The Dueling Fates update included multiple adjustments to Ability Draft, and added a new Turbo mode for casual players. Let’s look at them.
The Turbo mode follows the same rules of All Pick, but has the goal to allure a more casual player base by increasing the amount of action during a match.
- More Gold and Experience Points earned
- Towers are weaker
- Respawn time reduced
- Buy-anywhere shop system
The teams will spend less time farming and more fighting.
Those who don’t have enough time for a long Dota 2 match, or just want to test new heroes, items, and strategies can now choose Turbo mode, and enjoy all the action provided by the game.
Ability Draft has a new and improved interface, and players will be able to swap the hotkey order of abilities. The latter is a feature requested for a long time by the community, because the standard layout is quite annoying with certain skills.
Valve also enabled the team chat during the draft: before it wasn’t possible to communicate, thus ruining the chances to create proper combinations for teamfights and lanes.
Finally, fifteen more heroes will join the battle - Dark Willow and Pangolier as well.
Ability Draft changelog
- New Drafting UI
- Added support for chat during draft.
- Added support for swapping ability slots.
- Dark Willow and Pangolier added.
- Added tooltips for hero talents and base stats as well as indicators for hero primary attributes.
- Scoreboard will now show drafted abilities at end of game and when viewing replays.
The following heroes added to Ability Draft with a limited set of abilities:
- Templar Assassin
- Shadow Fiend
- Ember Spirit
- Vengeful Spirit
- Keeper of the Light
- Troll Warlord
- Elder Titan
- Ogre Magi
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