Dota 2 patch 6.88

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We take a moment’s break from the madness of E3 to remind you that the biggest games in the world are already out and played every day. That sobering thought aside, Dota 2 was patched today to bring balance in line for the upcoming International qualifiers. Patch 6.88 brought balance switch-ups across the board, and we’ve got all the detailed below.

You probably just about have time to pick the best Dota 2 heroes for beginners and qualify.

Basically everyone was buffed, while a few heroes were brought down a notch from previously dominant positions. Here’s the changelist:

Dota 2 Patch 6.88 Hero Changes

Abaddon –buffed

* Mist Coil cast point reduced from 0.452 to 0.35

Anti-Mage –buffed

* Mana Void ministun duration increased from 0.15 to 0.3

Arc Warden –buffed

* Flux cooldown reduced from 20 to 18

* Tempest Double duration increased from 12/13/14 to 12/14/16

* Tempest Double cooldown reduced from 50/40/30 to 40/35/30

Bane –buffed

* Brain Sap cooldown reduced from 14 to 14/13/12/11

Beastmaster –nerfed

* Primal Roar damage reduced from 200/250/300 to 150/225/300

Bloodseeker –buffed

* Rupture damage increased from 20/40/60% to 26/42/60%

* Blood Rite cooldown reduced from 30/25/20/15 to 25/21/17/13

Bounty Hunter –nerfed

* Track self gold reduced from 170/260/350 to 150/250/350

Brewmaster –buffed

* Brewmaster’s Earth attack range increased from 128 to 150

* Brewmaster’s Fire attack increased range from 128 to 150

* Brewmaster’s Fire armor increased from 0 to 0/3/6

* Primal Split duration increased from 15/17/19 to 16/18/20

Centaur– buffed

* Double Edge cooldown reduced from 6 to 5

* Centaur Strength gain increased from 3.8 to 4.0

Chaos Knight– buffed

* Phantasm cooldown reduced from 140 to 130

Clinkz –buffed

* Attack range increased from 630 to 640

Clockwerk– buffed

* Rocket Flare radius increased from 575 to 600

* Power Cogs cast point improved from 0.3 to 0.2

* Power Cogs radius increased from 200 to 215

Crystal Maiden– buffed

* Crystal Nova radius increased from 400 to 425

* Frost Bite cast range increased from 500 to 525

Death Prophet– nerfed

* Spirit Siphon base health drain reduced from 25 to 16

Disruptor– nerfed

* Static Storm silence no longer lingers for 0.5 seconds after the duration is over

Doom– nerfed

* Doom cooldown increased from 140 to 145

Drow Ranger– buffed

* Turn rate improved from 0.6 to 0.7

* Frost Arrows slow increased from 15/30/45/60% to 16/32/48/64%

Earthshaker– buffed

* Echo Slam radius increased from 575 to 600

Enigma– changed

* Black Hole damage type from Magical to Pure and pierces Spell Immunity

* Black Hole damage reduced from 55/110/165 to 50/100/150

Earth Spirit– nerfed

* Magnetize cooldown increased from 80 to 100/90/80

Gyrocopter– buffed

* Gyrocopter’s Scepter Side Gunner attack interval improved from 1.4 to 1.2

Invoker– nerfed

* Forge Spirit damage decreased from 29/38/47/56/65/74/83 to 22/32/42/52/62/72/82

Jakiro– buffed

* Ice Path duration increased from 1/1.4/1.8/2.2 to 1/1.5/2/2.5

Keeper of the Light– buffed

* Chakra Magic cooldown reduced from 19/18/17/16 to 17/16/15/14

* Intelligence increased from 22 to 25

Kunkka –buffed

* Torrent slow duration increased from 1/2/3/4 to 1.75/2.5/3.25/4

* Tidebringer bonus damage increased from 25/40/55/70 to 25/45/65/85

Legion Commander-buffed

* Overwhelming Odds damage per hero increased from 20/35/50/65 to 20/40/60/80

* Moment of Courage cooldown reduced from 2.6/2/1.4/0.8 to 2.3/1.8/1.3/0.8

Lich-buffed

* Scepter now improves Chain Frost slow from 30 to 50%

* Ice Armor attack speed slow from 20 to 30 (matches movement slow)

Lifestealer-nerfed

* Base attack time increased from 1.7 to 1.85

Lina-buffed

* Dragon Slave cooldown reduced from 8.5 to 8

Luna-buffed

* Lucent Beam stun duration increased from 0.6 to 0.8

* Movement speed increased from 330 to 335

Magnus-buffed

* Empower cleave radius increased from 200 to 225

* Strength gain increased from 2.75 to 2.9

Medusa-buffed

* Intelligence gain increased from 1.85 to 2.1

Meepo-buffed

* Geostrike damage per second increased from 8/16/24/32 to 10/20/30/40

Morphling-buffed

* Hybrid cooldown reduced from 70 to 60

* Agility gain increased from 3.4 to 3.7

Naga Siren-buffed

* Strength gain increased from 2.3 to 2.5

Necrophos-changed

* Heartstopper Aura range reduced from 1200 to 900

* Heartstopper HP drain increased from 0.6/0.9/1.2/1.5 to 0.6/1/1.4/1.8%

Nyx Assassin-buffed

* Movement speed increased from 300 to 305

Ogre Magi-changed

* Ignite manacost reduced from 95/105/115/125 to 90

* Multicast interval increased from 0.4 to 0.5

Omniknight-buffed

* Strength increased from 20 + 2.65 to 22 + 2.8

Outworld Devourer-buffed

* Essence Aura mana bonus increased from 75/150/225/300 to 125/200/275/350

* Arcane Orb Intelligence steal duration increased from 50 to 60

Oracle-buffed

* Purifying Flames cast range increased from 750 to 800

Phantom Assassin-buffed

* Phantom Strike can now target Spell Immune heroes

Phoenix-nerfed

* Sunray base damage reduced from 15/20/25/30 to 10/15/20/25

Pudge-buffed

* Rot slow increased from 27% to 30%

* Dismember cooldown reduced from 30 to 30/25/20

Pugna-buffed

* Intelligence growth increased from 4 to 4.5

* Nether Blast cooldown reduced from 5.5 to 5

Razor-buffed

* Eye of the Storm damage per strike increased from 37/50/63 to 40/55/70

Riki-nerfed

* Smoke Screen manacost increased from 75/80/85/90 to 90

Sand King-buffed

* Epicenter cooldown reduced from 140/120/100 to 120/110/100

* Strength increased from 21 to 22

Shadow Demon-buffed

* Disruption illusion duration increased from 6/8/10/12 to 8/10/12/14

Shadow Fiend-buffed

* Movement speed increased from 305 to 310

* Necromastery Max Souls increased from 15/22/29/36 to 18/24/30/36

Shadow Shaman-buffed

* Mass Serpent Wards splash radius increased from 75% to 100%

* Mass Serpent Wards attack damage increased from 40-45/55-60/70-75 to 40-45/60-65/80-85

Silencer-buffed

* Agility increased from 16 to 22

Skywrath Mage-buffed

* Concussive Shot impact AoE increased from 200 to 250

Slardar-nerfed

* Movement speed reduced from 295 to 290

Slark-nerfed

* Pounce damage reduced from 50/100/150/200 to 40/80/120/160

Sniper-buffed

* Shrapnel damage increased from 15/30/45/60 to 15/35/55/75

Spiritbreaker-buffed

* Greater Bash increased damage from 22/28/34/40% to 22/30/38/46%

Storm Spirit-buffed

* Overload damage increased from 30/50/70/90 to 40/60/80/100

* Overload AoE increased from 275 to 300

Templar Assassin-buffed

* Psi Blades Spell Width increased from 68 to 75

* Psionic Trap max movement slow increased from 50% to 60%

Terrorblade-buffed

* Conjure Image manacost reduced from 80 to 70

* Conjure Image duration increased from 32 to 34

Tiny-buffed

* Toss cooldown reduced from 9 to 8

Treant Protector-buffed

* Base damage increased by 6

Troll Warlord-changed

* Berserker’s Rage no longer provides 100 Health Bonus

* Strength increased from 17 to 20

* Berserker’s Rage armor bonus increased from 3 to 6

* Berserker’s Rage base attack time improved from 1.55 to 1.5

* Ranged Whirling Axes travel distance increased from 945 to 1000

Undying-buffed

* Intelligence gain increased from 2.5 to 2.8

* Decay cast range increased from 625 to 650

* Decay duration increased from 40 to 45

Ursa-buffed

* Fury Swipes debuff duration increased from 15 to 20

* Base HP Regen increased from 0.25 to 0.75

Venomancer-buffed

* Intelligence increased from 15 + 1.75 to 17 + 1.8

* Plague Wards damage increased from 10/19/29/38 to 13/22/31/40

Viper-buffed

* Viper Strike Scepter cooldown reduced from 12 to 10

* Strength gain increased from 1.9 to 2.1

Visage-buffed

* Gravekeeper’s Cloak armor bonus per layer increased from 1/2/3/5 to 1.5/3/4.5/6

* Gravekeeper’s Cloak magic resistance bonus per layer increased from 3/6/12/16% to 5/10/15/20%

Winter Wyvern-buffed

* Winter’s Curse cooldown reduced from 90 to 80

Warlock-buffed

* Golem HP increased from 900/1200/1500 to 900/1350/1800

* Fatal Bonds no longer gets reduced by Damage Block

Weaver-buffed

* Base damage increased by 2

Windranger-buffed

* Windrun cooldown reduced from 15 to 14

Wisp-nerfed

* Tether movement speed bonus reduced from 14/15/16/17 to 13/14/15/16%

Wraith King-buffed

* Wraithfire Blast damage over time increased from 15/30/40/50 to 20/35/50/65

Zeus-buffed

* Arc Lightning cooldown reduced from 1.75 to 1.6

Dota 2 Patch 6.88 Item Changes

Armlet– nerfed

* Recipe cost increased from 500 to 550

Bloodthorn –buffed

* Critical Strike multiplier increased from 1.35 to 1.45

Butterfly –buffed

* Agility increased from 30 to 35

Crimson Guard –buffed

* Cooldown reduced from 50 to 46

Dragon Lance– nerfed

* Strength and Agility reduced from 15 to 14

* Attack Range bonus increased from 130 to 140

Hurricane Pike –buffed

* Attack Range bonus increased from 130 to 140

* Active now grants 100 Attack Speed for the 4 attacks it provides on the target

Rod of Atos –buffed

* Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10

Smoke of Deceit –change

* Now has a 1 second cooldown on use (to prevent accidental usage)

The official version of the patch is over on Steam, though as usual, no explanation of the changes was provided.