Something that's always bothered me just a liiiittle bit is that the game is always updated and balanced around the timings of the pro scene. And yet >99% of the playerbase plays outside of the the competitive ladder.
Hero releases only after TI
New patch (no matter how big or small) is probably gonna be released after the next major, and everybody keeps facing broken heroes till then
I understand that tinkering with things before either quals or playoffs of a major will greatly affect strategies and outcomes, but whatever happened to communicating patchnotes a week in advance before they become active on the main game? It was done in the 6.8X patches I think its a perfectly fine move to make smaller balance changes along with a 7 day notice. This will help teams know what to expect moving forward and also make updates consistent for the larger playerbase.