Dota 2’s 7.25 update has been tinkered with a number of times with already, and the third set of changes have arrived.
Dota 2 update 7.25c is here, bringing with it changes to a number of items and heroes. The list of changes is significantly longer than those seen with 7.25a and 7.25b and bring a number of changes that will shake up the meta. The update hones in on a number of different heroes with strong pushing abilities and makes HP regeneration a bit less potent in the early game.
Ring of Regen and many of the items it eventually builds into saw their HP regeneration boosts reduced. This includes Headdress, Mekansm, Helm of the Dominator, Pipe of Insight, and Soul Ring. Ring of Tarrasque’s HP regen was also reduced.
Alongside this, a number of go-to items for split pushing heroes were also given nerfs. Necronomicon took yet another hit in Dota 2 update 7.25c after getting hammered in 7.25b, with its strength bonus being reduced at all levels. The price of Vladimir’s Offering was also increased by 100 gold.
The nerfs to Necronomicon, Vladimir’s Offering, and Helm of the Dominator would have been a tough hit to many different pushing heroes all on their own. Valve doubled up on this by taking the nerf hammer to those heroes directly.
Beastmaster’s ability to block neutral camps from spawning with his hawk has been removed, giving him less utility alongside the hits from the nerfs to his core items. Death Prophet’s base damage and Aghanim’s Scepter bonus were both decreased, while the mana cost of Spirit Siphon was increased. Lycan took another hit after being rocked in Dota 2 update 7.25b, with his Shapeshift cooldown being increased by 15 seconds.
A number of other heroes received small nerfs including Clockwerk, Huskar, and Snapfire. The biggest change by far came to Meepo.
Meepo’s base stats were changed, with his base agility being dropped by seven points, but his base armor and damage were increased to offset this.
The much more significant change was that Divided We Stand’s level requirements were changed.
Divided We Stand cannot be leveled until level four, and cannot be upgraded again until level 11. This reduces Meepo’s snowball potential a fair bit, and prevents his XP gain from accelerating as much as it could prior to the patch.
The full patch notes for Dota 2 update 7.25c can be found on the official Dota 2 blog.