DotA 2 Dark Rift Update Arrives, Underlord Finally Becomes Playable

By Alvin Elfwine , Aug 24, 2016 04:49 AM EDT

The highly anticipated DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) update called The Dark Rift has finally arrived. And as promised, the fiery lord of darkness Underlord has joined the game's hero pool. This will surely give players a new meta to discover and enjoy.

According to PC Invasion, the new DotA 2 update weights around 470MB. Not only is the said new hero added, a post-game summary feature has also been included. This will give players a concrete idea of how their performance was as a whole after the game.

Underlord -- its new name in DotA 2 -- is firstly known as Pitlord in the original game. Among the number of heroes from DotA 1, the lord of darkness was the only character left unveiled in the second installment. But finally, it has now been ported, completing the roster.

Vrogros the Underlord in DotA 2 will bring forth a massive AoE magic attacks. Below is a rundown of its skills.

  • Firestorm: Underlord calls down a deluge of fire, damaging all nearby enemy units in a targeted area. It burns additional damage over time.
  • Pit of Malice: As the name suggests, it's a deadly pit that no opponent would want to visit. It can be conjured on a targeted location. And if an enemy unit enters it, it will gain the inability to move for a short period of time while taking damage. Good thing, though, is that each unit can only be affected once.
  • Atrophy Aura: Makes nearby enemy unit weak, losing a certain portion of its base damage. If a unit dies while still under the effect of the skill, Underlord eventually gains bonus damage.
  • Dark Rift: Underlord's ultimate opens a dark rift, which is targeted at a friendly unit's current position. After a very short delay, the hero along with the rest of team are teleported to the said unit's location. It can be cancelled at any time. And if so, the skill goes into cooldown.

As for the DotA 2 post-game summary of The Dark Rift update, a detailed analysis of gameplays, item progression and hero comparison, among others, are included. Players will know which items in particular each hero brought during the game, as well as an overview of XP and net worth through a graph. These hefty features will surely make the experience more interesting (and will make players stay a little while, of course).

You can check the full patch notes of the new DotA 2 update called The Dark Rift here.

What are your thoughts on this new DotA 2 update? Are you excited to play the Underlord? What expectations do you have for the hero? Be sure to share your thoughts at the comment section below!

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