In a surprising weekend update, Valve rolled out Dota 2 Patch 7.34c on September 9th, delivering a wave of hero adjustments, item updates, and crucial bug fixes. With The International 12 (TI 12) on the horizon, this patch sets the stage for the final meta shifts before the grand event at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, U.S.
Dota 2 Patch 7.34c Overview
As TI 12 draws near, the professional Dota 2 scene is gradually stabilizing after the upheaval brought by Patch 7.34. However, Valve’s latest patch, 7.34c, continues to tweak the game’s balance.
Notable Nerfs for Gyrocopter and Earthshaker
Two heroes, Gyrocopter and Earthshaker, have taken a significant hit in this patch, affecting their potential presence at TI 12.
Earthshaker, who made a remarkable resurgence in the pro scene thanks to the 7.34b buffs, is now facing a substantial nerf. The level 15 Talent that boosted the damage of his Enchant Totem has been shifted to level 20. Alongside this, a bump in the mana cost of the ability and a reduction in his damage bonus Talent at level 10 will impact Earthshaker’s laning and overall damage output. However, he is expected to remain a solid support choice, maintaining a presence in the professional meta.
Gyrocopter, once considered a weak carry, experienced a resurgence in popularity with a series of buffs in Patch 7.34. However, Valve has curbed his dominance by significantly increasing the cooldown of his Flak Cannon. At level one, the cooldown is now 26 seconds, with a corresponding increase at higher levels. Furthermore, his Flak Cannon talents have been rebalanced, making his early-game potential less formidable. These changes have cast doubts on Gyrocopter’s chances of being a prominent pick at TI 12.
Other Heroes Facing Nerfs
Valve’s scrutiny didn’t stop at Earthshaker and Gyrocopter. Nature’s Prophet, with nerfs to base Agility and Sprout trees providing healing, and Earth Spirit, through Intelligence reductions and Rolling Boulder adjustments, also felt the sting of nerfs. These heroes have been prevalent in Immortal and Divine ranks in the 7.34 meta, particularly Nature’s Prophet.
Buffs Galore: Omniknight, Clinkz, and Nyx Assassin Rejoice
Where there are nerfs, buffs follow suit, offering fresh hope to certain heroes.
Omniknight receives a substantial boost to Repel, making it more mana-efficient and reducing its cooldown. This change is expected to elevate Omniknight’s presence in matches.
Clinkz, who has been on the rise since adjusting to 7.34 changes, enjoys a significant damage boost for his Skeleton Warrior and Burning Barrage, enhancing both his offensive capabilities and those of his archer army.
Dazzle benefits from the removal of Bad Juju’s increased health cost after level one, w
Nyx Assassin becomes even deadlier with improvements to Mind Flare and Vendetta.
Patch Notes: Item Updates
Dota 2 Patch 7.34c also brings some changes to items. The Solar Crest’s Shine Movement Speed has been reduced from 18% to 15%, while Arcane Ring sees a decrease in its Intelligence bonus. Occult Bracelet’s Rites of Eloshar Stack Duration has been halved, and Spark of Courage’s Courage Damage bonus has been slightly reduced.
Patch Notes: Hero Updates
Numerous heroes receive changes, some minor, others substantial. A few highlights include:
- Abaddon benefits from increased cast range on Mist Coil and a boost to Curse of Avernus’s Curse Attack Speed.
- Axe sees an increased Berserker’s Call radius and higher damage on Culling Blade.
- Bane gets a slight base damage increase and reduced mana cost for Enfeeble.
- Beastmaster faces increased mana costs on Call of the Wild Hawk and adjustments to Drums of Slom.
- Bounty Hunter enjoys increased damage on Shuriken Toss and reduced mana cost on Shadow Walk.
- Brewmaster experiences a cooldown increase on Cinder Brew.
- Bristleback receives a base damage boost.
- Broodmother sees improved Spiderling attack time.
- Centaur Warrunner benefits from an increased base movement speed and reduced cooldowns on Stampede and Work Horse.
- Crystal Maiden gets a base Armor increase and additional Intelligence.
Bug Fixes and Quality of Life Changes
Dota 2 Patch 7.34c also addresses several bugs that have been affecting gameplay, enhancing the overall experience for players. These fixes include resolving issues with Armlet, Soul Ring, flagbearer creeps, shield runes, and more.
In conclusion, Dota 2 Patch 7.34c continues to shape the meta leading up to The International 12. While some heroes face significant nerfs, others receive much-needed buffs, ensuring a dynamic and ever-evolving competitive scene. As the Dota 2 community eagerly anticipates TI 12, these changes set the stage for thrilling battles at the Climate Pledge Arena. Stay tuned for more updates and insights as the tournament approaches.