Dota 2 players have been desperately waiting for patch 7.30. It turns out they won’t have to wait much longer.
Alongside an announcement on the launch of a Battle Level Bundle for the Nemestice Battle Pass, Valve teased a release date for patch 7.30. According to the blog post, patch 7.30 “will be arriving after the Battle Pass ends.” Valve also clarified “we’re working on it.” Nemestice is set to end on August 17, 2021.
It is possible that this will be pushed back further, however. Most battle passes have run overly long due to Valve offering extra days to complete challenges to compensate for server downtime, bugs, and other issues. Valve hasn’t announced anything of the sort to this point, meaning Dota 2 players ought to mark August 17 and 18 on their calendars for now.
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This news is sure to be met happily by Dota 2 players. The last major balance patch in Dota 2, version 7.29, came almost four months ago on April 9. Though the game is in a generally good spot, players have been clamoring for a shakeup.
Dota 2 patch 7.30 is going to be a big one that likely brings many changes to the game. Valve could actually get away with not doing any big changes to heroes or items as the game is quite balanced at the moment but there are some things worth fixing.
There are also some heroes that definitely need buffs. A slew of heroes went untouched in the WePlay AniMajor and are generally underwhelming in pub games.
In a shock twist, traditionally top-tier heroes such as Alchemist and Earthshaker went untouched in the AniMajor. Many micro-based heroes such as Meepo, Lone Druid, and Arc Warden were all used sparingly or not at all. Several staple support heroes were also never seen in the drafting phase including Vengeful Spirit, Ogre Magi, Lich, and Silencer. Any or all of these heroes could end up seeing some buffs in Dota 2 patch 7.30.
One hero that’s almost certainly going to receive big nerfs is Dawnbreaker. Dawnbreaker’s not necessarily overpowered but the hero is likely to be added to Captain’s Mode and esports games after patch 7.30. Valve has traditionally gone overboard with nerfing heroes that are set to be added to the competitive pool to prevent them from being overly powerful, with the most recent example being Hoodwink. This will likely make Dawnbreaker prohibitively bad for a time but this may be remedied in the following weeks with a series of targeted buffs.
Either way, all will be known by August 18 when patch 7.30 arrives.