Dota 2's Dueling Fates artwork for the two new heroes

After only being revealed two days ago, Dota 2's Dueling Fates update has now made its way to the live servers. It brings with it two brand new heroes to play around with, a ridiculous amount of balance changes spread across all aspects of the game, a couple of new items as well as the removal of Poor Man's Shield and Iron Talon, numerous hero reworks, mechanics changes, and the list goes on for quite a while.

There are far, far too many changes to cover in brief, so if you're interested in all of the details you'll find the full patch notes and overview at the official website. Just make sure you brew yourself a coffee before you head in as you're going to be stuck there for a rather long time. And no, that's not an exaggeration. It'll most likely take you over 30 minutes to go through all of the changes - there's just that many of them!

The one aspect of this new update I will highlight is the introduction of the Dota Turbo game mode. It has the exact same rules as All Pick, but the matches are noticeably shorted and more action packed due to increased gold & exp gains, weaker defensive towers, reduced respawn rates, and the ability to purchase items from anywhere on the map. Its by no means a competitive mode, but if you're looking for a quick burst of Dota 2 it will do quite nicely.

On a similar note, its also worth mentioning that Ability Draft has received some much needed improvements. There are now 15 new and previously-unusable heroes in the pool (which means there's a lot more spells to mess around with), you can swap keybinds on the fly in order to make playing your hero less confusing, the draft phase has been updated so you can easily coordinate with your teammates, and perhaps most importantly, some of the old and overpowered combinations have been fixed. Much like Dota Turbo this is still a silly game mode, but it should be just a little bit more balanced and a lot more enjoyable now.

With all of that said, I hope you have fun with the new patch! I know I will given the new Invoker talents!

Dota 2 Dueling Fates artwork for the Dota Turbo game mode