Less than a week after the release of The New Frontiers Update in Dota 2, Valve have already given us a new patch — Patch 7.33b. Even though it is not as massive in scope as the previous update, it has made a number of hero and item changes that have changed the meta, as seen at ESL One Berlin Major 2023.
Some heroes, such as Medusa and Underlord, are stronger than before, boosting their win rates to new highs. On the other hand, other heroes haven't been so lucky, even after this new patch tried to “revive” them. As such, let's review which heroes have the lowest win rates in the early days of patch 7.33b.
If we look at the currents stats, it is apparent that Broodmother is in a league of her own when it comes to win rate. Before the arrival of the Dota 2 patch 7.33b, the hero had a 32% win rate, which is one of the lowest win rates seen in recent years. While the buffs from the recent patch positively affected her, she is still only boasting a 38% win rate with the release of patch 7.33b.
This is likely due to the patch nerfing many of her abilities, such as Insatiable Hunger and Spawn Spiderlings. Fortunately, 7.33b did do some favor to Broodmother players, giving the hero more base attack damage, range and STR gain. Furthermore, the new patch increased the Spin Web radius, reduced the mana for Spawn Spiderlings and gave a 10% more base bonus damage to Insatiable Hunger.
However these changes are not enough to put Broodmother back on the map at the moment, possibly necessitating further changes once the meta stabilizes.
The second hero on the list of names with the lowest win rate in 7.33b is none other than Nature’s Prophet. You may remember that he was one of the most popular heroes in the previous meta. However, the Patch 7.33 changed a lot of things, but the bad news is that none of them were positive.
Following 7.32e’s massive 10% damage nerf to player-controlled units, Nature’s Prophet quickly faded away from the meta. In 7.33 his Treant’s cool down was reduced from 60 to 50 seconds, but the Treant’s damage was further reduced.
We expected the hero to receive some small buffs in 7.33b, but this didn’t happen. Consequently, he remains one of the heroes with the lowest win rate in the current patch.
If we take a look at the stats, we can see that Furion’s stats are around 40%. The good news for the hero is that players increased it by almost 1% in the last week, meaning we might see an increase in the future.
Speaking of heroes that were pretty big in the previous patch, we also need to mention Batrider. Unsurprisingly, the latter is also among the heroes with the lowest win rate in 7.33b because he received substantial nerfs during The New Frontiers Update.
Like Broodmother, almost all of Batrider’s abilities were nerfed. Batrider is now a Universal hero, which is another big change that affected his win rate. Speaking of the devil, Batrider currently sits at around 44%, which is not that bad when compared to the rest. However, he remains one of the heroes with the lowest win rate in 7.33b.
Fortunately he did receive some help in the newest patch. Batrider got a few buffs, such as additional STR gain and a decrease in the mana cost of Flaming Lasso. On top of that, Firefly’s damage per second is up by 20 on level 4, and the Mana Cost is down from 125 to 100. As for Sticky Napalm, the ability no longer amplifies the damage of Blood Grenade.
When discussing heroes that are not good anymore, we have to mention Lina. Everyone who played Dota 2 on the previous patch remembers that this was the strongest hero in the game. Lina was the go-to option in all pub and pro games and for a reason.
Sadly, her reign didn’t last long because the subsequent patch before The New Frontiers Update nerfed her to the ground. While talking about the new patch, 7.33 gave Lina extra armor and a few other small tweaks. 7.33b didn’t change anything, meaning the hero won’t be a part of the meta any time soon.
If we take a look at the current stats, we can see that Lina sits at around 45.54%, making her among the worst in the meta. However, the win rate is a bit better than what it was, so we may see her back in the meta in the upcoming months.
The final hero we wanted to include on this list is Mars, one of the offlaners that was once extremely popular. To be honest, we expected to see him back in the meta following The New Frontiers Update in Dota 2. However, the hero didn’t receive that many changes, which is why he continued to be among the names that were not that popular.
Speaking of changes, Spear of Mars’s stun duration is lower than before, and the hero’s level 20 talent increases the duration by 0.6s instead of 0.8s. These two nerfs harmed the hero, whose current win rate is 43.90%. It will be interesting to see if the future updates will make him more popular, but for now, he’s definitely not one of the go-to offlaners.
With all of this mind, its worth remembering that heroes can change at the drop of a hat, or rather the drop of a patch, so its important to stay versatile and keep up on the meta.