In all likelihood, the lifecycle of this patch is soon coming to an end. Despite that, new trends continue to emerge, driven by the changes in the meta. While it is natural for the initial meta changes to be led by core heroes, who are likely to have a larger impact on the outcome of the game, it is often soon followed by the supporting cast.
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Over the course of the last couple of weeks, there were some interesting changes to the metagame. These changes were not the result of an external factor, but rather a natural progression within the patch—something only possible when almost every hero is a viable choice. While minor, these changes can be indicative of a larger trend: it is not uncommon for small ripples in the high-tier pubs to grow into what is considered to be the actual meta.
IceFrog’s Dota has been around for more than 10 years and yet it is still the most innovative and diverse “MOBA” in the scene. Each and every hero in the game is truly unique and fills a niche with little to no competition from the other heroes in certain aspects. Until recently this was achieved without overcomplicating the hero designs—a very impressive feat which separates Dota from its successors.
Drow Ranger has long been a niche hero, but in this patch she has attained a wider viability. She is one of the most successful pub heroes across all brackets, and she was a consistent first round pick and ban during TI6. Should she get a nerf in the next patch?
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