This week in eSports Weekly, Dota 2 receives a new holiday update, Twitch adds a new role and viewing mode, and a new LoL power is rising in Europe. This and more, including updates on the EU and NA LCS Expansion tournaments, in this week’s eSports Weekly.
Dota 2: Client Update: Shifting Snows
Valve has released a new update to the Dota 2 client, called the Shifting Snows. The map has been frozen over, forming the new Winter Map, and fantasy Dota league champions receive a special new teleport animation. But aesthetics aside, there are some important changes to gameplay and to heroes that were made as well. According to the update, “Dota 2’s balance has shifted. This small gameplay update includes new tricks for old friends, and a handful of helpful adjustments to augment your strategies.” This is highlighted by the changing of the first rune spawns to Bounty runes, a reduction of the bounty that comes from taking down barracks, an increase to the maximum movement speed, some changes to store items, and some changes to the alt-click functions. Roshan is also wearing an adorable Santa hat. There’s also new treasure chests, gift wrap for gifted items, and a block of ice from which you can craft monuments. There’s a plethora of changes to hero abilities as well that I could not even begin to analyze and describe, so I’m going to let someone else do it. You can read all about the new update on Dota 2’s official blog page, and there’s a scarily thorough analysis of everything in the update which you can read on Gamespot.