Dota 2 Patch 7.36a is Live: Balancing the Game After Major Changes

Dota 2 Patch 7.36a is Live: Balancing the Game After Major Changes

27. May 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

Valve has swiftly released patch 7.36a for Dota 2, just four days after the game-changing patch 7.36. This new update addresses over 80 bugs and modifies more than 50 heroes with buffs, nerfs, and ability adjustments.

Major Bug Fixes in Patch 7.36a

The introduction of innate abilities and hero facets in patch 7.36 brought a plethora of new dynamics to the game, but it also introduced several bugs. Patch 7.36a focuses on rectifying these issues, ensuring a smoother gaming experience.


Notable Bug Fixes:

  • Force Staff and Hurricane Pike can no longer be used when the hero is rooted.
  • Fixes for abilities like Lich’s Chain Frost, Lycan’s Shapeshift, Mars’ Arena, and Morphling’s Replica.

These fixes were crucial as they directly impacted the mechanics and strategies within the game.

Hero Adjustments and Nerfs

The update also brought significant changes to several heroes, making the game more balanced. Here are some of the most notable hero adjustments:


  • Blood Shield: Now scales with Culling Blade. Armor gain per kill reduced from 1 to 0.4/0.6/0.8/1.0.
  • One Man Army: Strength gain reduced from 60% to 50% of Axe’s armor.
  • Talents:
    • Level 10: Battle Hunger movement speed active reduced from 12% to 10%.
    • Level 10: Battle Hunger slow reduced from 12% to 10%.

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Legion Commander:

  • Stonehall Plate: Barrier damage reduced from 100% to 50%. No longer grants barrier against harmful illusions.
  • Odds of Adversity: Aghanim’s Shard duel radius increase reduced from 250 to 200.
  • Duel: Aghanim’s Scepter cooldown reduction decreased from -20 to -10 seconds.


  • Omnislash: Additional damage reduced from 30/35/40 to 25/30/35.
  • Blade Fury: Damage per tick decreased from 45/50/55/60 to 40/45/50/55.
  • Swift Slash: Mana cost increased from 125 to 150. Cast range decreased from 550 to 450.
  • Blade Form: Duration reduced from 3 to 2 seconds. Agility per stack reduced from 3% to 2%.
  • Talents:
    • Level 20: Blade Dance lifesteal reduced from +60% to +50%.

These changes aim to balance the gameplay, preventing certain heroes from becoming overwhelmingly powerful.

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The Impact of Patch 7.36

Patch 7.36, released during DreamLeague S23, introduced new gameplay elements with innate abilities and hero facets, adding complexity and variables to Dota 2. This significant update has been both exciting and challenging for players, requiring quick adaptation to new mechanics and strategies.

Key Features of Patch 7.36:

  1. Innate Abilities: Unique skills inherent to each hero.
  2. Hero Facets: New aspects that add depth to hero customization.

These features revolutionized the gameplay, making Dota 2 even more engaging and strategically rich.

Dota 2: Bugs, Oddities, and Curiosities of Patch 7.36


Patch 7.36a is a crucial update, addressing numerous bugs and rebalancing heroes to ensure fair play. Valve’s quick response to the issues raised by players showcases their commitment to maintaining the quality and balance of Dota 2.

As players explore the changes, the community eagerly awaits further updates and adjustments that will continue to refine the gaming experience.