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Dota 2 Players Discover Bug Allowing Free Purchase of Vambrace

Vignesh Raghuram
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A bug in Dota 2 allows players to obtain the "Vambrace" item for free from the in-game shop
Some players have been using the bug to gain an advantage over others in the game
It is not yet known when the bug will be fixed by Valve.

A bug has been discovered in Dota 2 that allows players to purchase "Vambrace" for free in the game’s item shop. Many players have been spotted exploiting this bug at the start of the game to give themselves and their teams an unfavorable advantage over players unaware of this bug by purchasing this item for free and going into the game with all of its attributes. 

Dota 2 developers are yet to comment on this matter and it is currently not known at this time when or if the bug will be fixed.

Players are purchasing Vambrace for free through the in-game shop

Players have been exploiting the bug by simply opening the in-game shop, dragging it to the quick-buy stash, and right-clicking it to buy the Vambrace. The item, which is typically unavailable through the shop and only drops from neutrals, can then be obtained without any cost to the player.

This bug gives players an overwhelming advantage if it is abused at the start of the game since it provides a number of beneficial attributes to the hero that purchases it. 

There are three different versions of the Vambrace item in Dota 2, each designed for heroes with a specific attribute (Strength, Agility, or Intelligence). The Vambrace grants the following bonuses to heroes: increased health and health regeneration, increased mana and mana regeneration, increased attack speed and armor, and increased attack damage to all heroes with specific attributes. The specific bonuses vary depending on the version of the Vambrace and the attribute of the hero.

The bug has reportedly been present in the game for an unknown period of time, and it is still being determined how many players have taken advantage of it. However, it has caused concern among the Dota 2 community, with some players expressing frustration that it makes certain heroes overpowered at the start of the game.

In the meantime, players are advised to keep their eyes open when purchasing items in the game, as it is possible that other bugs or exploits may exist that allow players to obtain items for free. Overall, it remains to be seen how the bug will impact the game and its community.

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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.

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