Dota 2 patch 6.87d nerfs Doom, Phoenix and other big players

Dota 2 patch 6.87d

We’re barrelling towards the next Dota 2 major in Manila, a matter of weeks away, giving us a lovely start to the E3 madness on June 7 through 12. In final preparation, Valve have released the final 6.87 mini-patch, 6.87d. It nerfs all the most powerful characters and abilities to try to bring them a little more towards the baseline and shake things up for top teams.

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Here’s the full list of changes from Valve:

Dota 2 patch 6.87d hero changes:

  • Doom:
    • Doom cooldown increased from 125 to 140
  • Phoenix:
    • Sun Ray cooldown increased from 20 to 26
  • Beastmaster:
    • Boar Attack Damage reduced from 15/30/45/60 to 10/25/40/55
    • Call of the Wild Hawk/Boar manacost increased from 15 to 25
  • Earth Spirit:
    • Rolling Boulder slow duration reduced from 2 to 1.4/1.6/1.8/2.0
  • Lion:
    • Base intelligence reduced by 2
  • Bounty Hunter:
    • Track self bonus gold reduced from 200/275/350 to 170/260/350

Dota 2 patch 6.87d item changes:

  • Armlet:
    • Health drain increased from 40 to 45 per second

For anyone that’s spent time watching Dota 2 for the last couple of months, all of these heroes and abilities being tweaked will be familiar. Armlet users particularly have been very strong in recent past, and it’s a much-needed nerf to stop the game becoming predictable in the drafting phase.

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