Valve usually releases a major update for DOTA 2 after the end of a Major. We got to see a similar pattern with update 7.29 being released on April 9th, 5 days after the end of the Singapore Major.
Given that the AniMajor 2021 concluded on June 13th, it is expected that a major update will soon be released in DOTA 2. Considering various leaks as well as Valve's official announcements, the upcoming update has a few interesting additions for DOTA 2 fans.
Expected Release Date
Most major updates for DOTA 2 are released on Fridays. With that in mind, it is expected that update 7.30 could be released on June 18th.
However, with the ESL One Summer 2021 DOTA 2 Championships currently underway, it is expected that the update will arrive after the tournament concludes on June 20th.
Update: Owing to the TI10 Regional Qualifiers being underway until 10th July, it seems obvious that the long-awaited update will arrive after the final 16 teams are finalized for the DOTA 2 Championship.
However, as is expected of Valve, there have been no announcements regarding update 7.30 yet.
Update (26 July 2021) - The 7.30 update for DOTA 2 is yet to release and the community is slowly growing frustrated with the delay. Although there could be a couple of reasons behind the delay, it has been more than two entire months since the release of the last gameplay update. Having said that, as Valve continues to delay the release of update 7.30, the community's list of expectations from the same are rapidly increasing.
The entire DOTA 2 community would agree on one thing: Icefrog does not allow any hero or item to dominate the meta for long.
Having said that, after repeated successful appearances of certain heroes and items during the DOTA 2 AniMajor 2021, it seems safe to say that the upcoming update could overturn the entire meta.
Here are a few heroes that could be hit by nerfs in update 7.30:
Here are a few items that could receive a nerf in update 7.30:
- Aeon Disk
- Eye of Skadi
- Swift Blink
- Lotus Orb
Apart from these, various neutral items could also be affected by nerfs or buffs to balance their impact on the game. Additionally, judging from previous updates, it is highly expected that various heroes will undergo balancing changes in update 7.30.
Valve has confirmed that instead of one Battle Pass in Summer, the aim for DOTA 2 is to present content "on a more regular schedule throughout the year." Additionally, the official release also confirmed that players will receive a new in-game event in mid-to-late June.
This lines up perfectly for the release of update 7.30 on June 18th. Additionally, there have been various leaks that suggest the return of the Greeviling event in DOTA 2.
However, Valve recently announced that the upcoming Summer event will be called "Nemestice" and will be releasing during this week. Judging by Valve's record o releasing major updates on Friday, players can expect Nemestice to arrive on June 25th.
Hotfixes and Patches
We will update this section when update 7.30a releases.
New Skins and Cosmetics
Spectre's Arcana, yes the long-awaited cosmetic could finally be making its appearance in DOTA 2 with the release of update 7.30. Because it has been over 9 months since the Arcana vote in the 2020 Battle Pass, Spectre's Arcana has been long overdue.
Apart from that, it is also expected that the upcoming in-game event will feature a bunch of new cosmetics like the Diretide event in 2020. However, until and unless the official patch notes are released, it is impossible to speculate which heroes might be receiving new skins in DOTA 2.
Having said that, the theme of the upcoming Nemestice summer event in DOTA 2 could be a possible link to Spectre's Arcana. On top of featuring a color theme that is extremely similar to Spectre, the name Nemestice feature links to Phantom Assassin and Oracle, two characters who have been closely associated with Spectre's lore in DOTA 2.
In-Game Chat Lines and Sprays
Given that the in-game chat-wheel voice lines and sprays received an overhaul recently with the Summer update on June 2nd, it is unlikely for Valve to reshuffle them so soon.
Here is a list of all the voice lines and sprays available in DOTA 2 right now:
- "What Just Happened?"
- "Нет нет ДА!"
- Ancient Apparition Ice Cream
- Sad Tree
- Skywrath Dunno
We will update this section when new content becomes available in DOTA 2.