Major balance changes are inbound for Dota 2 only two weeks before Valve’s fourth annual global Dota 2 tournament, The International, is set to kick off its Regional Qualifiers. For those who dont closely follow Dota 2, news of the games vast documentation of bug fixes, quality of life improvements, hero changes and item tweaks will mean little, for those that are left, these changes mark some of the most profound adjustments the game has seen in recent memory.

Dota 2 had accrued a surprisingly long list of bugs since its inception and the Spring Cleaning update sees Valve cleaning out the cobwebs by pushing over a hundred major fixes across the board involving a sizable amount of heroes along with interface and audio/visual bugs as well.

Bug fixes however, aren’t the reason why we’ll see a shift in meta play right before the start of TI4. The Spring Cleaning Update also comes equipped with changes for every hero, ranging from “small” changes such as a base damage increase of 4 for Beastmaster, to more impactful ability changes such as Chaos Knight’s new 50% chance to create one extra illusion when he casts his ultimate. Heroes who may purchase an Aghanims Scepter (an item which augments their ultimate to include additional effects) may find their abilities have improved effects. When upgraded, Lich’s chain frost now bounces infinitely, while an Aghanim’s equipped Abaddon may redirect 35% of all damage dealt to nearby allied heroes to himself during his ultimate, which in turn heals him.

A few other items have seen their stats slightly adjusted with some changes already being used by players to develop brand new strategies. With the list of changes set to go live next week, professional teams and passionate Dota 2 players alike will be eager to see where Dota 2 heads next.

A full list of the changes can be viewed in the official changelog here.

EDIT: Update is now live

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  1. zzz@zzz.cn on May 5, 2014

    SHET game because of crafting , in the middle of battles u need to craft and buy stuff , facepalm

  2. Mystika on April 29, 2014

    The International 2014’s invited teams & qualifying teams have been announced as well.

  3. NoFux2Give on April 29, 2014

    ^^^^^^

    Nope.avi

  4. The True Mount on April 29, 2014

    MOUNTED SON!

    • The Mountain on April 29, 2014

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      • The True Mount on April 30, 2014

        I MOUNTED YOU LAST TIME AND ILL MOUNT YOU HERE AND TODAY AS WELL BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN MOUNTED U SON! *coughtfanboycought*

        • The Mountain on April 30, 2014

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          All of this will be reviewed when The Mountain’s First Look video comes out.

          As always I continue to mount you the whole time I type this with no lose of power, strength, or prowless. For my stamina is great!

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          • The True Mount on April 30, 2014

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          • The Mountain on April 30, 2014

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          • The Mountain on May 1, 2014

            I pee’d myself last night because my brother wanted to get inside my room while parents were away! *crys*

          • The Mountain on May 1, 2014

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            Why poor lil Falsey Mounted ask? Why do not cry for The Mountain will tell you. I shall whisper it in your ear why I MOUNT YOU!

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            So I continue to mount your internets fanboy self all day and night with all my mights,

            I mount you strong…I mount you true…I put you were you belongs!

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            I MOUNT YOU BABY!!!

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  5. Braxtor on April 29, 2014

    those changes are sick. smh really infinite chain frost?

    • DirTek on April 30, 2014

      Unless your teammates are thickheads, Lich’s ult is really easy to escape. You’ll take the one hit but if you manage to get away from everyone by the time you get hit, it won’t matter very much.

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