Valve’s Dota 2 Update Has A Little Tribute To Bob Ross

Valve’s Dota 2 Update Has A Little Tribute To Bob Ross

If you’re a massive fan of Dota 2, you’ve undoubtedly been spending most of the last 24 hours experiencing and pouring the Balance of Power patch that Valve has just put out.

There’s an awful lot to unpack, from the introduction of the Arc Warden, the Desert Terrain stretch goal, improvements to the visuals courtesy of Ultra shadow settings, a new Desert Colosseum map for customs, more detailed hero stats, private chat channels, adjustments to the main map, an arcane rune, the range-increasing Dragon Lance, a Faerie Fire consumable that grants extra damage while restoring health, new neutral camps, the addition of random draft to ranked matchmaking and so much more.

But there’s also some cool additions that can be easy to miss. And this one in the patch notes is especially cute, given how rabid the Dota 2 community has been over the past week.

Dota players could use more happiness

In case you’re unfamiliar, “happy little tree” is a common turn of phrase for Bob Ross, the late American painter. He used it frequently during his televised painting shows, which earlier this year got a new lease of life when they were re-broadcast by Twitch.

The update is a handy little trick, however: it means players have an alternative way to dumping Iron Branches once they’ve outlived their purpose. And given how inconsolable the Dota 2 community has been just waiting for patch notes, a bit of Bob Ross and a few more happy trees certainly doesn’t hurt.


  • I’m really excited to see what the new map looks like. For the longest time, Radiant has had an advantage with a better jungle and safer offlane due to the layout of the Dire jungle. The reported changes make the Dire offlane safer by changing the Radiant jungle similar to the Dire jungle and add more jungle camps near the offlane.

    It could be nothing. It could be game changing. I hope it’s the latter.

    • If it works anything like when you eat a ward, you can then eat a normal tree before the regen expires and keep the high regen rate.

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