Soon Dota 2 players will log into their favorite game and for an odd reason things will feel... brighter, or better even. The air will smell fresher and certain champions will have suddenly become viable as if Valve had snuck in over night and given the whole game a nice spit shine. "Thank you, based Valve," these Dota 2 players will whisper towards the heavens. "Thank you, but pls gib techies." This is Valve's Dota 2 "Spring Cleaning" update and no, there are no Techies.
Coming soon, the Spring Cleaning update will perform a huge amount of changes to Dota 2. Most will be small, perhaps unnoticeable to the standard Dota 2 player, but overall the entire game will benefit immensely. We're talking balance changes, interface adjustments, dozens of bug fixes both in-game and out, inventory changes, and even all new treasure chests. It's like one of those advent calendars with chocolate in them that leads up to the Christmas that is The International.
Yes, Spring Cleaning in tandem with patch 6.81 is just what Dota 2 needs to prepare for the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the world. In just two weeks the Regional Qualifiers will begin, deciding most of the remaining slots for The International 2014. Fans who log into the client to watch the event directly will be pleased to discover an interface that looks brand spanking new. Valve cares, just don't ask them about Half Life 3.
This is why Valve is awesome. The Dota 2 client is without a doubt the best PC gaming interface for an online multiplayer game that I've ever had the opportunity to use, and to see them continue to iterate on its development -- tuning its systems and greasing the wheels -- it brings a tear to my eye.
Dota 2 is currently free-to-play on PC. The Spring Cleaning patch is not yet live, but depending on how testing goes could appear quite suddenly in the days or weeks ahead. Check out the full patch list over at the Dota 2 blog.