Product Update - Valve
GAMEPLAY
- Enabled Random Draft mode!
- Enabled Lone Druid in Captain's Mode.
- Ancient Apparition: Fixed Ice Blast impact damage not hurting illusions.
- Ancient Apparition: Fixed Chilling Touch affecting Spirit Bear and Warlock's Golem.
- Axe: Fixed Culling Blade ending after death effects like Diabolic Edict and Epicenter.
- Bane: Fixed Nightmare putting Juggernaut to sleep while Omnislashing.
- Bane: Fixed Fiend's Grip doing one tick less damage than it should have.
- Batrider: Fixed Firefly destroying trees in a bigger aoe than intended.
- Batrider: Fixed Flamebreak hitting magic immune units (6.74b change).
- Bloodseeker: Fixed Rupture interaction with spells like Omnislash, Ball Lightning, etc.
- Faceless Void: Fixed Chronosphere not freezing invulnerable towers.
- Juggernaut: Fixed Omnislash considering ancients as valid targets.
- Juggernaut: Fixed Omnislash ending prematurely if a target becomes invulnerable.
- Lifestealer: Fixed being able to hide inside an enemy Spirit Bear/Golem with Infest (wasn't doing damage to it though)
- Lifestealer: Fixed Infest not removing buffs before jumping in.
- Lifestealer: Fixed Feast bonus damage type allowing it to critical strike.
- Lion: Fixed Mana Drain missing its last 1/4 tick.
- Lone Druid: Fixed Entangle not affecting magic immune units.
- Lone Druid: Fixed Entangle not interrupting channeling spells.
- Mirana: Fixed Moonlight Shadow not affecting allied units sometimes (Disrupted, Phase Shifted, etc).
- Morphling: Fixed Replicate being castable on Spirit Bear and Warlock Golem.
- Outworld Destroyer: Fixed Sanity's Eclipse mana drain logic.
- Puck: Fixed Ethereal Jaunt not dodging projectiles properly.
- Pudge: Reduced the delay before being able to issue orders after Meat Hook.
- Razor: Fixed some bugs with Unstable Current killing a target after its ability starts (like Omnislashing while dead).
- Razor: Fixed Plasma Field not giving aoe vision following Razor.
- Slardar: Fixed Slithereen Crush affecting couriers.
- Silencer: Fixed Global Silences affecting couriers abilities.
- Spectre: Fixed permanently losing the ability to block creeps after the first Spectral Dagger use.
- Spirit Breaker: Fixed being unable to target magic immune units with Netherstrike.
- Sven: Fixed Great Cleave working on denies.
- Tinker: Fixed March of the Machines spawn per second from 30 to 24.
- Tinker: Fixed March of the Machines movement speed from 500 to 400.
- Tinker: Fixed Heat Seeking Missle hitting Spirit Bear and Warlock's Golem.
- Tinker: Fixed March of the Machines killing couriers.
- Tiny: Fixed Aghanim tree doing too much damage to buildings.
- Tiny: Fixed Aghanim tree cleaving when attacking buildings.
- Vengeful Spirit: Fixed Vengeful Spirit's Wave of Terror affecting couriers.
- Viper: Fixed Viper Strike being an instant effect instead of a dodgeable projectile.
- Weaver: Fixed Weaver's Swarm getting one shotted by attack spells like Impetus and Arcane Orb.
- Weaver: Fixed bug where Swarm bugs would cause some heroes to spin when attacking them, or not be able to attack them at all.
- Windrunner: Fixed being able to Shackleshot onto Ancients/Roshan.
- Fixed units/wards being unable to attack animation cancel if they are unable to move.
- Fixed abilities going into cooldown if the target dies while paying manacost (ie. from Nether Ward).
- Fixed Alchemist's Unstable Concoction and Bounty Hunter's Track being castable on Spirit Bear/Golem.
- Fixed cleave damage not waking up Nightmared units.
- Fixed Mjollnir and Maelstrom having orb selection priorty when attacking buildings.
- Fixed Armlet lifedraining on Illusions.
- Fixed DisableHelp not working for Chen's Persuasion.
- Fixed Roshan not disabling Blink Dagger.
- Fixed Tranquil Boots going into a short cooldown whenever you took damage.
- Reordered Mekansm recipe list to have Headdress first.
- Fixed Pudge's Meat Hook and Mirana's Arrow not hitting Spirit Bear.
- Fixed Vampiric Aura showing buff on things it does not affect.
- Fixed neutral units being able to cast their spells while disabled/silenced when they aren't player controlled.
- Fixed Double Damage rune not granting a fake buff to nearby illusions.
- Fixed neutral Centaur attack speed aura increasing speed by percentages instead of constant amounts
- Fixed being unable to purge an offensive Decrepify
- Fixed Ethereal Blade interaction with Spirit Bear.
- Fixed a bug where if Nature's Prophet cast Sprout on Lycan in wolf form while he was running, Lycan could run through the trees and escape the sprout.

UI
- Illusions now fake display the same crit overhead values as the real hero.
- A global message is now displayed when you random a hero.
- There is now a 2 second cooldown on unpausing a paused game, to prevent two people trying to pause the game at the same time and accidently unpausing.
- Fixed being unable to Glyph while disabled.
- Fixed printing the wrong kill message when an illusion kills a tower
- Fixed spectator FOW keys broken.
- Fixed the courier failing to pick up an item from the stash resulting in the item teleporting to the hero's feet.
- Items that are dropped on the ground as a result of a full inventory will now always be usable in item combines, even if they cannot be dropped right next to a hero.
- While watching a replay, you can now click on the pips (Hero/Tower Kills) on the XP and Gold panels to jump to 5 seconds before that moment happens.
- Fixed team-only chat in games created via private lobbies.

VISUALS
- Updated Nevermore's animations.
- Updated Shadow Demon's Shadow Poison projectile effect.
- Updated Faceless Void's Backtrack effect.

BOTS
- Bots will no longer attempt to use a Tango when being attacked or when defending an ally.
- Adjusted some numbers to hopefully make it less likely for bots to try to TP out of a gank attempt when they were obviously going to die before it finished.
- Fixed bug where Zeus would killsteal when his target thought they were safe, even if they weren't.
- Cleaned up sellability of a bunch of bot items, should prevent cases where bots buy recipes for components they've previously sold.
- Added additional items in the builds for Sniper and Juggernaut, they should no longer run out of items to buy in long matches.
- Fixed bug where bots wouldn't realize that Antimage was a hard carry for lane selection purposes.
- Fixed bug where any players in spectate/broadcast slots would prevent bots from picking a hero.
- Bots will now wait to activate until all hero picking is completed.
- Fixed bug where the matchmaker wouldn't try to match bot difficulties when finding a Coop game.
- Fixed bug where bots might still pick up Aegis/Rapier immediately upon them dropping rather than waiting a couple seconds for humans to have a shot at them.
- Added generic attack desire bonus to any enemy hero that is currently stunned.
Product Update - Valve
GAMEPLAY
- Added Lone Druid!
- Fixed small bug in the timing of sequential attacks.
- Lifestealer: Fixed being unable to Infest Mud Golems.
- Weaver: Fixed Time Lapse interaction with Aegis.
- Ancient Apparition: Fixed a bug where Ice Blast could get stuck on the map.
- Enabled Lycan in Captain's Mode

UI
- The top bar game timer no longer is reset when a game ends.
- Heroes in top bar now draw grayscale when dead.
- The buyback cooldown time now appears in the gold tooltip.
- The buyback cooldown now appears in the form minutes:seconds.

VISUALS
- Added a buff/debuff effect for Razor's Static Link.
- Added effect for fountain heal.
- Fixed heroes drawing parts of their models in portraits when sheeped, hexxed, etc.
- Updated the effects for Shadow Demon's Shadow Poison.
- Decreased darkness of fogged areas

BOTS
- Fixed bots being too aggressive about destroying enemy items.
- Fixed bug where bots would pick up items like Rapier or Aegis without giving humans a chance at them.
- After all humans have picked heroes, the remaining bots will now immediately pick their heroes.
- Fixed bug where bots would try to farm the same neutral camp that a human was farming.
- Added support for bots buying and placing Observer Wards:
. The more of a support a hero is, the more likely they are to buy wards.
. If they have a human teammate, they will not purchase enough wards to fully deplete the store.
. They will ward the runes, their jungle, and sometimes the enemy jungle (depending on how pushed the lanes are).
. They won't go to locations to place wards if they think it's too dangerous.
- Fixed bug that would sometimes prevent bots from defending their top/bottom lanes when the tier 3 towers/racks are gone.
- Fixed bug where if the incoming threat was small, no one would ever be a selected to defend (typically resulting in no defensive response to creeps).
Product Update - Valve
- Un-decapitated Invoker
- Restored missing server regions to private lobbies
Product Update - Valve
GAMEPLAY
- Added Lycan!
- Fixed Tranquil Boots visual charges being 3 instead of 4 (actual was still 4).
- Fixed the first slash of Omnislash not applying vision properly.
- Fixed crash bug where you could leave the lobby chat channel while in a lobby.
- Enabled Shadow Demon in Captain's Mode.
- The Stable version is now updated to the Latest version.
- Added All Random game mode for private lobbies.
- Alchemist: Fixed Acid Spray killing couriers.
- Batrider: Fixed Flamebreak not having an aoe targeting cursor.
- Beastmaster: Fixed Wild Axes killing couriers.
- Bounty Hunter: Fixed illusions procing Jinada's critical strike.
- Clinkz: Fixed a bug with level 2 Death Pact not gaining the .5% damage buff.
- Mirana: Fixed Arrow getting blocked by Linken's Sphere.
- Morphling: Added timer to Replicate that shows up as a buff.
- Outworld Destroyer: Fixed Astral Imprisonment stealing Intelligence from illusions.
- Outworld Destroyer: Fixed Astral Imprisonment being castable on Warlock Golem.
- Queen of Pain: Fixed being able to dispell Shadow Strike
- Razor: Fixed Static Link damage from being purgable.
- Shadow Demon: Fixed attack animation time
- Shadow Shama: Fixed Serpent Wards having instant attack point (instead of 0.3)
- Storm Spirit: Fixed attack projectile speed
- Sven: Fixed Storm Bolt not stunning nearby targets if the primary target became magic immune while the projectile was traveling.
- Venomancer: Fixed being able to dispell Venomous Gale, Poison Sting and Poison Nova
- Warlock: Fixed Golems having incorrect magic resistance.
- Weaver: Fixed Time Lapse forgetting its history when upgraded
- Witch Doctor: Fixed Death Ward projectile speed being too slow
- Fixed Diffusal Blade's mana burn effect going through Magic Immunity.
- Units that are smoked can now be revealed by magic immune enemies.
- Fixed some abilities having incorrect durations against creep heroes (like Dismember).
- Fixed Disruption being castable on Warlock's Golem.
- Fixed gold over time being very slightly off sometimes.
- Fixed Smoke of Deceit not showing movement speed in the stats area
- Fixed Fountain projectile speed being too fast
- Fixed Furbolg attack point being too high
- Fixed Black Drake projectile speed being too fast
- Mjollnir: Fixed Static Charge damaging friendly units and towers. Note that towers can still proc the ability.

UI
- Added a hero performance rating graph to the player persona page.
- Added setting for ambient creatures in the Advanced Video Settings.
- Advanced Video Settings is now versioned and will automatically update this release
- Undroppable items are no longer put in the stash when near the fountain.
- Items will no longer move when they are attempted to be picked up by a unit with a full inventory.
- The courier can no longer pick up certain items (Aegies, Rapier).
- Hooked up XP graph button.
- There is now a different ring effect for the primary unit when you have multiple units selected.
- Fixed second courier not being controllable if enabled by a courier
- Fixed bug where you could cast your ultimate by pressing either the Ability 4 or Ability 5 keys, on a 4 ability hero.
- Added setting to draw hero icons as default in the minimap. Alt will show X's and O's.

BOTS
- Increased bot ability usage reaction time by about 50%.
- Fixed bug where bots would pick up or destroy teammates' items on the ground.
- Increased bot desire to defend their base.
- Fixed nasty bug that would often cause bots to idle in their current location when wanting to go defend.
- Bots now get an added desire to attack a hero that Bane has Gripped.
- Bots no longer random their heroes. They will now try to build a somewhat reasonable team comp based on hero role, stuns, and melee/ranged, and do so over the entire hero selection phase.
- Reworked bot lane selection logic. They should be smarter about which lanes they select, and who they pair with.
- Changed how human pings affect the bots' desires to push/defend. Should be more consistently powerful now.
- Bots in lanes with carries will try to avoid stealing their farm.
- Fixed a few cases where bots would oddly try to cast abilities at neutral creeps (such as when pushing or defending a lane).

VISUALS
-Improvements made to some of Shadow Demon's effects.
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Enthusiasm for Dota 2 is steadily growing as more and more participants are invited into the beta. Dota 2 regularly features on Steam's most played list, but those numbers are nothing compared to the number of Dota fans worldwide. One of the biggest international markets is China. Tim spoke to Doug Lombardi recently about Valve's plans to bring Dota 2 to Chinese audiences.



"You’ve got to address that market, it’s the biggest DOTA population in the world, right?" he said. The problem is that Valve can't release Steam in China. Publishers need make distribution deals with Chinese companies to gain access to that vast player base. Valve have previously teamed up with Nexon to release Counter-Strike Online in Asia. Now they're looking to forge a similar deal for Dota 2.



"We’re actively looking for a partner to work with over there," Lombardi said. "It’s pretty cut and dry - you need a Chinese partner to be in China, period."



Lombardi describes the prospect of a Chinese release of Steam as "a whole different ball of wax." A more likely scenario would have Steam tech powering a Chinese service to keep the Asian version of Dota 2 updated.



"It’s thorny and it’s something that is new for us," Lombardi admitted. "But it’s mandatory if we want DOTA to succeed so we’re on it and various senior people have been to China many times in the past few months."



Valve haven't announced whether or not Dota 2 will be free to play or not, but a fan has delved into Dota 2 beta files and turned up a number of references to items, announcer packs, loot buffs and other items that would be perfect for a Dota 2 item store.
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Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle>

It’s been a month since the last e-sports update, but fear not. They’re returning with weekly regularity. In theory.

Today I’m going to recap most of the bigger events of the past month or so, considering there was a lot of exciting stuff you guys may have missed. It’s StarCraft heavy by necessity, as the majority of e-sport events these days feature Blizzard’s popular RTS.

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Dota 2 player Cyborgmatt has been rummaging through the files of a Dota 2 test build, and has found evidence of dozens and dozens of items that we might be able to buy in the final release. They include new announcers, taunts, new couriers, new hero items, hero skins and more.



There are two types of announcers listed, a general announcer who will commentate on important in-game events like the fall of a tower, and a kill streak announcer whose job it is to shout things like "DOUBLE KILL," or "UNSTOPPABLE" or "GODLIKE" when one player goes on a roll. One of the announcers is listed as Dr. Kleiner (item_description: “Oh Fiddle Sticks!”). That's just the start.



A number of new couriers are listed, including a "mini-Pudge," a sheep, a war yack, a giant badger and the "shitty wizard." New hero items include masks, beards, new weapons, horns, shoulderpads and chest plates.



"Souls" are also listed. It looks as though we'll be able to equip these to improve drop rate bonuses. There's also a "Repentant Soul" which will promote the player that equips it out of the "low priority punishment queue". This is interesting, because it suggests that players that have been reported for misbehaviour will be able to pay to avoid penalties.







This tallies with Gabe Newell's comments to Develop last year, when he talked about "charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with."



"Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave. We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community," he said.



"So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get Dota 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice."



The Dota 2 files also contain references to item bundles, a free trial upgrade and "treasure caches," which look as though they'll work in a similar way to Team Fortress 2's crates. The full list is available on Cyborgmatt's blog.



Masks are the new hats! Hats are so last season, why on earth were we spending money on putting things on our heads when we could have a regal beard instead? What do you think of these items? Here's a badger while you think.



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Dota 2 player Cyborgmatt has been rummaging through the files of a Dota 2 test build, and has found evidence of dozens and dozens of items that we might be able to buy in the final release. They include new announcers, taunts, new couriers, new hero items, hero skins and more.



There are two types of announcers listed, a general announcer who will commentate on important in-game events like the fall of a tower, and a kill streak announcer whose job it is to shout things like "DOUBLE KILL," or "UNSTOPPABLE" or "GODLIKE" when one player goes on a roll. One of the announcers is listed as Dr. Kleiner (item_description: “Oh Fiddle Sticks!”). That's just the start.



A number of new couriers are listed, including a "mini-Pudge," a sheep, a war yack, a giant badger and the "shitty wizard." New hero items include masks, beards, new weapons, horns, shoulderpads and chest plates.



"Souls" are also listed. It looks as though we'll be able to equip these to improve drop rate bonuses. There's also a "Repentant Soul" which will promote the player that equips it out of the "low priority punishment queue". This is interesting, because it suggests that players that have been reported for misbehaviour will be able to pay to avoid penalties.







This tallies with Gabe Newell's comments to Develop last year, when he talked about "charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with."



"Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave. We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community," he said.



"So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get Dota 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice."



The Dota 2 files also contain references to item bundles, a free trial upgrade and "treasure caches," which look as though they'll work in a similar way to Team Fortress 2's crates. The full list is available on Cyborgmatt's blog.



Masks are the new hats! Hats are so last season, why on earth were we spending money on putting things on our heads when we could have a regal beard instead? What do you think of these items? Here's a badger while you think.







POST-BADGER UPDATE: In the comments, SpiderNinja points out that the Dota 2 wiki has gathered together all of Dr. Kleiner's lines. He seems bemused by the whole concept of Dota. "Oh, I see. Are those little…little people down there? Wonderful what they can do these days."
Product Update - Valve
- Fixed a few crash bugs
Product Update - Valve
GAMEPLAY
- Added Shadow Demon!
- Updated Dota 2 to 6.74 parity (Tournament mode will be updated to this next week)
- Fixed Dust of Appearance not affecting magic immune heroes.
- Added support for Shared Unit Control.
- Added support for Disable Help.
- Fixed illusion kill crediting.
- Bane: Fixed Nightmare being able to affect magic immune units.
- Bounty Hunter: Fixed Jinada proccing on friendly units and towers.
- Broodmother: Fixed Insatiable Hunger not being purgable.
- Broodmother: Fixed Incapacitating Bite missing a little bit of bonus damage (2/4/6/8)
- Pudge: Fixed being unable to hook Nightmared targets.
- Silencer: Fixed not gaining int with Last Word when a hero dies to Tornado.
- Warlock: Fixed being unable to force staff your Golem.
- Fixed Dark Troll Warlord's ensanre not revealing invisible units that are trapped in it.
- Fixed a case where using a courier to "Grab All" from the stash would fail to move all items.

UI
- Added copy + paste support.
- Fixed Flying Courier recipe not having a small stock cooldown (to prevent accidental multiple buys)
- Item Auras now show buff icon on the carrier (Basilius, Aquila).
- Fixed a case where an order to sell an item arrived soon after the item was used in a combine and resulted in the item being sold as well as combined.
- Fixed escape not closing in-game chat like it used to.
- Matchmaking, Coop and lobbies without bots now get server priority over single player bot lobbies.
- Fixed bug with copying text from another app into Dota 2.
- Fixed minimap to no longer display explored/unexplored.

AUDIO
- Fixed various sounds ignoring FoW.
- Fixed sound not muting when Dota 2 loses focus.

VISUALS
- Adjusted Venomancer injured animation.
- Added gold on treasure chest.

BOTS
- Added a difficulty level setting for coop bot matchmaking
- Made bots increasingly bad at last-hitting as you lower difficulty level.
- Fixed bug where bots wouldn't command non-illusion minions (ie. Necro guys).
- Bots that take damage from a nearby invisible hero (Radiance, Ion Shell) will now detect the hero as being nearby.
- Bots now have a moderate aversion to Radiance damage.
- Bots will now pick up Aegis/Cheese/Rapier even if human allies are nearby, after 3 seconds of the human not picking it up.
- Significantly increased the avoidance of the enemy fountain, should help to prevent fountain-diving.
- On Easy, bots won't focus on breaking channels with stuns.
- On Easy, bots won't try to dodge projectiles.
- On Easy, the bots will never push with more than 3 heroes.
- On Medium, the bots will never push with more than 4 heroes.
- Bots will no longer try to stun to break Windrunner chanelling Power Shot.
- Bots now know to try to avoid EMP, Dark Seer's wall, and Chronosphere.
- Added a bit of randomness to the Team Roam group-up location so they don't bunch up as much.
- Fixed bug that was causing bots to not consider invulnerable towers as potential TP targets.
- Adjusted how we calculate "too dangerous to TP into", so bots should be less suicidal when TPing in to defend.
- When bots really would like to defend a tower but are lacking the ability to TP there, we greatly increase the "consider going to the side shop to buy a TP" distance.
- Fixed bug where bots would path to the wrong location when farming a neutral camp.
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