DOTA 2 7.00 Update Adds Monkey King And Makes Fundamental Changes To Gameplay

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:30 AM
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It’s not often we get a major update to DOTA 2 from Valve, but after a token batch of teasing it has unveiled DOTA 2 Patch 7.00. This is a mammoth update in the context of DOTA 2, adding in Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. You know, I’m sure I’ve seen him somewhere before.

The Monkey King is the first new hero to be added in an absolute age. He’s a melee character who plays in the carry position, equipped with escape and disable abilities to make him a tricky character for enemy heroes to get a handle on. His Ultimate is Wukong’s Command, blowing a tuft of fur onto the battlefield which summons a battalion of monkey soldiers to fight alongside him.

Changes to DOTA 2 are normally glacial, but this 7.00 update also includes reworked hero talents and a backpack slot for holding three additional items. Talent trees shift things over to be more like the League of Legends or HOTS style, providing specific bonuses at level intervals. As you reach these talents you can branch out to specialise your character. Every level of the skill trees takes you on a unique branch which can’t be undone. That’s probably one of the biggest changes to come to DOTA 2 throughout its entire existence, fundamentally altering how top level play is going to function.

Aside from this there’s some pretty fundamental changes going on to the entire game behind the scenes. DOTA 2’s in-game interface is being totally rebuilt, including increased visibility, new shop controls, new top bar, and a reworked minimap. “With the full re-version of the game interface debut, the optimized map view there are a variety of new ways to help players at a glance the details of each situation in the game,” explained Valve.

DOTA 2’s 7.00 update and the Monkey King are being patched in at some point today.

What are you thoughts on these far reaching changes to the DOTA 2 formula? Are you glad to see it reworked or is Valve messing with perfection?

What do you think of the DOTA 2 7.0 Update?

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19:27 Dec-12-2016

For me, this change is more than welcome, I was starting to get bored from the game, but my i'm not sure how this talent thing will affect ability draft, my favorite mode.

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17:20 Dec-12-2016

I hate it at the moment,a lot of people do.But that's just how life works,gamers constantly complain because they constantly want new stuff and updates,and then they complain even more when they get it because it's to different,and after a month or two they'll stop complainig and won't even remember how the old DOTA looked.It will probably be really unbalanced when it comes out,but it will get fixed after a few month and a few updates,making it more fun to play then.

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14:39 Dec-15-2016

Monkey king needs some adjustments for sure but so far I love the patch :D

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13:38 Dec-12-2016

This is blowing the meta up right now :P. I cant predict whats going to happen but its sure going to be intereting. I think I have never seen a change so big in DOTA in all the years I am following it.

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12:20 Dec-12-2016

Did it happen in Dota 1 too?

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12:04 Dec-12-2016

We'll all have to relearn Dota 2 and try out a lot of new builds. So much potential in this update. :D

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11:02 Dec-12-2016

Dota2 making pros noob again, New faces and possible teams in ti17, hopefully this will make some teenager happy.

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10:50 Dec-12-2016

As someone who only watches dota tournaments, the talents are going to be a hard mechanic to figure out.

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