Patch 6.87 has hit and with it has brought many changes. Underneath all the Earthshaker Slam Dunks and the Axe spin-to-wins, there have been subtle, but notable and important terrain changes that will change the way we play and approach the game.
The wait is finally over and we are presented with an impressively bold patch. While the hero changes were largely conservative, the introduction of new items as well as general gameplay changes will make for a potentially very different game.
Overall, the game seems to be taking course into a more tanky metagame, with armor and regeneration becoming a popular theme for buffs. It is still to early to judge, however, and there are many things this patch can turn our favorite game into.
The config file, for Dota and video games alike, offered a level of customization for advanced players, and in some ways it gave marginal advantages that most people may not have been aware of. It was a loosely held secret among more dedicated, higher skilled players. How to adjust a microsecond delay to prevent minimap misclicks. How to show the range of skills on hover. If these sound familiar now, it’s because over the past several patches, and most significantly with the Spring Cleaning update, Valve has made UI improvements to bring this customizability to the surface.
It is not uncommon for certain heroes to stay relevant despite significant nerfs. Their core concept allows them to be effective in almost any environment, and Bounty Hunter is one of such heroes. He has been a viable professional pick for almost a year now, and the trend is unlikely to change—at this point, any simple number tweaking would have little effect.
It’s common for people to spectate a sport they don’t play. Dota, as an esports, lets you play at any time, under any weather condition. Yet, like any sport, there is still a section of fanatics who watch, but don’t play. Does not playing the game still qualify you as a fan?
If you follow our blog, you may have noticed that we tackle a lot of meta related content. We like breaking down heroes that are relevant to both the pub and the professional scene. And the higher the skill, the more do picks and behaviour mimic those of the pros. It is not simply a one-sided relationship though. While pubs do try to learn from the pros, it is the pub scene where new strategies, picks, and builds are usually born.
Looking at the most successful heroes in the 5k+ MMR bracket, we can see that most of them are also popular and successful in the pro scene. There are, however, a few outliers, most notably Omniknight. The hero has consistently topped the charts of the Pub Tier Lists these past patches and is consistent in both win and pickrate across all brackets.
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