“DOTA 2” has seen its latest and final update for the year 2015: the recently-released Patch 6.86. Dubbed “Balance of Power,” the patch aims to address some balance issues, introduce new items, and add a brand new hero to the popular MOBA’s roster.
According to iDigitalTimes, the long wait ended for numerous fans last Tuesday, December 15, as “Balance of Power” dropped from Valve into the possibly millions of PCs that run the game. Sweeping changes were noted, with some even going as far as to say that the world map and its features will be unrecognizable even to seasoned “DotA 2” fans. They also reported of a rather bold addition regarding the use of Iron Branches: these items can now be planted in the ground, removing them from your inventory permanently. Besides the obvious blocking possibilities (perhaps to safely teleport home or elsewhere), juking exploits will be endless.
Perhaps the most significant part of this update, however, is the addition of a new hero — the Arc Warden. PC Gamer relates how the Arc Warden is first and foremost an energy user, utilizing energy in numerous ways from damaging arcs, summoning energy copies of himself, to barriers that may likely resemble force fields for defense.
The Arc Warden is latest in the line of the numerous heroes that made the leap from the original “DotA” to “DotA 2.” The move made it likely that the new hero already has fans from the original “DotA” waiting for his performance and how he might fare on the challenges presented by the competing heroes on the jungles of Valve’s “DotA 2.”
There were also reports of rebalancing the game’s roster of heroes, plus the introduction of a new rune type: “Arcane,” which reduces cooldowns and mana costs for hero skills. The base model for Zeus has also been given a visual update and the Zeus arcana that fans have voted for during The International 5 is now available for purchase. While it can’t be used yet, players who make their purchase before Dec. 31 will receive an “exalted” version of said arcana.
There are a lot more changes brought on by “Balance of Power” for Valve’s “DotA 2,” and the patch notes and full changelog (for 6.86) can be view on DotA 2’s official site.
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