The grind for ranked MMR leans towards stable, tried and true builds. With patch 6.87, Valve introduced a new ban phase in All Pick mode in ranked matchmaking, setting a new standard for what it means to be a high ranked, MMR player.
Patch 6.87 is more of a “mid-season” patch. It doesn’t change everything we’ve ever known about Dota, but rather introduces new elements to keep the game interesting, with a few new items, game mechanics and of course balance changes to heroes and items. It still changed enough to leave the casual player wondering: how good is the Aghanim’s Scepter on Mirana and is Invoker still haunting my pubs?
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.
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