Jody Macgregor

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It’s not every day Dota 2 gets a new map. In fact, it’s pretty much just today. The New Frontiers Update (opens in new tab) brings Dota 2 up to version 7.33, and it’s a hefty patch that changes the matchmaking algorithm, alters the interface, adds a new hero type, makes a heap of balance changes, and expands the map by 40%.

Valve notes that, while there is “40% more terrain” around the map’s edges, the lanes remain as close together as always. There’s just more to explore around and between them, and “Both main jungles have also been fully reconfigured, shaking up vision placement, juke routes, farming and more.” Here’s what’s new.

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  • Four new named areas: The Well, The Graveyard, The Statue, and The Mines.
  • Roshan has two pits instead of one.
  • Twin gates let you teleport between the top and bottom lane. Roshan also uses them to move between his pits.
  • Lotus pools on the map’s left and right spawn healing lotus that gives mana as well as HP.
  • Neutral creep minibosses called tormentors spawn near the bases 20 minutes into a match.
  • Eight watchers scattered across the map grant vision to whichever team activates them. That’s handy, because outposts no longer grant vision or True Sight.
  • Two new outposts, the original ones have been repositioned too.
  • 12 (!) more creep camps.
  • Two new power runes: wisdom runes on the map’s edge and near bases give XP, while shield runes in the river give barrier equal to half your max HP. (Also shield is called barrier now.)
  • Defender’s gates are one-way emergency back doors on each base, or as Valve puts it, “Defender’s Gate combines the sparkly high fantasy of Dota with the practicality of doors on your house that you can lock when you go to the grocery store to destroy its Ancient.”

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Massive Dota 2 patch makes the map 40% bigger, changes the UI, matchmaking, so much other stuff it’s basically Dota 3 now