Dota 2 Patch 7.29: Darkness Fears The Break Of Dawn

Dota 2 has just updated with their patch 7.29. This update brought tons of item changes, item removals, hero upgrades, some major changes on the mechanics, major changes on the map itself and finally, the new hero who has the spotlight for this patch: Valora, the Dawnbreaker.

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Valora or is much known as Dawnbreaker is a cosmic melee hero. Her main weapon is a hammer that she can swing, attacking multiple enemies at once or throwing it like a projectile. A background and description of her was provided.

Description
"Dawnbreaker shines in the heart of battle, happily crushing enemies with her celestial hammer and using the energy released to heal nearby allies. At one with the mass of her weapon, she revels in hurling her hammer through multiple foes and then converging with it in a blazing wake. Created to rival ancient forces of chaos and darkness by descendants of the first light, Dawnbreaker only taps her true cosmic power to fly to the aid of her teammates — eager to rout her enemies on the battlefield no matter where they may be."

Background
"In the aeons after the Keeper's exodus birthed the age of light, some amongst the first sun's lineage began to align against the chaos their ancestor's maker left chasing in his wake. Calling themselves the Children of Light, they saw no one else as worthy of taking up the Keeper's abandoned mantle, and they yearned to beat back the onslaught of darkness, creating glorious armies built to purge the cosmos of all creatures of primordial night."

"Valora, the Dawnbreaker, most prized warrior amongst the Children's ancient creations, is the shining herald of the majesty of order and light. Molded from the heart of a young metallic star, and charged by golden breath with new life, Valora was called to spread the glow of the Children's wisdom to the darkest reaches of the universe — setting fire to the heavens with each swing of her celestial hammer amidst the endless battle to keep chaos at bay."

Below are her skills with description that lets you know she is a formidable opponent in the battlefield.

STARBREAKER
Dawnbreaker whirls her hammer around 3 times, damaging enemies with her attack and bonus damage. On the final strike, she smashes her hammer down, stunning and damaging enemies in front of her.

CELESTIAL HAMMER
Dawnbreaker hurls her weapon at a target, damaging enemies struck along the way. The hammer pauses briefly at the destination before flying back to her, leaving a blazing trail that slows enemies. Dawnbreaker can recall the hammer at any time, pulling her towards it so they meet in the middle.

LUMINOSITY
After 3 attacks, Dawnbreaker powers up, charging her next attack with a critical hit that heals all allied heroes around her for a portion of attack damage dealt.

SOLAR GUARDIAN
Dawnbreaker creates a pulsing effect at a location near an allied hero anywhere on the map, damaging enemies and healing allies with each pulse. After a short duration, she flies to the target location, dealing additional damage and stunning enemies upon landing.

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Now that we are done with the new hero, here are some of the new changes that were included in this patch 7.29. The map had its changes like, moving outposts to stand more prominently in the primary jungle, moving ward cliffs and much more. The official site post has interactive sliders that you can use to see what changes were made in the map and compare it from its before and after.

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Some of the GENERAL UPDATES
  • Terrain updated with various changes
  • Added Water Power Rune. Spawns at both Power Rune locations only at minute 2 and 4. Instantly restores 100 health and 80 mana when used. Can be used to fill bottles. Starting at 6 minutes, Power Runes spawn as usual on one side.
  • Added +2 Attributes leveling for up to 7 times (for the 7 empty levels from 1-26), and can be leveled in any order (via clicking on the talent tree circle). They will automatically be leveled if there are no other options available.
  • Level 30 no longer grants all remaining talents. Instead level 27/28/29/30 will grant you the remaining level 10/15/20/25 talents
  • Outposts no longer give XP at the 10/20/30/etc minute mark
  • Outposts now provide XPM while controlled (XP = 2*Minute). No extra XP granted when controlling two outposts, similar to the existing rules.
Notes:
Compared to the previous version at 10/20/30/40 minutes, total XP given per player changed from 150/500/1050/1800 to 110/420/930/1640.
The XP is provided on the minute mark
The amount you get for each minute at the start is 2/4/6/8/10/12/14/16/18/20 for minutes 1 through 10​
  • Bounty Runes after the initial set are reduced by 10%
  • Bounty Runes no longer spawn in the river. The amount these runes gave is now provided automatically over time through GPM.
  • Bounty Runes now spawn every 3 minutes in the respective jungle area (total rune count reduced from 4 to 2)
  • Bounty Runes no longer disappear when new ones spawn, they now spawn alongside the previous one if it isn't picked up
  • At minute 0, Bounty Runes spawn in the jungle and at the power rune locations (4 total at the start of the game)
  • Various cast ranges and movement speed talents/items/abilities have been replaced or toned down (these are included in-line with the item and hero sections below)
  • Hero kill assist gold now adjusted based on the relative NW difference between the two teams. For example, if your team is down 5,000 gold and the enemy has 50,000 total net worth, your assist gold will be worth 10% more.
  • Heroes now start the game with 1 TP scroll rather than 3
  • Heroes now gain 1 TP scroll on death
  • TP Scroll cost increased from 90 to 100
  • Heroes with 1.0 turn rate now have 0.9 turn rate
  • Heroes with 0.5 turn rate now have 0.6 turn rate
  • Turn rate effect on time to turn improved by 20%
  • Aghanim's Scepter: Roshan drop now requires you to activate it to consume it (has no effect until consumed)
  • Aghanim's Shard: Now drops on the second Roshan kill, and only that one (has same activation mechanics as the Scepter drop)
As you've seen above, that was some of the lengthy general update. The item updates, neutral item updates and Hero updates is much longer than all of those written above. You can just visit their official site and see for yourself the whole patch update and interact with the map to see the changes made. Here is the official site: https://www.dota2.com/Dawnbreaker. This patch update has a downloadable size of 500MB and you can download it on Steam. This has been Dota 2 Patch 7.29 or just some of it... See y'all on the next update.
 
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