The most broken carry heroes of Dota 2 patch 7.34d

Dota 2 patch 7.34d brought significant changes to the game and has likely ruined a lot of teams’ preparation... Radu M. | 7. October 2023

Dota 2 patch 7.34d brought significant changes to the game and has likely ruined a lot of teams’ preparation for The International 12. Prior to this patch, heroes like Phantom Assassin and Sven were frequently played and had high win rates. Now they’re struggling to even keep up with the other heroes of the meta.

Based on Dotabuff’s statistics, Phantom Assassin’s win rate decreased by 6.26% after the release of the new patch, while Sven’s decreased by 3.59%. But who will take their place?

New powerful Dota 2 heroes

No doubt, with PA and Sven out of the way, Luna, Naga Siren, Chaos Knight, Anti-Mage, Meepo, Spectre, and Abaddon will rise to prominence even more than they did in previous patches. Lone Druid, Arc Warden, Necrophos, and Wraith King are also quite broken at the moment, having win rates of more than 54%.

It’s been a long time since we last saw Arc Warden and Lone Druid getting heavily picked in professional tournaments, or regarded as dangerous enough to receive a first or second phase ban. But now that they’ve been considerably buffed, it’s hard to ignore them.

In pubs, we don’t yet see people picking illusion-based heroes that frequently because they’re hard to control. The same goes for heroes like Invoker, who have so many abilities and items that they quickly overwhelm you if you’re just a casual player. But professional competitors will know how to make use of every character in the game.

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Phantom Lancer continues to thrive in Dota 2, thanks in part to being very powerful in patch 7.34c and then getting completely ignored by the new update. IceFrog apparently decided to let him be, which should make a lot of teams eye him for their drafts.

In total, there are around 10 different carry heroes that look exciting at the moment. But they are not the strongest options of the previous patch. What makes 7.34d a bit inappropriate is the fact that it comes so late.

For the sake of professionalism, Valve should release the final patch before The International at least three weeks before the start of the tournament, in order to give teams enough time to prepare their strategies. Otherwise, they either won’t have enough time or they will choose to stick to their original plans, which may no longer be viable.

You simply cannot pick Phantom Assassin after the nerfs. She’s more of a liability than a carry at this point.

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