Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Icefrog talks about DotA 6.63

With the ongoing Heroes of Newerth vs League of Legends debate raging on amongst the DotA community, Icefrog has continued updating the popular DotA All-Stars 6 series.

Here are some important updates by Icefrog:

The 6.62 release seems to be a smooth one so far, no major bugs reported yet. (except the major exploit fixed in 6.62b)

I am starting 6.63 development now. This patch will be primarily focused on balance improvements. If there are any changes you'd like to suggest, please feel free. When making recommendations though, try to explain why you think a change would be good and what level of play you refer to.
He has also started adding HLC support for 6.63

I've added HLC support to 6.63. This functionality allows leagues that use hosting bots to handle the game mode functions directly.

While the feature will still be tested to ensure that there are no unexpected side effects, I wanted to give leagues an early notice about this frequently requested feature.
And ofcourse, the much awaited status update on 6.63

I am still actively working on the next balance patch. The first thing I started on a couple of weeks ago (after we were finally done with 6.62/1.24) was experimenting with a bunch of different item changes (heart, bloodstone, treads, phase boots, pipe and many more). No changes are set in stone yet though, since they all revolve around each other in many ways, so naturally some items will get changes and some won't. There are also lots of different balance tweaks for heroes. I think it is shaping up to be a nice gameplay update overall though.

I may end up releasing 6.63 with a bunch of balance improvements sooner and then follow up with another patch for some more adjustments, depending on how things go during the next week or two.

There will also be a nice surprise for everyone in 6.63
What could be the surprise? Tune in here at and find out.

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