Even the best anime heroines can’t stay on top forever.
Marci has suffered one of the biggest drops in win rate since the release of the Dota 2 7.32 patch. She’s gone from a 49.04 percent win rate to 42.09 percent, according to Dotabuff — and it doesn’t seem like it’s getting better.
Worryingly, people can’t seem to figure out how to make Marci work. Usually, reworked heroes see their win rate increase as the week goes on — but she’s dropped further to a 42 percent win rate a full week after 7.32. Her pick rate has steadily gone down as well, and what was once the most powerful sidelane support in Dota has now been relegated to a bit-part role.
Marci received the Earth Spirit treatment in 7.32
The anime heroine received a rework like Earth Spirit, switching the stun and slow around. But the nerfs for Marci were arguably worse.
Marci’s stun change to Rebound means that she loses the stun on her most reliable spell, Dispose. It also removes one of her most common build paths, Blink Dagger, since she no longer has her instant initiation.
The new reliance on Rebound to start fights means she must have a ganking partner at all times if she wants to invade jungles, or can only gank lanes when allied creeps are present.
It’s a tough blow for a hero whose chief function was trending toward initiation, even from position five. Now, with her primary identity gone, players are still trying to figure out what kind of value she can provide in a game.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Dispose’s repositioning factor is still strong, and can definitely still be used as a save. It’s still one of the few spells that can drag allies from Faceless Void’s Chronosphere, a hero who remains a decently strong pick in the meta. Sidekick wasn’t touched, and remains a great combo with allies that can deal multiple instances of right-click damage like Medusa and Luna.
Otherwise, she seems to have been quickly demoted from one of the game’s most versatile picks to a niche saving hero. But it wouldn’t be an anime arc without a few ups and downs — and Marci could still make a comeback after another patch or two.