DotA v6.46 Released!

A New version of DotA has been released…this release filled primarily bug fixes. You can download it here and here.

6.46b Changelog
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* Fixed Furion’s Treant stats
* Fixed the neutral creep spawn time in -rd
* Fixed how Psi Blades damage spill area is calculated (149031)
* Undid some of the previous Primal Split duration buff
* Fixed a bug in -sc
* Improved Leoric cast animation time
* Fixed a bug with morphling in -sh
* Improved some issues with Omnislash
* Lowered Null Talisman recipe cost from 175 to 150
* Temporarily disabled the leaver freeze functionality until next version (too many issues, not enough time while its being abused)
* Fixed a bug with Nature’s Attendants
* Fixed a bug with Grapple and Aegis
* Improved text presentation a little with swaphero
* Fixed a bug with Earthshaker and picking up DD rune

6.46 Changelog
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* Reduced overall bandwidth used in games
* Fixed a big exploit
* Improved Waaagh!TV compatibility
* Fixed a potential issue in -dmar and respawning
* Fixed a bug with the recent recoding of Death Pulse that causes it to hit invisible units
* Lots of internal coding improvements to get it to a stable state
* Reduced Greater Hawk’s movement speed
* Added a timer in -rd/-xl/-lm to show you how much time you have left to pick your hero
* Fixed various fatal error potential issues
* Fixed Land Mines doing a little less damage than advertised
* Fixed a bug with Battle Hunger that caused it to sometimes fail to detect the hero killing with a couple abilities
* You can now disassemble Helm of the Dominator (157261)
* Rewrote how swaphero works, all old glitches with swaphero are now fixed (You can use -swap instead of -swaphero as well). You can now also select more than one hero to swap with.
* Fixed a bug that changed Bloodseeker’s model scale up
* Fixed Suicide Squad, Attack! from killing wards
* Improved Medusa’s Intelligence Growth
* Lots of misc glitches fixed
* Added new icons for Reincarnation, Berserker’s Blood, Life Break, Remote Mines and Conjure Image (142075, snork, eva00r)
* Fixed a workaround that still allowed flying courier to steal base items
* Fixed some buff stacking issues with Malefice
* Changed Rabid icon
* Improved some lag problems that happened with nature’s attendants
* Fixed a bug with Enchant that sometimes caused it to slow the converted unit
* Fixed Wall of Replica from working on Meepo’s clones
* Added overhead text to show how much damage Test of Faith does
* Lowered Replicate mana cost
* Adjusted Tree Respawn code to not respawn if a hero is standing near it, as to not accidentally trap it.
* Fixed a bug with BKB that caused heroes with full ability card (like nevermore) to lose access to one ability during Avatar if done in a certain order.
* Fixed some lag problems with various abilities
* Added an ability to the Circle of Power to allow you to freeze an allied hero that has left the game (to prevent him from being killed due to things like Thundergod’s Wrath)
* Fixed a bug with Spirit Bear in -dm with -nd on that caused the bear to not restore the bear’s items (this is only a bug with -nd)
* Lightning Grapple no longer pulls creeps (temporary solution for some creep abuse, better ai will be attached in the future so they can resume their path properly)
* Fixed an exploit that is possible with Surge
* Fixed Arcane Orb from dealing bonus damage to Warlock’s Infernal
* Fixed a bug with stun chance on level 1-3 Chaos Bolt
* Fixed Vacuum from working on BKB’d units

April Fools Day DotA 6.50 Release

So…the DotA guys have a sense of humor and released an April Fools release of DotA. Awesome. You can download it at the DotA forums.

6.50 Changelog:
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* Added new item
* Tons of code optimizations so this can be the new stable map
* Added capture the flag mode
* Improved Courier Chicken a little bit due selling change last patch
* Renamed Clinkz and Pugna
* Fixed a bug that caused blackhole to end prematurely
* Fixed a critical bug with creep rax destruction that caused it to not upgrade creeps
* Roshan now has a chance to suicide
* Tons of other misc old bugs fixed (way too many to list, many abusable)
* Improved cast range on Eyes in the Forest
* Due to arguments about who should solo, there are now 5 lanes
* Increase Luna’s attack range by 10
* Heroes can now suicide if they click on themselves really fast (this is to allow for some improved game dynamics)
* Lowered Zeus Agility by 3 and increased Intelligence by 2
* Naga Siren allies now falls asleep for half the duration of enemies with Song of the Siren (to prevent abuses)
* Auto Attacking is now automatically disabled for your hero if the game engine detects you using Attack/Halt frequently. It is turned back on in a 10 minutes.
* Enchantress Impetus now deals physical damage type instead of pure. She has 35 more attack range to compensate
* Improved Siege unit models

Notes:
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- This release has been heavily tested and is now the new stable league map.
- Expect a 6.50b soon incase any bugs, lots of recoding went on this version to fix old bugs.
- I jumped to version 6.50 instead of 6.44 due to the hacked versions out there.

- More new content very soon, this was released quickly in order to give leagues an updated map to use.

Dota 6.43b Released!

DotA has released version 6.43b! Download it here or here. Here’s the changelog:

6.43b Changelog:
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  • Fixed some big performance problems lower end machines were having
  • Fixed some rare bugs that caused heroes to not revive
  • Fixed -swaphero, neutral creep spawn time and initial gold in -xl

6.43 Changelog:
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  • Added new mode -xl(Extended League Mode)
  • Reworked the Roshan Terrain area for improved Sentinel accessibility (lots of miscellaneous tweaks and mechanics to that area have been done beyond simply terrain change)
  • Fixed the multiple hero exploit
  • Recoded the death timer. It is more accurate now (the display was off before, you don’t revive any faster than you used to)
  • Items with armor bonuses no longer stack (Vladmir/Basilius/Assault)
  • Fixed a bug with Satanic that was giving it extra life steal
  • Fixed some bugs with Mekansm, Morphling Stat Change and Hand of God that caused the death timer to not properly show
  • Added Bottle to the new secret shop
  • Undid some of the Toughness Aura buff from last version
  • Tinker no longer Rearms Arcane Ring
  • Slightly reduced creep collision size due to the increased number in the last patch towards the end of the game
  • Fixed Sentinel ranged creeps having slightly less regen than Scourge ranged creeps
  • Mekansm and Bloodstone now tell the user when they fail to heal him properly due to stacking rules
  • Watchers give slightly less gold (due to their new radiance vulnerability last patch)
  • Fixed various typos
  • Fixed Ring of Basilius ability from working on CotS and Essence Aura
  • Song of the Siren properly sleeps units out of its vision
  • Items that can be disassembled now tell you when you buy them
  • Fixed a bug with chicken that lets you sell unsellable items
  • Fixed Throne not providing the lifesteal capability that World Tree does
  • Reduced Radiance damage bonus from 70 to 60
  • Fixed Phantom Assassin’s Blink Strike range
  • Death Board is on by default now (-don)
  • Observer Wards last a little longer now
  • Reduced Avernus’ movement speed by 5
  • Temporarily disabled Meepo in -dm to fix some bugs
  • Fixed the Doppelwalk and Lothar’s Edge “0!” text
  • The icon for turning Rot off is now more obvious
  • Changed Meepo Attribute Bonus from 40% to 25%
  • Improved Unstable Concoction (When you cast it, you lock vision on the target while you channel)
  • Various nerfs to Alchemist: Acid Spray AOE (700-550), Acid Spray Mana (120->160), Str/lvl (2.4->1.8), Int/lvl (1.5->1.0), Lowered health regen on level 1 ultimate, Greed Stack Duration (20->18), Greed Gold Cap (20->18), Movement Speed (300->290) but level 2 and 3 of his ultimate give him a minor boost back to his normal speed, Slight base armor reduction
  • Fixed Cheese to heal the proper amount
  • Fixed the creep spawn sound from happening too early in -mm

DotA Version 6.42 Released!

The new version of DotA has been released! You can download it here or here. Here is he changelog:

==[Heroes]==

  • Centaur Warchief -> Changed Return from 60/30 melee/range to 50/50
  • Obsidian Destroyer -> Improved cast animation a little
  • Tormented Soul -> Pulse Nova no longer triggers Essence Aura
  • Shadow Fiend -> Reduced Shadowraze AOE
  • Axe -> Lowered manacost and cooldown on Battle Hunger
  • Spectre -> Reduced area that is used to check if a hero is alone with Desolate
  • Sven -> Improved Toughness Aura
  • Phantom Assassin -> Improved Blink Strike range per level
  • Butcher -> Hook now properly interrupts channeling
  • Nerubian Weaver -> Watchers no longer have spell immunity
  • Geomancer -> Geomancer clones now gain 40% of any attribute bonuses the primary has
  • Crystal Maiden -> Fixed Brilliance Aura to properly stack with Ring of Basilius
  • Priestess of the Moon -> Slightly reduced collision area on Elune’s Arrow
  • Magnataur -> Cooldown on Reverse Polarity no longer increases per level
  • Nerubian Assassin -> Slightly improved Mana Burn cast range at higher levels
  • Troll Warlord -> Level 4 Berserker Rage gives a little more movement speed
  • Bristleback -> Lowered movement speed by 5 and put a cap on how much Quill Spray can stack up to late game
  • Venomancer -> Plague Wards now give less gold and cost slightly less mana
  • SyllaBear -> When you summon Spirit Bear and it is already summoned, it no longer wastes the cooldown doing nothing, it errors properly
  • Crystal Maiden -> Improved Brilliance Aura a bit
  • Phantom Lancer -> Changed Spirit Lance projectile model
  • Lord of Olympia -> Hero icon changed
  • Ursa Warrior -> Enrage icon changed
  • Vengeful Spirit -> Added a visual effect to Netherswap
  • Lord of Olympia -> Added a new visual effect for Static Field
  • Juggernaut -> Added a new visual effect to Omnislash
  • Axe -> Added a new visual effect for when Culling Blade’s deathblow activates (86864)
  • Bane Elemental -> Added a visual effect to Brain Sap
  • Spirit Bear -> Entangle doesn’t work on roshan anymore
  • Keeper of the Light -> Liberated Souls and Ignis Fatuus will now show attack projectile
  • Dragon Knight -> Updated Elder Form tooltip to mention that it gives movement speed boost
  • Added new icons for Berserker Call, Conversion, Glaives of Wisdom, Detonate, Light Strike Array, Synergy (thx snork, Black_tan, K_Prime, Mihai, L()RK@N_15, Amadi and switch)
  • Axe -> Improved hero animation when casting Culling Blade

==[Items]==

  • Added new item -> Hood of Defiance
  • Added new item -> Assault Cuirass
  • Added new item -> Bloodstone (can be disassembled, heal inspired by topic (116735)
  • Satanic -> Active ability changed
  • Helm of Iron Will -> Increased hp regen to +3 (from +2)
  • Divine Rapier -> Now it can be manually dropped
  • Vladmir’s Offering -> Bonus damage is an aura now(only on melee heroes, not creeps)
  • Battle Fury -> Cleave AOE from 200 to 225
  • Mekansm -> Mekansm heal stack restriction can no longer be overridden by buckler
  • Ring of Basilius -> Ring of Basilius can be clicked to switch it back and forth between a version that has armor affecting creeps and one that doesn’t
  • Eul’s Scepter of Divinity -> Nerfed cooldown on Cyclone
  • Butterfly -> Butterfly from 25/25/25/25 to 30/30/30/30 and recipe from 1400 to 1800
  • Necronomicon -> Lowered mana burn a bit
  • Bottle -> When bottle with rune expires due to time, it uses the rune instead of wasting it (122057)
  • Ancient Tango of Essifation -> Removed cooldown when buying tangos
  • Sentry and Observer wards -> Changed a bit
  • Reduced cooldown on buying all other items
  • Mjollnir -> Changed icon to the one suggested on the forums (102574)
  • Gem & Sentry Wards -> Improved tooltips for new players (118074)
  • Ancient Tango of Essifation -> Added buff icon
  • Necronomicon -> Improved tooltip on level 3 Necronomicon
  • Updated Buriza and Crystalis tooltips to list critical chance
  • Removed Lumber from recipes, now it does not list it as a requirement and gives you a proper error

==[Game Modes & Commmands]==

  • Adjusted starting gold in -rd to give you the same amount you’d have when the creeps come out in regular pick game (right now it is a little less than normal)
  • Enabled POTM/Warlock/Alchemist in -lm and Warlock in -rd
  • Added -om(onlymid) due to popular demand to disable creepspawn and tower vulnerability everywhere but middle
  • Added -powerup and -neutrals to single player commands
  • Added -nd (no death timer) and -lives xx (maximum lives) as optional commands after -dm is activated
  • Added a -fleshstr command for Pudge to view how much str you gained from the ability
  • Added -deathon/off (-don/off) that toggles on and off a new death timer to show you your respawn without needing to open the scoreboard
  • -cson now places the k/d in the multiboard title
  • -showdeny is enabled by default for observers
  • Siege units are now properly added to your -cs
  • Weather commands are now user specific, so you can have rain while your ally has snow and the others have nothing
  • Added an extra blank line before -ma output, to help readability when used near other commands

==[Map & Misc Changes/Fixes]==

  • Changed the way Aegis and Roshan work. Aegis is now a Roshan drop (a 1-charge ankh basically). You cannot create it manually. Roshan starts out weaker without melee return. He respawns stronger and bigger every 10 minutes
  • Added a new secret shop containing limited items (only stout and helm of iron will for now) to the top left and bottom right areas
  • Changed Range creep quantity upgrade from 60min to 45min. Siege follows this as well. Melee creeps quantity upgrade frequency changed to a few minutes sooner than usual
  • Implemented a sound for when creeps spawn for the first time (75198)
  • Chicken/Crow can no longer sell items (has been abused in long games to sell for money to buyback. The sellback price on recipes is only intended to be that high to help against misclicks)
  • Removed internal usage of lumber resource
  • Notification is sent when an observer leaves the game
  • Added a game timer in the top interface
  • Fog of War is removed when a team wins (111691)
  • Illusion from runes lasts a little longer now (40->60)
  • Removed internal usage of food resource
  • Added cooldown to neutral creep ability tooltips
  • When a player leaves, the leaver hero name is written after the player’s name
  • Fixed Infernal duration typo on Rain of Chaos
  • Fixed a typo in the Overgrowth damage
  • Fixed First Blood being displayed in white if sp is on and observers are present
  • Fixed Observer Ward buff saying Sentry Ward (123887)
  • Fixed a bug in -sp that causes observer board to be removed
  • Fixed a typo on the number of targets on level 3 Forked Lightning
  • Fixed bugs with Aegis on Meepo
  • Fixed Echo Slam damage doing less than advertised (7 less)
  • Fixed a typo in level 3 Spirit Bear HP
  • Changed all Brilliance Aura values from percentages to numbers since it isn’t really a percentage (it always worked like this, just the tooltips were misleading)
  • Fixed Treant and Druid sound set (79352)
  • Fixed a bug with Shadowraze killing wards
  • Fixed some minor control issues with Timewalk

DotA 6.41 Released!

The new version of DotA has been released! You can download it here or here! Here’s the changelog:

  • Heavily optimized and reduced map size (2.56 MB -> 1.88 MB)
  • -showdeny now shows denies from any player, using the denying player as the color of the “!”
  • Purchasing bottle now automatically gets filled up (meaning chicken can buy it for you and have it filled the first time)
  • Improved Lion’s Mana Drain level 4 a little
  • Added a minor cooldown to detonate to prevent some abuses
  • Restored boots of speed non-stacking text
  • Added extra visual effects to some scepter upgrades as suggested by sagoboi and RilleL (KOTL, Lina, Lion, Ogre Magi, Pugna, QOP, Rhasta, Zeus)
  • Restored Headshot’s old functionality of triggering on allied creeps
  • Fixed a small issue with witchcraft and silence aoe
  • Lowered Doom Scepter Upgrade damage
  • Fixed Fatal Bonds + Marksmanship bug
  • Found a workaround for the old water color engine bug when reloading from saved game
  • Fixed bug with the scoreboard when reloading an observer mode game
  • -DenyInfo (-di) now sets -cson and -showdeny to true
  • Lowered Twin Head Dragon’s base damage
  • Watchers and Remote Mines no longer prevent neutral spawns
  • First towers are invulnerable until first wave comes out (to prevent some abuses in -rd)
  • Fixed misc typos
  • Fixed a bug with burrow strike
  • Lowered mana cost on Amplify Damage
  • Lowered Darkness cooldown from 240/210/180 to 240/210/150
  • Wrath of Zeus no longer hits all meepos
  • Fixed a bug with Stormseeker causing the damage to not increase when leveled until he dies or is hexed
  • Scoreboard and Obsboard now show total sent/scourge kills in multiboard

Note: Some new content is being held of until the next version as too many people were abusing the Spirit Breaker bug.

DotA 6.40 Released!

Surprisingly, a new version of DotA has been released! You can get it here or here. Here’s the changelog:

Reworked Neutral Creep abilities and mechanics to better balance them out
Improved Leshrac’s base str
Reduced Chen and THD movement speeds
Mangus’s Shockwave cooldown reduced from 12 to 11/10/9/8
Increased Shadow Fiend’s movement speed
Improved Berserker’s Call AOE by 25
Increased base armor on Harbinger
Lowered initial wait time before drafting starts in -rd
Improved Presence of the Dark Lord AOE
Lowered level 1 Hawk ms and vision
Removed entangle from level 1-3 of Spirit Bear
Reduced Sanity’s Eclipse cooldown from 200 to 160
Fixed Radiance Effect in center of map when Spirit Bear dies with it
Improved HP on Spiderlings
Lowered Siege units armor
Increased Razor’s base damage a bit
Reduced Watcher’s cooldown
Fixed some bugs with Shallow Grave not workling properly on units that morph
Sent and Scourge are now colored in -rd text display
Lowered Hawk HP and gave them bounty
Fixed a rare but serious bug with Geomancer leveling up
Satanic life steal increased from 23% to 25%
Increased Eye of Skadi slow duration from 2 to 3 seconds when used by melee heroes
Restored normal hero name display
Fixed roshan exploit with Geomancer
Reworked Shallow Grave a bit, it has a duration now
You now see a decline message when someone refuses to swaphero
Fixed an old bug with level 3 Elder Form attacking gem
Fixed a few typos

Fixing Firewall & Router Problems With Warcraft

My friend Bude just started blogging and his first post was a good one. Topic: Fixing Firewall & Router Issues With Warcraft…but more specifically; If you’re having issues creating Warcraft III games, the fix is really quite easy.

If you’ve every attempted to host a Warcraft III game and your friends are unable to join no matter what the map…well, you’ve got a problem, although the fix is pretty simple:

Bude takes you step by step through setting up port forwarding on your Linksys router so that ports 6112 – 6119 point at specific machines on your network so they each can host games. That’s typically half the problem. However, you may find that people are still unable to join your hosted games.

You may be choosing a stupid map…or it could be a firewall problem. Bude explains how – on Windows XP – to open a hole in the Firewall to allow incoming connections to War3.exe. After thats solved, all should be right in the world and you can host Warcraft III games to your hearts content! DotA for the win!

DotA 9.39b Re-Released!

DotA 6.39b has been re-released with some needed patches that the first 6.39b version did not fix. If you’re looking to download it, you can get it here or here. If you have downloaded 6.39b from here or getdota.com prior to the 6th, you should delete your old file and re-download.

Here’s the new changelog:

  • Fixed a very serious Mac bug
  • Reduced Shallow Grave cooldown from 300/150/75 to 300/200/100
  • Fixed Lycan’s icon on scoreboard
  • Fixed a bug with the last nerf to shadow word (it wasn’t actually nerfedas i said it was in the code, thx malle)
  • Changed Infernal HP from 900/1400/1900 to 900/1200/1500
  • Allowed swaphero to be used after the -rd draft
  • If you don’t pick a hero in -rd, one will be randomed for you (for the same gold cost)

DotA 6.39b Released

UPDATE: 6.39b does not fix the Mac bug as assumed. It is suggested that you remain using 6.39!!!! This is right from the official DotA-Allstars site:

I had released a 6.39b patch a few hours ago to fix a mac bug, but due to a lack of Mac testers, it seems that the fix didn’t go so well. I recommend everyone keep using 6.39 as the latest official map. If you are a Mac tester, please contact me via getdota.com

DotA 6.39b has been released with some needed patches to the latest release. If you’re looking to download it, you can get it here or here.

Here’s the changelog:

  • Fixed a very serious Mac bug
  • Reduced Shallow Grave cooldown from 300/150/75 to 300/200/100
  • Fixed Lycan’s icon on scoreboard
  • Fixed a bug with the last nerf to shadow word (it wasn’t actually nerfedas i said it was in the code, thx malle)
  • Changed Infernal HP from 900/1400/1900 to 900/1200/1500

DotA 6.39 Released!

Its been a long time coming, but Defense of the Ancients version 6.39 has been released! Download it here or here.

The notable changes are: there’s two new scourge heroes, a new end-game score board, and Sentinel/Scourge hero kill gold is now shared with the players! Here’s a list of all the updates:

  • Listed all the cooldowns for items and abilities
  • Added -rd (-randomdraft, similar to the style of play in a few inhouse leagues)
  • Added two new Scourge heroes
  • Added new functionality to replay files for leagues to more easily calculate and process game data
  • Added -showdeny/-hidedeny
  • Added new host commands “-weather snow”, “-weather rain” and for everyone “-weather off” (if it is turned off, it can’t be turned on again, to prevent spam and abuses)
  • -ma now shows hero level next to the name
  • Improved first middle Scourge tower area
  • Added a new endgame scoreboard to replace the inaccurate one that Warcraft 3 generates
  • Improved death text presentation
  • Added floating text to show you all the gold you get (including bonuses, not just the 100) from hero kills as well as tower kills. Please note that there has been no change to the gold you get, it is just being displayed as an added effect now.
  • Improved some ward vision areas for the Scourge team (thx Wedge[p])
  • Sentinel and Scourge hero kills now share the gold with the team instead of it being lost
  • Rewrote a lot of internals coding to allow for cleaner AI version implementation (in near future, the bot capability will be part of the regular map, useable in the every release)
  • Added Snowman after Roshan (just a temp for the season)
  • Added hero icons to the multiboard
  • Fixed the creep blocking issues on the left Sent side
  • Added an observer scoreboard display for better information when watching live games
  • Improved AI on the siege units. They spawn every 7 waves now instead of every 6
  • Reduced Overpower and Enrage cooldowns
  • Reduced Time Lapse mana cost at higher levels
  • Paralyzing Casks now does a little more damage to creeps
  • Upgraded ghouls now have a bigger model like the treants do when upgraded
  • Alchemist movement speed from 290 to 300
  • Increased Spirit Bear’s Base Attack Time from 1.75/1.6/1.45/1.3 to 1.75/1.65/1.55/1.45
  • Improved AOE on Aftershock by 30
  • Chaos damage now does 40% damage to fortified (down from 50%)
  • You now have more time to repick (120 from 60)
  • Added -disablehelp support for sprout
  • Unstable Concoction now deals damage
  • Added Lucifer to Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Increased Troll Warlord’s movement speed by 5
  • Reduced mana cost and slightly increase AOE on Shadowraze
  • Lowered Warlock’s movement speed by 10
  • Gnoll Assassin creep is slightly stronger and give a little more bounty as well
  • Improved Lightning Storm a bit
  • Undid small part of the previous Dark Ritual nerf (was nerfed from 45 second cooldown to 60/55/50/45 before, and now to 55/50/45/40)
  • Improved Kraken Shell leveling slightly
  • Cannot use Aphotic Shield on Doomed hero anymore
  • Nerfed Shadow Word casting range, increase cooldown and lowered damage per second
  • Shukuchi deals more damage per level
  • Geminate Attack level 4 cooldown down from 4 seconds to 3.5 seconds
  • Fixed a graphical glitch with the spawn direction of Elune’s Arrow
  • Reduced Strygwyr’s Thirst HP detection from 50% to 40%
  • Improved the Liberated Souls with Ignis Fatuus Scepter Upgrade
  • Increased Rain of Chaos cooldown
  • Lowered Viper’s base damage a little
  • Spin Web regeneration now improves with levels
  • Lowered Neutral Taskmaster’s HP/Armor/Movespeed
  • Implemented hero descriptions by Deathknight6034(Bloodseeker,Ryali,DK), Aconite_Vyper(Sniper), KingReaper(Lancer), Volcove(Keeper of the Light), Bowstaff(Omniknight), SteveGarbage(Furion), theAlice(Panda,Vol’Jin), prawnstar(Antimage), skipperme(Chen), redrooster(Fletcher), Tikiboi(Raigor). Good job guys.
  • Fixed Decrepify tooltip
  • Reworked status buff placements on Shadow Word, Mjolnir and Fatal Bonds icon to display properly on Illusions
  • Fixed a big exploit reported by UKI-TZAR
  • Storm Seeker no longer draws Roshan out
  • Fixed typo on Bristleback damage autospray (did not buff him, just a typo fix)
  • Fixed Mjolnir tooltip
  • New animation for Bottle (thx Ro-Coco)
  • Fixed last 2 towers not giving gold to team
  • Necromancer now properly grows in size
  • Fixed the initial delay on Luna’s Eclipse
  • Fixed Clinkz’s Windwalk buff tooltip
  • Cannot repick if you don’t have full hp and mana (to prevent some abuses)
  • Changed Elune’s Arrow animation
  • Fixed a bug with spiderlings’ poison reducing attack speed instead of movement speed (thx ZerielDRK)
  • Fixed a few bugs on level 4 abilities with Witchcraft
  • Fixed POTM endgame icon
  • Many other countless tooltip fixes and improvements

DotA 6.38 Released!

After a long wait, Icefrog and co. have released DotA Allstars version 6.38! Download here or here. For those interested, here’s the changelog:

  • 4 New Recipe items
  • 1 New Hero
  • Added -reverse (-rv) mode
  • Every 6 waves, a glaive thrower/meat wagon comes out with the creeps
  • Bottle with Rune now returns a Full Bottle after being used instead of an Empty Bottle
  • Reduced mana cost on Earthshock
  • Improved how Vendetta levels a little
  • Increased str/level on Ogre Magi
  • Slightly improved leveling of Eyes In The Forest
  • Faceless Void base damage increased a bit
  • Buffed maximum Watchers
  • Desolator damage increased from 50 to 60
  • Slightly improved the range on Shockwave
  • Hyperstone from 2450 to 2300
  • Weaver attack range from 400 to 425
  • Wraith recipe from 150 to 125 gold
  • Increased Shadow Word cooldown
  • Increased mana cost on Dual Breath
  • Added an ability to disassemble certain items in the circle of power
  • Map preview is now colored
  • Added new SA Perm Invis icon by Axidos
  • Improved mana regen on Bottle
  • Melee heroes get denied less xp than range heroes do
  • WTF Mode no longer requires voting
  • Fixed the -ar -random exploit (again!)
  • Fixed Vendetta not listing the movement speed it gave before (10%)
  • Fixed a bug with 2 daggers on disallowed heroes in order to keep 1
  • Tower regeneration reduced
  • Fixed a minor bug that would sometimes cause the level up animation to not play
  • Improved the Wrath of Nature icon based on snork’s suggestion
  • Added disablehelp/enablehelp for Astral Imprisonment
  • Roshan now drops Cheese!
  • Added a set of single player only commands to help people in their hero tests
  • Various tooltip fixes
  • Replaced “Upkeep” text with the version number
  • Tango buying cooldown set to the same as the rest of the items
  • Fixed various other minor bugs and typos

DotA WTF

dota With the release of DotA v6.36b, a new game mode has been added that, frankly, scares me a bit. This mode is enabled by the blue player typing: -wtf …at which point all hell breaks loose.

-Wtf mode removes mana costs and cooldowns of all spells and abilities. Crazy. I’ve tested this mode out once with Prophet and happily walked up the field creating stream after stream of treants (units the Prophet can control) and zerged my opponent’s base.

The mode is fun, overpowered and hugely imbalanced…but oh its bound to be a sweet, deadly game. Definately worthy of one -wtf mode game a night when my friends and I get together to play on Thursdays.

DotA Allstars v6.35 Released!

dota w00t! DotA Allstars v6.35 was released! You can download it here or here.

There have been some interesting additions/changes. Of particular interest to me are:

  • You can now set the player slots to Computer to reduce the starting gold if you are playing in less than 5v5 (so you don’t have to start with 3500 if you don’t want to)
  • Bonus gold is given to the allies of the tower killer (even if creeps kill it)
  • Perseverance can now be broken up into its components by clicking on it
  • It seems they’ve added a new mode (-voterandom, which is like -allrandom except you get to vote on which hero combinations are used).

There have been a number of other changes, so check out the changelog:

6.35
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* Added two new neutral creep spots
* New mode -vr (-voterandom, like -ar except you get to vote on which hero combinations are used)
* Game no longer immediately ends when you win, you have time to chat if you want to
* Hero Descriptions now have the movement speeds listed
* New icons for Pugna, Lion, God’s Strength and Omnislash (thx snork, alien_rebirth and gotham from forums)
* Lots of tweaks to the gold bonuses, levels, stats and abilities on neutral creeps.
* Changed the Arthas model with Frostmourne to the one without (forum 69498)
* Boots of Travel and Scroll of Town Portal now share cooldown
* Chaos Knight base damage a little less random
* You can now set the player slots to Computer to reduce the starting gold if you are playing in less than 5v5 (so you don’t have to start with 3500 if you don’t want to)
* Bonus gold is given to the allies of the tower killer (even if creeps kill it)
* Reworked Strygwyr’s Thirst
* New Rampage animation (70915)
* Increased the recipe cost on Hand of Midas as well as the Attack Speed.
* Reworked -lm to give a chance for Scourge to begin the pick process instead of always Sent
* Improved the core game recognition of what is and isn’t a spell (for stuff like essence and CotS)
* Fixed some compatibility issues between -ap and -lm
* Added a minor blood effect when hook hits a unit (63335)
* Increased base damage for Weaver
* New command -hidemsg/unhidemsg as a request from some players that don’t want to see the text spam when heroes die
* Fixed a bug where destroying all the trees around rooftrellen did not reveal him
* Wraith Band recipe cheaper
* Improved the AoE on static Field
* Minor improvement to the AoE on Diffusion Aura
* Repick in -ap or normal mode now lets you pick a new hero instead of randoming it. Cost reduced here since you would need to buy a hero. Repick is unchanged in -ar/-tr
* Restored the old armor bonus on Dragon’s Blood
* Buffed the HP and Mana that Scepter gives
* Reduced Desolator recipe cost
* Buffed Tinker’s movement speed
* Nightstalker strength improved
* Minor improvement to the trees behind to the top left scourge tower
* Reduced the lag on casting epicenter, freezing field and blackhole.
* Reduced mana cost on level 2 and 3 of blackhole to make it a little more worth leveling
* Fixed some minor targeting bugs with illuminate
* Wild Axes now move a bit faster
* Changed the color of Plague Wards
* Fixed many old typos
* Improved Troll Warlord base damage a little
* Slightly buffed Zeus’ str and int per level
* Fixed a bug with Freezing Field and Scepter (thx malle)
* Increased the speed on paralyzing casks a bit
* Improved Jakiro’s attack animation
* Fixed Silencer’s night vision range to that of regular heroes
* Slightly buffed higher levels of Sanity’s Eclipse
* Minor armor buff (usually 1) to most melee heroes
* Fixed being able to Berserker’s Call units out of Chronosphere
* Agility on Manta Style increased a bit
* Perseverance can now be broken up into its components by clicking on it
* Purification icon change (72474)
* Reduced Sunder manacost/cooldown at higher levels
* Increased base Intelligence on Tinker
* Fixed Last Will to not damage its allies if it was denied
* Stout Shield percentage typo (Nareg)
* Fixed various neutral creep minimap glitches
* Fixed an old bug with Venomancer’s Poison Sting that did minor attack speed reduction instead of minor movement speed reduction.
* Fixed Soul Keeper’s gamescore icon (78244)
* Fixed hotkey conflict between Spectral Dagger and Desolate
* Fixed being able to teleport to the invisible -ap vision units with Scroll of Town Portal
* Fixed many tooltips
* Fixed some issues with units not being paused in Chronosphere (like Leoric Reincarnate and Bearform)
* Fixed various neutral creep tooltips (MrX)
* Various other minor cosmetic improvements

Notes:
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After extensive playtesting on two new items, i decided that that it was better for the game to put them on hold rather then rush them in. I’m sorry to those who were waiting for it, but its for the best. Hopefully we will see them in the near future as well as other new content.

Warcraft III: Tech Wars

Tech Wars Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a sweet two-team game for up to 10 players where each player controls a hero and fights off creeps and pushes to destroy their opponent’s base. Well, recently a few of my friends and I have found a different game that can be just as exciting but games last about 15 to 20 minutes rather than the 1 to 1.5 hour games of DotA. The game?

Tech Wars

In Tech Wars, you have to build barracks, factories and gyrocopter pads that automatically spawn units and send them at your enemy! Each building has upgrades that will upgrade the units this building spawns. At the center of the map there are different technologies that you can capture, and as long as you control them you will be able to upgrade to even better units and buildings. You also have turrets that you can build and upgrade to protect your base. So whatever you do, don’t lose your base, and use whatever you can to protect it! Be the first team to wipe out the other side to be victorious!

Check out the sweetness that is Tech Wars! Download it here!

Defense of the Ancients (DotA) AI

dota DotA is a great game with many game options. If you are new to this blessed game and wish to expand your knowledge and/or practice, your only real option is to play on Battle.net with human teammates and opponents due to the lack of Artificial Intelligence built in. If you suck, you’re bound to face ridicule for the entirety of a game…which is enough to drive potentially good players from ever playing again.

Enter DotA AI. Shortly after a new version of DotA gets released, its equivalent version with AI is pushed out for download by the powers that be. I’ve played with AI only once and the bots seem to be pretty decent. They build their own items, team up and attempt to kill opponents, plus anything else you’d expect to see a player do. Pretty sexy. So, if you find yourself sucking and in need of practice…or you need your 10 person DotA match with no leavers, check out DotA AI.

What perplexes me is why they don’t build AI into the game as-is.

Get DotA AI here.