Top 5 core heroes in pubs from the past month of Dota 2 patch 7.35

With possibly the last few days of Dota 2 patch 7.35 in play, we take a look at what core heroes are doing well in pubs right now.
It has been a while since Dota 2 patch 7.35 was released, and that is most evident from the fact that the game is already being played on the fourth iteration of the patch. Dota 2 patch 7.35d

was released a few days ago, and with it, also came the announcement that the Crownfall update with Ring Master will be released in mid-April. That will most likely also be the shifting of patches, with Dota 2 patch 7.36 coming into play.

With still a few weeks to go though for patch 7.36, there is time to make the most of pubs and get some MMR before everything goes to hell in a handbasket, as it always does when a new patch is released.

Here, we take a look at which five core heroes have been doing well in the last month of pubs. Keep in mind though, that Dota 2 patch 7.35d was released few days ago, and some of the high flying heroes were nerfed, which might mean they could be a little less effective than what the data might suggest.

The heroes have been picked as the best performing ones from the Divine and Immortal brackets. This data is as per Dotabuff. The choice of heroes has been made from a combination of high pick rate and high win rate heroes.

Zeus (Pick rate: 10.42%, Win rate: 53.16%)

Zeus had only one change in Dota 2 patch 7.35, which was Lightening Bolt doing twice the damage to creeps. That is great for early game neutral creep farming along with Arc Lightening. But in case of the Thundergod, it is also other mid heroes getting nerfed in patch 7.35 and all the balance patches that followed, in which he has been untouched.

And rightly so, as ever since Lightening Hands was introduced and an alternative playstyle for the hero was made available, he hasn’t really done too well. But currently, he seems to be thriving, and over 58% of his presence is in the mid lane according to Dotabuff.

Even if you do go for the Phylactery – Aghanim’s Shard – Manta Style build, do it from the mid lane! If played as a right clicker, Parasma is a new option that’s now available after patch 7.35.

Leshrac (Pick rate: 7.89%, Win rate: 55.44%)

Leshrac rose in popularity for multiple reasons in Dota 2 patch 7.35 – the new Veil of Discord that upgrades into Shiva’s Guard, the Bloodstone AoE increase which pairs amazingly with Pulse Nova and also the minor buffs he got in patch 7.35. It was a patch aimed at bolstering magic damage heroes, and that is what Leshrac is for the most part.

He was nerfed in patch 7.35b, then buffed again in patch 7.35c, with a recent minor buff in patch 7.35d. The Disco Pony continues to be strong, but is one of the more difficult heroes to play in Dota 2.

Like Zeus, the majority of Leshrac’s pub play is through the mid lane. But he is a versatile hero that can be played in most roles. In professional Dota 2, Leshrac is one of the very few heroes who has been picked in all five roles!

Lifestealer (Pick rate: 16.00%, Win rate: 53.88%)

Lifestealer rose steadily and stealthily in the ranks of carries after patch 7.35 was released, and had an insanely high win rate in DreamLeague Season 22. His popularity rose in professional games, and with that, in pubs.

Lifestealer has not had any buffs in a while, but the buff to Radiance helps make a case for him. But perhaps the major advantage of the hero is the kind of offlaners that are strong in the current meta.

Naix (Lifestealer’s Dota 1 name) makes short work of heroes like Axe, Centaur Warrunner and Timbersaw, which are popular picks these days. However, keep in mind that because of his strong performances, LS was nerfed in Dota 2 patch 7.35d. The Rage movement speed has seen a major nerf – first in patch 7.35 and now more recently in patch 7.35d.

Centaur Warrunner (Pick rate: 13.16%, Win rate: 52.30%)

Centaur has been buffed in the last few patches before patch 7.35, so it was not unexpected that he would do alright in this meta. But one of the unexpected reasons for his rise has been the new Shivas Guard. He does need armor, as even though the behemoth has tons of HP, his effective HP (EHP) against physical damage is lacking.

But in the last few patches, the damage from both, Hoof Stomp and Double Edge has received a buff, which pairs nicely with Shiva’s Guard’s spell damage amplification. According to Dotabuff, based on the last month of pub games, Centaur’s fourth most popular item was Shiva’s Guard with a win rate of nearly 64%!

Axe (Pick rate: 11.50%, Win rate: 52.30%)

In the first few weeks of Dota 2 patch 7.35, Axe was not amongst the popular offlaners. But like Lifestealer, he grew in popularity, although probably not in games in which Lifestealer was picked!  One of the major buffs Axe received in patch 7.35 was a Culling Blade kill granting armor instead of attack speed for 6 seconds, which can be increased to 10 seconds with the level 10 talent.

But his increase in pick rate could also be due to initially popular offlaners like Doom, Death Prophet and Viper getting nerfed in the balance patches. Currently, for heroes with a pick rate over 10% in top tier pubs, Axe has one of the highest win rates.

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ไอเท็มระดับความหายากนั้นใช้สำหรับการอ้างอิง และแลกเปลี่ยนระหว่างผู้เล่นเป็นหลัก โดยระดับความหายากทั้งหมดที่ได้รับความนิยมคือระดับความหายาก Legendary, Immortal และ Arcana จะเป็นไอเทมที่มีเปลี่ยนแปลงการแสดงผลพิเศษ หรือ เปลี่ยน Effect นั่นเอง

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Team Secret will head to Malaysia for ESL One Kuala Lumpur

Tweaking their roster after missing The International 2023, Team Secret will begin the new season on an upswing and LAN appearance at ESL One Kuala Lumpur. 

 Team Secret missed The International 2023, marking Clement “Puppey” Ivanov first absence from the pinnacle of all Dota 2 events since its inception. Eager to ensure this season is more fruitful, the WEU team welcomed back two former teammates —Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Miroslav “BOOM” Bičan.

Within weeks of forming the new roster, Team Secret has already secured a seat at the first LAN, ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023

Coming in through the second set of open qualifiers, Puppey and co were immediately knocked into the lower bracket with a devastating 2:0 sweep by OG. Luckily for them, it didn’t damper their spirits. They not only fought through a few rounds, but exacted their revenge on OG with a 2:1 victory before crushing Entity for the remaining WEU slot.

Team Secret roster

Remco “Crystallis” Arets
Nai Zheng “MidOne” Yeik
Miroslav “BOOM” Bičan
Daniyal “Yamich” Lazebnyy
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov

ESL One Kuala Lumpur December 11-17,2023

  • $1,000,000
  • 12 teams

Directly invited teams

Qualified teams

GosuGamers –  ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 – Giveaway

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Is 2024 a comeback year for Chinese Dota 2?

Star players have returned from retirement, rosters have shuffled and Azure Ray took the first LAN title for the 2023-24 season, so will 2024 be China’s year?

China used to be a powerhouse in the Dota 2 scene. Seizing the Aegis every other year from The International 2 with Invictus Gaming through The International 6 with Wings Gaming.

The even number years were always earmarked for China. Until OG decided to throw a monkey wrench in and flip the narrative on its head. From TI8-TI10 LGD took two runner-up positions and a bronze.

The International 2022 and China

The International 11 was a low point with Chinese teams assuming fourth (Team Aster) and fifth place (LGD).

Team Asters coach Cheng “Mad” Han pointed out during the TI11 press conference that he felt younger players were flocking to play mobile games. There had been talk speculating that China’s restrictive gaming curfew laws made it difficult for organizations to find new players, and more aspiring and casual gamers might have been transitioning to gaming on their phones instead of PCs.

Players such as Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao, Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida, and Wang “Ame” Chunyu retired. Many believe that Faith/Bach was one of the greatest offlane players to have ever graced the game and one of the most successful in his role. In his eight-year career, he took home the most coveted Dota 2 trophy, the Aegis of Champions, in 2016 with Wings Gaming and was one game away from repeating the feat at TI10 with PSG.LGD.

With him and so many others exiting, the Chinese pro-Dota 2 scene was now officially starving for talent.

China in the DPC 2022-23

With the new Dota 2 year filled with a new generation of players, China suffered in the DPC 2022-23 season.

The region had its first setback with accusations of match-fixing and scripting, resulting in a massive ban across the region. More than 45 players, mainly from China, received a ban from Valve and Perfect World as reported by Dota 2 official Weibo account. That was nearly the entire new generation of Chinese professional players. Of particular interest to fans and the community was that of former Team Knights and the players from EHOME — both of which went to the Lima Major and were the first two teams to drop.

Then only one team, LGD, was directly invited to The International 2023 via DPC points.

And when it didn’t seem as if things could get worse, they of course did. The region was hit with the news they would have only one slot allocated to them through qualifiers. That meant only two teams from China would be heading to The International in Seattle.

This was the least amount of Chinese teams to represent the region at The International ever. 

Is 2024 China’s year?

It would be an understatement to say that the decline in success left China’s teams and players hungry for change.

Retired players made their way back to the Dota 2 map. Organizations looked to capitalize on the experience of older players and Chinese-Malaysian players outside the region.

Invictus Gaming aimed high this year with Du “Monet” Peng, Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang, Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen, Yap “xNova” Jian Wei, and Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao joining them in the post-TI12 shuffle.

After a disastrous run in The International 2023 regional qualifier where they got eliminated in the lower bracket rounds, the revamped Invictus Gaming took full revenge over Team Zero to claim the only spot for China to ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023.

But it was Azure Ray that took the lead for the new season in Malaysia. In a thrilling reverse sweep, AR claimed the first Chinese title at a LAN in over a year.

Even though ten days later Azure Ray star players and the coach left the team to join Xtreme Gaming —shocking many although the shuffle is reported to have started even before the event began in Malaysia — the new lineup is looking to be fire with veteran players and retired stars coming together under the guidance of Zhang ‘LaNm‘ Zhicheng.

Off to a great start, fans can check and follow the region’s success and journey with their new lineups again soon.

Moving into the new year, February brings around BetBoom Dacha Dubai, a $1,000,000 LAN event in Dubai from February 4-16th. The open qualifiers begin right after the new year. In addition, the EPT will resume in February with DreamLeague Season 22, followed by an ESL One LAN tournament hosted in Birmingham in the second part of April.

Azure Ray Roster

Zhen “lou” Lou
Jiaoyang “Ori” Zeng
Zhang “Faith_Bian” Ruida
Xu “fy” Linsen
Jiang “天命” An

Xtreme Gaming Roster

Wang “Ame” Chunyu
Hongcheng “Xm” Guo
Jing “Xxs” Lin
Zixing “XinQ” Zhao
Cong “Dy” Ding

G2.iG Roster

Du “Monet” Peng
Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang
Jun Wen “JT-” Thiay
Zhibiao “BoBoKa” Ye
Jian Wei “xNova-” Yap

LGD Gaming Roster

Xuanang “Shiro” Guo
Yi “Emo” Zhou
Kongbo “Niu” Li
Jiahan “Pyw” Xiong
Yiping “y`” Zhang

Cap and SVG explain Lina and Slardar’s domination at ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023

ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 group stage painted a good image of how the meta has shifted after the post TI12 patch.

Although the entire Dota 2 community felt that the 7.34e game play update was pretty underwhelming, the nerfs to Heart of Tarrasque, Blade Mail and a few of the strength heroes that terrorized The International 2023 stage, made room for new heroes to come into the limelight.

Two heroes in particular shined through the ESL One Kuala Lumpur groups. Lina, who was far from being a hot meta pick at TI12, is now the go-to mid lane choice for almost every team.

More interestingly, although Slardar was completely untouched by the patch, he went from not being picked a single time in the 150 games played at TI12, to now being the second most contested hero through the first part of ESL One Kuala Lumpur. He sits at a 91% contest rate with 12 picks and 49 bans.

Lina at ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023

Given the sudden surge of these two heroes who haven’t been directly impacted by the 7.34e patch, we talked with Austin “Cap” Walsh and Avery “SVG” Silverman at the end of the group play in Kuala Lumpur to learn what might have caused their return to the meta.

The duo have been party queuing together quite a lot post TI12 , Cap told us, and they’ve ended up on the receiving end of many Lina mids. “The hero has been developed in pubs for a bit,” SVG told to us.

“She has a pretty strong spell caster build, she is also the strongest laner in Dota 2 and when you have something like that, people prefer to pick it blindly in the match ups where they don’t know what they are facing,” SVG explained. “And if a hero also provides any value outside of winning her lane, it will basically end up being picked. I think that’s the part that people are trying to figure out right now. How well does she scale, how robust is this hero in terms of fitting with other cores, but you can’t deny this hero does what it does. It goes mid, it wins its lane, and it gives you an advantage and then it pushes lanes, and farms and it gives a very good single target burst.

Some other mid lane spell casters got nerfed a bit, so she is back.”

Cap also gave his thoughts on why Lina wasn’t popular at TI12.

“The problem with her at TI12 was that there was definitely a strength meta, where even though she can output 2000+ pure damage, it was not enough when a hero had 5k HP,” he said to us.


“So, the fact that Hearth got nerfed a bit, Blade Mail got nerfed a bit, and some of the very popular TI strength heroes got nerfed a bit, helps Lina a lot. That’s a big factor and maybe there is an emphasis on winning the lanes right now, because, in part, Gaimin Gladiators proved that you can go from winning lanes to ending the game fairly quickly. A lot of the games at TI12 were super drawn out and then Gaimin Gladiators came in and ended games in 25 minutes. If you can end games quickly, then winning lanes is extremely important and I think Lina is really strong at doing that.”

Slardar at ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023

For Slardar, although he is the second most contested hero, after Grimstoke, neither SVG nor Cap truly believe in his powers.

Slardar fits the same concept of lane domination as Lina. But besides that, he is also some one of the best conters to what seems to become a trend in the new meta.

Slardar fits the same concept of lane domination as Lina. But besides that, he is also one of the best counters to what seems to become a trend in the new meta.

“I don’t have nearly as much faith in Slardar as I do in Lina right now,” said Cap.”But, probably another factor for him being so popular right now is not just the lane domination, but also some of the strength heroes not being as strong anymore. First that comes to mind is Chaos Knight. I think this hero trades with any hero and one of the biggest advantages of Slardar is that he is supposed to be able to out-trade with a lot of these melee cores. So, Chaos Knight` being nerfed definitely helps, Troll Warlord doesn’t feel as strong as it was, and that’s another hero that countered Slardar in his effectiveness in lane.

I will say that although he was highly contested in the groups, but I don’t see it yet. maybe I’ll become a believer by the end of the tournament.”

SVG pointed out that Slardar has really good matchups against Lone Druid and Lifestealer, which were also hot picks in the group play at ESL One Kuala Lumpur.

Beginning today, December 15, ESL One Kuala Lumpur playoff matches are being played on stage at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre. It remains to be seen if Lina and Slardar will continue their domination or if the teams that made it to the top 8 found a different meta approach.

ESL One returns to Birmingham in April

The second LAN stop on ESL’s Pro Tour will be in Birmingham towards the end of April 2024. 

The group stage of ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 is already getting ready to wrap up, but the folks at ESL are working hard to extend the ESL Pro Tour hype.

The calendar for the 2024 ESL Pro Tour (EPT) is stacked with online and LAN tournaments and the second LAN in the series has now been officially announced.

Moving into the new year, the EPT will resume in February with DreamLeague Season 22, followed by an ESL One LAN tournament hosted in Birmingham in the second part of April.

The last time ESL One was in the English city was in 2019 when Team Secret took the championship title, trophy, and lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool after besting Evil Geniuses 3:2 in the grand finals. Another ESL One LAN event was scheduled for March 2020, but was canceled due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic. That event was rescheduled to online only.

The first wave of tickets will go on sale this Thursday.  More information can be found HERE.

DreamLeague Season 22

Tournament Dates: Feb 25 – Mar 10

  • Prize pool: $1,000,000
  • Total EPT Points: 18,550

Qualifiers: Jan 09 – 17

  • Open Qualifier: Jan 09 – 12
  • Closed Qualifier: Jan 13 – 17

ESL One Birmingham 2024

Tournament Dates: Apr 22 – 28

  • Prize pool: $1,000,000
  • Total EPT Points: 26,640

An early glimpse into Dota 2 patch 7.35 through the lens of ESL One Kuala Lumpur

With the first tournament of the 2023-2024 Dota 2 season wrapped up, we take a look at how the new meta around Dota 2 patch 7.35 is evolving.

Dota 2 patch 7.35 dropped in the middle of ESL One Kuala Lumpur, giving teams the headache of some additional preparation. But it did stir up the pot in a good way, as Azure Ray were the ones who rose to the occasion to reverse sweep the favorites, Gaimin Gladiators, in the grand finals. Few wanted to see the same repeat story of Gaimin Gladiators taking on Team Liquid in the grand finals, and the Chinese team prevented that with an impressive comeback.

The group stages of ESL One Kuala Lumpur were played on Dota 2 patch 7.34e, as were the first few games of the playoffs. But the most interesting games – a total of 21 games – towards the end of the tournament were played on Dota 2 patch 7.35, which gives us some idea of how the professional teams are looking at the recently released patch. Let’s take a look at how the new meta might look based on those 21 games from ESL One Kuala Lumpur. All data is taken from datDota.

Most Picked

Looking at the most picked list of heroes in the 21 games, it is heartwarming to see Crystal Maiden at the top with the most picks. She hasn’t been a meta pick for a while now. What is not heartwarming is seeing Pangolier in there, who keeps being a popular pick even after a series of nerfs.

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Crystal Maiden was buffed in patch 7.35, and she seemed to be a good pick in the grand finals for Gaimin Gladiators, who won the first two games with Rylai in their ranks. But things didn’t go so well for game 3 and game 4, which led to the GG captain Melchior “Seleri” Hillenkamp making a declaration about the hero.

It will be interesting to see how teams perceive this hero going ahead.

A hero that sticks out is Storm Spirit, who had a 100% win rate in 6 games! It isn’t a huge sample size, but it is something to make a note of. In terms of hero buffs, there weren’t too many for Storm Spirit, but item buffs might be something that makes him strong this meta. Guo “Xm” Hongcheng started Azure Rays comeback in the grand finals with a flawless 11/0/13 game on Storm Spirit, and he went for Parasma. Witch Blade itself received a buff with additional attack speed and mana regeneration. Parasma, which is a new item and Witch Blade’s upgrade, reduces the enemy magic resistance by 20%. Majority of Storm Spirit’s damage is magical. The item buffs in general seem to benefit intelligence carries, and Storm possibly tops the list.

Vengeful Spirit also seems to be a hero on the rise after her Swap was turned into a nuke on top of the original ability, which gives her allies a damage barrier equivalent to the damage done (150/300/450 magic damage), which is a game changer.

Most Contested

A lot of heroes don’t make the most picked list due to being banned in the majority of games, and in the latter stages of ESL One Kuala Lumpur, that was the case for Chen and Magnus. Chen had a 100% contest rate, with just one pick in the lower bracket final. This isn’t a surprise, as Chen received sizable buffs in Dota 2 patch 7.35. On top of that, Solar Crest was buffed quite a bit, and that is a standard Chen item.

The other hero the pros seem to fear is Magnus, who had Skewer buffed to damage the hero being taken for a ride based on the distance (along with a base magic damage at every level). A maximum range Skewer can now deal 448 magical damage, which goes up to 505 magical damage with the level 20 Skewer range talent. Once Team Spirit gets back from vacation, Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov is going to have some fun with the hero!

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Another hero who was banned out a lot, and who might be a sleeping giant, is Leshrac. The changes to Bloodstone and Shivas Guard possibly benefit the Disco Pony the best. Increased spell AoE from Bloodstone and magic damage amplification from Shivas Guard is an absolute dream for the hero.

This is all very early in the patch, so nothing is carved in stone. There are a lot of moving parts, but one thing that is clear is that there are very few of the heroes that dominated TI12 visible in the favourable heroes. Bristleback, Chaos Knight, Kunkka, Spirit Breaker, Spectre and the likes that were roaming around building Blade Mail and Heart of Tarrasque seem to be a thing of the past. It is time for a new dawn!

BetBoom Dacha features odd regions merger for qualifiers leg

BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 is the first tournament of the new year to boast a $1,000,000 prize pool, but the qualifiers battle is brutal as some of the biggest regions are being merged.

The closed regional battle for BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 is set to start this coming Sunday, January 7 with a total of five regions. Oddly enough, while choosing to keep the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the BetBoom Dacha tournament organiser, Fissure, decided to make a big leap back in time and merge some other regions.

Somewhat understandable, Fissure merged North and South American regions for their upcoming event. Although the tournament organiser didn’t give any details or reasoning for their decision, the lack of results for either SA or Na through the past few years could be a possible explanation.

BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 NA & SA closed qualifiers bracket

What’s actually intriguing is Fissure’s decision to merge Southeast Asia and China regions into one bracket. There are four Chinese teams and four teams representing SEA competing together for one ticket to the one million-dollar tournament. Seeing these two regions merged is particularly odd given the fact that China has just claimed the ESL One Kuala Lumpur trophy in December of last year.

More so, at The International 2023, which concluded in November 2023, China had two teams finishing in the top four. Azure Ray, who placed fourth at TI12 and who are the ESL One Kuala Lumpur Champions will be fighting for a ticket to Dubai in the CN and SEA regional qualifiers, while LGD, who finished third at TI12 and 9th-10th in Kuala Lumpur, have been given a direct invite to Dubai.

It will be interesting to see if any of the SEA teams will deliver the upset in the BetBoom Dacha closed qualifier. If none of the SEA teams qualifies for the LAN portion of the tournament, then the region will be represented only by Aurora, a new entry in the Dota 2 scene, who signed an all-star lineup in the post TI12 shuffle and have been granted a direct invite to the upcoming LAN.

 BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 China and SEA closed qualifiers bracket

While some of the biggest teams are fighting in merged regions for a ticket to Dubai, the newly installed MENA region has the smallest pool of teams competing for a spot in the event. Although the region featured two legs of open qualifiers, there were not enough teams to actually compete in both.  At the same time there are just four teams invited to the closed qualifiers and it is still unclear if they will be joined or not by any other competitor coming from open brackets.

BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 MENA closed qualifiers bracket


Western and Eastern Europe were the only regions to be kept separate as the competition in both of these two is quite fierce. EEU has two teams directly invited to the LAN event in Dubai, Team Spirit and BetBoom Team and they are guaranteed to have one more competitor joining from closed qualifiers.

All eyes will most probably be on, who made more than a decent showing at TI12. However, the EEU qualifier marks the debut of what many in the competitive scene see as the best up-and-coming carry player. At only 15 years old, Satanic sits 3rd on the European leaderboards with 12K MMR while having an 11K MMR account on SEA servers as well. He played most of his early games on SEA servers due to living in Vietnam with his parents. However, 2024 is the year when he is making a push for a pro career and will play for a spot at BetBoom Dacha Dubai with Yellow Submarine.

BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 EEU qualifiers bracket

Western Europe closed qualifiers feature the likes of Team Secret, OG, Tundra Esports and Entity all fighting for one ticket. Much like EEU, Western Europe also has two teams directly invited to the LAN event in Dubai, namely Gaimin Gladiators and Team Liquid.

BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 WEU qualifiers bracket

WEU and MENA closed qualifiers start on the 11th of January. The rest of the regions start their regional battle tomorrow, January 7, so make sure to catch all the action live on

The big losers of Dota 2 patch 7.35 in pubs

A little over a week after the release of Dota 2 patch 7.35, we look at which heroes received the short end of the stick.

A new patch always stirs up the meta. Heroes shift everywhere in terms of preference and win rates. A few days ago, we looked at the biggest winners of the new meta evolving around Dota 2 patch 7.35. Here, we take a look at the biggest losers of the patch.

While looking at the winners, it makes sense to look at both, the heroes with the highest win rate as well as the major positive movers in win rate. But while we will look at the heroes with the lowest win rates here, the real losers are the ones which have dropped the most in terms of win rate since the release of patch 7.35.

There is a small case of balance patch 7.35b, which dropped about a week after the main patch. Stats have been shown since the release of patch 7.35 and patch 7.35b till now. All data is taken from STRATZ.

Biggest Decreases in Win Rate After the Release of Dota 2 Patch 7.35

The biggest loser in terms of win rate reduction is Slardar, and yet somehow, he is..a winner?! Slardar lost about 4.5% win rate after the release of Dota 2 patch 7.35, but he remains a high win rate hero, because his initial win rate was over 57%. While he has suffered, the Slithereen Guard is very much a viable hero in the current meta. Similar is the case with Spectre and Wraith King, who have been reigned in a bit, but continue to be decent picks.

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Muerta on the other hand, is in a much dire place. She was a strong hero in the position 1 and position 4 role at TI12, and had an above average win rate. But that has now plummeted to below 48%, and we may see a it less of her in the next few weeks.

Chen’s case is a peculiar one. He was buffed in Dota 2 patch 7.35, but it wasn’t just a numbers buff. It came in the form of slight reworks to skills, and it might be a case of players getting used to the new set of skills.

If the changes to win rate after the release of Dota 2 patch 7.35b are considered, a bunch of heroes who weren’t changed come into the picture. Other than Leshrac, who was brought down a notch after the buffs to him in the main patch, none of the other four heroes were changed. But other heroes getting stronger is a factor that can reduce their win rates, which might be happening here.

Lowest Win Rates from Dota 2 Patch 7.35

Just for the heck of it, if the lowest win rate heroes in pubs are observed, it shows some heroes are really in the mud. The worst of the lot, which sadly includes Chen, are below a win rate of 45%. Batrider, even though he saw an increase of nearly 4% ever since the release of patch 7.35, is still languishing at a win rate of 42.4%. Pangolier deserves to be there, as he has enjoyed a good run for a long time. But the other heroes deserve buffs in the upcoming patches.

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While some parity has been restored to pubs, there are a lot of heroes that need a few buffs to make them viable again. As the new year rolls in and professional Dota ramps up to full speed in the first few months, we are bound to get more balance patches that will uplift the heroes having a hard time right now. On a parting note, here are the 10 lowest win-rate heroes in pubs from the last week. Avoid them if you don’t want to lose MMR and enter the new year on a sour note!

The big winners of Dota 2 patch 7.35 in pubs

A little over a week after the release of Dota 2 patch 7.35, we look at which heroes are thriving in the new meta that is developing around the patch.

Dota 2 patch 7.35 was released a little over a week ago. It always takes time for the meta to settle after the release of a major patch, but the early signs typically indicate where it is headed. Here, we will take a look at the big winners of the patch from two different perspectives – which heroes have the highest win rates and which ones have seen the biggest movement in win rates.

Keep in mind, the first balance patch in the form of Dota 2 patch 7.35b was released a week after the main patch release. So we will take a look at the data since the release of Dota 2 patch 7.35, as well as the balance patch. All data is taken from STRATZ.

Highest Win Rates from Dota 2 Patch 7.35

Sand King tops the charts since the release of patch 7.35, and that hasn’t changed anything for Crixallis with balance patch 7.35b released. The weird thing is, he was one of the highest win rate heroes in the previous patch as well. If you look at the change in his win rate since the release of 7.35, it is only a change of 0.4%. He was slightly nerfed in patch 7.35, but not enough to bring him down. In addition to that, Sand King is one of the best candidates for the new Veil of Discord that upgrades to Shivas Guard, which is an indirect buff to him.

The heroes that have actually benefitted from patch 7.35 to rise up in the ranks are Abaddon, Arc Warden and Underlord. With Abaddon however, the stats show that after the release of patch 7.35b, his win rate has decreased by 1.5%. This is because Abaddon, core or support, is one of the best builders of the new Solar Crest. But after the nerf to the item in the recent balance patch, it isn’t a good one for core Abaddon. In addition to that, patch 7.35b also nerfed Curse of Avernus. Support Abaddon may be the way to go in the days ahead.