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Dota Underlords mid-season patch notes - massive alliance, hero changes, item adjustments, and more

by Kamil Malinowski

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Valve have announced a new Mid-season patch for Dota Underlords. This patch is one of the biggest yet, with changes to almost every aspect of the game. 

Dota Underlords is Valve’s take on the popular Dota 2 custom game Dota Autochess. The game has seen multiple updates since its open beta release on June 20, but this patch is set to bring some of the biggest changes yet. 

What's new?

This patch features numerous changes, including buffs and nerfs to almost every alliance, buffs, nerfs, and some total redesigns of heroes, as well as reworks to the loot round and item system.

Valve
Valve
Dota Underlords will see changes to the loot round system.

Alliance changes

Most alliances have been given a small buff or nerf, mainly focusing on the late game, however, the Scrappy alliance was given a huge change.

The Scrappy alliance now only takes two units per level, rather than three, and has been given a new level two bonus that requires four units. This change seems to be focused around making Scrappy units more viable in the midgame and allows players to buff all scrappy units without having to wait for the tier five Techies. 

Valve
Valve
The Scrappy alliance will receive a new level two bonus.

Hero buffs, nerfs, and redesigns

The biggest changes of the patch come from heroes. Almost every hero has been changed in some way, with most low-cost heroes receiving a buff to their three-star stats and abilities.   

However, heroes like Medusa, Enigma, Razor, and Tidehunter have been redesigned. Medusa and Razor mostly stay the same but have had their gold cost and tier changed, completely changing the way they can be played. 

Razor is now a one cost unit with much less health and damage, making him less crucial to the Mage alliance, while Medusa has been increased to a five cost unit, making her much more difficult to obtain. 

Valve
Valve
Tidehunter and co have received changes this patch.

Tidehunter and Enigma are two of the most popular units in the game and have been hit with big nerfs. Both heroes have seen their abilities damage and radius reduced, as well as a change in Alliance. Tidehunter is now a warrior, while Enigma has been changed to a Shaman. 

Item and loot round adjustments

Nearly every item has been hit with a change in this patch, the best items face nerfs, while weaker ones have received very notable buffs. 

Valve
Valve
A variety items have been changed.

Additionally, loot rounds have been made more difficult, but will no longer remove two item choices. Instead, a loss will offer items from the previous wave’s tier. 

The biggest item changes are reworks to Alliance items. Every alliance item will be available at every tier and will get different power levels depending on the tier they are offered at. For example, Coordinated Assault used to give an attack speed buff of +25, but will now give +10, +20, or +30, depending on the tier that it is offered. 

Notable permanent items changes include a big buff to Battle Fury, giving the item +70 damage, as well as a small nerf to Daedalus, which had its Crit Multiplier reduced by 35, and damage reduced by 10. 

Valve
Valve
The new patch brings changes to all these heroes and more.

Dota Underlords full Mid-season patch notes

GENERAL:

  • Added Loot Round tips and tricks to the Season Info tab 
  • Added Battle Pass Loadout. You can now change your equipped items
  • Added Path to Sunbreeze custom board
  • Fixed high CPU utilization on macOS
  • Removed code that caused crashes and kept code that doesn't cause crashes
  • Buffed Battle Pass XP rewards for playing matches:
    • 1st: 120->150
    • 2nd: 80->120
    • 3rd: 60->100
    • 4th: 50->90
    • 5th: 30->80
    • 6th: 20->70
    • 7th: 10->60
    • 8th: 10->50

  • Increased Battle Pass XP rewards for the different tiers of daily challenges:
    • 250->400
    • 500->800
    • 1000->1600

MOBILE:

  • The work continues on increasing performance on iOS and Android devices
  • Improved battery usage on iOS

GAMEPLAY:

  • Combat persists while some abilities complete their attacks (LichWitch Doctor, etc)
  • Summons are no longer included in targetting for spells. Except for special summons like Arc Warden and Spirit Bear
  • Fixed boxed in Assassins not jumping toward their enemies
  • Assassins that have an enemy in their attack range will attack instead of jumping
  • Changed the length of the preparation phase for the first 3 rounds from 25 seconds to 15 seconds
  • Don't target healing-disabled units for heals
  • There is now a notification when someone completes their win streak
  • You won't see heroes from the previous shop whenever you re-roll the shop

ALLIANCE CHANGES:

  • Warlock Alliance now targets the unit with the lowest health % not lowest health value
  • Warlock Alliance lifesteal changed from [50%, 100%, 150%] to [50%, 80%, 130%]
  • Troll Alliance Tier 1 now provides 10% attack speed bonus to ALL allies.
  • Knight Alliance changed from [ -15, -20, -30 ] to [ -15, -20, -25 ]
  • Bloodbound Alliance extra damage changed from +100% to +125%
  • Heartless Alliance changed from [-5, -10, -20] to [-5, -10, -15]
  • Primordial Alliance now also has a 10% chance to disarm ranged attackers for 4 seconds
  • Scrappy Alliance now takes 2 units per level (down from 3) : 
    • Level 1 - A random scrappy unit is granted +9 Armor and +8 HP regeneration
    • Level 2 - All scrappy units are granted +9 Armor and +8 HP regeneration
    • Level 3 - All allies are granted +9 Armor and +8 HP regeneration
    • [Armor and HP are doubled if you start the fight with less units than your opponent] is changed to [Armor and HP are doubled whenever you have fewer units alive than your opponent does].

HERO CHANGES
Abaddon:

  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [45, 90, 180] to [45, 90, 216]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [55, 110, 220] to [55, 110, 264]
  • Aphotic Shield:
    • Damage Absorb changed from [100, 300, 500] to [100, 300, 600]

Arc Warden:

  • Attack Speed changed from 0.59 to [0.59, 0.67, 0.77]
  • Maximum Health changed from [600, 1100, 2200] to [600, 1100, 2650]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [75, 150, 250] to [75, 150, 300]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [85, 170, 290] to [85, 170, 350]

Clockwerk:

  • Armor changed from [5, 7, 9] to [5, 7, 10]
  • Maximum Health changed from [700, 1400, 2800] to [800, 1600, 3200]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [45, 90, 180] to [55, 110, 220]
  • Gold Cost changed from 1 to 3
  • Draft Tier changed from 1 to 3
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [55, 110, 220] to [65, 130, 260]
  • Battery Assault:
    • Damage Tick Rate changed from 0.7 to [0.7, 0.7, 0.35]

Enigma:

  • Alliance changed from Primordial Warlock to Primordial Shaman
  • Midnight Pulse:
    • Radius changed from [2, 3, 4] to [1, 2, 3]

Kunkka:

  • Ghostship:
    • Damage changed from [150, 250, 350] to [50, 150, 250]
    • Cooldown changed from 10 to 15

Lina:

  • Laguna Blade:
    • Damage changed from [500, 750, 1000] to [500, 750, 1200]

Lone Druid:

  • Maximum Mana changed from 100 to 60
  • Summon Spirit Bear:
    • Mana Cost changed from 100 to 60

Spirit Bear:

  • Alliances changed from Savage to Savage Druid

Lycan:

  • Maximum Health changed from [750, 1500, 3000] to [750, 1500, 3600]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [50, 100, 200] to [50, 100, 240]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [60, 120, 240] to [60, 120, 288]
  • Summoned Wolves now have phased movement and can run through other units

Medusa:

  • Gold Cost changed from 4 to 5
  • Draft Tier changed from 4 to 5
  • Split Shot:
    • Damage Modifier changed from -40% to -20%
    • Extra Shots changed from 2 to [2, 3, 4]

Mirana:

  • Maximum Mana changed from 100 to 70
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [55, 110, 220] to [66, 132, 264]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [65, 130, 260] to [78, 156, 312]
  • Sacred Arrow:
    • Mana Cost changed from 100 to 70

Morphling:

  • Attack Speed changed from 0.77 to 0.91
  • Maximum Mana changed from 100 to 75
  • Waveform:
    • Cooldown changed from [10, 8, 6] to [8, 6, 4]
    • Mana Cost changed from 100 to 75

Nature's Prophet:

  • Nature's Call:
    • Cast Animation length changed from 1.97 to 1.0

Lesser Treant:

  • Now spawn near Nature's Prophet
  • Attack Speed changed from 0.67 to 0.83
  • Maximum Health changed from [300, 500, 700] to [350, 600, 800]

Necrophos:

  • Death Pulse:
    • Cooldown changed from 5 to 7.5

Omniknight:

  • Maximum Health changed from [700, 1400, 2800] to [700, 1400, 3360]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [40, 80, 160] to [40, 80, 190]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [50, 100, 200] to [50, 100, 240]
  • Purification:
    • Heal changed from [200, 400, 600] to [200, 400, 720]

Phantom Assassin:

  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [70, 140, 280] to [70, 140, 300]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [90, 180, 360] to [90, 180, 400]
  • Coup de Grace:
    • Crit Chance changed from 10 to [15, 20, 25]

Puck:

  • Maximum Mana changed from 100 to 60
  • Illusory Orb:
    • Mana Cost changed from 100 to 60

Queen of Pain:

  • Armor changed from 0 to 5

Razor:

  • Maximum Health changed from [750, 1500, 3000] to [500, 1000, 2000]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [50, 100, 200] to [40, 80, 160]
  • Gold Cost changed from 3 to 1
  • Draft Tier changed from 3 to 1
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [60, 120, 240] to [50, 100, 200]
  • Plasma Field:
    • Max Damage changed from [100, 175, 250] to [50, 100, 150]

Sand King:

  • Maximum Health changed from [550, 1100, 2200] to [750, 1500, 3200]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [45, 90, 180] to [70, 140, 270]
  • Gold Cost changed from 3 to 4
  • Draft Tier changed from 3 to 4
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [60, 120, 240] to [80, 160, 320]
  • Caustic Finale:
    • Attack Slow changed from -30 to -35
    • Attack Slow duration changed from 3 to 3.5
    • Damage on expiration changed from [45, 90, 180] to [55, 100, 190]
    • Damage on kill changed from [50, 100, 150] to [60, 110, 160]
    • Burrow Strike now displaces the target unit from its cell.

Shadow Fiend:

  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [70, 140, 280] to [70, 140, 336]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [80, 160, 320] to [80, 160, 384]

Slark:

  • Maximum Health changed from [500, 1000, 2000] to [500, 1000, 2400]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [50, 72, 105] to [50, 72, 126]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [60, 92, 145] to [60, 92, 174]

Sniper:

  • Attack Speed changed from 0.63 to [0.63, 0.63, 0.77]
  • Maximum Health changed from [450, 900, 1800] to [450, 900, 2160]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [125, 180, 330] to [125, 180, 396]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [150, 210, 360] to [150, 210, 432]

Techies:

  • Remote Mines:
    • Radius changed from 4 to [3, 3, 4]

Terrorblade:

  • Maximum Health changed from [650, 1300, 2600] to [650, 1300, 3120]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [45, 90, 180] to [45, 90, 216]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [65, 130, 260] to [65, 130, 312]

Tidehunter:

  • Alliance changed from Scaled Hunter to Scaled Warrior
  • Maximum Health changed from [950, 1900, 3800] to [850, 1700, 3400]
  • Gold Cost changed from 5 to 4
  • Draft Tier changed from 5 to 4
  • Health Regeneration changed from 5 to 0
  • Ravage:
    • Radius changed from [2, 3, 4] to [1, 2, 3]
    • Damage changed from [150, 250, 350] to [100, 150, 250]
    • Duration changed from [2, 2.5, 3] to [2, 2.25, 3]

Tinker:

  • Maximum Health changed from [500, 1000, 2000] to [750, 1500, 3500]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [40, 80, 160] to [50, 100, 225]
  • Gold Cost changed from 1 to 3
  • Draft Tier changed from 1 to 3
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [50, 100, 200] to [60, 120, 275]
  • Heat-Seeking Missile:
    • Cooldown changed from [8, 6, 4] to [8, 6, 0.5]
    • Damage Per Missile changed from [250, 350, 450] to [350, 450, 450]
    • Targets changed from 3 to [2, 3, 4]

Treant Protector:

  • Maximum Health changed from [650, 1300, 2300] to [750, 1500, 2500]
  • Gold Cost changed from 2 to 3
  • Draft Tier changed from 2 to 3
  • Leech Seed:
    • Damage changed from [60, 90, 120] to [80, 110, 150]
    • Radius changed from 3 to 1
    • Expires when the target dies

Troll Warlord:

  • Attack Speed changed from 0.91 to 1.0
  • Maximum Health changed from [900, 1800, 3600] to [1200, 2000, 4000]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [90, 180, 360] to [180, 360, 520]
  • Gold Cost changed from 4 to 5
  • Draft Tier changed from 4 to 5
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [100, 200, 400] to [200, 400, 600]

Tusk:

  • Maximum Health changed from [650, 1300, 2600] to [700, 1400, 2800]

Venomancer:

  • Maximum Health changed from [550, 1100, 2200] to [500, 1000, 2000]
  • Gold Cost changed from 3 to 1
  • Draft Tier changed from 3 to 1
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [60, 120, 240] to [55, 110, 220]
  • Plague Ward:
    • Number of wards changed from [1, 2, 4] to [1, 1, 3]

Plague Ward:

  • Armor changed from 5 to 0
  • Maximum Health changed from 200 to [200, 200, 240]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from 50 to [50, 80, 120]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from 100 to [55, 100, 140]

Viper:

  • Maximum Health changed from [550, 1100, 2200] to [550, 1100, 3000]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [50, 100, 150] to [50, 100, 240]
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [60, 120, 240] to [60, 120, 360]

Windranger:

  • Maximum Health changed from [550, 1100, 2200] to [550, 1100, 2300]
  • Attack Damage Minimum changed from [60, 120, 240] to [50, 100, 230]
  • Gold Cost changed from 3 to 2
  • Draft Tier changed from 3 to 2
  • Attack Damage Maximum changed from [65, 130, 260] to [60, 120, 260]
  • Powershot:
    • Damage changed from [400, 600, 800] to [200, 400, 600]

ITEM CHANGES:
Alliance Item rework

Alliance items no longer have an inherent Tier and are in their own Alliance category.

At the start of every game Alliance items are randomly assigned a tier: 1, 2, or 3 and are then mixed into the item pool and awarded as normal. 

Each player can have Alliance items appear at different tiers. For example, player A could be offered Strange Bedfellows at tier 1 where it would provide a +30% bonus while player B could be offered Strange Bedfellows at tier 3 where it would provide a +50% bonus.

Likewise, in the same game, player A could be offered Elusive Targets at tier 2 with a duration of 3s while player B could be offered Elusive Targets at tier 1 with a duration of 2s. All players will have the same number of Alliance items per tier in their item pool.

Alliance Item changes:

  • Unstable Reactor – explosion damage changed from 20% to 10/20/30% of Max Health
  • Coordinated Assault – attack speed buff changed from +25 to +10/20/30
  • Check the Bodies – gold production chance changed from 20% to 10/20/30%
  • Forged in Battle – Max Health bonus changed from +50 to +25/50/75
  • Strange Bedfellows – bonus damage changed from +30% to +30/40/50%
  • Retaliate – damage per second changed from 80 to 30/45/60
  • Age of Chivalry – damage reduction for both physical and magical damage changed from -10 to -7/-10/-12.5 per adjacent Knight
  • Completing the Cycle – heal percentage changed from 5% to 3/5/7% of max health and heal range changed from 1 cell to 2 cells
  • Tooth and Claw – Bleed damage per stack changed from 10 to 7/10/13
  • Unstoppable – Invulnerability duration changed from 2 to 1/2/3
  • Wicked Intent – Heal prevention percentage changed from 25% to 10/15/25% per Heartless unit
  • Dragon’s Hoard – Damage percentage per gold changed from 1% to 0.5/1.0/1.5%
  • Final Flash – Remaining health percent trigger changed from 30% to 10/20/30%
  • Hunter’s Focus – Damage bonus per Hunter attacking the target changed from 10% to 5/7/10%
  • Soul Sucking Syphon – Spell lifesteal percentage changed from 25% to 25/35/50%
  • Indomitable Will – Debuff resistance changed from 50% to 25/50/75%
  • Elusive Targets – Invisibility changed to 100% evasion for 2/3/4s
  • Pocket Sand – Effect duration changed from 2s to 1/2/3s
  • Shaman Pluck – Hex chance changed from 17% to 7/12/17%
  • Font of Creation – Primordials now produce higher rank Eidolons based on the tier of Font of Creation. Eidolon stats affected:
    • Health changed from 240 to 300/400/500.
    • Damage changed from 50-80 to 40-70/50-80/60-90

Maelstrom:

  • Tier changed from 4 to 3

Vicious Intent:

  • Tier changed from 4 to 3

Force Staff:

  • Tier changed from 3 to 2

Radiance:

  • Tier changed from 4 to 5

Silver Lining:

  • Can only have one.
  • Charges start at 1.

Daedalus:

  • Crit Multiplier changed from 235 to 200
  • Damage changed from 80 to 70

Arcane Boots:

  • Range changed from 1 to 2

Eye of Skadi:

  • Tier changed from 3 to 4

Battle Fury:

  • Damage added as 70
  • Cleave % changed from 30 to 35

Summoning Stone:

  • Attack Speed Bonus changed from 30 to 45.

Chainmail:

  • Bonus Armor changed from 10 to 7

Mask of Madness:

  • Tier changed from 2 to 3
  • Attack Speed increased from 40 to 60
  • Lifesteal increased from 10 to 20

Completing the Cycle:

  • Range changed from 1 cell to 2 cells.

Recruiter:

  • Changed from 'First Reroll is Free' to 'Rerolls now cost 1 gold".
  • Tier changed from 5 to 4

A Higher Class of Criminal:

  • Tier changed from 3 to 5

Shaman Pluck:

  • Ignores magic-immune enemies

LOOT ROUNDS:

  • Losing to a neutral creep wave no longer removes 2 options from your item choices.
  • Losing to a neutral creep wave results in being offered rewards from the previous creep wave's tier (Losing to the first creep wave has no penalty)

Round 10:

  • Big Golem:
    • Maximum Health changed from 2000 to 1500
  • Small Golem:
    • Maximum Health changed from 1500 to 1000

  • Golems now have the Mega-Warrior alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Warrior - 2 units: Allied Mega-Warriors gain 20 armor.

Round 15:

  • Big Wolf:
    • Attack Damage changed from 100-200 to 200-250
    • Armor changed from 10 to 5
    • Maximum Health changed from 2500 to 2000
  • Small Wolf:
    • Maximum Health changed from 1500 to 1250

  • Wolves now have the Mega-Assassin alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Assassin - 2 units: Allied Mega-Assassins have a 25% chance to Critical hit for 300% damage

Round 20:

  • Tomato:
    • Armor changed from 0 to 25
  • Potato:
    • Magic Resistance changed from 0 to 50%

  • Tomato and Potato now have the Mega-Bloodbound alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Bloodbound - 2 units: Whenever an allied Mega-Bloodbound unit dies, other Mega-Bloodbounds get +500% damage

Round 25:

  • Revtel Wildwing:
    • Attack Damage changed from 500-700 to 300-500
  • Wildwing Hatchling:
    • Attack Damage changed from 400-650 to 200-450

  • Wildwings now have the Mega-Elusive alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Elusive - 2 units: Allied Mega-Elusive units have 75% evasion.

Round 30:

  • Thunderhide Alpha:
    • Now has 100 mana and casts Bloodlust.
    • Attack Damage Maximum changed from 200-1000 to 200-1500
  • Thunderhide:
    • Now has 100 mana and casts Bloodlust.
    • Attack Damage Maximum changed from 200-800 to 200-1200

  • Thunderhides now have the Mega-Warlock alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Warlocks - 2 units: Whenever a Mega-Warlock casts a spell, they form a link with the Ally who has the lowest health for 3 seconds. When either linked unit deals damage, both units are healed 200% of the damage dealt.

Round 35:

  • Black Dragon:
    • Black Dragon splash attack now deals 100% splash damage.

  • Black Dragon now has the Mega-Scaled alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Scaled - 1 unit: Allied Units get 75% magic resistance

Round 40:

  • Dark Troll Buddy:
    • Attack Damage changed from 200-300 to 200-400.
  • Dark Troll Priest:
    • Attack Damage increased from 200-500 to 550-650.
    • Maximum Health changed from 5000 to 10000.
  • Dark Troll Boss:
    • Attack Damage increased from 200-500 to 400-800.
    • Maximum Health changed from 5000 to 10000.

  • Dark Trolls now have the Mega-Troll alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Trolls - 3 units: Allied units have +50 attack speed.

Round 45:

  • The Year Beast:
    • Magic Resist increased from 50 to 80

  • The Year Beast now has the Mega-Demon alliance keyword.
  • Mega-Demon: - 1 unit: Allied Mega-Demons get +100% pure damage.

Round 50:

  • Roshan:
    • Attack Damage changed from 500-1500 to 750-1500
    • Attack Speed changed from 0.5 to 0.67
    • Roshan is now spell immune.