Let’s take a look at the first trends after Dota 2 Patch 7.35. Some heroes have become a lot more popular than others.
The Dota 2 7.35 patch was one of the most anticipated updates from Valve in years. People have been patiently waiting for the update for several months. In the end, the Dota 2 Patch 7.35 arrived alongside the Frostivus Update and brought tons of changes.
Despite the fact that the Dota 2 Patch 7.35 release date was a few days ago, we already have some data about hero changes. Unsurprisingly, the new update changed a lot of things, and some heroes became much more robust than others.
First Trends After Dota 2 Patch 7.35
Considering we are talking about the first trends in the new patch, it is worth mentioning that the date here is subject to change. Valve will definitely release smaller updates in the near future that will buff and/or nerf some of the heroes, so expect to find more.
Leshrac is the hero with the biggest win rate and pick rate increase
It’s been a while since the Disco Pony has been the go-to option for a Dota 2 meta, but it seems like his time has come. Judging by what is happening after the Dota 2 Patch 7.35 release, we can see that Leshrac is on another level.
Prior to the update, the hero’s win rate was around 46.66%, whereas his pick rate was less than 1.5%. Now, after the buffs, his win rate is close to 58%, whereas his pick rate is close to 14%, which is just mind-blowing.
The reason why we suddenly felt like the TI5 meta is back is because of Leshrac’s buffs. After the new update, the hero got the following:
- Diabolic Eddict deals 9/16/23/30 damage instead of 7/14/2/28, meaning the hero can push much faster.
- Lighting Storm now reduces the target’s attack speed by 50, making Leshrac a good option against physical-damage midders.
Following the first trends after Dota 2 7.35 patch, we believe this hero will definitely receive nerfs in the upcoming 7.35b.
Death Prophet is getting big
The second-best hero, according to the Dota 2 Patch 7.35 Reddit and other sources, is Death Prophet. Her win rate is close to 57% (it was 46 before), whereas the hero’s pick rate is up by 3.4% and is at 5.4%. This makes Death Prophet one of the top-tier midders you can have right now.
Similar to Leshrac, this hero received some updates in the Dota 2 Patch 7.35. According to the changelog, DP’s Silence now slows enemies by 25% on level 4, which is huge. This makes DP a lot more effective at solo killing, as well as having a greater impact in fights.
Aside from this buff, her level 20 talent that gave Crypt Swarm a 50% slow now gives +15% Silence Move Speed Slow. In other words, the hero is more effective early on.
Timbersaw is back
It’s been a while since Timbersaw was a popular pick in Dota 2, but it seems like the first trend after the Dota 2 Patch 7.35 reveals he is back. After the changes, his win rate is 54%, whereas his pick rate is 9%.
Besides the fact that the hero is incredibly good in the team-fight-based meta, he also got a lot of buffs:
- The hero’s base STR is up to 25 to 27
- His STR gain is up from 3.2 to 3.5
- Reactive Armor’s max stacks are up from 10/20/30/40 to 15/24/33/42 and the stacks per hero attack are now 3 instead of 2
- Timbersaw’s Level 10 talent that gave 200 HP now gives +0.2 Reactive armor regeneration per stack. As for his level 15 talent, instead of +6 Reactive Armor Stacks, he gets +6 Max / +1Hero Attack Reactive Armor Stack
Lycan is the hero who has lost the most so far
Even though heroes like Leshrac and Death Prophet are thriving, the Dota 2 7.35 patch notes had bad news for some heroes, and it seems like it affected them a lot. Lycan is the best example because the new patch has pretty much eliminated him from the meta.
The stats show that Lycan’s pick rate is close to 0.82%, which is the lowest it's ever been. His pick rate is also down from 52% to 44%, and we expect it to go down even more.
Despite the fact that Lycan did not get any changes in the most recent update, it seems like the meta is just not that good for him. Sure, he can work in setups that focus on fast pushing, but it seems like this meta will be more focused on team fights. Therefore, we don’t expect to see Lycan become one of the popular picks.
Tinker is not looking good
Some heroes got more interesting changes in the Dota 2 Patch 7.35, and Tinker is among them. He has always been a weird pick in pro and PUB games, and we have never seen him as the meta midder. With that said, the most recent updates reduced his damage output, which was a bad idea because the hero is in a really bad state.
The stats show that Tinker’s current pick rate is down to 3%, whereas his win rate is 44.56%, making it one of the lowest in the game right now. This is sad to see because Tinker is one of the highest skill-cap heroes in Dota 2.
As for the changes, the updates did the following:
- Laser’s cast range is 450 (down from 600)
- Hear-Seeking Missile’s range is down from 2000 to 1500
- Rearm now grants +25% Magic Resistance for 4s
- Warp Flare can now apply a root.
The new Dota 2 7.35 patch definitely disrupted the current meta. We’ll keep an eye on everything new and let you know when there are new updates.