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Dota 2 Patch Information – March 20, 2014

A small update was dispatched for Dota 2 earlier today. Sized at 48.6 Mb, the patch primarily consists of economy updates.

Related Blog Post: The End End of Duplicates


Peek inside any treasure and you’ll notice a few changes.

From now on, you will no longer have a chance to receive a duplicate item from opening a treasure multiple times; each time you unseal a treasure, you will find a different item.

In addition to ensuring you won’t receive the same item twice, each time you unlock a treasure you will also have a chance to obtain bonus rewards. Bonus rewards are granted in addition to an item found inside a treasure, and some treasures feature multiple bonuses. This means you could gain two or more items each time you open a treasure!

After you have unlocked all items within a treasure, the list of items that can be obtained from opening that treasure is reset and the items can be earned again in a new random order.

Every treasure past and present now ensures that you will not receive duplicates, and has a selection of bonus items. If you’ve ever hesitated to unseal a treasure, take another look at what they have to offer!

Looking for the perfect treasure to pillage for non-duplicate riches? Try the new Treasures of Radiant Arms and Dire Arms. Each unseals to reveal an entire hero set, which include the first sets made available for Lifestealer and Puck. Opening either treasure also gives you a chance to find the Vestments of the Fallen Princess, the first set for Vengeful Spirit, as a bonus reward!


No changelog has been provided for this update by Valve.

Dream League Compendium Updates

The Dreamer’s Gem


The Dreamer’s Gem added to the game in the last patch has now been updated to have a different strange counter type.

Old: socket { gem_def_index: 3008 } strange_type: 2
New: socket { gem_def_index: 3008 } strange_type: 195

To validate this change, a new strange counter type has been added under the id:

  • 195 – KillEaterEvent_DreamLeague_DreamPoints

This strange counter is tagged “Dreams Exposed“. This gem is expected to track abilities along the nature of Nightmare, Dream Coil and etc. But the full working of it is yet to be revealed.

DreamLeague Loading Screen – #Stretch Goal 1

A new tournament specific loading screen has been added for DreamLeague. It is also the first stretch goal reward of the Dream League Compendium.


Portrait String Updates

The Terrorblade Arcana – Fractal Horns of Inner Abysm portrait was updated in one of the older patches and some extra variables that were left in the code for it were removed today. No changes were made to the portrait itself today.

Dota TV Tickets

NOTE: While the schema was updated, the cosmetics added to the game today are not yet implemented on the Dota 2 Store. They may or may not be added at a later date.

A bunch of new Dota TV tickets were added to the game today.

1. Dota 2 VO Ability Cup #1

No resources have been added for this yet.

32 teams will compete with each other for 16,000 rubles and the title of first champions of Ability Draft Mode! This ticket only gives you access to view games from the Dota2VO Ability Cup #1.

2. Prodota Spring Cup Ticket


Eight professional and eight qualified teams compete in the Prodota Spring Cup for $1000! This ticket only gives you access to view games from the Prodota Spring Cup.

This set comes with a brand new Puck set – Mystic Coils – includes 3 items: Antennae, Wings and Tail and a custom Loading Screen.




3. Ready 4 League Season 1


Ready 4 Gamgin is a Chilean organizaiton that is focused on Dota 2. In this first seasons 16 teams will fight for almost two months to become the champions!

4. Open Community League Tournaments

Teams from Russia, CIS, and Europe will meet in battle for the championship league and a prize pool of 15,000 Rubles!

open community league

5. Macedonian Dota 2 Cup 3

This item has no description yet.

macedonian dota cup

6. Golden eSports League Season 1

The first season of the Golden Esports League puts the best Swedish teams against each other over three months for 30.000SEK!

golden esports league

Misc Changes

  • The Gladiators Revenge Pudge Setadded previously with the D2CL ticket has been provided with its own bundle entry now. The reason behind this unknown but it could be so it can be previewed directly in-game as a complete set.


  • Issues with the particle effects of The International 2012 couriers have now been fixed. Instead of being attached to the eye node, they are now going to follow the hitloc which should fix any issue where the particles wouldn’t trail properly.

String Updates

Chest System UI Strings

The new chest system that was updated yesterday now has some updated strings to work with the new UI.

“Crate_No_Dupe” “Each time you open this treasure you will receive one of these items. You will not receive duplicates.”
“Crate_Random_Bonus” “Random Bonus Rewards”
“Crate_Very_Rare” “Very Rare”
“Crate_Extremely_Rare” “Extremely Rare”
“Crate_Required_To_Open” “Required to Open”
“Crate_Not_Revealed” “The contents of this treasure has not been revealed yet!”

Frontpage Strings

One new string update has been added to the frontpage.

“dota_frontpage_updates_new”    “NEW”

This is not yet functional but I am assuming it to work with the new Frontpage that might be in the works. This string marks any new content as “New” so users can easily spot a new update.


That’s all for this patch. Until next time.


Dota 2 Patch Information – December 19, 2013

wraith night 2

Steam gets the Holiday Sale 2013 and we get yet another significant update to the Holiday event in Dota 2 along with a bunch of store updates.

As I previously mentioned, I will cover pretty much all that is relevant in this patch but might intentionally skip out some backend or unreleased changes to quicken the pace of things. If there is much demand for it, I’ll do it from next time. I’ll also try and add category ID’s and a Table of Contents to these posts over the weekend.

Note: Once again please remember that the previews in this analysis are purely raw model visuals. They do not represent the final look of the items in the game.



– Added Queen of Pain, Storm Spirit, Templar Assassin, Witch Doctor, and Elder Titan to Wraith-Night.
– Added new rewards to Wraith-Night.
– Juggernaut now gains evasion during Blade Fury.
– Fixed a bug where pausing the game would break certain Wraith King abilities.

– Added sets for Luna, Drow Ranger, Skywrath Mage, and Naga Siren
– Added a player set for Invoker by iceiceice
– Added weaponry for Sven, Doom, Spectre, Windranger, Alchemist, Warlock, and Slark.
– Added hairstyles for Drow Ranger, Mirana, Lina, Windranger, and Templar Assassin.
– Added three HUDs
– Added a 400% Battle Booster (80% stacking for other players). Available until January 3rd.

– Only decrement low-priority game count in a coop-bot match if you win and you are not playing on passive difficulty.



Five New Heroes Added!

The heroes come with some changes to their abilities like the rest in Wraith Night. The changes are listed below and marked in green. Elder Titan has no changes.

– Queen of Pain


qop_shadow_strike  qop_blink  qop_wave


– Storm Spirit


storm_static_remnant  storm_electric_vortex storm_overload

– Witch Doctor



– Templar Assassin




New Wraith Night Rewards

The new rewards have gone live. You can redeem them from the redeem tab.

fragments ingame

Wraith Night Feretory

The Wraith Night Reliquary from yesterday has been renamed to Feretory. Nothing else is different. Priced at 12,500 Shining Fragments, it offers the same rewards listed yesterday. New icon.


Recipe: Evergreen Stalker

The recipe for Evergreen stalker is now directly added to the rewards of Wraith Night. It is redeemable for 14,000 Phantom Fragments.

evergreen stalker


Steam Holiday Sale 2013 Exclusive Items

steam sale crafting rewards

The uncategorized items from yesterday such as Sven Sword, Omnivus and etc are now revealed to be a part of the Steam Holiday Sale bonuses.


As you buy games and vote on the daily sales during the events, you will get Snow Globe Trading Cards that you can craft into a Snow Globe Badge. Every time you craft this badge, you will be rewarded with one item listed in the FAQ above and a couple of other goodies. So technically, you have a chance of getting one of the listed Dota 2 items too. Not guaranteed.

You can craft this badge unlimited number of times until January 3, 2014.

Also to be noted, the quality of these items has now been changed to GENUINE and they are now marketable. So you can always find them on the Steam Market if you wish to.



There are a bunch of new cosmetics with this update.

Hero Bundles

– Flight of the Crescent Moon Set (Mythical)

flight of the crescent moon

Store Page: | Price: $5.99

flight of the crescent moon front

flight of the crescent moon side

flight of the crescent moon right

– Death Shadow Set (Rare)

death shadow set

Store Page: | Price: $4.99

death shadow cowl front

death shadow cowl back

– Rune Forged Set (Rare)

rune forged set

Store Page: | Price: $4.99

rune forged set front

rune forged back

– Outcast of the Deep Set (Rare)

outcast of the deep

Store Page: | Price: $5.99

outcast of the deep front

outcast of the deep back


Pro Shop

– IceForged Set for iceiceice (Rare)

The second iceiceice branded set is now in the game dedicated to his renowned Invoker play.

iceiceice brand banner

iceforged set

Store Page: | Price: $7.99

iceforged set front

iceforged set back

This bundle also comes with the first new custom Forged Spirit Model.

iceforged set spirit


Weapon Bundles

– Blacksmith’s Blessings

A new custom bundle has been added to the store that contains 8 weapons for different heroes.

blacksmiths blessing

Store Page: | Price: $3.99

This bundle includes the following items.

– Alchemist’s Infuser (Common)

alchemists infuser

alchemist infuser

– Blade of Abyss (Common)

blade of the abyss

blade of abyss

– Iguana’s Bow (Common)

iguanas bow

iguanas bow

– Iguana’s Quiver (Uncommon)

iguanas Quiver

iguanas quiver

– Hellthorn Sword (Rare)

hellthorn sword

hellthorn sword

– Twisted Firekeeper (Common)

twisted firekeeper

twisted firekeeper

– Bulwark of the Rogue Knight (Rare)

Bullwark of the Rogue Knight

bulwark of the rogue knight

– Ancient Imbued Spinal Blade (Common)

Ancient Imbued Spinal blade

Ancient Imbued Spinal blade


Hair Bundles

Styles of Unending Battle

The first of a kind bundle pack with just hair pieces is here. This is a good hint for Workshop Artists to know that they need not just create complete hero sets but design something along these lines and still get accepted to the game.

styles of unending battle

Store Page: | Price: $1.99

This bundle inclues the following items –

– Braid of the Fiery Curls (Uncommon)

braid of fiery curls

braid of fiery curls

– Braid of the Moonshadow (Common)

braid of the moonshadow

braid of the moonshadow

– Dark Ranger’s Headdress (Common)

dark rangers headdress

dark rangers headdress

– Tail of the Secret Order (Common)

tail of the secret order

tail of the secret order

– Style of the Grove (Rare)

style of the grove

style of the grove


New HUD’s

Three new HUD’s made their way to the store this patch.

– Timberfury HUD

Timberfury hud

Store Page: | Price: $2.99

timberfury hud

timberfury ingame

– Thunder Spirit HUD

thunder spirit hud

Store Page: | Price: $2.99

thunder spirit hud

thunder spirit ingame

– Familiar Woods

familiar woods hud

This HUD comes with two different styles: One normal which has twigs and stuff on the spacer to the left and the other with a Shagbark instead.

Store Page: | Price: $2.99

familiar woods hud

familiar woods ingame



– 400% Battle Point Bonus (500 Minutes)

A brand new Battle Bonus has been added for a limited period of time. This gives a whopping 4 times boost to your battle point and stacks at 80% with anyone else in the game.

This lasts 500 minutes of your game time. Does not get consumed when you spectate or coach. Offer ends January 3, 2014.

battle bonus winter large

Store Page: | Price: $6.99



These might not necessarily be from this very update but they are recent. I am going to cover them anyway for my future reference if I plan on doing this again. Rather than including the strings themselves, I’ll summarize what they do for you.

– Some reminders about low priority matches.
– Changes to reflect the new abilities in Wraith Night
– D2L is now mentioned as a brand.
_ A notice to tell you that you own a tournament if you’re about to purchase the same ticket again.
–  Banner Updates for the new items in the store.



There are a few other backend updates and a couple of unreleased stuff that is not really too important right now. I’ll try to update this section later if needed or you can check it out in Matt’s post if he makes one.

These pretty much include some particle tweaks, new animations and a little bit more to suit some of the new cosmetics such as the Sycthe of Ice and stuff.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Dota 2 Patch Information – December 18, 2013

yeare of the horse

Here are most of the changes that came with the main client update on December 18, 2013. I will not cover backend and string updates (won’t be too many for an update of this size) so I’ll leave that for Matt because he keeps all the older files to compare changes to this time. But if you guys are interested, I can do those too from the next time onwards if I’m going to do these.

Reddit does not allow me to go beyond one point so made this whole new blog just for that so I can get it up quick.

Note: The previews of items do not reflect the final look in-game in all cases. These are purely raw model previews.



– Added Legion Commander to the workshop.
– Updated workshop files for Dazzle, Dragon Knight, Bloodseeker, Broodmother and Batrider that include separated fbx and smd files.
– 5 solo players will never match against a 5 man party in Ranked Matchmaking (and will be extremely unlikely in Unranked).
– Fixed bug where you could have multiple recruiters, or active recruitment requests once accepting a recruiter.
– Some players with multiple accepted recruiters will have their recruitment status reset.
– The armory filter dropdown will no longer be hidden by any active Battle Point Boosters.
– Fixed various crash bugs around Guides in Frostivus.
– Improved audio mix of player and caster voice on surround sound systems.
– Fixed a crash on systems with multiple gamepads connected.
– Fixed a case where backdoor protection would not function properly.
– Fixed Ember Spirit base HP regen being 0.25 instead of 0.75
– Fixed Naga Siren base HP regen being 0.25 instead of 0.75
– Match history now shows MMR and change for your ranked matches.



Ranked Matchmaking Rating Preview: You can now check how many points you gained and lost for every single game you play in Ranked Matchmaking.

Ranked MM Score Preview

Thanks /u/wickedplayer494 for that screenshot.

– Fixed UI Issue with Battle Bonus and Armory Sorting: The sorting dropdown will now always be over the battle bonus indicator.

Armory Sorting and Battle Bonus Bug Fix



Remember how every weapon in the game was called a Mace for a couple of weeks? Well that has been fixed now. A huge number of new item_name_types have been added to define the item by exactly what they are. For example –

– Hates are now called Hats
– Scythes are called Scythes
– Bracers are called Bracers

and you get the jazz!



There are a bunch of new cosmetics in this patch and a couple of tournament tickets.

D2L Butcher’s Boiler Pack:
The promised D2L items are finally here. They are a pack of dual weapons for Pudge. Those who purchased the item beforehand must have got them already and those who purchase the bundle henceforth will receive the items with the ticket.

d2l butchers boiler pack

Butcher’s Boiler Hook:

butchers hook d2l

butchers boiler hook

Butcher’s Boiler Cleaver:

butchers cleaver d2l

butchers boiler cleaver


Wraith-Night Reliquary:
A unique gift from the King. Wraith-Night Reliquaries can only be acquired with Shining Fragments. Shining Fragments are earned by activiting a Wraith King’s Favor.

wraith night reliquary

You will be able to purchase it for 12,500 Shiny Fragments. The new chest made it to the files and seems like an extra upgrade for Wraith Night. It comes with a bunch of new items. All the items come with a socket and a gem.

These items can currently only be obtained from this chest. They do not drop.

– Infernal Pactblade:

infernal pactblade

infernal pactblade

– Grand Helm of the Narrow Maze:

grand helm of the narrow maze

grand helm of the narrow maze

– War Axe of the Lost Light

war axe of the lost light

war axe of the lost light

– Artamentos of the Apocalyptic:



– Black Reaver

black reaver

black reaver

– Ice Shard

ice shard

ice shard


Other Items:
These items are currently unassigned but they do drop in the game. So if you are lucky, you’ll get your hands on one soon enough.

Governor’s Salakot  – LEGENDARY

governors salakot

governors salakot

Mountain Splitter

mountain splitter

mountain splitter

– Scythe of Ice – LEGENDARY – Custom Particles

scythe of ice

scythe of ice

– Spike of Frostbite – Custom Particles

spike of frostbite

spike of frostbite

– Steamcape – MYTHICAL

steam cape

steam cape

– Omnivus




– Recipe: Evergreen Stalker
A new crafting recipe has been added to the list of what you can redeem using Shining Fragments. This one adds a new treant model to Nature’s Prophet. If this recipe is redeemed, then it will guarantee you an Evergreen Stalker.

recipe evergreen stalker

Requirements: 3 Frozen Items

The result is a Mythical Evergreen Stalker.

evergreen stalker

evergreen stalker


Tournament Tickets:

Defense of the Australians Season 2 & Hobbly-Bob Bundle
Defense of the Australians brings you its summer 2014 tournament. Professional teams throughout Australia will compete Australia wide online and in a Melbourne LAN event finals. Bundle includes the Hobbly-Bob Sniper Hat!

Store Page: | Price: $6.99

dota 2 australia

The bundle comes with a special hat for Sniper – The Hobbly Bob Hat.

sniper hobbly bob hat

sniper hobbly bob hat preview

Nexon Sponsorship League Season 2 (the ticket is not new but the bundle is)
Starting in Sep 28th 2013, the Nexon Sponsorship League will span three seasons with a total of KRW 300 million ($267,153 USD) worth of sponsorship funding. Watch the top team matches of Season 2. Includes the Gama Brothers courier!

Store Page: | Price: $5.99

nexon season 2

The bundle now comes with a special in-game courier – The Gama Brothers Courier.

gama brothers bundle

Ground Version:

gama brothers ground

Flying Version:

gama brother flying

– European Elite League – January
The most talented players in Europe compete in the classic in-house league format.

Store Page:| Price: $1.99

european elite league january

– Sunday Evening Cup Series – Season 2
SECS is back for Season 2! SECS has been around since 2009 and provides an open competitive platform for North and South American teams to gain real tournament experience.

Store Page: | Price: $0.99

sunday evening cup series 2

– Korean Elite League – January
The most talented players in Korea compete in the classic in-house league format.

Store Page: | Price: $1.99

korean elite league


Unreleased Tournament Tickets:

The update also adds a couple of unreleased tournament tickets to the files.

Dota 2 Chile Tournament
16 teams compete to reach the grand final and become the best team in Chile! 

dota 2 chile tournament

Asian Cyber Games Dota 2 Championships 2013
 The top Asian teams compete in the Asian Cyber Games for a total prize pool of $30,000!

acg 2013 dota championships


Item Drop Loot List Updates:


  • Caustic Guard
  • Caustic Tarsus
  • Feelers of Entwined Fate
  • Mistplates of Ruin
  • Second Disciple’s Bastion
  • Second Disciple’s Satchel
  • Spike of Frostbite
  • Stringer of Entwined Fate
  • Whiskers of Entwined Fate
  • Governor’s Salakot
  • Scythe of Ice
  • Steamcape
  • Omnivus
  • Mountain Splitter
  • Coco The Courageous
  • Tory the Sky Guardian
  • Caustic Rack
  • Crown of Entwined Fate
  • Netherax, Nightmare of Mist
  • Caustic Glare
  • Caustic Spurs
  • Darkstar of Mistforged
  • Limbs of Entwined Fate
  • Second Disciple’s Blade
  • Second Disciple’s Chakram
  • Second Disciple’s Dagger
  • Second Disciple’s Veil


  • Bite of the Slithereen Knight – Off Hand
  • Mist of the Slithereen Knight
  • Blotto and Stick
  • Breastplate of the Slithereen Knight
  • Helm of the Slithereen Knight
  • Tahlin Occult Hood
  • Tail of Slithereen Knight


Year of the Horse Update Information

yeare of the horse

Valve is inviting Workshop artists to create new content themed around the Chinese New Year, Chinese History and Spring in general for the next big update that is scheduled to go live sometime at the end of January. So if you haven’t check it out already, you should.

– Blog Link:
– Horse Year Update –