September 5th, 2017

Latest Dota 2 patch doesn’t actually change much

dota 2 enchantress
Sproink.

A new patch for Dota 2 has been released, and – despite its 175MB size – it doesn’t actually seem to do much barring fix a few issues.

There are only two things in there of which I’ve taken note, really. The first is that players who haven’t picked a hero five minutes after the start horn will be considered to have abandoned by AFK. The second is that ranked matchmaking will no longer allow parties that have a massive MMR spread.

Other than that, it’s mostly a slew of fixes – a “Steam authorisation failed” error when reconnecting should be fixed, the servers should notify people properly when players abandon by AFK, a number of server crashes and exploits are fixed, and the thresholds for players being put into the low-priority pool after receiving lots of reports have been altered. You can read the full notes over here, if you really want to.

That said, the size would tend to indicate there’s a bit more in there, which we’ll likely find out when someone hacks the patch apart. I’d guess that it’ll mostly be a few new item sets – possibly linked to upcoming tournaments – but I guess we’ll find out before long.

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  • 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 things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really 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.