Dota 2 Update Tweaks Monkey King Mischief, Abilities, and Removes 32-bit Support

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Dota 2, a battle arena game by Valve, received a small patch today. The patch brings balancing changes for several abilities and Monkey King Mischief and removes support for outdated technologies.

Monkey King now can turn into neutral creeps or a nearby lane. You will also see a health bar when Monkey King changes into courier, Roshan, or creeps.

The developer has removed the game’s support for DirectX 9. Players who are using DX9 will be switched to DX11. The game will also not support 32-bit systems anymore. But honestly, who uses a 32-bit system to play games anyway. Support for native XAudio has been removed as well. The game now uses the SDL audio system. Check out the patch notes below:

Monkey King Mischief
  • Fixed a bug where a small percentage of the time Monkey King would transform into an invisible model.
Ability Draft
  • Drafting Wukong's Command grants Mischief. ( Only Monkey King can turn into trees. )
  • Call of the Wild default changed to Hawk. Boar can still be accessed by toggling auto-cast.
  • A number of previously unavailable Scepter/Shard abilities are now granted when drafting base abilities, abilities are accessed by toggling auto-cast on the base spell:
    • Tree Volley granted with Tree Grab
    • Torrent Storm granted with Torrent
    • Terror Wave granted with Metamorphosis
    • Death Seeker granted with Death Pulse
    • Cold Blooded granted with Mystic Snake (Cold Blooded passive ability is hidden)
    • Hairball granted with Quill Spray (Nasal Goo required for Goo in Hairball)
  • Shuffling player slots is now a lobby option for Ability Draft lobbies and works on hosted servers. Default is on.
  • Fixed Talent bug with Winter Wyvern and Wind Ranger.
Moving Dota Technology Forward
  • Deprecated DirectX 9 support — as the penultimate step toward removing support for this render system, users who have been using DirectX 9 have been switched to DirectX 11. To facilitate reporting problems with DirectX 11, we've added a temporary command-line flag -deprecated_dx9 (which itself will be removed in the coming weeks).
  • Removed support for OpenGL on Windows. The optional DLC that previously contained the data required for OpenGL on Windows has been emptied and will be removed soon. Deprecation of OpenGL on macOS and Linux will be coming with a separate update.

The complete patch notes are mentioned on Steam.

So what do you think? Are you interested in any of these changes? Have you been playing Dota 2 recently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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