Last month, the Dota 2 community was surprised to discover that the Divine Rapier could be disassembled right after being forged from the Secret Shop.
It was initially believed that some players were using an illegitimate third-party script. However, soon after, the disassembly was marked off as a potential bug by majority of the community.
Valve confirmed this week that it was indeed a bug caused by a previous patch. On March 8, a new update was released for Dota 2. Among various changes and adjustments, the developer made sure that the item can no longer be disassembled.
Backpack Mechanics: Cannot put the following items in your backpack: Gem, Rapier, Bloodstone, and Aegis.
The Divine Rapier is one of the strongest items in the game, increasing the attack damage of its wielder by a massive 330 at the hefty cost of 6,200 gold. Once assembled, it cannot be destroyed or sold. The only way to get rid of it is to die, upon which the item drops onto the ground to be picked up again by both friend and foe.
Hence, the Divine Rapier is an incredibly situational item. While it carries great benefits during the late-game, it also comes with potential risk of handing it over to the opposing side.
However, the disassembly bug made it so that players never had to fear losing the item. The recent implementation of backpacks gives players three additional inactive item slots. What players would do was that they made sure to disassemble the Divine Rapier in messy situations. This caused the item to break up into separate components and safely lie in their backpacks, only to be forged once again after the player revived.
Thankfully, that is no longer the case. The bug has been fixed by the developer and the item is back in its original form.