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Dota 2 update 7.24b patch notes: Batrider nerfs, item changes, more

Published: 27/Feb/2020 11:15

by Kamil Malinowski


Valve’s ever-popular MOBA Dota 2 has been hit with another update, this time focusing on balance, as many fan-favorite heroes and items have seen changes. 

Gameplay update 7.24b went live on Feb 26, with many of the most popular heroes and items receiving changes as the patch focuses mainly on nerfs.

Of course, in classic Dota 2 style, the changes are small adjustments with no massive buffs or nerfs. Regardless, this patch will definitely still shake things up, especially at the highest levels, as popular heroes like Batrider and Puck find themselves weakened.

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Dota 2 update 7.24b: What’s changed?

To start off, some items have seen fairly significant changes. Most notably, Desolator’s armor reduction has been reduced from seven to six, while the damage has been increased from 50 to 60, making it less powerful as an armor-penetrating tool.

Meanwhile, Diffusal Blade’s mana burn has been reduced from 50 to 40 as many fans were complaining about how fast some heroes are able to completely wipe out Mana with it. Additionally, Maelstrom and Mjollnir have seen their iconic Chain Lightning effect nerfed as the bounce distance drops from 900 to 650.

When it comes to heroes, quite a few of the fan-favorites have seen nerfs. Batrider has had his Flamebreak burn duration reduced by different amounts per level, while Puck’s Waning Rift has seen a significant drop in cast range, from 350 to 275.

ValveSnapfire is another hero that has seen nerfs in Dota 2’s latest patch.

Saladar has been hit by the nerf bat the hardest as three of his skills have been changed. His Bash of the Deep damage has been reduced, the Guardian Sprint now costs 25 mana (up from 0), and his ultimate’s armor reduction has been decreased by 2 at all levels.

There are a ton more changes to heroes like Snapfire, Lifestealer, IO, and more which you can check out in the full patch notes below.

Dota 2 update 7.24b patch notes



Magic resistance reduced from 5% to 4%


Armor reduction reduced from 7 to 6

Damage increased from 50 to 60

Diffusal Blade

Mana burnt per attack reduced from 50 to 40


Chain lightning bounce distance reduced from 900 to 650


Chain lightning bounce distance reduced from 900 to 650



Flamebreak burn duration reduced from 4/5/6/7 to 2/4/6/8


Impetus manacost increased from 40/45/50/55 to 65


Strength gain reduced from 3.4 to 3.2


Overcharge regen from 0.55/0.7/0.85/1% to 0.5/0.6/0.7/0.8%


Base attack speed reduced from 140 to 130

Base damage reduced by 3

Nyx Assassin

Impale duration reduced from 1.6/2/2.4/2.8 to 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6


Waning Rift cast range reduced from 350 to 275


Bash of the Deep damage reduced from 60/115/170/225 to 50/100/150/200

Guardian Sprint now has a 25 manacost

Corrosive Haze reduced from 10/15/20 to 8/13/18


Firesnap Cookie stun duration reduced from 1.6/1.9/2.2/2.5 to 1.6/1.8/2/2.2

Mortimer Kisses damage reduced from 200/300/400 to 160/240/320


Reactive Armor bonus armor per stack reduced from 1/1.1/1.2/1.3 to 0.9/1/1.1/1.2


Grow armor reduced from 10/18/26 to 10/16/22

Toss cast range reduced from 1000/1100/1200/1300 to 850/1000/1150/1300

Void Spirit

Movement speed reduced from 305 to 300


Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

Moogy from Dota 2
Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

Dota2 on Weibo
Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.