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Dota 2 Patch 7.28b Tries to Make OD Playable Again

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Dota 2 patch 7 28b

Plenty of buffs for everyone in 7.28b! (Credit: Valve Corporation)

The Mistwoods Update came in the middle of December 2020 and so far there was only a single small patch after it. Today that changes with the release of 7.28b.

The latest Dota 2 patch focuses entirely on item and hero balance. You can check out all the changes from 7.28b below.

Items

Orb of Corrosion

  • Now has a 100 gold recipe

Falcon Blade

  • Mana regen increased from 1.6 to 1.8
  • Health increased from 150 to 175

Cloak

  • Cost increased from 450 to 500

Swift Blink

  • Buff allows you to exceed max movement speed
  • Movement speed increased from 30% to 40%
  • Bonus damage and attack speed increased from 40 to 50

Satanic

  • Damage increased from 45 to 55

Chipped Vest

  • Return damage from 26/13 to 28/17

Bullwhip

  • Speed modifier increased from 16% to 20%
  • Speed modifier duration reduced from 5 to 4

Cloak of Flames

  • Armor reduced from 5 to 4
  • Radius reduced from 400 to 375
  • Illusions now deal 30 damage per second instead of 45 (this was applied in a recent patch)

Psychic Headband

  • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20

Book of Shadows

  • Cooldown reduced from 25 to 15

A couple of items stand out from the rest. The Orb of Corrosion nerf was quite expected considering the item gives so much for so little. In the meantime, Falcon Blade tries to be a worthy purchase and maybe 7.28b will get it there. Satanic no longer provides status resistance since 7.28 and it's still a decent pick but could use some more buffs.

The cooldown on Book of Shadows is only 15 seconds, while the active on it is 3 seconds. Considering that it's a tier 5 neutral item and by the time it drops most heroes will have some sort of dispel it's probably better suited for saving a teammate.

Heroes

Abaddon

Curse of Avernus

  • Curse of Avernus shard slow increase from +6% to +10%

Alchemist

Berserk Potion

  • Berserk Potion shard cooldown reduced from 45 to 35

Axe

Counter Helix

  • Counter Helix shard attack speed increased from 25 to 35

Batrider

Sticky Napalm

  • Sticky Napalm now does half damage to ancients

Beastmaster

  • Base damage reduced by 2

Bloodseeker

Bloodrage

  • Bloodrage shard increased from 1.5% to 2%

Broodmother

Silken Bola

  • Silken Bola shard root duration increased from 2 to 2.5

Clockwerk

Jetpack

  • Jetpack shard cooldown reduced from 25 to 20
  • Jetpack shard movement speed bonus increased from 15% to 22%
  • Jetpack shard manacost reduced from 150 to 75

Dark Seer

Normal Punch

  • Normal Punch illusion damage dealt increased from 25% to 40%
  • Normal Punch max stun duration increased from 2 to 2.25

Disruptor

Thunder Strike

  • Thunder Strike shard radius increased from +160 to +260

Dragon Knight

Fireball

  • Fireball shard manacost reduced from 150 to 100

Drow Ranger

Frost Arrows

  • Frost Arrows shard now also adds +5 damage per stack

Grimstroke

Ink Over

  • Ink Over shard cast range increased from 700 to 950
  • Ink Over shard total damage increased from 240 to 320
  • Ink Over shard movement slow increased from 20% to 25%

Huskar

Inner Fire

  • Inner Fire slow increased from 35% to 40%
  • Inner Fire shard cooldown reduction from -2 to -3

Invoker

Ice Wall

  • Ice Wall shard cast range increased from 900 to 1100

Io

Tether

  • Tether shard movement bonus increased from +5% to +10%

Lich

Ice Spire

  • Ice Spire shard health increased from 300 to 600
  • Ice Spire shard radius increased from 500 to 600

Lifestealer

  • Base damage increased by 3

Feast

  • Feast increased from 1.6/2.2/2.8/3.4% to 1.8/2.4/3.0/3.6%

Lycan

Summon Wolves

  • Summon Wolves Cripple moved from level 3 to 4
  • Summon Wolves Invisibility moved from level 4 to 3

Feral Impulse

  • Feral Impulse damage reduced from 14/26/38/50% to 12/22/32/42%

Magnus

Horn Toss

  • Horn Toss shard landing damage increased from 150 to 200

Monkey King

  • Base strength reduced from 19 to 18
  • Max damage reduced from 57 to 55

Wukong’s Command

  • Wukong's Command Scepter spawn interval increased from every 3.5 seconds to every 4 seconds

Naga Siren

Rip Tide

  • Rip Tide shard slow increased from 30% to 40%
  • Rip Tide shard slow duration increased from 3 to 4
  • Rip Tide shard active no longer deals 100 bonus damage
  • Rip Tide shard increases armor reduction by 2

Nyx Assassin

  • Base movement speed reduced from 315 to 310

Vendetta

  • Vendetta shard movement speed bonus reduced from +40% to +25%
  • Vendetta manacost increased from 160/220/280 to 180/240/300

Ogre Magi

Ignite

  • Ignite damage reduced from 26/34/42/50 to 20/30/40/50

Fire Shield

  • Fire Shield shard manacost reduced from 125 to 75
  • Fire Shield cooldown reduced from 18 to 16

Omniknight

Talents

  • Level 10 Talent changed from +20 Movement Speed to +40 Base Damage
  • Level 15 Talent changed from +70 Damage to +30 Movement Speed
Od dota 2

OD was hit hard by the Mistwoods Update. (Credit: Valve Corporation)

Outworld Devourer

  • Base armor increased by 2
  • Agility gain increased from 1.3 to 1.6
  • Movement speed increased from 315 to 325
  • Base HP regen increased from 0 to 1

Essence Flux

  • Essence Flux chance increased from 25% to 30%

Astral Imprisonment

  • Astral Imprisonment damage increased from 120/190/260/330 to 120/200/280/360
  • Astral Imprisonment mana steal from 14/16/18/20% to 16/18/20/22%

Sanity's eclipse

  • Sanity's eclipse base damage increased from 200/275/350 to 200/300/400

Talents

  • Level 15 Talent changed from +8 Armor to +30 Movement Speed
  • Level 20 Talent increased from +0.1 Sanity's Eclipse Multiplier to +0.15
  • Level 25 Talent increased from +1.6% Arcane Orb Damage to +2%

Phantom Lancer

Spirit Lance

  • Spirit Lance shard now also increases cast range by 200

Puck

Dream Coil

  • Dream Coil cooldown increased from 70/65/60 to 80/75/70

Talents

  • Level 20 Talent reduced from -7s Waning Rift Cooldown to -6s

Pudge

Dismember

  • Dismember shard cooldown reduction from -7 to -10

Riki

  • Base hp regen reduced from 3 to 2.5

Sleeping Dart

  • Sleeping Dart slow increased from 25% to 30%
  • Sleeping Dart cooldown reduced from 15 to 12
  • Sleeping Dart manacost reduced from 125 to 85

Skywrath Mage

Ancient Seal

  • Ancient Seal shard status resistance reduction increased from 40% to 50%

Slark

Fish Bait

  • Fish Bait shard attack speed bonus increased from 50 to 75
  • Fish Bait shard cooldown reduced from 12 to 9

Sniper

Concussive Grenade

  • Concussive Grenade shard manacost reduced from 75 to 50
  • Concussive Grenade shard cooldown reduced from 20 to 16

Templar Assassin

Psionic Trap

  • Psionic Trap max trap count now increases by 4 with a Shard

Terrorblade

Demon Zeal

  • Demon Zeal shard hp cost reduced from 25% to 20%
  • Demon Zeal shard melee bonus from 50% to 100%

Timbersaw

Whirling Death

  • Whirling Death manacost increased from 70 to 80

Flamethrower

  • Flamethrower shard slow increased from 25% to 30%

Talents

  • Level 10 Talent reduced from +1.75 Mana Regen to +1.5

Treant Protector

Nature's Guise

  • Nature's Guise shard bonus now increases speed in trees by +15%

Tusk

Frozen Sigil

  • Frozen Sigil shard hits to destroy from 3 to 4
  • Frozen Sigil movement/attack slow increased from 30%/30 to 35%/35

Visage

Stone Form

  • Stone Form shard manacost reduced from 300 to 200

Winter Wyvern

Splinter Blast

  • Splinter Blast shard now also increases damage dealt by 80

Wraith King

  • Base damage reduced by 2

Vampiric Spirit

  • Vampiric Spirit manacost increased from 50/60/70/80 to 65/70/75/80

Reincarnation

  • Reincarnation manacost increased from 160 to 180

In the heroes department, there's one big winner and that's Outworld Devourer, or was it Outworld Destroyer? We're really not sure anymore. Anyway, we're all familiar with the fact that the hero's win rate dropped significantly. Some called him the worst hero in the game, aka automatically lose when you get him on the team. With 7.28b he gets a ton of buffs but they don't really change gameplay, just laning presence and sustain. Will that be enough to get him out of the dumpster?

We'll have to wait until the dust settles. Chances are we'll see more even more OD changes. Have you played the hero since the Mistwoods Update? Tells us on our Facebook page or come join the discussion on our Discord server.

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