The Dark Rift beckons, are you brave enough to heed the call? | DOTA 2 Dark Rift Update Review

Vrogros the Underlord welcomes you! (Image courtesy of Wykrhm Reddy)
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Vrogros the Underlord welcomes you! (Image courtesy of Wykrhm Reddy)

 

Ever since the Underlord teaser during the all star match at TI6, everyone and their mother has been excited for this hero to finally make its way to the Dota 2 roster. Get ready to enter the Dark Rift and be one (of the hundreds of thousands) who have been dying to get their filthy hands on Vrogros the Underlord! Let’s take a look at what the new hero can do in the battlefield!

Underlord skill set! (Screenshot taken via Dota2.com)
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Underlord skill set! (Screenshot taken via Dota2.com)

 

Being a tanky support character, Underlord’s skill set seems very versatile and offers the players a number of skills that provide very good synergy with the current list of characters in the game.

Firestorm looks to be a good nuke spell that can easily clear waves of creeps, making Vrogros an effective push stopper. The damage over time is very nice too, stopping heroes who are afflicted with the burning effect from blinking out of the clash.

Pit of Malice is a good control spell that can synergize very well with certain skills like Vacuum (and Wall combo), Kinetic Field (and Static Storm combo) and Dream Coil among others.

Atrophy Aura sounds like a skill that can make this support character a huge damage dealer as well as it grants the Underlord bonus damage when a nearby enemy unit is killed while under the aura effect! Imagine a team fight going well for the Underlord, he can immediately transition into a push due to his insane damage buff from the aura.

Last but not the least, the Dark Rift skill is like IO’s relocate skill but on steroids! The Underlord brings anyone within his immediate vicinity to a certain point in the map for maximum gank action! Take a look at the video below to see how the skills work!

 

Aside from Underlord, there are a number of updates as well to the post game screen, take a peek below!

A new and reworked post game screen, it looks so awesome that it may lessen the hurt of actually losing a game! (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)
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A new and reworked post game screen, it looks so awesome that it may lessen the hurt of actually losing a game! (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)

 

Overview provides the team a number of useful statistics to see whether each hero performed their role well. (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)
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Overview provides the team a number of useful statistics to see whether each hero performed their role well. (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)

 

Redesigned scoreboard shows who carried the game and who got carried in a refreshing new look! (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)
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Redesigned scoreboard shows who carried the game and who got carried in a refreshing new look! (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)

 

Nifty graphs to help your team determine where exactly your game went to sh**. (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)
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Nifty graphs to help your team determine where exactly your game went to sh**. (Image courtesy of Dota2.com)

 

If this has not pumped you up enough yet, I honestly don’t know what will! Download the patch now and join in on the fun of being the next person in line to play the Underlord in Dota 2’s latest update, the Dark Rift! Don’t forget to check out Ungeek for anything and everything “geek”, we’ll be seeing you online!

Author: Chris Garcia

Chris has been part of the Philippine eGaming scene ever since his Level Up! days working on Ragnarok. This Dota 2-talking, Yeezy-wearing and technical-gaming proficient geek, enjoys eSports on an international and local level. He's doing his bit for the industry as well as he continues to work with wonderfully talented local game devs at Altitude Games.

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