Here are the biggest winners following the Dota 2 Patch 7.33d.
Surprisingly, Valve decided to drop the Dota 2 patch 7.33d just a few days before the end of DreamLeague Season 20 and the start of The Bali Major. This decision surprised us a lot, but after taking a look at everything new, it became clear that 7.33d features small tweaks to some items and heroes.
As expected, many of the dominating heroes in the current meta received some nerfs, but to our surprise, some did not change. Of course, certain heroes got buffed, which is why it is time to take a look at them and highlight the patch’s biggest winners. With that said, most of the changes in this patch are nerfs, so keep that in mind.
The first of the big winners following 7.33d is Leshrac. The forgotten disco-pony will probably come back in the meta because Valve’s latest patch made almost all of his abilities much stronger.
Starting with the hero’s stun, Split Earth now has a 150/180/210/240 radius instead of a 150/175/200/225 radius. However, getting an Aghanim’s Shard will now provide a 55 radius instead of 60, which is a small nerf.
Another thing that’s new for Leshrac in 7.33d is the cooldown to Diabolic Edict. Instead of being 22s, it’s now 22/21/20/19s, so the hero can use it much more often.
Lightning Storm, one of the most annoying abilities in Dota 2, also got a buff. Its damage is now up from 70/120/170/220 to 90/140/190/240. The 20 extra damage may not seem that much, but it will help Leshrac be a lot more dangerous, especially in the laning stage. Let’s not forget that the hero was extremely broken many years ago, mainly because of this ability.
Finally, the last change in 7.33d to Leshrac is to Nihlism, which now has a 500 radius instead of 450.
Truth be told, we didn’t expect to see Lina among the biggest winners of the 7.33d list, especially after what happened a few updates ago. The hero was the best carry in the world, but Valve nerfed her so hard that she vanished from the meta and became the worst hero in the game. It seems like the company is not happy with its decision because Lina received three substantial buffs in 7.33d.
First, Dragon Slave now has an 11/10/9/8s cooldown instead of a 12/11/10/9s.
Firefly Soul’s Aghanin Shard Spell Damage per stack is now up to 20 from 15. This will make a massive difference because it allows Lina to do even more damage.
Finally, 7.33d also buffed Flame Cloak because this ability now provides 35 spell amp instead of 30%, and the duration is up to 8s from 6s.
Another hero that was pretty big before was Nature’s Prophet. Even though he hasn’t been in the meta for a few months now, 7.33d will change it because the hero got three substantial buffs.
The first one is his Attack Range, which is now 620 instead of 600. We were surprised by this buff because NP always had one of the best range and attack animations in the game, but it seems like Valve decided to make him even better.
The second new thing to Nature’s Prophet in 7.33d is a buff to Nature’s Call. The latter costs 120 mana instead of 150, and the cooldown is down from 37s to 37/35/33/31s. In other words, the hero will be able to use this option more frequently.
Lastly, we have Curse of the Oldgrowth, which now deals 20 DPS per tree instead of 15. Again, this is something that may not look that special, but it has a big effect on the hero.
If you are looking for a hero that will dominate your PUB games, Razor is always one of the good options to go for. Sadly, the hero hasn’t been that popular lately, but 7.33d may change it because Razor got a few interesting new things.
First, the hero’s base Agility is now 24 instead of 24. This means Razor’s early game will be better because he will have more damage, more armor, and more attack speed.
Static Link is the second thing that’s new in this Dota 2 7.33d patch. The ability’s buff duration is increased from 9/12/15/18s to 12/14/16/18s. This allows him to steal more damage early on, which is another buff for Razor’s laning stage.
Finally, Razor’s level 10 talent will now give the hero +14 AGI instead of +12, making it an even better option than its alternative.
Even though Sniper only received one change in 7.33d, and it doesn’t seem that big, we think he will become one of the hot heroes in the meta. The fact that Spirit Breaker, QoP, and other popular heroes in the current meta received nerfs means that Sniper may come back in the meta. Therefore, the bonus radius to Shrapnel will make him a pretty good option in the meta. Following 7.33d, Sniper’s Shrapnel now has a 475 radius instead of 400, so he can cover an even larger area in the mid-lane.
Zeus is another hero that only received a small buff, but it may have an effect on his popularity in the meta. The new Dota 2 patch 7.33d gave Thundergod’s Wrath 350/500/650 damage instead of 350/475/600. 50 extra damage is not that much, but it will make Zeus more effective against squishy heroes, even enemies like Slark, who often stay on low HP because they're fighting all the time.