If you watched this years’ The International, you know that Alchemist, Enchantress, and Tiny were among the strongest and most contested heroes during the tournament. Of course, this was also reflected in the pub meta. It almost felt like at least one of those three heroes (if not all of them at once) was in every single game. Fortunately, the newest Patch 7.22g finally “unleashed” the nerf hammer.
Let’s take a look at what was the current state of those heroes before and after the patch. Please note that all data used in this article is from DotaBuff.
The one-man army hero definitely suffered the most due to the new patch. In fact, his win rating dropped by 8% in just a matter of three days, which is insane. What’s even more impressive is the pick rate decline for the same period - over 10%!
As you know, 7.22g brought nerfs to Greevil’s gold bonus, Chemical Rage as well as the level 15 and 25 talents, which was a clear sign that Alchemist was just broken before this. After all, it’s not often that we see four nerfs on a hero in one single update.
The thing is that even now, Alchemist is still very strong. Sure, he might not be that broken, but given a proper start, he is still capable of carrying his team relatively effortless. That’s why it is essential not to allow him to have a good start. Of course, this can be done in various ways, but constant pressure is one of the most useful methods.
Another way if winning against teams that have Alchemist in them is by completely crushing the other lanes. After all, Alch needs to farm, so it is very unlikely to see him helping the other lanes. Regardless of what you do, if he ends up getting the required farm, you just have to survive. Remember that BKB’s duration gets lower with each use, so don’t allow yourself to be overrun.
To summarize, it seems like until the new update comes out (which should probably happen in a couple of days), the pick and win rate of Alchemist will continue to decline.
If you are new to Dota 2, the look of this hero might fool you. She looks like a cute little deer, but little do you know, Enchantress is capable of annihilating the enemy lineups.
If we take a look at what happened a couple of years ago, there were times where Ench was in a similar state prior to 7.22g. The hero was absolutely demolishing the offlane and was nearly unkillable at one point. Needless to say, this was followed by various nerfs which ultimately led to the “death” of the hero, at least in pro games.
After the nerfs, her win rating dropped by 5%, and now it is around 47%. The same applies to the picking rate - it is also down by 5%. To be fair, this decline is a little bit more than we originally anticipated. After all, the only nerfs which she received were related to a little bit less healing and -2% dmg on Impetus. Sure, these are two of her core spells, but you can’t even compare it to what happened to Alchemist.
The last spot on this article is for probably the most popular hero in pro-Dota - Tiny. Historically speaking, he has been a part of pretty much every meta ever since TI 3. Some of the old-school players probably remember the good-old IO + Tiny combo which demolished the mid lane. Having said that, the hero “evolved” a lot since then and now he can be played in various positions, depending on the person who plays it.
At TI 9, Tiny was picked a total of 62 times, and in nearly all of them there was one item which always ended up in his inventory - Aghanim Scepter. Tree Volly was broken, especially if there were a couple of damage items present. In fact, there were many situations where the hero could 100-0 someone in just a matter of seconds.
Because of this, IceFrog decided it’s to time to “contain” this power and released 7.22g. Now, Tree volley does 20% less damage, requires 50 more mana, and has 3 seconds longer cooldown. The nerfs reflected on his pick and win rate, which are down by around 3% each.
All in all, Patch 7.22g hit the mark and brought these heroes down a peg. Some may say the nerfs didn't go far enough, but nevertheless, they're not the same powerhouses they were at TI9.
The entire Dota 2 community is eager to see the new Outlanders Update. After all, we need some kind of refreshment for the new DPC season.