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Dota 2: Best Hero Build Guides After Patch | New Items Meta

Almost a week has passed since Dota 2’s patch 7.31 was released, and these five heroes are already stealing the spotlight.

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Dota 2’s patch 7.31 features significant updates to balance the gameplay, including nerfing famous heroes, rescaling newer items, and strengthening some of the current metagame’s less-used heroes. There’s a lot to unpack ahead of the upcoming Stockholm Major, with 22 heroes nerfed, 21 heroes enhanced, neutral creeps rebalanced, and various item adjustments. If you want to stay updated about the new meta, this article is for you.

Best Hero Build Guides After Patch in Dota 2

Numerous heroes have received nerfs and buffs for them to be viable selections. While the patch doesn’t really make any major changes, even the slightest modifications can help a hero become a top selection in the meta.

We will give you five heroes that gained an increased win rate after patch 7.31, along with their best items.

Sven

Sven received buffs on two of his basic abilities, which made him one of the heroes to look out for in the new patch. He gained a 2% increase in his win rate.

Changes to Sven’s skills are the following:

  • Warcry
    • Movement Speed bonus increased from 8%/12%/16%/20% to 10%/14%/18%/22%
    • Shard Passive Armor increased from 5 to 7
  • Storm Hammer
    • Stun duration changed from 1.25/1.5/1.75/2.0s to 1.4/1.6/1.8/2.0s
    • Mana Cost decreased from 110/120/130/140 to 110/115/120/125

Silver Edge and Echo Sabre combination is highly recommended to fully utilize Sven’s abilities.

Broodmother

Broodmother is frequently equipped with mana regeneration items like the Orchid to keep the hero’s spells alive.

The new change in the hero’s skill is absolutely beneficial; it gained a 2.5% increase in win rate and a 55%-win rate in the immortal bracket.

Changes to Broodmother’s Spin Web skill are:

  • Mana Cost reduced from 50 to 40

The Orchid Malevolence, Soul Ring, and Black King Bar are some of her best item builds.

Zeus

Zeus also received buffs on his basic abilities. Fortunately for him, his buffs are more impactful as they apply to all his spells’ levels. Zeus gained a 2.75% increase in his win rate.

Skill changes:

  • Heavenly Jump
    • Distance increased from 450 to 500
  • Arc Lightning
    • Damage increased from 80/110/140/170 to 90/120/150/180
  • Lightning Bolt
    • Cast Point reduced from 0.4s to 0.3s 

Recommended items for Zeus are Aether Lens and Blink Dagger.

Lycan

In the planning stage, Lycan’s Wolves have become more dangerous, allowing the hero to zone out supports and control the creeps.

Lycan’s win rate is increased to 3.40% because of his enhancements. In fact, he is now the Immortal bracket’s 17th most successful hero, and he’ll certainly break into the top 10 by the end of the patch.

The changes are:

  • Base Attack
    • Base Attack Speed increased from 100to 110
  • Summon Wolves
    • Increased attack damage from 17-20/23-26/29-32/35-38 to 20-23/26-29/32-34/38-40
    • Shard Lane Wolf increased Attack Damage from 35-38 to 38-40

Lycan’s recommended item builds are Helm of the Dominator and Skull Basher.

Spectre

One of the game’s greatest scaling carries, Spectre increased her win rate by a stunning 5.22%.

The latest update makes her slightly “tankier” in all game stages but most notably during the laning stage, which was initially her weakness.

Spectre’s changes are:

  • Base HP
    • Base HP regen increased from 1.5 to 2.0
  • Base Agility
    • Base Agility increased from 23 to 25
  • Dispersion
    • Radius thresholds increased from 300-700 to 400-800

If you want to fully utilize Spectre, use Manta Style, Butterfly, and Radiance.

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Total War Three Kingdoms: Court Guide

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total war three kingdoms court guide

Going to war and managing your troops in the heat of battle has always been the core gameplay of Total War, either that or deliberately heading straight into battle outgunned or outnumbered in order to test the mettle of your troops. But with the Three Kingdoms things can get mighty confusing when you’re not out fighting. You’d be surprised how something as simple as choosing who to put on councils can take up your time when you’re not quite sure of your decisions. That will all go away as we show you the way of heaven’s will in this guide and lead your kingdom to prosperity!

Court Guide | Total War Three Kingdoms

Now the court is made up of your faction leaders, heirs, and your administrators. You manage your dynasty here as you unlock more positions when you progress. Let’s go further into detail below and see how you can manage your people better.

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While you’re in the in-game map click on the Court button or press 2 to bring up the rest of your family tree. What you can do here first is to hover over everyone’s portraits to see the positive and negative benefits they can offer if they’re to be assigned to a certain position.

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Next thing that you should be on the lookout for is the character’s Background. You can find this by hovering over the general’s name, there’s plenty of generals each with their own unique background so be careful who you choose! For this example, Liu Bei is a Virtuous Idealist. That helps you with public order and upkeep but gives you 25% less income due to their poor background.

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Another interesting thing to keep in mind are the basic Traits. You will have to keep a close eye on this as it influences character relations throughout the campaign. Same with the Background, there are numerous Traits in the game and your character can earn more as you progress with them.

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Of course besides the individual Traits and Backgrounds you also would want to know more about navigating the Court itself. Each individual position in the court will have its own explanation and allows you to see the rank required in order to unlock it.

You can choose good old fashioned nepotism and assign a post to a family member or a general who’s done actual work with their own hands. Each character will offer various bonuses depending on the position they’re assigned to.

Remember – not all your characters need to be out in the field as some of them are more proficient with administrative affairs. The pen is mightier than the sword, and all of that.

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Now that you’ve assigned a post to the members of your Court the next thing you need to do is to make sure everyone is satisfied. You wouldn’t want someone in a position of power to complain and suddenly decide it would be in their best interest to rebel! That gets in the way of prosperity and no one wants that.

In order to view a character’s Satisfaction go and hover over their character panel or check the characters list on your campaign screen. If you choose the character panel check to the right of their age in order to see their opinion about you.

Some of the things you can do to make sure they don’t look elsewhere is to make sure that the post you assigned to them is compatible with their class. For example if your character’s class is Sentinel then you would want to make that character into an Administrator.

Lastly, it’s recommended that you assign a post that complements their level. Give them a post that’s too out of reach for them and their satisfaction will suffer just as much. Now that’s good work ethic!

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And that is how you manage internal affairs in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Now that you know the intricacies of the court you can be your very own Sun Tzu and lead by example!

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