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    It seems like only a week ago that I was writing about Dota 2 7.03! Oh. That’s because it was. Well, here’s 7.04.

    I’m no longer quite sure what constitutes a major patch versus a minor one, because I’d have thought this might’ve been 7.03b or something, but hey. To my eyes, Dota 2 7.04 is mostly a wave of nerfs, with a couple of attempts to make some of the weaker heroes a bit more relevant.

    Item-wise: Hurricane Pike and Silver Edge recipes now cost more, Sange and Yasha has a better proc chance, and both Ghost Scepter and Heaven’s Halberd have lower cooldowns. More interestingly, Slippers of Agility can no longer be bought from the side shop, which means picking up a Poor Man’s Shield is going to be slightly more troublesome.

    As for heroes, we’ve got nerfs to Centaur, Monkey King, Magnus, Abaddon, Lifestealer, and Keeper of the Light. In exchange, though, buffs have been delivered to Brewmaster, Nature’s Prophet, Razor, Death Prophet, Queen of Pain, Phoenix, Kunkka, Lycan, Arc Warden, Ancient Apparition, Broodmother (please stop), Bristleback, Puck, and Lich. Oh, and also Lone Druid, but that’s an increase to a Spirit Bear damage talent so nobody cares. These buffs tend to be minor tweaks, but they might be enough to push some of those heroes into being more viable picks.

    The full changelog is small enough that I’ve posted it up below. Dota 2 7.04 is live now.

    Hurricane Pike recipe increased from 250 to 500
    Silver Edge recipe increased from 300 to 500
    Ghost Scepter cooldown reduced from 25 to 20
    Sange and Yasha proc chance increased from 35% to 40%
    Heaven’s Halberd cooldown reduced from 22 to 18
    Slippers of Agility are no longer available in the Side Shop

    Centaur: Stampede Scepter damage reduction reduced from 50% to 40%
    Monkey King: Primal Spring slow rescaled from 40/50/60/70% to 30/45/60/75%
    Monkey King: Spring winding up sound effect can be heard by nearby enemies
    Magnus: Base attack time increased from 1.7 to 1.8
    Magnus: Reverse Polarity cooldown increased from 120/110/100 to 120
    Abaddon: Strength gain reduced from 2.7 to 2.5
    Abaddon: Mist Coil projectile speed reduced from 2000 to 1600
    Lifestealer: Base damage reduced by 2
    Keeper of the Light: Base damage reduced from 43-57 to 43-50
    Brewmaster: Drunken Brawler cooldown reduced from 16/14/12/10 to 13/12/11/10
    Nature’s Prophet: Level 10 Talent increased from +225 Health to +250
    Nature’s Prophet: Level 15 Talent changed from +35 Movement Speed to +4 Treants Summoned
    Razor: Level 20 Talent increased from +30 Attack Speed to +40
    Razor: Level 20 Talent increased from +275 Health to +325
    Death Prophet: Level 10 Talent increased from +10% Magic Resistance to +12%
    Death Prophet: Exorcism spirit damage increased from 55 to 58
    Queen of Pain: Shadow Strike cast point reduced from 0.452 to 0.4
    Phoenix: Level 15 Talent increased from +120 Gold/Min to 150
    Phoenix: Level 15 Talent increased from +50 Fire Spirits DPS to +65
    Kunkka: Level 10 Talent increased from +25 Damage to +30
    Kunkka: Level 15 Talent increased from +20 Movement Speed to +30
    Lycan: Base strength increased by 3
    Arc Warden: Strength gain increased from 2.3 to 2.7
    Lone Druid: Level 15 Talent increased from +30 Spirit Bear Damage to +50
    Ancient Apparition: Cold Feet manacost reduced from 150 to 125
    Broodmother: Insatiable Hunger lifesteal increased from 60/90/120% to 60/100/140%
    Broodmother: Insatiable Hunger damage increased from 60/90/120 to 60/100/140
    Bristleback: Quill Spray AoE increased from 625 to 650
    Puck: Base damage increased by 3
    Lich: Chain Frost cooldown reduced from 120/90/60 to 100/80/60

    Tim McDonald
    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.

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