Clinkz and Shadow Shaman are nerfed in the Diretide update

Clinkz takes most of the beating though.

Clinkz and Shadow Shaman are nerfed in the Diretide update
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The developer behind the game DotA 2 released a surprise event to all the fans called as the Diretide. The Diretide returned to DotA 2 first time since 2013 and its been applauded by the community. However, only five days later since the availability of the game, the developer has released a followup update to Diretide mode.

The Diretide has been played plenty around and in the update to the mode, a few heroes have been nerfed. The hero that is affected the most is Clinkz. Bone Fletcher, also known as Clinkz is a ranged agility hero, his ability to consume creeps and specializing in ambushing lone enemies due to his high physical damage and incredible speed gotten him to be one of the most picked heroes in Diretide. Opponents will now have a better chance of getting a grip of the Bone Fetcher, thanks to buffs on True Sight on various things.

The second to follow the nerf is Rhasta, the Shadow Shaman. Shadow Shaman's ultimate Mass Serpent Ward will no longer short-circuit the enemy’s home bucket into the world’s best candy dispenser. 

The above two heroes mentioned heroes have seen the highest pick rate in the Diretide mode since it is released.


The Full Patch Notes can be found below:


  • True Sight Radius on Home Buckets and Taffy Wells increased from 1000 to 1200.

  • Scarecrow Stashes now have True Sight in a 1000 radius that reveals all heroes on both teams.

  • Player owned non-hero units deal only 25% of their normal damage to the home bucket for purposes of stealing candy.

  • Taffy Guardians take 50% damage from player owned, non-hero units.


  • Reduced sentry ward stock time from 85 to 60.

  • Reduced sentry ward cost from 75 to 50.

  • Reduced dust gold cost from 80 to 50.

  • Reduced TP scroll cooldown from 80 to 45.


  • Clinkz Death Pact benefit from Rotting Hulks and Festering Hulks (Round 3) reduced from 40% to 25%.

  • Clinkz Death Pact benefit from Volatile Arachnids (Round 5) reduced from 25% to 10%.


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