Biggest winners and losers of Dota 2 Patch 7.33b

We wouldn't want to be in Berlin right now.

Dota 2 received one of its largest updates in terms of content with 7.33 on April 20, and Valve followed it up with a fine-tuning update only a few days later. Patch 7.33b went live just hours before the Berlin Major on April 25, which will force teams to adjust their strategies accordingly.

Players, who will spectate the Berlin Major from the comfort of their homes, will have plenty of time to re-explore the meta and identify the trends. Unlike Patch 7.33, the “b” version of the update looks to be more focused on finding that perfect balance by making minor changes.

The biggest winners and losers of Dota 2 Patch 7.33 were toned down in 7.33b, and the ones that escaped the nerf hammer suddenly became the new victors of the meta.

Biggest losers in Dota 2 Patch 7.33b

Phantom Lancer

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Phantom Lancer’s time under the spotlight only lasted four days as he was quickly toned down in Patch 7.33b. The illusionist core hero lost some of his movement speed and agility, while his early game kit was also noticeably nerfed.

As a result, PL quickly dropped in popularity, and his win rate reduced to 52 percent from 57.

Phantom Lancer changes in Dota 2 patch 7.33b

  • Base Movement Speed decreased by five
  • Agility gain decreased from 3.2 to 2.8
  • Spirit Lance: Damage decreased from 100/160/220/280 to 70/140/210/280
  • Doppelgänger: Cooldown increased from 19/16/13/10 seconds to 22/18/14/10 seconds


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Valve took Riki’s Sleeping Dart away in Patch 7.33. Despite losing one of his most popular tools, Riki still found a place in the new meta as most of his kit was buffed. In addition to helping his team dish out a great deal of physical damage, Riki also excelled at taking down Tormentors, a new mini-boss on the map that rewards players with an Aghanim’s Shard.

Patch 7.33b reduced Riki’s overall power level while also preventing him from taking down Tormentors easily.

Riki changes in Dota 2 Patch 7.33b

  • Smoke Screen: Aghanim’s Shard Armor Reduction decreased from seven to six
  • Blink Strike: Slow Duration rescaled from 0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8 seconds to 0.4 seconds
  • Cloak and Dagger: Backstab Agility Damage Multiplier decreased from 1.4/1.8/2.2 to 1.2/1.6/2.0
  • Cloak and Dagger: Tormentors are now immune to being backstabbed
  • Talent: Level 10 Talent Smoke Screen Radius decreased from +60 to +50
  • Talent: Level 15 Talent Smoke Screen Cooldown Reduction decreased from four seconds to three seconds
  • Talent: Level 15 Talent Tricks of the Trade Agility Increase decreased from +50 percent to +40 percent
  • Talent: Level 20 Talent Backstab Multiplier decreased from +0.5 to +0.4

Biggest winners in Dota 2 Patch 7.33b


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Medusa was heavily buffed in Patch 7.33, but she was outshined by other heroes. While the heroes who surpassed Medusa in terms of raw power got nerfed in 7.33b, Medusa received even more buffs.

In Patch 7.33b, Medusa received more mana, damage, and even durability. The now passive Mana Shield will also apply to Medusa’s illusions, making the hero even more difficult to deal with.

Medusa changes in Dota 2 Patch 7.33b

  • Base Intelligence increased from 23 to 27
  • Split Shot: Outgoing Damage increased from 45/55/65/75 percent to 55/65/75/85 percent
  • Mystic Snake: Main Gain increased from 11/14/17/20 percent to 16/18/20/22 percent
  • Mana Shield: Damage Per Mana increased from 2/2.3/2.6/2.9/3.2 to 2/2.5/3/3.5/4
  • Mana Shield: Illusions now benefit from Mana Shield


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Alchemist received one of the most impactful buffs in his history with Patch 7.33. Greevil’s Greed became a passive spell, and Alchemist received a new spell called Corrosive Weaponry. This change allowed the hero to farm faster right from the beginning of the match and also increased his overall effectiveness in teamfights.

In Patch 7.33b, Alchemist received nerfs but they could be seen as slaps on his wrist. Alchemist only got hit by a minor movement speed nerf, and slight tweaks to his Acid Spray, which haven’t affected the hero’s success so far.

Alchemist changes in Dota 2 Patch 7.33b

  • Base Movement Speed reduced from 305 to 300.
  • Acid Spray: Radius decreased from 475/525/575/625 to 400/475/550/625
  • Acid Spray: Armor reduction reduced from 4/5/6/7 to 3/4/5/6
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Gökhan Çakır

Strategical Content Writer and Fortnite Lead for Dot Esports. Gökhan Çakır graduated as an industrial engineer in 2020 and has since applied his analytical and strategic thinking to many endeavors. As a natural-born gamer, he honed his skills to a professional level in Dota 2. Upon giving up on the Aegis of Champions in 2019, Gökhan started his writing career, covering all things gaming while his heart remains a lifetime defender of the Ancients.