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The DreamLeague Major is a wrap, and let’s be sincere: it was a bizarre one. We noticed some superb Dota 2 performed all through this match, however we additionally noticed our justifiable share of upsets too.

But what concerning the drafts? Did we see something uncommon popping out on this Major? Let’s take a fast take a look at our prime picks and bans at Stockholm.

Top 5 Picks

Our prime 5 picks at this Major have been Oracle (34), Shadow Shaman (33), Pangolier (32), Troll Warlord (25), and Phantom Assassin (25). Oracle was closely contested at this match, showing in our prime picks and our prime bans, as does Pangolier.

A bar graph displaying the top 5 picks of the Major

Top 5 Bans

Chen topped the bans for this Major, at 73. He additionally turned out to be our most contested Hero of the Major general with a mixed decide/ban of 85. Following Chen within the prime bans was Lifestealer (62), Pangolier (44), Batrider (44), and Oracle (39).

A bar graph showing the top 5 bans at the DreamLeague Major

A bar graph showing the top 5 bans at the DreamLeague Major

It’s a bit of shocking to see Lifestealer on right here. He was solely banned as soon as on the Kuala Lumpur Major, and didn’t seem within the earlier Major occasion in Chongqing in any respect. Naix has confirmed to be one of many more widespread carries within the meta this season although, and has acquired some good buffs in latest patches. The actual shock right here although is Chen, a hero that was largely ignored within the drafting section up till just lately.

We’ve had fairly a number of new patches to the sport all through this DPC season, and some adjustments in captain’s mode itself, which have shaken up the meta.

With the brand new patch dropping simply hours in the past (full patch notes right here), it’s properly value having a deeper take a look at our prime picks and bans all through this Major, and the place they stand in comparison with earlier tournaments this season.

So, let’s dive in, and see how the Dota 2 meta has been shifting over the previous few months.

What’s the cope with Chen?

Chen was our most banned hero on the DreamLeague Major. A complete of 73 bans made him probably the most contested hero at this match. This is an enormous improve from his bans at earlier Major occasions. Back in January’s Chongqing Major (CQ Major) he was solely banned twice, and picked thrice. At the Kuala Lumpur Major (KL Major), he was banned eight occasions, and picked thrice.

So, what modified to make Chen such a scorching contest within the draft through the Major?

The hero has acquired a rework over the previous few patches. Penitence acquired a buff again in 7.20, and that’s additionally once we noticed the primary spherical of adjustments to Holy Persuasion. But the most important change in 7.20 was the brand new ability, Divine Favour, which changed Test of Faith.

Chen acquired a good few buffs when 7.21 first dropped again on the finish of January: a zero.four improve for his intelligence acquire, a buff to his heal ability, Hand of God, in addition to large adjustments to Divine Favour. This gives double bonus injury on non-hero items, rescales of its assault injury, elevated period, and decreased mana value.

Chen’s adjustments – the neighborhood sentiment

These latest adjustments to Chen have turned out to be fairly polarizing amongst followers of the hero. There are some who really feel the hero has misplaced the intricate micro that made him particular, turning him right into a buffbot. Others, nevertheless, loved the shift in play from the jungle type of help to a more ambush type.

But, as reddit person u/TheSnowballofCobalt factors out, latest adjustments to Chen’s Holy Persuasion ability have actually upped his early creep recreation. The adjustments have introduced lots more variety, making more creeps stronger and more helpful through the laning section and the early recreation. Plus, the aura buffs he can present to cores make him a more viable help for individuals who struggled with the micro administration of his outdated playstyle.

Is Chen changing Io in captain’s mode?

These adjustments alone may not be the one factor that made Chen into such a contested help at DreamLeague. Io was faraway from captain’s mode again when 7.21 dropped.

The wisp was banned 84 occasions on the CQ Major; his win price within the eight video games the place he made it on a draft was 87.5%. At the KL Major, he was banned 93 occasions. Io’s win price within the matches the place he was picked at KL was a clear 50%.

Chen had a mixed decide/ban rely of 85, that means he made it by to 12 of our drafts. He had a 50% win price at DreamLeague over the 12 matches he appeared in.

There is little question that the mixture of Io’s expertise and the best way professionals like GH from Liquid might use him, turned him into one thing of a ‘must-pick’ hero earlier within the Dota 2 season. His look on a draft might nearly resolve the results of the sport. It wasn’t shocking to see him banned recurrently. The query is whether or not what we noticed on the DreamLeague Major was Chen stepping as much as fill the area which Io left.

Which of our prime heroes did this patch contact?

Both Oracle and Pangolier, heroes that we noticed picked up and banned out recurrently all through the DreamLeague Major, acquired nerfs in patch 7.21d.

Oracle’s False Promise noticed some defbuffs. Its cooldown has elevated from 30 to 45 seconds at degree three and would require 100 additional mana. Its forged vary was additionally decreased, now 700/850/100 from 1000.

Pangolier noticed some large adjustments too. Lucky Shot will now not apply each silence and disarm concurrently; its proc probability was decreased by three%, whereas Rolling Thunder acquired a rise to its mana value from 100 to 100/150/200. We noticed Pango’s Rolling Thunder used to nice impact through the DreamLeague main by a number of groups. The management it presents cannot solely catch opponents out, it might probably additionally present a lot-wanted intelligence to the remainder of the workforce about positioning to arrange kills in workforce fights. There have been more than a number of suggesting that Pango wanted some nerfs, so we’ll see if the elevated mana value will assist present the steadiness which followers have been asking for.

Another oft-banned carry, Lifestealer, additionally acquired consideration on this most up-to-date patch. His rage ability cooldown is now set at 18, as a substitute of 16 seconds.

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