The latest iteration of the 7.30 patch has brought down the nerfhammer on Beastmaster and Lycan, the two winningest heroes in Dota 2 for the past week, in addition to Helm of the Overlord.
It’s been less than a week since patch 7.30 for Dota 2 dropped, and in those few days players have seen one of the most obnoxious metagame shifts in the game’s history. While you are less likely to see someone spamming Templar Assassin or Broodmother in pubs thanks to some well-deserved nerfs for the heroes, the dreaded ‘zoo meta’ took their place and made games much more annoying overall.
Before we discuss these changes, let’s take a look at what was changed in Dota 2 patch 7.30b.
Dota 2 7.30b patch notes
HELM OF THE OVERLORD
- Recipe cost increased from 1000 to 1250 (total cost increased from 6050 to 6300)
- Recipe cost from 350 to 500 (total cost increased from 5300 to 5450)
- Level 15 Talent +350 Health Beastmaster Controlled Units reduced to 250
- Agility growth increased from 3 to 3.4
- Damage increased from 35/40/45/50 to 35/45/55/65
- Armor Reduction reduced from 5/6/7/8 to 4/5/6/7
- Level 10 Talent +20 Summon Wolves Damage reduced to 15
- Level 15 Talent +10% Arcane Curse Slow reduced to +8%
- Level 20 Talent +1.5x Last Word Int Multiplier reduced to +1.2x
- Mana Cost increased from 60 to 75
- Level 15 Talent +80 Dark Pact Damage reduced to 70
Dota 2 Helm of the Overlord: currently broken
The notable changes in this latest patch for Dota 2 is the increased cost for two currently broken items: Helm of the Overlord and Silver Edge. Both got big buffs in 7.30 as they changed their item components; the Helm now has a Vladmir’s Offering component and Silver Edge has the Crystalis. While Silver Edge was somewhat broken due to the fact that it now has critical damage built in, its imbalance is nothing compared to Helm of the Overlord.
The new Dota 2 Helm with the Vladmir’s Offering component is currently one of the strongest items in the game, as proven by Tundra Esports and other teams dominating with it at the ESL One Fall 2021 group stages. When used on Beastmaster and Lycan, two Dota 2 heroes that already have great summons, it buffs them up to an incredibly powerful degree that they can now take two ban slots at any given game. The changes to Helm of the Overlord in this patch could help curb their overall power spikes, but it remains to be seen if increasing the cost of the recipe will be enough to do that.
Other changes worth noting are slight nerfs to both Beastmaster and Lycan summons in Dota 2, as well as a (surprising) slight buff for Broodmother. After 7.30 dropped, Broodmother was one of the most heavily nerfed heroes, resulting in a shocking 12.39 percent win rate drop on Dotabuff.