Huge Dota 2 patch brings two new heroes and Diretide

Diretide will run from November 14 through November 28.

Valve has unveiled the Three Spirits update for Dota 2, which brings the hotly-anticipated Diretide event, adds two new heroes to the game, and incorporates a slew of other general changes. The Dota 2 client will automatically download the update later today.

Headlining the update are new heroes Earth Spirit and Ember Spirit, cousins of the freshly-redesigned Storm Spirit.

New features include an in-game coaching system, an item-crafting system that threatens to disrupt the game's community marketplace, item socketing, and a showcase view.

Coaching allows experienced players to join a party and oversee up to three pupils, and multiple coaches can shepherd the same student. Coaches can view the game from the perspective of their students, as well as draw on their screen and ping their minimap. Coaches and pupils are also given a private communication channel.

The new crafting system allows players to use recipes in order to either transform multiple unwanted items of one rarity into a new item, or duplicates of the same item into one of a higher rarity. Both types of recipes can be found randomly while playing, or by opening ancient scroll cases.

The long-awaited Diretide update will run from November 14 through November 28, Valve adds, but no additional information was given.

Another major change is that users who have dropped into low-priority matchmaking must now complete a series of games to return to regular matchmaking, as opposed to waiting an allocated amount of time.

Valve is also expecting the game's item economy to change as a result of the new update. "This update may greatly disrupt market prices," the company said.

"In order to prevent items being purchased at pre-update prices for arbitrage, we are removing all item listings and returning them to their owners. While this removal process is taking place, new items will not be able to be listed on the Steam Community Market."

Full details of the update can be found on the Dota 2 site.

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quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

not to mention the net went down and i couldn't play

but at least new stuff came, but the game still misses a shitload of heroes 

feleas
feleas

waitwaitwaitwait..... they're actually adding something new and different from the original WC3 custom map finally? lol

rezzin44
rezzin44

More like "Huge failure brings disappointment to the Dota 2 community"

Since this patch was released, game has been down for 3+ hours with no response from volvo.  Diretide is already 3 weeks late and now this. 

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

This makes the inner fanboy in me scream out in joy. Goddamnit I've been waiting for a patch like this in months. Coaching mode is gonna be so fucking useful.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

But the real question is, are Brazilians still flooding the US servers?  That's the reason I quit DOTA2.  No point in jumping into a solo game when you get premade with 4 people that don't speak your language.


I have no problem with other nationalities joining the server, but if you're going to use it, speak the correct language in it.  >=|

jophy
jophy

super addictive fun. but the community is toxic like all MOBA games. because its a team game and 1 new player can cause the whole team to lose. there are stats recorded, and it sucks to join a game and the first 5min you know you gonna lose because you have a new player.  

noandno
noandno

I'm still suck at this game HELP!!!!

theKSMM
theKSMM

Is this game really all that?  Some folks can't seem to stop talking about it.

javalino
javalino

Played 75  Multiplayer matches and got bored ( even with a +50%  win ratio).  Without a real  team this game sucks !!! and everybody  who wants you in a team , need you 24/7 .  but i have a life!!! . 

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

All of the changes are great, especially regarding low-priority matchmaking.

Vambran
Vambran

Hopefully no more rage quits.

wexorian
wexorian

IF Gamespot makes Announcements about Dota 2 patch and champ releases make it for other games also then.

This is silly

Falru
Falru

Still no Techies /rant.

max-hit
max-hit

2 new heroes? I haven't even played with all of them yet.

rhinoxwarz
rhinoxwarz

 @Tigerbite2 I'm brazilian and I understand you, but I have american friends, eternal ban isn't the solution. Valve should do some report system that ban temporarily who dont speak the correct language of the server.
I feel angry at playing in the brazilian servers too cuz these peruvian/chilean/etc come speaking spanish that I don't understand and blaming us, and fcking our games.

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

@Tigerbite2 When you solo queue, use the option to not be matched with any other people that are grouped together. I've been playing over the past few months using this feature, and I've haven't run into the language barrier factor as much as I used to.

shingui5
shingui5

@theKSMM 

It is pretty great, if you can struggle past the rather steep learning curve (though there is training against AI, that can never be a good subsitute for actual people)

tahsineo
tahsineo

@javalino The trick is to get four real life friends (who have jobs/studies themselves) to team up with you. Your weekends will never be the same again!

dominoodle
dominoodle

@wexorian Dota 2 doesn't release new characters every other week like LoL does. Besides, one of the main reason why this patch is getting so much attention is because of the huge controversy over Diretide.

MaTTerCuBe
MaTTerCuBe

@shingui5 @theKSMM Plus the new Mentor system! Would have spared me so much pain had it been there earlier.  I guess like anything good it needs effort in order to be achieved.

wexorian
wexorian

@dominoodle @wexorian DIretide is World's greatest and biggest event in whole universe that nobody cares about, it's aka "roshan" running around with candies

normanislost
normanislost

Every other week? I think you mean every other month if that at all