There’s a pretty good chance that Dota 2 will be getting its next major patch in the coming week, it seems.
The gaming world’s own version of a whodunnit, Icefrog, has posted up on the Dota 2 dev forums that 6.85 will be arriving prior to the upcoming Major qualifiers. The Open Qualifiers for the first Major are kicking off on 6 October, with Regional Qualifiers to follow on 10 October, so that’s a pretty close timeframe.
According to Icefrog, “We decided it was better to limit the scope of 6.85 to mostly balance improvements in order to release the update sooner. We’ll be aiming to release 6.86 with bigger changes some period after the upcoming Major.”
Less disco pony and electric Mexican, then? Still, it doesn’t sound like this’ll be a “minor” patch; balance changes still massively mix up the way things play. It just might be that 6.86 will have more in the way of big shifts, like items or heroes or runes or… well, we’ll see.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.