The Shifting Snows update for Dota 2 – or Dota 2 6.83, if you’d rather – has just gone live.
Sign into Steam and you should find a 255MB download waiting for you. Once that’s done, you’ll have access to the raft of balance changes promised earlier this week, along with all sorts of new hats and alt-click functionality and the like. As a brief refresher of some of them: Lifestealer can now control units he’s infesting, both runes at the start of the game are now Bounty runes with double effect, Diffusal Blade is no longer an orb, and loads of heroes have received buffs. If you want a few more details you can read my précis over here, or have a look at the official site (and alt-click everything on the page) for the full changelog.
In fact, I kinda want to call this the Tim Update. Buffs to Lina, Windranger, and Crystal Maiden, amongst others? Oh Valve, you shouldn’t have.
The Dota 2 Shifting Snows update should be live now.