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Dota 2 adds two new heroes in Duelling Fates update

Two brand new heroes have arrived in Dota 2 with the launch of version 7.07, the long-awaited Duelling Fates update. Please welcome to the battle arena Dark Willow, a spoOoky nuker, and the zippy swordsman Pangolier. They’re the first new heroes added since the Monkey King way back in December 2016. The update is far bigger than just this pair, also adding new items, a new model for Ancient Apparition, seasons for ranked play, and oodles of skill changes and balance tweaks.

So! Dark Willow and Pangolier. She was a nuker with root and fear spells as well as the ability to become untouchable and deal some nasty damage, he was a pangolin with dash attacks who could curl into a ball and roll around stunning people, can I make it any more obvious? I can with these videos from DotaCinema:

Nifty! I didn’t get to play last night but do fancy giving these two a go. Well, after the initial “OH MY GOODNESS NEW HEROES!” novelty wears off and they stop appearing in every match.

There’s oh so much more in Dota 2 v7.07 so let’s go started. For serious folks, ranked matchmaking is going to six-month seasons, the first of which will start in two weeks. Every season, you’ll earn a medal for your performance. Some medals will basically say “I am bad at Dota” so wear them with pride.

On the less serious side, Dota Turbo has been added to the search queue as a full mode. It’s meant to be a faster and friendlier version of Dota. Kills give more gold and XP, towers are weaker, players respawn more quickly, and you don’t need to be near a shop to buy items.

Oh, speaking of buying, Couriers are changed. They’re more expensive (going from 100 gold to 200) but move faster and will automatically upgrade to Flying Courier form for free at 3 minutes. And their dash ability is replaced with a two-second shield. Couriers can no longer refill Bottles, mind.

Couriers get to ferry new toys around, as five new items are in too. The Meteor Hammer can cast an AoE meteor strike stun, the Aeon Disk can give temporary invincibility, the Nullifier is a damage-heavy item which can also mute and slow targets, the Kaya gives extra spell damage while reducing mana costs, and the Spirit Vessel is an upgrade to the Urn of Shadows which gives better stats (including extra movement speed) while boosting its healing and damage.

Also, the third Roshan kill drops a single-use, consumable refresher orb. And all hero Talent Trees are reworked. And many skills and items have been rebalanced. And… the update changes so very much so hit the Duelling Fates minisite for full patch notes and more details on everything.

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