While ESL One Los Angeles European/CIS online regional league is still underway, now in its playoff stages, Valve has decided to release a new Dota 2 gameplay update (7.26) with general gameplay changes.
This update does not include any hero buffs or nerfs, which is a silver lining for teams competing at ESL One Los Angeles. However, it is still a bit strange that Valve would release gameplay changes during what is considered to be a major tournament in times where LAN events have been cancelled or postponed.
A gameplay update has been released that is focused on a few core adjustments https://t.co/aneYoaj6qC— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) April 17, 2020
In the latest Dota 2 gameplay update, Valve focuses on systemic changes. The developer also explained once these changes have settled, they would deploy an update with hero, and item adjustments.
The Dota 2 gameplay update 7.26 might look relatively small when you look at the changes below. However, these are actually massive changes, especially with attributes no longer providing certain buffs.
- Attributes no longer provide Magic Resistance, Spell Amplification and Movement Speed for Strength, Intelligence and Agility respectively.
- Gold bounties reduced by 10% (affects buildings, lane creeps, neutrals and heroes)
- Killstreak gold is reduced by 50%
Item builds for heroes might drastically change after this new Dota 2 gameplay update from Valve. We will have to see how pros handle the situation during ESL One Los Angeles European/CIS regional league, which is finishing up on 19th April 2020.
Teams might have to adjust their item builds a bit, and whoever adapts the fastest will probably have a good shot at taking down the tournament.