Dota 2 gets a big update called New Frontiers
Dota 2 has released its huge update New Frontierswhich brings with it an expanded map and some big gameplay changes, and we’ve got the rundown on all the new features.
While the location and size of the lanes remain the same, the terrain on the map has been expanded, leading to a 40% increase in size with new upper and lower jungle areas.
In this area, there 12 new camps tracking and two new outposts. Neutral drags now scale over time, but drop tokens that offer five neutral item options and can be spread across an entire team.
Also, Roshan has moved, occupying one of the two pits in the northwest and southeast corners of the map at the same time. There are changes to Roshan’s drops, as well as buffs to increase the tankiness of him. There are also new Watchers around the map that can be activated for better vision control. If a team kills Roshan, all Watchers come under his control.
Additionally, powerful new neutral creeps known as Tormentors will spawn after 20 minutes and drop Aghanim’s Shards upon death, though they also become more powerful with each respawn.
Many new structures have also been added. There are two gates that connect the corners of the map and allow players to teleport, as well as Lotus Pools near where the creep waves initially collide. Fruit can be collected from these pools which grants mana and HP when eaten. It can be stored and combined into larger fruit for a bigger restore in the late game.
The new Defender’s Gates allow teams to sneak out the back gate of their base if the front is under siege. There are also new Shield Runes on the river, which grant a 50% max HP shield, as well as Wisdom Runes around the edges of the map that grant XP boosts.
A new Glicko system for ranked matchmaking has been introduced, bringing variable MMR gains, as well as a redesEsports Extrasof Immortal rank matchmaking. The kill formula has been reworked, making early kills more rewarding and impactful, and the gold scaling for lane drags has been lowered.
Additionally, a new core stat group has been added to the game, known as Universal Heroes. The heroes Muerta, Clinkz, Arc Warden, Ogre Magi, Medusa, and Alchemist have received major reworks.
Finally, the Black King Bar item has been reworked and several new items have been added. There are a number of UI updates, particularly to the health display features, almost every form of disable in the game has had its duration reduced, and many other small tweaks have been made to heroes, items, and creeps. .
For a more detailed rundown of each new feature and addition, find the announcement post here.