect by server"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_HLTVDirect" "SourceTV can not connect to game directly"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_PureServer_ClientExtra" "Pure server: client has loaded extra file(s)"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_PureServer_Mismatch" "Pure server: client file does not match server"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_UserCmd" "Error in parsing user commands"

+ "GameUI_Disconnect_RejectedByGame" "Connection rejected by game"

Unreleased League Passes

G-League 2014

"G-League returns with the top Chinese teams competing for a prize of $54,000."

FACTME Dota 2 Online Tournament Season 2

"The FACTME Dota 2 Online Tournaments is a round-robin competition where the top 4 teams will advance to the playoffs. Teams are competing for a prize pool of 1,000 Pesos!"

Unreleased Custom Couriers

We have two new unreleased Baby Roshan variants in the files. Both of which have their own particle effects.

Baby Roshan Ice

Particle Effect

Baby Roshan Lava

Particle Effect

Ingame Preview (Without the particle effect)

Other Changes

Ancient Cultist Head Piece

The head piece for the Faceless Void Ancient Cultist set has been updated to allow for mouth flexing/animating for when Faceless Void talks.

Tournament Tiers

All of the existing league Dota TV tickets in the item schema have been updated with a new "tier" flag attached to them. Currently there are three different ticket tiers: Amateur, Professional and Premium.

This information is most likely going to be used for a redesign of the tournament watch tab in order to separate the smaller amateur tournaments from the larger tournaments.

Amateur Tier Tickets - Examples

  • Amateur Dota 2 League Season 2
  • South Sumatera Dota 2 Amateur League 2014
  • Dota2VO Seasons: Frostfire

Professional Tier Tickets - Examples

  • The Monster Invitational
  • ESP Shock Therapy Cup
  • Asian Cyber Games Invitational: Best of the Best

Premium Tier Tickets - Examples

  • ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1
  • SLTV Star Series Season 9
  • DC Presents: The XMG Captains Draft Invitational

Free to Play Wards

The particle file for the wards that come in the Free to Play Collector's Bundle have been updated with some minor effect changes.

Lina Kinetic Gem

The old nameless Kinetic Gem for Lina has been fixed and is now known as the "Twister" animation modifier. It alters Lina's spawning animation to a twisting version.

Predictions For The Next Hero