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Although Valve announced their plan for a standalone Dota Auto Chess game, development that will go separate ways with Drodo Studio’s Dota 2 custom map, the Chinese developer keeps on delivering gameplay updates and will maintain the current arcade mode.

From Valve’s announcement earlier this week:

“In February we flew the Drodo team over from China to chat about the future of Dota Auto Chess, and to see if they’d want to collaborate directly with us. We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest.”

With that in mind, Dota Auto Chess test server just got updated today, May 24 and the Chinese user 新人寒月 has been able to share all the updates with the community on his Weibo page. With his permission, we are able to share with the western readers the English translation of his post.

New Chess piece: Sven

Cost: 5 gold
Race and class: Demon, Warrior
Attack: 100/200/300
Health: 1200/2400/4800
Attack Speed: 1.3
Attack Range: 205
Armor: 5
Magic Resistance: 0
Ability: Gods Strength – increase the damage of allied units within 1200 range by 100/200/300.

Sand King and Lich return

Sand King was removed from the game at the end of March. Back then he was a pretty weak Beast- Assassin and Drodo have been toying with him on test servers ever since. During the two months since he’s been removed from the live version of the game, Sand King has been tested under the new Aqir race, however, his new powers and stats were never revealed. With today’s test server update, Sand King was re-added but only as a Beast.

Sand King

Cost: 3 gold
Health at 1-star increased from 550 to 650
Race changed from Aqir to Beast

Lich was also removed from the game on the 27th of April when Drodo took away a Chess piece but added Io to the game. Lich was a 5 gold Undead – Mage with the Dota 2 ultimate Chain Frost. On today’s test server update Lich was revealed with a couple of reworks.


Cost: 2 gold
Health at 1-star reduced from 850 to 550
Ability: Frost Shield – cast a Frost Shield on an allied unit that has the lowest health, reducing damage from attacks and deals damage to enemies nearby.
Damage Reduction: 30/45/60
Frost Damage: 20/30/40
Duration: 6 second

Other chess pieces updates:

Kunkka: Ghost Ship stun duration reduced from 1.4/1.7/2 to 1/1.5/2

Medusa: Stone Gaze stone duration reduced 4/5/6 to 3/4/5

Synergy Updates:

Divine Protection (Knights): Each instance of Divine Protection now grants 80 Magic Resistance and 35 Armor instead of 75 Magic Resistance and 30 Armor.

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