Dota 2 artwork for the Spring Cleaning 2022 update featuring radiant creeps cleaning

After being briefly teased last week, Dota 2's Patch 7.31d has now finally been unleashed. It brings with it a whole bunch of small gameplay tweaks that could amount to something potentially significant, a brand new analysis tool for the paid Dota Plus feature, as well as a massive improvement to the fashion meta-game.

Thanks to Patch 7.31d you can now use Immortal item spell effects regardless of which item your hero is actually wearing! What this means is that you can mix and match effects and items to create a variety of unique looks for your hero, which while completely irrelevant for the gameplay itself, is a neat little addition and one that will be a lot of fun to explore.

When it comes to the hero and item balance changes, I'd recommend against getting too excited as pretty much all of them are small in scope. There is quite a few of them, however, so while I don't expect the meta to drastically change, there is enough new stuff here to potentially give rise to novel strategies and playstyles.

For example, Healing Salves now only last half as long when used on an ally, while Black King Bar's cooldown has been increased from 75 to 90 seconds. Bracer's HP regen was reduced from 1 to 0.75, and Null Talisman now no longer grants mana cost reduction but rather max mana, on top of giving more base mana regen. None of these changes are all that impactful on their own, but when combined I could see them shaking up how the whole off lane vs safe lane dynamic works.

The last big thing worth mentioning is that Marci is now finally available in Captain's Mode, and thus pro play as well! Her addition was accompanied by a small cooldown buff for her ultimate, as well as a 350 to 300 range nerf to Dispose's throw distance, which could also be considered as a buff since it lets her start punching the enemy sooner. Either way, it'll be fun to see what the pros can do with Marci!

You can check out the full list of changes, including all of the nitty-gritty details, over at the Dota 2 website. Enjoy!