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Dota 2 12th December Patch - Content Analysis

Tis the season to be jolly. This week's Dota 2 update brings the long awaited Legion Commander, a new Christmas event and plenty of other goodies.

Your benevolent King has declared this coming December 12th an official holiday with the introduction of the Wraith-Night. A great and prosperous time is guaranteed for the entire family with festivities like the Harvesting of Souls. The little ones will especially enjoy playing in the snow while our Great Leader watches over from his Altar.

We love our King and are happy to provide souls for his Second Coronation. Remember, kill as many enemies as possible to hurry the return of the Great One.

http://www.dota2.com/wraithnight/

Front End Changes

Changelog

User Interface

  • Added option to display the Minimap on the right side of the screen. Some HUD skins may have issues in this mode
  • The drafter is now indicated when spectating a CM or CD game.
  • Fixed a case where shop items would get stuck on the screen after dragging
  • Play a sound when a teammates puts an item into your hero's inventory. eg when giving a Tango charge
  • Fixed a case where health and mana bars would be invisible at the beginning of a match
  • Select All Other Units hotkey now also selects other units like Plague and Serpent Wards
  • Added captions in Korean.

Community

  • You now get an abandon if one of your party members abandon
  • Added message indicating that players must complete a low-priority match with players on both sides to decrement their low-priority penalty count
  • Adjusted the amount of XP required for Dota Profile levels 2 thru 7 (your in-profile XP bar might be a little off until you finish a game)
  • Game modes are now unlocked as you progress through levels

Visuals

  • Orchid - Added fx for damage pop at the end of orchid, and additional effects if unit dies to orchid damage.
  • Fixed projected texture and screenshake render types that were drawing to the portrait also effecting the world, fixes bug with Enigma darkness rendering from his portrait in the world.
  • Fixed some Bounty Hunter items which weren't properly showing his Jinada effects.

Economy

  • Players now receive a series of presents as they proceed through the early levels of the game. Each present contains some free items to use.
  • Automatically unlock and select item styles that are unlocked by inscribed gems reaching a certain value
  • Fixed armory preview of items not showing the correct style

Workshop

  • Heroes updated or newly enabled on the workshop - Earth Spirit, Ember Spirit, Storm Spirit, Gyrocopter, Pudge

Showcase View

  • Hide Pause panel in Showcase View.
  • Fixed a bug where dragging could select another follow unit.

6.79c Gameplay Update

  • Hand of Midas recipe cost increased from 1400 to 1550
  • Ancestral Spirit vision reduced from 600 to 450
  • Ancestral Spirit damage reduced from 80/120/160/200 to 60/100/140/180
  • Plague Wards night vision reduced from 1200 to 800
  • Venomancer base movement speed reduced from 290 to 285
  • Fixed Power Cogs knockback aoe being too big
  • Fixed Whirling Death not restoring enough HP after the debuff wears off
  • Necronomicon night vision from 1300/1400/1500 to 800
  • Necronomicon gold bounty increased from 100 to 100/125/150 (per unit)
  • Magnetic Grip cast range reduced from 1400 to 1100
  • Boulder Smash silence duration reduced from 5 to 3.5/4/4.5/5
  • Boulder Smash unit knockback range rescaled from 800 to 500/600/700/800
  • Fixed Stone Remnant counting as a spell (for purposes of Curse of the Silent, Magic Stick, etc)
  • Dueling units cannot be disarmed or Force Staffed away
  • Visage movement speed reduced from 295 to 290
  • Crystal Maiden base Intelligence reduced from 21 to 19 (same base damage as before)
  • Added Slark to CM
  • Added Huskar in CM

New Heroes

Legion Commander

Lore

"They came without warning. Within the city walls of Stonehall there came a rumble and a terrible sound, and from blackness unknown came a force of beasts numbering beyond count, wielding flame and foul sorcery, slaying and snatching mothers and sons to dark purpose. Of once-mighty Stonehall's military strength only the Bronze Legion, led by the indomitable Commander Tresdin, was near enough to answer the call of battle. They rode into their city, fighting through bloodstained alleyways and burning markets, cutting their way through the monstrous throng to the source of the sudden invasion: an ethereal rift within the city square, and at its precipice thundered their dreaded champion.

Enwrapped in a corrosive shimmer, the leader of the abyssal horde swung its massive blade, cleaving a legionnaire in two as his flesh began to spoil. Tresdin lifted her blood-stained sword and settled her sights on the beast. It turned, smiling at her through a maze of teeth. Heedless of the battle raging around them, they charged one another.

Deflecting blow after blow, the pair danced their deadly duel as the Bronze Legion met its end around them. Tresdin leapt forward as her foe swung its sword to meet her. The odds turned. The attack smashed into Tresdin suddenly, a brutal thrust from the side, but even as her balance slipped she rallied her strength for another stroke. Blade scraped on blade, beyond the hilt to the gnarled paw below, carving it in two in a fearsome spray of sparks and blood. The vile audience looked on in astonishment as she pressed the attack, driving her blade through her foe's flesh into the stampeding heart within. With a scream that split the clouds above, the beast erupted in a torrent of gore and anguish. The stygian portal wavered, the power sustaining the chasm beyond vanishing as suddenly as it had appeared. The remaining invaders fell quickly to Stonehall steel.

Though victorious, the survivors saw little to celebrate: the city lay in ruins, and survivors were few. Fires continued to spread. Unfurling her banners of war, Tresdin gathered what allies she could. Her anger smoldered as she pledged brutal vengeance upon the forces of the abyss, and damned be any who would dare stand in her way."

Portrait

Abilities

Model Viewer Shots

In Game Shots

Wraith King

Wraith King is a rework to the existing Skeleton King hero he now has a new name, model, materials, ability icons and new visual style.

Lore

"The victim of a longevity spell that backfired, the Wraith King Ostarion has built an empire from the bones of his enemies. He lives only to extend his reach, for as long as he is perpetually building and adding to his domain he cannot die. The walls of his palace are formed of fired bone; the streets are paved with bones of every sort of creature and every enemy; and even the wood and other natural features of his land have been swept away and replaced with replicas formed of bone. From the Ivory Forest to Ostarion's towering Throne of Bone, nothing happens in the Empire of Bones without the full knowledge of its Wraith King."

Portrait

Abilities

Model Viewer Shots

In Game Shots

Legion Commander Arcana Item

"Set in her vengeance against the abyss, Tresdin approached the baleful armorer Qwyth, who gifted to her these hellbound blades. Though she obtained the swords without cost, she may realize too late that the price extracted for wielding such incredible power could be more than she is willing to part with..."

When equipped, this item grants these custom upgrades to Legion Commander:

Dual wielded blades and a full new set of animations - Additional dialog - Altered Voice - New base skin and special ambient effects - Hero icon, Portrait, Loadout Pose & Minimap icon - New Effects and Spell icon for Duel - Socketed with a gem that tracks lifetime Duel victories, displayed whenever you win a Duel.

Altered Voice

The Legion Commander Arcana item provides her with a number of new dialogue lines for when she attacks, dies, kills, loses, moves, spawns, wins and more.

Examples:

New Animations

The Arcana item introduces dual wielding to Legion Commander providing her with a complete new set of animations.

New Icons

Duel Tracking Gem

Rune of the Duelist Indomitable

"Adding this gem to an item will enable that item to track Legion Commander's successful duels, with a special effect displayed upon victory."

New Base Skin/Ambient Effect

* These screenshots are still missing some of the flame effects.

New Effect

Wraith Knight Gamemode

Instructions

  1. Monsters approach to destroy the Wraith King Altar! Defeat the hordes to offer their souls to your King.
  2. Collect bags of gold from your fallen foes to fund your defense.
  3. Channel the graves of your fallen allies to restore them to the fight.
  4. Hero abilities and items may be different in this game mode, so read their descriptions carefully.
  5. Surviving creep waves earns you Phantom Fragments that can be exchanged for Wraith-Night Reliquaries!
  6. Activate a Shining Booster to earn Shining Fragments in addition to Phantom Fragments.
  7. When your King has absorbed enough souls, his Wraithly ritual will be complete!

The Rounds

  1. "Kobolds, Kobolds Everywhere!" - An army of Kobolds.
  2. "Left 5 Dead" - A Corpse Lord Undying who spawns zombies.
  3. "The Ugly Stick" - The Ogre wave, including a massive Ogre that has a special Smash attack.
  4. "Smashed to Slithereens" - Mini Slarks that pounce and Slardars with sprint and bash.
  5. "They Speak for the Trees" - Nature's Prophets who spawn Treants and a large Treant Protector.
  6. "I Lost Count" - A giant Broodqueen who plants Spiderling eggs.
  7. "Compound Interest" - An army of Mud Golems who break into tiny Mud Golems when they are killed.
  8. "Burn Notice" - Mini Roshans who have a flame breath attack along with Leshracs with Split Earth.
  9. "BEAR FORCE ONE" - Fucking BEARS.
  10. "Chin Choppa' Chin Choppa'!" - Pudges who have giant hooks, haste runs and can dismember.
  11. "Danger Zone" - An army of Gyrocopters and Clockwerks, literally the Danger Zone.
  12. "Stay Frosty!" - Liches and Ancient Apparitions with some tiny Satyrs.
  13. "Reborn" - The final stage, you fight the Wraith King which is broken down into three parts where he gradually gets stronger and summons help from the likes of Death Prophet etc.

The UI

From the main dashboard UI you can select the region, difficulty and also cash in your rewards.

The main Wraight Night UI will also show the overall progress of the revival of the Wraith King.

The Gamemode

Wraith Night is limited to a smaller hero pool where you must work together as a team to fight off hordes of enemies in a tower defence style gamemode. It is played on a new special map that contains four areas where mobs can spawn from and one general store where you can purchase a range of different items.

A number of the hero abilities and items also have unique changes that only apply to this gamemode. These unique modifiers are displayed in green on the tooltips.

The shop keeper also has some new funky items for you to buy.

During each round you have to fight off a different wave of enemies whilst protecting your towers and ultimately your base. Killing a mob will cause them to temporary drop a bag of gold that will disappear if you don't pick it up.

At the end of the round the amount of gold picked up is tallied and you are rewarded based on the performance.

You also earn a special currency called Phantom Fragments and Shining Fragments (I will go into more detail regarding these later).

Throughout the rounds you encounter some familiar sites however they may return with an unexpected twist with new abilities or attacks.

If a teammate dies during the round they can either be revived or use their gold to buyback.

If you make it to the end of the gamemode you will have to fight the Skeleton King who gets reincarnated as the true king aka the Wraith King.

If the Ancient is destroyed the game will end, you will have the option of replaying the gamemode with the existing party.

The Rewards - Phantom Fragments

The default reward currency from the Wraith Night gamemode will be Phantom Fragments, these Fragments can be cashed in to unlock two different types of gifts.

Wraith-Night Offering

"A gift from the King."

Opening this gift will reward you with either a Common or Uncommon item.

Wraith-Night Tribute

"A rare gift from the King."

Opening this gift will reward you with either a Rare or Mythical item.

The Rewards - Shining Fragments

The second type of currency are Shining Fragments, these can only be earned if a Wraith King's Favor is purchased.

Wraith King's Favor

"Use this item to earn Shining Fragments in Wraith-Night. Shining Fragments can be redemeed for Wraith-Night Ossuaries. Starts with 500 minutes that are only consumed when you play Wraith-Night and will grant a 10% stackable bonus to each of your cohorts. Features like spectating games or coaching do not deplete them."

Wraith-Night Ossuary

"A unique gift from the King. Wraith-Night Ossuaries can only be acquired with Shining Fragments. Shining Fragments are earned by activiting a Wraith King's Favor."

The Wraith-Night Ossuary Items

Every item from this chest will come pre-socketed with a special stat tracking Inscribed Gem.

Ancestor's Frozen Axe (Tusk)

Wolfsden Gift (Crystal Maiden)

Besieging Bow (Death Prophet)

Lament of the Slain (Phantom Assassin)

Infernal Ram's Horns (Lion)

Salamander's Fang (Dragon Knight)

Rogue Omen (Sven)

Hollow Ripper (Abaddon)

Helm of the Warbeast (Beastmaster)

Redwood Claws (Ursa)

Tidal Blade (Slark)

Curls of Flame (Lina)

Recipe: Wraith King's Relic

"Seeking to extend his dominion to the Infernal Regions, Ostarion once sought to collect shards of a riven dimension rumored to be capable of imprisoning demon's souls. This recipe will produce a corrupted relic selected from the Wraith King's stock of demonic, shard-invested artifacts."

This special recipe will require the input of five items of the new rarity "Frozen" (Frozen items are acquired from any of the other Wraith Night reward chests) and it will produce one of the following new items with the "Corrupted" rarity.

The New Rarities

The Wraith King's Relic Items

Rimeheart the Doom Stallion (Abaddon)

Death Shroud of the Frozen Apostle (Abaddon)

Drake Guard of the Frozen Apostle (Abaddon)

Horned Helm of the Frozen Apostle (Abaddon)

Twisted Ghostblade of the Frozen Apostle (Abaddon)

Cowl of the Cold Hunt (Luna)

Raider's Patch (Windranger)

Lone Traveler's Beret (Drowranger)

Ainidul the Eternal (Keeper of the Light)

Reaper of the Deep (Slardar)

Abyssal Hellclaw (Lion)

The Back End Stuff

The amount of Phantom and Shining Fragments earned per round scales largely depending on how far you progress through the gamemode.

The base numbers below can be buffed by either increasing the difficulty (earn difficultly increase provides a 25% boost). Owning a Shining Booster will increase the Phantom Fragment numbers below by 10% and each ally will also boost the Phantom and Shining Fragment earnings by 10%.

Round NumberBase Phantom Fragments Earned Per RoundShining Fragments Earned Per Round (With Booster)
Round 1410
Round 2920
Round 31540
Round 42360
Round 53280
Round 643110
Round 756150
Round 872200
Round 990260
Round 10113330
Round 11140430
Round 12173540
Round 13212690
Totals9822920

Neutral Creep Model Updates

Gnoll's Model

New Gnoll Model

Old Gnoll Model

Hero Animation Updates

Crystal Maiden's Animations

Alternative loadout animation. Kinetic Gem: Impatient Maiden

Keeper of the Light's Animations

Keeper of the Light has a new "loadout_gem" animation for a new Kinetic gem. Kinetic Gem: Obeisance of the Keeper

Lycan's Animation

Lycan has two new attack animations referred to as Red Moon. Kinetic Gem: Red Moon

Nature's Prophet's Animations

Nature's Prophet has a new "teleport_gem" animation that is reserved for a new animation gem. Kinetic Gem: Turbulent Teleport

Phantom Lancer's Animations

An alternative loadout animation. Kinetic Gem: Serene Honor

Queen of Pain's Animations

Alternative loadout animation. Kinetic Gem: Allure of the Succubus

Tusk's Animations

Tusk has a new punch animation for a Kinetic gem. Kinetic Gem: Dizzying Punch!

Wraith King's Animations

A special attack crit animation for Wraith King. Kinetic Gem: Wraith Spin

Hero Base Model Updates

Invoker's Base Model

Invoker's base model has been broken down more and now has support for cosmetic dress parts.

Legion Commander's Base Model

Legion Commander's base parts are made up of her Helmet, Shoulders, Banners, Weapon and Bracers.

Storm Spirit's Base Model

Storm Spirit now has a separate piece for his shoulders breaking it away from his sleeves.

Wraith King's Base Model

Wraith King's base model has support for a Helmet, Weapon, Shoulder, Gauntlet and Cape.

Visual Updates

Earth Spirit's Updates

Earth Spirit's head has been updated with a higher quality texture.

This is also reflected in his new portrait.

Earth Spirit's stone remnants now have a new effect when the rise out of the ground.

Orchid Effect

The Orchid Malevolence item now has a new effect to show which target it was activated on.

New Treasure Chests

The loot list for the Frostivus 2013 Treasure Chest has now been revealed.

Frosty Treasure of Frostivus

All of these items come pre-socketed with a stat tracking Inscribed Gem.

Loot List

Mokkin, the Ancient Conductor (Disruptor)

Warlock's Summoning Scroll (Warlock)

Heaven Sent (Keeper of the Light)

Blueheart Tails (Crystal Maiden)

Bow of the Serpent (Medusa)

Barrel of Whale Ale (Tusk)

Midnight Locks (Luna)

Has three different styles.

Sceptre of the Throne (Skywrath Mage)

Snowball Stinger (Tusk)

The Scintillant Sting (Sand King)

Frozen Formation (Crystal Maiden Ward)

Stoneforged Horns (Earthshaker)

Comes with two different styles.

Potential Unusual Frostivus Couriers

  • Captain Bamboo
  • Baekho
  • Yonex's Rage
  • Shagbark
  • Nimble Ben
  • Kupu the Metamorpher
  • The Llama Llama
  • Itsy
  • Captain Bamboo
  • Mok
  • Blotto and Stick
  • Tinkbot
  • Alphid of Lecaciida
  • Waldi the Faithful
  • Arnabus the Fairy Rabbit
  • Deathripper
  • Azuremir
  • Coco the Courageous
  • Tory the Sky Guardian

New Cosmetic Items Sets

Abaddon's Item Set

The parts for this set can only be obtained via the Wraith King's Relic Recipe.

Chen's Item Set

Crystal Maiden's Item Set

Death Prophet's Item Set

Earthshaker's Item Set

The headpiece has an alternative style.

Keeper of the Light's Item Set

This set also changes the horse used in Keeper of the Light's abilities.

Nature's Prophets Item Set

* Glasses not included.

The set also comes with a custom Treant summon model.

Sniper's Item Set

This set comes in two styles, a light and a dark style.

Ursa's Item Set

Comes with a custom loading screen.

New Loading Screens

The first batch of custom loading screens are now in Dota 2, both come bundled with hero item sets.

Legacy of the Awakened

This loading screen comes bundled with the Legacy of the Awakened Anti-Mage set from last week's patch.

Cryogenic Embrace

This loading screen comes bundled with the Cryogenic Embrace Ursa set from this week's patch.

New Custom Announcers

Lina Announcer

Lina now has her own custom announcer and megakills announcer. You can preview the entire pack here.

A Stronger Sense Of Purpose

This update includes a newly crafted path for beginners to Dota 2, which gradually introduces players to the many varied game modes and settings in Dota 2. In addition, players are now guided through the many types of items they'll find while playing Dota 2, and given the opportunity to try them out. Not to be left out, experienced players will find they're now able to work towards longer term goals that are guaranteed to produce higher quality item finds.

All players will be gifted a welcoming gift on their arrival in Dota 2.

Each present that is open will contain a new present for the next level, with each one also introducing new players to concepts such as cosmetic items, wards, hud skins and crafting.

Eventually after receiving the first 10 presents players will then be given longer goals to achieve which will reward higher quality items.

New League Passes

SteelSeries Southeast Asian Cup Season 4

"Steelseries Southeast Asian Cup is back for Season 4. On top of the 8 invited teams, 8 teams will advance through qualifiers to compete for a total prize pool of $3,000 including products."

SDL 2014 Season 1

"The SDL consists of 3 Amatuer and 1 Professional Leagues. At the end of the season teams will compete for a total prize pool of R$2500,00 (R$ 500,00 for each Amatuer and R$1000,00 for the Professional)"

Dota 2 Romania IV

"The fourth Dota 2 Romania tournament where teams compete for a grand prize of over 100€!"

Sri Lanka Cyber Games 2013

"SLCG has become the largest e-Sports tournament in the country, and this year it aims to take the culture of games to the next level. Watch top Dota 2 teams compete in the largest event in Sri Lanka!"

League of Dota

"Amateur tournaments hosted for the community every weekend with a $150 prize pool at stake for the winner!"

Dota 2 Holiday Dream Challenge

"The largest gaming event in Greece takes Dota 2 teams from around the country to compete for a grand prize of 1000â¬!"

IXDL Southeast Asian Invite League

"Individuals compete in a classic ladder format to be crowned champion in Southeast Asia!"

SteelSeries Malaysia Champions Cup

"8 teams will compete for a grand prize of $2,000 and SteelSeries devices. 7 teams will be invited and 1 will earn a spot through qualifying. Malaysian powerhouse teams like Orange and Titan will be joining."

Bahrain Dota 2 League

"The first ever Dota 2 League takes place in Bahrain where teams will compete for a grand prize!"

FGCL Championship League + HUD Skin

"Top 32 winners in the group stages will be competing for a prize pool of $1000! The winners get a place in FGCL StarSeries. Includes an exclusive in-game HUD Skin: Reign of Maelrawn!"

Reign of Maelrawn HUD Skin

Included with the ticket.

UI Updates

Dashboard UI

The dashboard has been updated with a new Frostivus background and snow effect.

Tournament UI

The tournament tab has been updated with a new filter option which will sort the tournament tab by the Dota TV tickets you own.

Friend Recruiting

The profile UI now has a section for friend recruiting, you and your friend will receive a Battle Bonus when you play together until they reach level ten.

Ranked Matchmaking

The Ranked Matchmaking feature is now live, the ranked tab will display your solo and party rankings, both of which are independent of each other.

Battle Boosters

The Battle Boosters are now based on the amount of time spent playing the game instead of being a set length of a number of days.

In Game UI

It is now possible to flip the minimap to the opposite side of the screen under the new option found in the game --> interface settings page.

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

Some strings regarding the game status in ranked MM when dealing with leavers.

"DOTA_Chat_LowPriorityCompletedExplanation" "This game will not count as completed unless you stay until the end of the match (and there are players on both teams present)."

"DOTA_Chat_SafeToLeaveRanked" "This game is now safe to leave. NOTE: Stats will be recorded, including updates to matchmaking rating."

"DOTA_Chat_SafeToLeaveAbandonerRanked" "Abandonment by %s1. This game is now safe to leave. NOTE: Stats will be recorded, including updates to matchmaking rating.</b>"

"DOTA_Chat_SafeToLeaveAbandonerAFKRanked" "Abandonment by %s1 due to inactivity. This game is now safe to leave. NOTE: Stats will be recorded, including updates to matchmaking rating."

"DOTA_Chat_SafeToLeaveAbandonerEarlyRanked" "Early abandonment by %s1. This game is now safe to leave. No stats will be recorded. Matchmaking rating will not be updated."

"DOTA_Chat_SafeToLeaveAbandonerAFKEarlyRanked" "Early abandonment by %s1 due to inactivity. This game is now safe to leave. No stats will be recorded. Matchmaking rating will not be updated."

Some strings to notify about the active bonuses.

"DOTA_Chat_RecruitmentDropRateBonus" "%s1 is earning Battle Points at a 50% increased rate due to playing with recruits or their recruiter."

"DOTA_Chat_FrostivusShiningBoosterActive" "%s1 increases the Shining Fragments earned by all players in this game by 10%!"

The rename of Skeleton King to Wraith King.

"npc_dota_hero_skeleton_king" "Wraith King"

New watch tab filter to find Wraith-Knight games.

"DOTA_Watch_Xmas_Filter" "Wraith-Night"

Some strings regarding parties and matchmaking.

"CompetitiveMMNoCoaches" "Coaches are not permitted in ranked matchmaking"

"CompetitiveMMNoLowPriority_Party" "Your party is not allowed in ranked matchmaking. One or more party members are in the low priority matchmaking pool."

"CompetitiveMMNoLowPriority_Local" "You may not participate in ranked matchmaking while in the low priority matchmaking pool."

"CompetitiveMMNotUnlocked_Party" "In order to participate in ranked matchmaking, all party members must be level %s1 or higher."

"CompetitiveMMNotUnlocked_Local" "You must be at least level %s1 in order to participate in ranked matchmaking."

"CompetitiveMMNoValidGameModes" "None of the selected game modes is allowed in ranked matchmaking."

"MMGameModeNotUnlocked_Local" "One or more selected game modes is currently locked."

"MMGameModeNotUnlocked_Party" "One or more selected game modes is currently locked for this party. A game mode is available if at least one party member has unlocked it."

"MMGameModeLocked" "Game mode locked"

"MMGameModeUnlocksAtLevel_Local" "You will unlock this game mode at level %s1."

"MMGameModeUnlocksAtLevel_Party" "At least one party member must be level %s1 or higher."

Recruitment strings.

"dota_profile_recruits" "FRIEND RECRUITING"

"dota_profile_friend_recruit_id" "Add Friend ID"

"dota_profile_recruit_friends" "Recruit Friends"

"dota_profile_recruiting_status" "Recruitment Status"

"dota_profile_recruit_levels_gained" "Levels Gained"

"dota_profile_recruit_accepted" "Accepted Recruit"

"dota_profile_recruit_pending" "Has not responded to the recruitment request"

"dota_profile_recruit_declined" "Has declined the recruitment request"

"dota_profile_recruit_level" "RECRUITMENT LEVEL"

"recruit_invitation" "RECRUITMENT INVITATION"

"recruit_invitation_details" "A player has requested to recruit you into Dota 2. If you accept this request, any games you play together before you hit level 10 will earn both of you 50% increased Battle Points.\n\nYou can only be recruited by one player, so choose wisely!"

"DOTA_RecruitInviteResponse_Accept_Header" "RECRUITMENT ACCEPTED"

"DOTA_RecruitInviteResponse_Accept" "Congratulations, you have been recruited by %s1!"

"DOTA_RecruitInviteSend_Header" "RECRUITMENT REQUEST SENT"

"DOTA_RecruitInviteSend_Body" "Recruitment requests have been sent to all selected friends. The status of your requests will be reflected in the status panel."

"dota_profile_friend_invite_send" "SEND"

"DOTA_SendFriendRecruitsFailed" "Failed to recruit friends!\n\nPlease try again."

"dota_recruitpanel_header" "Recruit Your Friends to Play Dota 2"

"dota_recruitpanel_subheader" "Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy, and it's much more fun with friends.\n\nEarn Recruitment Points when friends you've recruited level up.\nIf they're under level 10, you'll both earn 50% more Battle Points when playing together!"

"dota_recruitpanel_friends" "Select friends to recruit.\nOnly Friends that haven't already been recruited are eligible."

"dota_recruitpanel_recruits" "Track the status of your recruits and pending recruitment requests."

"dota_recruit_tooltip_recruiter" "This player has recruited you."

"dota_recruit_tooltip_recruit" "You have recruited this player."

"dota_recruit_tooltip_recruit_bonus" "You have recruited this player, and when playing together will earn 50% increased Battle Points."

Strings for the ranked matchmaking system.

"DOTA_Rank_Calibrating" "TBD" // this needs to be short, like 4-5 characters at most

"dota_solo_mmr" "Solo rating:"

"dota_party_mmr" "Party rating:"

"dota_solo_mmr_tooltip" "Matchmaking rating when playing solo."

"dota_solo_mmr_tooltip_calibrating" "Calibrating matchmaking rating when playing solo. %s1 game(s) remaining."

"dota_solo_mmr_tooltip_none" "No ranked games have been played solo."

"dota_party_mmr_tooltip" "Matchmaking rating when playing with a party."

"dota_party_mmr_tooltip_calibrating" "Calibrating matchmaking rating when playing with a party. %s1 game(s) remaining."

"dota_party_mmr_tooltip_none" "No ranked games have been played with a party."

"DOTA_Matchmaking_Header" "Matchmaking"

"DOTA_CompetitiveMatchmaking_Header" "Ranked Matchmaking"

"DOTA_CompetitiveMatchmaking_Description" "Play in a competitive environment with other experienced players. Track your progress on your profile's Matchmaking Rating (MMR), visible to you and your friends."

Three new item rarities.

"exalted" "Exalted"

"frozen" "Frozen"

"corrupted" "Corrupted"

New string for when you want to spectate matches as a party.

"DOTA_PartyLeaderWatchGame" "Watch Game With Party"

"DOTA_PartyLeaderWatchGameDesc" "Your Party Leader wants to watch a live game, would you like to join?"

New Inscribed Gems.

"KillEaterEvent_Demons_Destroyed" "Demons Imprisoned"

"KillEaterEventType_Disruptor_ThunderStrikeKills" "Thunder Strike Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Disruptor_HeroesGlimpsed" "Heroes Glimpsed"

"KillEaterEventType_CrystalMaiden_FreezingFieldKills" "Freezing Field Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Medusa_MysticSnakeManaStolen" "Mystic Snake Mana Stolen"

"KillEaterEventType_Medusa_EnemiesPetrified" "Enemies Petrified"

"KillEaterEventType_Warlock_FatalBondsKills" "Fatal Bonds Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Warlock_GolemKills" "Golem Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Tusk_WalrusPunches" "Walrus Punches"

"KillEaterEventType_Tusk_SnowballStuns" "Snowball Stuns"

"KillEaterEventType_Earthshaker_FissureStuns" "Fissure Stuns"

"KillEaterEventType_Earthshaker_3HeroEchoslams" "Three-Hero Echoslams"

"KillEaterEventType_SandKing_BurrowstrikeStuns" "Burrowstrike Stuns"

"KillEaterEventType_SandKing_EpicenterKills" "Epicenter Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_SkywrathMage_AncientSealKills" "Ancient Seal Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_SkywrathMage_ConcussiveShotKills" "Concussive Shot Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Luna_LucentBeamKills" "Lucent Beam Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Luna_EclipseKills" "Eclipse Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_KeeperOfTheLight_IlluminateKills" "Illuminate Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_KeeperOfTheLight_ManaLeakStuns" "Mana Leak Stuns"

"KillEaterEventType_KeeperOfTheLight_TeammatesRecalled" "Teammates Recalled"

"KillEaterEventType_Ward_RuneSpawnsSeen" "Rune Spawns Spotted"

"KillEaterEventType_Ward_TimesPlaced" "Times Placed"

"KillEaterEventType_LegionCommander_DuelsWon" "Duels Won"

"KillEaterEventType_LegionCommander_DuelsLost" "Duels Lost"

"KillEaterEventType_Beastmaster_HawksSummoned" "Hawks Summoned"

"KillEaterEventType_Beastmaster_BoarsSummoned" "Boars Summoned"

"KillEaterEventType_Beastmaster_RoarKills" "Roar Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Beastmaster_RoarMultiKills" "Roar Multi-Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Windrunner_FocusFireBuildings" "Buildings Focus Fired"

"KillEaterEventType_Windrunner_PowershotKills" "Powershot Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_PhantomAssassin_DaggerLastHits" "Dagger Last Hits"

"KillEaterEventType_PhantomAssassin_PhantomStrikeKills" "Phantom Strike Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_DeathProphet_CryptSwarmKills" "Crypt Swarm Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_DeathProphet_ExorcismBuildingKills" "Exorcism Building Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_DeathProphet_ExorcismSpiritsSummoned" "Exorcism Spirits Summoned"

"KillEaterEventType_DeathProphet_MultiHeroSilences" "Multi-Hero Silences"

"KillEaterEventType_Abaddon_MistCoilKills" "Mist Coil Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Abaddon_MistCoilHealed" "Healed With Mist Coil"

"KillEaterEventType_Abaddon_AphoticShieldKills" "Aphotic Shield Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Lich_Sacrifices" "Sacrifices"

"KillEaterEventType_Lich_ChainFrostTripleKills" "Chain Frost Triple Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Lich_ChainFrostMultiKills" "Chain Frost Double Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Lich_ChainFrostBounces" "Chain Frost Bounces"

"KillEaterEventType_Lich_IceArmorCasts" "Ice Armor Casts"

"KillEaterEventType_Ursa_EnragedKills" "Kills While Enraged"

"KillEaterEventType_Ursa_EarthshockKills" "Earthshocked Enemies Killed"

"KillEaterEventType_Lina_LagunaBladeKills" "Laguna Blade Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Lina_DragonSlaveKills" "Dragon Slave Kills"

"KillEaterEventType_Lina_LightStrikeArrayStuns" "Light Strike Array Stuns"

"KillEaterEvent_Barracks_Destroyed" "Barracks Destroyed"

"KillEaterEvent_Buildings_Destroyed" "Buildings Destroyed"

New gem types.

"Econ_Socket_AbilityEffect_Name" "Mastery: %s1"

"Econ_Socket_AbilityEffect_Desc" "%s1"

"Econ_Socket_Soul_Name" "Soul Gem: %s1"

"Econ_Socket_Soul_Desc" "%s1"

The legacy unusual courier gem colour tag has been changed from "Rare" to "Legacy".

"UnknownColor" "Legacy"

New animation gem mods.

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_Dizzying_Punch" "Dizzying Punch!"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_Wraith_Spin" "Wraith Spin"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_Serene_Honor" "Serene Honor"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_Red_Moon" "Red Moon"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_Turbulent_Teleport" "Turbulent Teleport"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_dagger_twirl" "Allure of the Succubus"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_impatient_maiden" "Impatient Maiden"

"DOTA_Anim_Mod_obeisance_of_the_keeper" "Obeisance of the Keeper"

Ability modifier gem.

"DOTA_Ability_Mod_Illuminate_Northlight" "Northlight Illuminance"

Soul gem.

"DOTA_Soul_Gem_Raving_Aristocrat" "Raving Aristocrat"

New item styles.

"DOTA_Item_Bracers_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style0" "Bright"

"DOTA_Item_Bracers_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style1" "Dark"

"DOTA_Item_Hat_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style0" "Bright"

"DOTA_Item_Hat_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style1" "Dark"

"DOTA_Item_Pelt_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style0" "Bright"

"DOTA_Item_Pelt_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style1" "Dark"

"DOTA_Item_Rifle_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style0" "Bright"

"DOTA_Item_Rifle_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style1" "Dark"

"DOTA_Item_Spaulders_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style0" "Bright"

"DOTA_Item_Spaulders_of_The_Howling_Wolf_Style1" "Dark"

"DOTA_Item_Familiar_Woods_Style0" "Woodsy"

"DOTA_Item_Familiar_Woods_Style1" "Shagbark!"

"DOTA_Item_Golden_Reel_Guardian_Helmet_Style0" "Closed Helmet"

"DOTA_Item_Golden_Reel_Guardian_Helmet_Style1" "Open Helmet"

New UI option to sort the tournament page by the tickets you own.

"DOTA_WatchOwnedTournamentCheck" "Sort owned Tournaments first"

New notification strings for when your profile levels up past a point which allows you to earn more item drops.

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop2" "UNCOMMON ITEMS"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop_Desc2" "As you play matchmaking games you'll find items, and you'll also receive one every time you level up. You're now eligible to find rarer items than before!"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop3" "RARE ITEMS"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop_Desc3" "These items can contain custom animations for Heroes that wear them."

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop4" "MYTHICAL ITEMS"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop_Desc4" "These items often contain custom animations and spell effects for Heroes that wear them."

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop5" "LEGENDARY ITEMS"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop_Desc5" "These items are incredibly rare objects, often replacing entire couriers and hero mounts with new models and effects."

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop6" "ANCIENT ITEMS"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop_Desc6" "These items number only a few, and cannot be easily categorised."

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop8" "ARCANA ITEMS"

"DOTA_Levelup_ItemDrop_Desc8" "These items are the rarest of all, capable of adding new models, sounds, spell effects, and HUD icons to any Hero that wears them."

Merle Dandridge aka the voice behind Alyx Vance is credited with the voice work for Legion Commander.

"DOTA_ActorCredits_3_Name" "Merle Dandridge"

"DOTA_ActorCredits_3_Role" "Legion Commander"

New Gems

Mastery Gem

A new type of gem that is used on items that change a heroes ability like the new Keeper of the Light set that comes with custom spirit horses.

"This gem will modify an ability effect on the hero that wears the item it is socketed in."

Foulfell Shard

Keeps track of Demons Imprisoned.

"A fragment of black crystal that radiates corrupting, abyssal energy. It throbs with the voiceless hatred of demons imprisoned within."

New Crafting Scrolls

Quest Scrolls

We have some need quest scroll images in the files, it is not yet known what these are used for.

Standard Quest Scroll

Rare Quest Scroll

Legendary Quest Scroll

Unreleased Custom Couriers

The Gama Brothers

"The Gama Brothers are driven by one goal, to deliver goods across the battlefield to the highest bidder. With their golden palanquin they ease the burden of weary warriors with armaments and healing tonics."

Unreleased HUD Skins

Bane

Familiar Woods

The Familiar Woods HUD Skin comes with two different styles, one that features Shagbark on the side panel and another that has a more standard style.

Alternative Shagbark style:

Power Surge

Unreleased Loading Screens

We have a number of custom loading screens that are not yet used in game.

Clash of Heroes

Clash of Heroes 2

Compendium of Heroes

Unreleased Heroes Update

We also have some updates to some of the unreleased heroes.

Phoenix

The first place holder material for Phoenix is now in the files.

Terrorblade

Terrorblade now has an active entry in the npc_heroes data file.

Custom Addon Support

This year's Christmas gamemode has shipped directly into the files as a custom addon, this custom addon contains all the itembuilds, maps, materials, particles, resources, scripts etc that are required in order for Wraith Knight to function. With the update shipping like this it exposes what may be potential future support of loading custom addons directly into the file structure.

It also shows us that LUA is supported by the engine and the source used for the majority of Wraith Knight is here to be explored by anybody who wishes to look.

"Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\addons\frostivus"

Predictions For The Next Hero

12 Comments
Posted by leonhart8389

thanks for the review... :)

phoenix is not a bird anymore :D

Posted by leapyearmonkey

Vovlo pls make pheonix a manly bird not fire puck..

Posted by Noco

I like how all these sets are more affordable, what is the story behind Valve suddenly lowering the price of new sets? and will old sets get a change?

Posted by tomemozok

What does the gem mean by demons imprisoned?

will it be a new gamemode or?

Edited by dankratos

OMG OMG I LOVEEE THE PHOENIX... PLS PLS PLS WONT BE A BIRD? OMG PLS VALVE OMG.... DONT FUCK WITH MY FAVORITE HERO PLS D::

Posted by Handsome

I was wondering, how do you acquire the kinetic gems? I am interested in the QoP one but I have no idea where you'd get it from. Is it unboxed from a chest?

Posted by dewar

I don't play very often, but I watch a lot of streams and have a pretty good win record for the games I do play. I'm really bummed that I'm locked out of all the game types except all-pick.

Edited by Harleks

IMO Its Abyssal Underlord/Pit Lord not Phoenix. Dumbledore stand there cast fire spell thingy= Obvious Pit Lord channeling Firestorm.

Posted by Anupsetzombie

I'm gonna be pretty disappointed if Phoenix is made into a fairy/pixie like creature.

There's no way in hell Blizzard owns the rights to a PHOENIX. I want Phoenix to be a magnificent fiery bird, not a cute Puck like creature. Even if it's pixie like, it better have a beak and wings at least.