Patch 7.23 was a doozy. In addition to rebalancing nearly every hero, Icefrog dropped a bombshell on us by making neutral creeps drop items. Unlike the introduction of talents which had a mostly positive response, neutral items were met with a ton of backlash. Despite the mixed feedback, Dota players endured the pain as usual and have adapted to the new norm over the last year and a half. Now, with most professional Dota on hold until TI 10, many fans are expecting a fairly sizable update to the game. It’s worth taking some time to revisit larger macro aspects of the game to discuss if they have improved the playing experience.