Dota 2 Invoker Persona artwork

[Update #2]: Dota 2 is getting rid of its Battle Pass and instead focusing on more frequent updates.

[Update]: Dota 2's Patch 7.33d has nerfed Vanguard, Octarine Core and some of the overperforming heroes.

As a part of the recent Update 7.33 Dota 2 greatly expanded its map, reworked a whole bunch of core mechanics and rebalanced just about everything and everyone. Unsurprisingly, bringing in this many massive changes all at once resulted in a fair few balance problems, both for the heroes and the items.

So in order to sort this newfound mess out, as well as buff some heroes that got left behind in the previous patch, Valve has now unleashed the rather chunky Update 7.33c. Wisdom runes now also grant bonus experience to the lowest-level hero on the team, clearing stacked camps now gives a portion of the experience to the person that stacked them, a variety of deceptive tree paths have been reshaped, while universal heroes now gain 0.7 damage per attribute rather than 0.6.

When it comes to the items, it should come as little shock to hear that the highly efficient defensive items like Pipe of Insight, Vanguard and Crimson Guard have been hit by the nerf bat. Curiously, the humble Bracer has had its bonus damage increased from 2/4 to 3/6, making it an even better item for Universal heroes that want that bit of extra tankiness in the early game.

On the hero front I'm pleased to say that both Alchemist and Medusa have received their nerfs, while heroes like Earthsharker and Dragon Knight have snagged some major buffs that will likely propel them upwards in both pickrate and winrate. Poor ol' Invoker has finally scored himself a couple of buffs as well, with the most notable one being the nearly doubled tornado travel distance on lower levels of Wex. With a bit of luck this should give Quas-Exort Invoker builds a bit more killing power in the early game and thus a lot more relevance overall.

Whatever the case may be, it's certainly going to be interesting to watch what happens over the next few weeks. For now, however, you can check out all of the changes, tweaks and improvements over at the Dota 2 website. Enjoy!