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Dota 2 18th March Patch – Content Analysis

This week's Dota 2 update has arrived, bringing the full Free to Play Collector's Pack on the eve of the release of the Free to Play documentary. As well as that, we have two new chests that contain full item sets and more.

Front End Changes

Free to Play Collector's Pack

Free to Play is almost here, so get your pre-load started and be ready the moment it’s out.

To commemorate the impending release of our much-anticipated Dota 2 documentary, special items are now available in the Dota store. These items were forged in creative partnership with several pro players and include:

Each hero set is available individually, or as part of “The Free to Play Collector’s Pack” which includes all three item sets in addition to the following bundle exclusives:

  • The “Wide Angle” Ward
  • The “Filmtail” Courier
  • The “Depth of Field” HUD skin

The hero sets will include custom loading screens, custom particles and custom animations. Each item will be available in Genuine quality for a limited time, so purchase and add these items to your Dota armory soon. A portion of each purchase will go toward the players featured in the documentary.

Visit the Free to Play Website to watch the trailer and learn more about the film.

For a limited time purchasing the pack now will provide items in the Genuine quality.

Depth of Field HUD Skin

Ingame Preview

Filmtail Courier

Wide Angle Wards

The “Murder of Crows” set for Pudge, created in partnership with Dendi

Includes a "Crow's Feet" Kinetic Gem that adds seven new animations. Also includes a Spectator Gem which tracks the league games you watch with Dendi playing in them.

Seven New Animations - Hook Preview Below

  • Spawn
  • Hook
  • Idle
  • Portrait
  • Idle_Stomp
  • Loadout_Stomp
  • Victory
  • Teleport

Includes custom loading screen

The “Forge of the Iron Will” set for Sven, created in partnership with Fear

Includes a "Free To Fear" Kinetic Gem that adds five new animations and a new attack sound on his weapon. Also includes a Spectator Gem which tracks the league games you watch with Fear playing in them.

Five New Animations - Attack Preview Below

  • Attack01
  • Attack02
  • Attack03
  • Loadout
  • Idle Alt

Includes custom loading screen

The “Crown of Hell” set for Doom, created in partnership with Hyhy

Includes a "Crown of Hells!" Kinetic Gem that adds two new animations and a particle effect on his weapon. Also includes a Spectator Gem which tracks the league games you watch with Hyhy playing in them.

Two New Animations

  • Loadout
  • Idle Alt

Includes custom loading screen

Treasure of Radiant Arms

"You will need a Fragment of Radiant Ore to open this treasure. You can pick one up at the DOTA 2 Store. This treasure contains full item sets."

Fragment of Radiant Ore

Treasure of Radiant Arms` Loot List

A new style of scroll case, this one contains full item sets. The majority of these sets also come with a custom loading screen.

Mischievous Dragon

Includes custom loading screen

Flight of the Valkyrie

Includes custom loading screen

Guardian of the Eternal Seasons

Includes a custom "Bonsaiko" Treant

Includes custom loading screen

Friend of the West

Includes custom models for both summons

Potential Bonus Reward: Vestments of the Fallen Princess

Includes custom loading screen

Treasure of Dire Arms

"You will need a Shard of Direstone to open this chest. You can pick one up at the DOTA 2 Store. This treasure contains full item sets."

Shard of Direstone

Treasure of Dire Arms` Loot List

A new style of scroll case, this one contains full item sets. The majority of these sets also come with a custom loading screen.

Trappings of the Ravenous Fiend

Includes custom loading screen

The Hounds of Chaos

Incantations of Hell

Ancient Cultist

Potential Bonus Reward: Vestments of the Fallen Princess

Includes custom loading screen

New Cosmetic Item

Silencer's Item Sets

Silent Champion Set

Wraith King's Item Sets

Regalia of the Wraith Lord Set

Includes custom loading screen

New League Passes

YoDota League Season 1

32 teams will compete in the first seasons of the YoDota League in South America.

TTU eSports Spring 2014

12 teams compete in the TTU eSport Spring 2014 LAN for a prize of $1,200!

Star Cloud League

32 amateur teams will compete for glory in the Star Cloud League.

UFES Dota 2 Cup Season 4

32 teams from around Brazil will compete for a $750 prize pool.

League of Polarity

The top amateur teams go up against the best teams in Europe and CIS.

WD Dota 2 Pro Series Ticket

DotaTalk is proud to present the Western Digital Dota 2 Pro Series. This tournament features the top eight Southeast Asian teams that will compete for three months for $3,000! This ticket only gives you access to view games from the WD Dota 2 Pro Series.

Includes Dead Watch Ward

Includes Tombstone HUD Skin

UI Updates

Chest Examine UI

With the new chests that provide full item sets, the chest examine UI has been updated with a new layout. The new layout supports both the old and new chests and states that "You will not receive duplicates" on both types of chests, meaning that you will always be unboxing something new until you have collected everything.

The full item sets can be previewed as well by clicking on their icon.

Back End Changes

Updated Strings

New branding strings for the F2P item sets.

+ "DOTA_PlayerName_Dendi" "Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin"

+ "DOTA_PlayerName_Fear" "Clinton 'Fear' Loomis"

+ "DOTA_PlayerName_HyHy" "Benedict 'HyHy' Lim"

Updated strings for the new chest examine UI.

+ "examine_chest_unusual_courier" "Unusual Courier"

+ "examine_chest_unusual_courier_desc" "A random courier with random color and special effect gems."

+ "Econ_Revolving_Loot_List_Multi" "This treasure contains one of each these items:"

+ "Econ_Guaranteed_Crate_Drop" "Opening this treasure will reward you with:"

+ "Econ_Additional_Crate_Drop" "In addition, this treasure has a chance of containing:"

+ "DOTA_UnusualCourier_Desc" "Unusual Courier"

The new chest examine UI will also show if you already have a key required by that chest as well as a buy and open option.

+ "Crate_Open_Have_Key" "You Own 1"

+ "Crate_Open_Buy_Key" "Buy and Open"

+ "Crate_Open_Now" "Open Now"

New Store Banner strings.

+ "StoreBanner_Header_TreasureOfRadiantArms" "Treasure of Radiant Arms"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_TreasureOfRadiantArms" "Unseal a different set each time and collect them all"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_TreasureOfDireArms" "Treasure of Dire Arms"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_TreasureOfDireArms" "Unseal a different set each time and collect them all"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_MurderOfCrows" "Pudge: Murder of Crows"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_MurderOfCrows" "Shoulda' kept your beak out of this"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_ForgeOfIronWill" "Sven: Forge of Iron Will"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_ForgeOfIronWill" "An iron mask for an iron will"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_CrownOfHells" "Doom: Crown of Hells"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_CrownOfHells" "Upon my crown, I'll gore thee"

+ "StoreBanner_Header_FreeToPlayPack" "Free to Play Collector's Pack"

+ "StoreBanner_Text_FreeToPlayPack" "The Director's Cut"

The play tab shopkeeper's quiz has been updated to read from the strings.

+ "Playtab_Quiz_Title" "The Shopkeeper's Quiz"

+ "Playtab_Quiz_Subtitle" "Test your Dota 2 item knowledge!"

The Kinetic Gem "Dance of Dendi" was renamed to the current "Crow's Feet".

- "DOTA_Anim_Mod_ftp_dendi" "Dance of Dendi"

+ "DOTA_Anim_Mod_ftp_dendi_back" "Crow's Feet"

New alternative item style strings.

+ "DOTA_Item_Incantations_Weapon_Style0" "Head Opener of Incantations"

+ "DOTA_Item_Incantations_Weapon_Style1" "Pillar of Incantations"

+ "DOTA_Item_Fallen_Princess_Head_Style0" "Helm of the Fallen Princess"

+ "DOTA_Item_Fallen_Princess_Head_Style1" "Hair of the Fallen Princess"

+ "DOTA_Item_Fallen_Princess_Head_Style2" "Crown of the Fallen Princess"

+ "DOTA_Item_Fallen_Princess_Shoulders_Style0" "Warrior Wings of the Fallen Princess"

+ "DOTA_Item_Fallen_Princess_Shoulders_Style1" "Feathered Wings of the Fallen Princess"

+ "DOTA_Item_Fallen_Princess_Shoulders_Style2" "Feathered Wings of the Fallen Princess"

DreamLeague Compendium

The first set of bonus items have been released for the DreamLeague Compendium.

Dreamer's Gem

This Inscribed Gem currently tracks victories on the item you socket it into.

Battle Point Booster

This Battle Booster will last for 6 days and will provide a 125% boost to your battle point rate and other players a 25% boost.

Other Changes

Unreleased Loading Screens

The Sands of Luxor loading screen that was seen in the test client update last week is now in the files.

Puck's Portrait

The WebM version of Puck's portrait (Used on the Mac & Linux client) has been updated to reflect her current model instead of the old phat puck.

Armoury Image Updates

A number of the pre-existing keys and chests have been updated to match the new scroll case art style.

Predictions For The Next Hero