Icefrog stumps everyone by releasing 6.88e

The DotA2 community was expecting 6.89 to be released after the MDL 2016 tournament ended. However they were in for a surprise update as IceFrog decided to update and release 6.88e.

Image Courtesy - Gosugamers

6.88e Patch Update, Image courtesy – Gosugamers

 

Check out the Patch Notes below :

6.88e:

* Dragon Lance strength reduced from 14 to 13
* Infused Raindrop cooldown increased from 4 to 6
* Illusions attack damage reduction against buildings increased from 25% to 30%
* Diffusal Blade cooldown increased from 2 to 4
* Outworld Devourer base armor reduced by 1.5
* Shadow Poison initial damage reduced from 50 to 26/34/42/50
* Flamebreak cooldown increased from 14 to 17
* Drow base damage reduced by 4
* Torrent damage reduced from 120/180/240/300 to 75/150/225/300
* Echo Stomp channel time increased from 1.2 to 1.3
* Oracle base damage reduced by 6
* Morphling intelligence gain reduced from 1.5 to 1.1
* Starstorm Scepter cooldown increased from 8 to 9
* Time Dilation now only freezes abilities that are on cooldown, rather than also affecting abilities cast afterwards
* Time Dilation slow per frozen ability increased from 8% to 10%
* Tempest Double gold and XP bounty increased from 140 to 160
* Juggernaut base damage reduced by 2
* Counter Helix damage reduced from 90/120/150/180 to 75/110/145/180
* Repel cast point improved from 0.5 to 0.35
* Repel duration reduced from 6/8/10/12 to 4/6/8/10
* Relocate delay increased from 2.5/2.25/2 to 2.7/2.35/2
* Inner Vitality bonus regeneration threshhold reduced from 40% to 35%
* Stifling Dagger cast range reduced from 1200 to 825/950/1075/1200
* Smokescreen slow reduced from 25% to 19/21/23/25%
* Track manacost increased from 50 to 65
* Mana Leak manacost increased from 75 to 150
* Illuminate radius increased from 350 to 375
* Blinding Light knockback distance increased from 400 to 525
* Sand King movement speed reduced by 5
* Timbersaw base strength reduced by 1

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Most of these updates are quite necessary nerfs to certain heroes. Axe, Kunka were being spammed in competitive and pub games and they seemed a bit overpowered in the current meta. While they are rightfully nerfed, the release of 6.88e further delays the release of 6.89.

We think Icefrog released 6.88e specifically to quell the demands of the community. The call for 6.89 was getting frantic especially on the Dota2 Subreddit. This release definitely seems to have calmed a lot of people.

Let us know what you think about the update in the comments below .

 

Update notes on Dota2.com