Valve has confirmed that they will be launching Dota 2 patch 7.28 today, December 17, 2020.
This will be a gameplay update and will introduce a new hero to the game, following several delays.
Called the Mistwood update, Valve has kept most of what they have planned for today under wraps.
Valve told gamers on Twitter this week: “Thursday is a bright day to enjoy a good cup of coffee, some time with the family and release the Mistwood update.”
An earlier message confirmed that a new hero is being launched with this week’s Dota 2 patch, telling fans in November:
“On the gameplay front, our original plan for the new hero was November 30th, however, she needs a bit more time to cozy up for the winter. We will be releasing her, along with the 7.28 gameplay update, in mid-December.
“Finally we are excited to announce that the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit will start on January 18th. 16 teams within two divisions will compete in each of the six Regional Leagues. The best from each region will also qualify to the first Major of the season. More information on schedule and details will be available soon.”
As mentioned above, the new Dota 2 hero will be arriving today and will be one of the first to debut in 2020.
No further information has been shared, meaning we don’t know what new abilities will be added to the game.
We also have no clue what other buffs and nerfs are being worked on for the game’s other MOBA characters.
Early patch notes have not been shared by the development team and we also don’t know when this latest patch will be going live.
However, there’s a good chance it will be made available to download during the morning, pacific time.
For gamers in the UK, this will likely mean DOTA 2 patch 7.28 going live between 4-6pm GMT.
Patch notes will be shared when the update has been released and will likely include a lot of changes for all heroes.
It follows the launch of the new Grandmaster Tier, which was released in early December.
Dota Plus Grandmaster Tier
Dota Plus members can now level up heroes to a brand-new Grandmaster tier at level 30. In addition to the inherent intimidation factor, players who earn the title of Grandmaster have access to a new chat wheel voice line for that hero. Any hero challenges completed as a Grandmaster will also grant shards as a reward instead of hero XP.
Dota Plus Seasonal Treasure
To accompany the debut of Grandmaster, the Winter 2020 Seasonal Treasure is now available for purchase with shards. Exclusive to Dota Plus members, this treasure features all new sets for Dragon Knight, Puck, Spirit Breaker, Templar Assassin, Earth Spirit, Vengeful Spirit, Luna, Necrophos, Undying, Ember Spirit, and Centaur Warrunner. There’s also a chance to receive the Very Rare Hermid the Crab courier, which comes preloaded with random prismatic and kinetic gems.