Dota 2: latest update adds Skywrath Mage character, patch notes inside

Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:51 GMT By Dave Cook

Dota 2 developer Valve has released a new patch for its MOBA game that adds a new character. Say hello to the Skywrath Mage.

PCGamesN reports that the mage is already proving to be a brutal attacker, capable of dishing out strong magical damage quickly.

The Dota 2 Wiki has a list of the Skyward Mage’s abilities, and yes, they all seem to be pretty punishing indeed.

Here are the patch notes in full:

  • Added Skywrath Mage!


  • Added stricter system implementing communication (voice and text) bans for abusive players.
  • Combined voice and text reports into a single ‘communication’ report.
  • Reduced reports per week to 4.
  • Removed ability for spectators to report players in-game.
  • Reports now allow single selection of behavior type only.


  • Beastmaster: Fixed Wild Axes losing vision after the second cast.
  • Doom: Scorched Earth now shows its duration on the buff icon.
  • Lich: Fixed Frost Armor auto-casting while Lich is channeling.
  • Magnus: Fixed a rare crash involving Skewer.
  • Slardar: Fixed Slithereen Crush not slowing attack speed.
  • Spectre: Fixed Haunt illusions moving while out of the game.
  • Timbersaw: Fixed Timberchain travelling too fast.
  • Timbersaw: Fixed Timberchain not latching quite far enough.
  • Tusk: Fixed Tusk not issuing an attack order on the snowballed unit after the snowball crashes.
  • Enabled Drow and Tusk to Captain’s Mode (Tournament Version next week)


  • Added tab to the Watch section showing downloaded replay files.


  • Riki: Added Smoke Screen and Blink Strike animations.
  • Sniper: Added victory animations and more aggressive posing of idle, run and attack when enemy is in range.


  • Bots now know to avoid standing in Macropyre and Ice Path.


  • Added a button to the preview that allows you to test your imported model in-game, in a local server.

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