April 23, 2021

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Dota 2 patch 7.28b brings balance changes

Dota 2 patch 7.28b

When Aghanim’s Shard was introduced to the game, Dota 2 patch 7.28 was published about a month ago. Patch 7.28a brought quick, initial fixes with it, while Dota 2 patch 7.28b, released today, after observing how the meta has panned out, is a balance patch. 

Dota 2 patch 7.28b

The patch attempts to balance a variety of items and heroes, with the hero changes being mostly upgrades to the Shard of Aghanim. It is possible to find the entire set of changes here. We will take a look at some of the major changes that patch 7.28b brings, including the most prominent one for Outworld Destroyer, which is a ton of buffs.

ITEMS CHANGES AND BUFFS – Dota 2 patch 7.28b

In the items, Swift Blink, which is likely the most ignored of the three upgraded Blinks, is the biggest buff. The most popular one is Overwhelming Blink, followed by Arcane Blink, but it does not seem that Swift Blink has caught on. 

But with the increased speed of movement, attack speed and damage and the ability to exceed the maximum speed of movement, it could only be good enough for carries like Ursa and Troll. 

However, the problem is that many agile carrys who used to go to Blink now prefer to go to Abyssal Blade instead of Blink now. Swift Blink will still be a low priority item unless this alteration makes it better than that.

A lot of heroes got buffs from their Aghs Shards, but two big ones are Clockwerk and Dark Seer. Dark Seer now has a 2.25 second stun with a 40 percent damage illusion on his Shard right click, which can be a significant amount of damage if the illusion of a hero such as Medusa or Phantom Assassin.

But the change of the patch is all the buffs to Outworld Destroyer. OD changed a lot in patch 7.28, and instead of increasing its really bad win rate, it led to a further decrease to just under 40%. Patch 7.28b has increased a number of things for OD, from its base armor to Astral Imprisonment Damage and Mana Stealing. 

Dota 2 patch 7.28b

With the exception of the level 15 talent change, every line of change has increased. They’ve maintained a modified version of the hero, and interestingly, they haven’t made any changes to OD’s Aghs Shard, which is one of the worst in the game. About a week into the new patch, it’s going to be a good indication if these boosts made the hero any better.

Most of the other hero updates are only for Shard upgrades. Heroes like Grimstroke, Slark, and Terrorblade have given their Shards decent buffs. With its DPC 2021 Season 1 leagues set to start in less than a week, we’ll soon find out which Shards the pros think are good.