Last night, Dota’s official Twitter handle tweeted, announcing that the year’s biggest update – 7.28 patch – will come out Thursday morning.
After the success of the Diretide event, which is due to end on December 22, 2020, fans won’t have to wait much longer for the year’s biggest update. Officially called the Mistwood update, the 7.28 gameplay patch is set to have a new hero, massive gameplay (and possible map and UI) changes, Spectre arcana, and new announcements for the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit.
These hero and item changes that the 7.28 gameplay patch bring are custom at each year’s end. Dota’s meta has been stagnating for a while with Sven’s domination in all games. Every game is bound to have some combination of Phantom Assassin, Spectre, Faceless Void, Snapfire, Zeus, Windranger, Anti Mage, Undying, or Mars. Although nerfs are expected, what form they will take is entirely unknown, especially given Dota’s lead developer’s – IceFrog – recent wild experiments with hero abilities and gameplay changes drastically changing the game in the last two years.
Anessix from Dota Underlords mentions her to be a ‘…demonic puppet master…’ hinting that she might be the new hero – purportedly the Puppet Master – as suggested by unused voice lines on the Dota 2 wiki and data mining done by Reddit users. It has been a little over a year since Snapfire and Void Spirit released in November 2019. The upcoming hero will be the 120th hero to feature in the game as a playable character.
Last year’s arcana vote winner, Spectre, is also likely to get her prestigious cosmetic. With The International postponed, the arcana release won’t be as majestic as is usually the case, since arcanas and new hero announcements are made right after the conclusion of The International.
The rest, we will know soon enough. Stay tuned!