Dota 2 Update Brings Another Wave of Balance Tweaks
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After the massive 7.20 gameplay update, Valve has continued to tinker with Dota 2, with multiple balance changes each week. The new Dota 2 update 7.20d again focuses on balancing heroes (21 this time around) as well as several items. There’s a lot of changes and since the last update buffed Slark quite a bit, this update brings a few nerfs to the hero.

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The new Dota 2 update sure has a lot of changes and it all starts with several items. Interestingly enough, many of the first details listed have movement speed on items. Then, there’s also a change where Valve decided to increase the movement speed of strength heroes with a base speed under 300 with an additional 5 points. Let’s first look at the item changes, which should make those who love using Mask of Madness very happy.

  • Tranquil Boots: Movement speed reduced from +28% to +24%
  • Power Treads: Attribute bonus increased from 12 to 14
  • Phase Boots: Now has the active again instead of the passive
  • Mask of Madness: Movement speed changed from +12% to +25 constant
  • Yasha: Movement speed changed from +8% to +25 constant
  • Manta Style: Movement speed changed from +8% to +25 constant
  • Sange and Yasha: Movement speed changed from +12% to +35 constant
  • Yasha and Kaya: Movement speed changed from +12% to +35 constant
  • Wraith Band: Recipe cost increased from 220 to 240
  • Bracer: Recipe cost increased from 220 to 240
  • Null Talisman: Recipe cost increased from 220 to 240

The new Dota 2 update also brings changes to 21 heroes as I mentioned earlier and most of them don’t look too big. Slark gets a bit of a nerf, Faceless Void shouldn’t bash as often on max level (yeah sure) and Ember gets the tiniest of buffs. The hero that has been hit the hardest, in my opinion, has to be Phantom Assassin, who gets three nerfs that should see her damage output reduced a bit. Old Magnus isn’t doing too well either and, of course, Grimstroke gets another round of nerfs. Check out the balance changes in the new Dota 2 update, sorted per hero, below.


  • Counter Helix damage reduced from 75/110/145/180 to 60/100/140/180
  • Level 15 Talent reduced from +4 Mana Regen to +3


  • Primal Split cooldown increased from 140/120/100 to 140/130/120
  • Level 10 talent reduced from +30 Damage to +20


  • Burning Army damage type changed from Pierce to Hero type (50% vs heroes to 100%)
  • Burning Army base attack time increased from 1.5/1.35/1.2 to 1.75/1.6/1.45


  • Intelligence gain reduced from 3.4 to 3.2
  • Bad Juju cooldown reduction reduced from 30/40/50% to 20/35/50%

Elder Titan:

  • Level 25 Talent changed from Astral Spirit Grants Spell Immunity to +600 Echo Stomp Wake Damage

Ember Spirit:

  • Base armor increased by 1

Faceless Void:

  • Time Lock chance reduced from 10/15/20/25% to 10/14/18/22%
  • Level 10 Talent reduced from +20 Damage to +15


  • Ink Swell max damage reduced from 160/240/320/400 to 100/200/300/400
  • Ink Swell max stun duration reduced from 2/2.6/3.2/3.8 to 1.7/2.4/3.1/3.8
  • Soul Bind cooldown increased from 80/65/50 to 90/70/50


  • Tether heal/mp transfer rate from 1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5 to 1.05/1.2/1.35/1.5


  • Omnislash now removes debuffs on cast
  • Level 15 Talent reduced from +25 Attack Speed to +20

Keeper of the Light:

  • Will-o-Wisp now has a 100/125/150 gold bounty
  • Will-o-wisp manacost increased from 200/300/400 to 250/350/450


  • Base movement speed reduced from 315 to 310


  • Empower cleave damage reduced from 30/45/60/75% to 20/38/56/74%
  • Level 15 Talent reduced from +15 Strength to +12
  • Level 20 Talent reduced from +12 Armor to +10

Monkey King:

  • Mischief invulnerability duration reduced from 0.3 to 0.2

Nature’s Prophet:

  • Agility gain increased from 2.8 to 3.3
  • Wrath of Nature’s max targets increased from 16 to 18

Phantom Assassin:

  • Phantom Strike attack speed duration reduced from 2.5 to 2.25
  • Blur now has a 0.4 second cast point
  • Coup de Grace damage reduced from 230/340/450% to 210/330/450%


  • Dream Coil stun duration from 1.5/2.25/3 to 1.8/2.4/3


  • Telekinesis cooldown increased from 28/26/24/22 to 34/30/26/22
  • Telekinesis lift duration reduced from 1.1/1.5/1.9/2.3 to 1/1.4/1.8/2.2

Sand King:

  • Sand Storm cooldown from 40/32/24/16 to 40/34/28/22
  • Burrow Strike stun duration from 1.9/2/2.1/2.2 to 1.6/1.8/2/2.2
  • Level 15 Talent reduced from +50 Sand Storm DPS to +40


  • Leash distance increased from 350 to 400
  • Shadow Dance movement speed reduced from 30/40/50% to 20/35/50%
  • Level 25 Talent reduced from +100s Essense Shift Duration to +80s

Spirit Breaker:

  • Greater Bash damage reduced from 12/20/28/36% to 8/16/24/32%

What do you think about the changes in the latest Dota 2 update? Let us know in the comment section below.






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