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Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26b makes some massive changes

Valve has decided that denying creeps no longer grant any gold in the Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26b
Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26b makes some massive changes
The Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26b isn't a mammoth update with tonnes of balance changes, but it is a very significant one. Valve has made some massive changes.

The highlights include: Creep denies no longer grant any gold, and all hero talents have been nerfed with around 20%.


Dota 2 gameplay update reaction


This comes as a big surprise, and the Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26b is confusing some fans, as everyone is wondering why denies no longer grant any gold.

Famous Dota 2 caster Toby "Tobiwan" Dawson expressed his shock at the deny change in the latest update.


The latest Dota 2 gameplay update also comes in the middle of the WePlay! Pushka League, and it isn't the first time Valve has recently released a significant update during a big tournament.

Two-time TI winners OG is, as always, meme-ing it up, as they are currently competing in the WePlay! Pushka League. OG is referring to another big change in the new Dota 2 gameplay update.


Now, onto the update notes. While not a big list of changes, it could definitely affect the metagame in some significant ways.

Dota 2 7.26b update notes

General gameplay changes:

  • Denies no longer grant gold
  • Deny XP given to enemies increased from 40% to 50%
  • Melee Creeps base bounty increased by +5
  • Neutral Creeps base bounty values increased back 10%
  • All talents are now about 20% weaker 
  • Towers now grant +1 HP Regen Aura for Tier 1 Towers, and +3 for Tier2/3/4 Towers
  • XP required to reach level 9/10/11/12/13 increased from 780/810/840/870/900 to 890/930/970/1010/1050
  • Reliable gold is now given only for passive income
  • AoE Gold increased from 45 + 0.027*NW to 45 + 0.033*NW
  • Neutral item drop times for T1-4 changed from 7/15/25/40 to 7/17/27/37
  • Tier 2+ towers health increased by 500 and damage by 25

Item changes: 

  • Healing Salve - Duration increased from 8 to 10 seconds (same overall heal)
  • Gloves of Haste - Cost increased from 400 to 450
  • Blades of Attack - Cost increased from 430 to 450
  • Ring of Basilius - Recipe cost increased from 175 to 200
  • Hood of Defiance - Now has a 200 gold recipe

It will be interesting to see how teams adapt to the Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26b.