Ogre Magi's Hand of Midas Bug

Hand of Midas Bug Surprisingly Causes Ogre Magi's Win Rate to Plummet

Vikram Servaia
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Ogre Magi's win rate dropped in patch 7.34 due to a Hand of Midas bug, despite receiving minor buffs.
The community reacted with meme videos to the decline, and the developers fixed the bug, leading to a partial recovery in Ogre Magi's win rate.
Patch 7.34, released on 8th August, included hero buffs, map adjustments, and Captain's Mode changes ahead of The International 2023 qualifiers on 17th August.

In patch 7.34, Ogre Magi was granted a few minor buffs to his Aghanim's Scepter ability, Unrefined Fireblast. However, instead of strengthening the hero, these tweaks were met with a sharp drop in win rate, which was evident on the first day of the patch's release among all heroes. The root cause of this decline was identified as a bug in the Hand of Midas item leading to Ogre Magi's Hand of Midas Bug

The Hand of Midas Bug and Ogre Magi's Unexpected Decline 

The bug permitted multiple instances of Hand of Midas to not share a cooldown, an issue likely stemming from the new changes to the item in version 7.34, where it gained two charges that refreshed sequentially. Since Ogre Magi's unique Multicast ability affects Hand of Midas, he seemed perfectly positioned to benefit from this alteration.

Yet, contrary to expectations, this proved to be an ineffective strategy. Only Meepo and Arc Warden fared worse. A key contributing factor was that a well-farmed Ogre Magi does not scale and present a significant challenge to other core heroes. This miscalculation has even inspired a series of meme videos showing Ogre Magi players obsessively farming throughout the game, oblivious to their bases' destruction.

Ogre's win rate dropped even after buffs.


Ogre Magi's Hand of Midas Bug

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Community Reaction and Bug Fixes

The situation created quite a stir in the community, highlighting how the game's complexity can lead to unexpected interactions and outcomes. It became an important reminder that not all strategies are equally effective, even when they seem promising on paper.

After recognizing the bug, the game's developers took swift action, and has since fixed the bug. Ogre Magi's win rate has since begun to improve, though it currently sits at a 1.55% decrease. This entire episode serves as a fascinating illustration of how even minor changes can have unforeseen consequences, particularly in the context of a game that requires a delicate balance between countless variables. Valve fixed several major bugs in a series of small updates following Dota 2's patch 7.34. Notable fixes included Hand of Midas items not sharing a cooldown and Centaur's Hoof Stomp failing to interrupt when stunned or silenced. 

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Vikram, a vital cog in the cosmic content creation team at AFK Gaming, is a passionate gamer who's been battling in Dota so long that even the Space Invaders stopped to take notes – 17 years to be exact! When he's not playing Dota, he's throwing punches in fighting games that date back to the "Last Bronx" era, a time so ancient that Super Smash Bros characters regularly gather around a retro arcade machine to study his techniques and exchange wisecracks about his "old-school" moves.

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