Another Dota 2 update changes Snapfire, fixes Rubick Arcana

Another day, another nerf for the granny and her dragon.

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Snapfire received some minor nerfs in the newest Dota 2 update earlier today.

Rubick’s Arcana has also been updated for the two newest additions to the hero roster, allowing his cape to change color accordingly when he steals spells from Void Spirit and Snapfire.

Snapfire

  • Lil’ Shredder mana cost increased from 75 to 90.
  • Lil’ Shredder damage reduced from 45/60/75/90 to 40/55/70/85.
  • Lil’ Shredder attack speed slow per stack reduced from 20/25/30/35 to 15/20/25/30.
  • Firesnap Cookie cooldown reduced from 24/22/20/18 to 24/21/18/15.
  • Firesnap Cookie projectile speed increased from 800 to 1,000.
  • Firesnap Cookie cast point reduced when used on self from 0.4 to 0.3.

Snapfire’s Lil’ Shredder received nerfs across the board. The skill is now more expensive to cast, deals less damage, and reduces less attack speed. Conversely, her main support skill, Firesnap Cookie, has been buffed, lowering its cooldown and increasing the projectile speed.

Lil’ Shredder has become Snapfire’s de facto maxed skill due to its insane potential for trading harassment. Just one point in the skill makes it deal more than 200 damage, increases her attack range, and reduces her opponent’s attack speed for the cherry on top.

The skill makes it practically impossible for any hero in the game to trade evenly with her in the laning stage. It even scales into the late game due to Snapfire’s level 20 talent that allows Lil’ Shredder to use her attack damage instead of having a cap. The skill received some well-deserved nerfs but it remains a powerful part of her laning kit.

Firesnap Cookie is Snapfire’s main support skill, but it’s unwieldy and challenging to use to its fullest potential. It’s difficult to use as an offensive skill due to its small AoE and short distance traveled. It’s also tough to use defensively due to its delay and travel time. Now, the projectile speed has been buffed even more, which will likely improve the skill’s utility in both regards.