Dota 2’s 6.88 Patch Brings Minor Tweaks In Preparation for The International

Before the embers of the explosive Manila Majors could even begin to die down, Valve has decided that it’s time for some changes. Ladies and gentlemen, the 6.88 patch is here! To be honest, it’s a pretty small patch compared to 6.87 and I don’t really see the changes turning the whole meta upside down, but that doesn’t mean it’s insignificant at all.

According to a post on the Dota 2 website:

In preparation for The International, a balance focused patch will be released today. In the 6.88 update you will find various minor balance tweaks geared towards ironing out some rough edges as we head into ESL Frankfurt next weekend and The International Qualifiers the following week. Head over to the patch notes page to read up on the changes in the 6.88 gameplay update.

Here are some notable points for this patch:



  • Echo Slam radius increased from 575 to 600



  • Black Hole damage type from Magical to Pure and pierces Spell Immunity
  • Black Hole damage reduced from 55/110/165 to 50/100/150



  • Brewmaster’s Earth attack range increased from 128 to 150
  • Brewmaster’s Fire attack increased range from 128 to 150
  • Brewmaster’s Fire armor increased from 0 to 0/3/6
  • Primal Split duration increased from 15/17/19 to 16/18/20


Phantom Assassin

  • Phantom Strike can now target Spell Immune heroes



  • Sunray base damage reduced from 15/20/25/30 to 10/15/20/25



  • Rot slow increased from 27% to 30%
  • Dismember cooldown reduced from 30 to 30/25/20


Shadow Shaman

  • Mass Serpent Wards splash radius increased from 75% to 100%
  • Mass Serpent Wards attack damage increased from 40-45/55-60/70-75 to 40-45/60-65/80-85


Templar Assassin

  • Psi Blades Spill Width increased from 68 to 75
  • Psionic Trap max movement slow increased from 50% to 60%



  • Intelligence gain increased from 2.5 to 2.8
  • Decay cast range increased from 625 to 650
  • Decay duration increased from 40 to 45

You can read the full patch notes here.