The Big Update That Finally Introduces The Underlords Is Now Live For Dota Underlords
The day has finally arrived and The Big Update is here. There’s a bunch of stuff to get through – and this post will just be covering the highlights. If you’re the type of person who likes to know all the nitty gritty details, you can check out the patch notes here. Without further ado, here’s what’s new in The Big Update.
The Underlords (as in the folks we named the game after) have finally joined the fray after watching on the sidelines for months. Before every match you’ll choose an Underlord to lead your crew. They’ll fight alongside your heroes, fire off abilities, provide buffs, and grow stronger throughout each match.
Each Underlord has their own set of unique Talents that can be picked as the match progresses – these talents improve and unlock your abilities. Anessix and Hobgen have a total of 22 Talents each, and 11 are locked by default. Play games (bot games count) to unlock and discover the rest of the Talents available to you. For more information about Underlords, see our previous posts about the Underlords, Hobgen, and Anessix. You’ll also be able to read about them in-game.
With this update we are adding a new social game mode – Duos. In this game mode you’ll party up with a friend and queue up with seven other teams of two (16 players total, if you were counting). You and your teammate will each be hiring and leveling your own crews, but now you’ll be able to help each other out by sending gold and heroes to each other. Watch out though, your health is also shared, as is your level. Battle is fought in pairs against other teams, and round damage is summed up. We are launching Duos with Casual matchmaking with plans to ship a Ranked Duos mode soon.
We’ve also added a new mode we’re calling Freestyle. With Freestyle mode you can quickly set up and test different scenarios. Maybe you want to test out different theories for your own strategies, or maybe you want to put a new hero through its paces to learn what they do and how they fight in a battle. Or if you’re like us you just want to see who would win between 32 Tomatoes and 32 Potatoes (Potatoes by a mile).