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Dota 2 7th November Patch – Content Analysis

This week's Dota 2 patch has arrived bringing the much anticipated MLG bundle along with more hidden Spirit goodies.

Front End Changes

MLG Championship Bundle

For the upcoming MLG Columbus event we now have a special bundle with a number of cosmetic items and bonuses inside.

"MLG's first International Dota 2 competition will feature the world's best teams from Europe, China and North America competing for a growing prize pool starting at $50,000. $2.50 of every purchase will go directly to the MLG Championship Columbus prize pool."

Included in this bundle:

  • Scalehound Courier
  • Stronghold HUD Skin
  • Tethered Sentinel Ward
  • Battle Point Bonus through MLG Columbus (11/24/2013)
  • Eligible for in-game item drops

Scalehound Courier

"Found on the wild meadows of Druud, these vicious beasts are easily trained as beasts of burden and camp watchdogs."

Standard Courier

Flying Courier

Stronghold HUD Skin

"Even the mightiest offensive may fail against firm fortification."

HUD Skin Previews

Full Sized Shot

Tethered Sentinel Ward

"Ever present, ever watchful."

MLG Columbus 3 Battle Bonus

"Use this item to increase the rate at which you earn Battle Points by 125% until the end of MLG Columbus. Additionally, you will grant other players a stacking 25% bonus to their Battle Points rate."

This Battle Bonus if activated now will run until the 24th of November, later this month.

MLG $50,000 Dota 2 Championship Ticket

"Consuming this ticket will make you eligible for item drops while watching any MLG $50,000 Dota 2 Championship game."

The Dota TV ticket for the MLG Championship is already free in game however those who purchase the MLG bundle will be eligible to earn in game tournament item drops.

New Cosmetic Items

We also have a new Spirit Breaker set that comes with the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Dota TV ticket along with some cosmetic items from the Dota 2 Korean publisher Nexon that are available on the Dota 2 store.

Spirit Breaker's Items

The ASUS ROG DreamLeague Dota TV ticket now comes bundled with a free Spirit Breaker set.

Vestments of the Iron Will

Tusk's Nexon Item

Barrier Shard Axe

"Chipped from a glacier off the Barrier, this axe brings out the Tusk's most brutal fighting spirit."

Custom Nexon Ward

Watchful Sotdae

"Let no vile spirit or foe pass unseen."

UI Updates

With the addition of the MLG bundle providing $2.50 to the total prize pool for MLG Columbus the Tournament watch tab UI has been updated with a new feature to help track the growing prize pool. It's very reminiscent of the Compendium that was used earlier this year by Valve in order to increase The International 2013's prize pool.

Tournament Watch Tab

The data for the prize pool is also available over API which means it can be embedded/displayed out of game.

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

String for the new total prize pool feature that is displayed on the watch tab.

"dota_watch_totalprize" "Total Prize Pool: $%s1 (Base : $%s2 Contributed: $%s3)"

Unreleased HUD Skins

We also have an additional HUD skin in the files that is currently unused however will most likely come with a Steelseries Dota TV ticket.

Steelseries Bamboo

HUD Skin Previews

Full Sized Shot

New Sound Files

We also have some fresh references to the unknown Spirits in the form of Book UI sound effects.

The game sounds UI script file was also updated referencing these four sound files.

Book UI Sound Files

"We fight as one Spirit"

spirit1.mp3

"hm hm hm hm hm hm hm!"

spirit2.mp3

"Ho ho ho ho ho ha ha!"

spirit3.mp3

"The Spirits unite in battle"

spirit4.mp3

Item Drop List Updates

Once again we have some more updates to the master item drop lists.

+ "Item Added"

- "Item Removed"

Common Items Drop List

+ "Blade of the Blood Stained Sands"

+ "Cuffs of the Iron Will"

+ "Flail of the Iron Will"

- "Frostiron Sorceress Cape"

- "Frostiron Sorceress Cuffs"

- "Gemmed Bracers of the Priest Kings"

- "Gemmed Pauldrons of the Priest Kings"

- "Gunslinger's Bracers"

- "Gunslinger's Cape"

- "Gunslinger's Hat"

- "Gunslinger's Rifle"

- "Heirloom of the Charred Bloodline"

- "Helm of the Red Conqueror"

+ "Horns of the Iron Will"

+ "Mantle of the Iron Will"

- "Nails in the Mad Harvester"

- "Pauldron of the Red Conqueror"

+ "Pack of the Blood Stained Sands"

+ "Pads of the Blood Stained Sands"

- "Scarab Pendant of the Priest Kings"

- "Sleeves of the Charred Bloodline"

+ "Shuriken of the Blood Stained Sands"

- "Style of the Charred Bloodline"

- "Summer's Light"

- "Summer's Warmth"

+ "Strap of the Iron Will"

+ "Tail of the Iron Will"

- "Tassets of the Red Conqueror"

Uncommon Items Drop List

- "Chopper of the Mad Harvester"

- "Frostiron Sorceress Pads"

- "Frostiron Sorceress Staff"

- "Hook of the Mad Harvester"

+ "Pike of the Blood Stained Sands"

- "Restraint of the Mad Harvester"

- "Ruling Staff of the Priest Kings"

- "Summer's Bounty"

- "Summer's Mirth"

Rare Items Drop List

- "Axe of the Red Conqueror"

+ "Celestial Observatory"

+ "Cowl of the Blood Stained Sands"

- "Frostiron Sorceress Brooch"

- "Gemmed Mitre of the Priest Kings"

- "Gown of the Charred Bloodline"

- "Rope of the Mad Harvester"

- "Summer's Charm"

- "Thrice-Gemmed Barding of Sanurok"

Mythical Items Drop List

- "Mask of the Mad Harvester"

- "Sanurok the Ever Able"

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