Reporting on MOBA patch notes can be a rather dull affair. A new patch usually consists mainly of balance adjustments and sometimes a new hero/champion/god/whatever-else-they-go-by. Out of all the MOBAs though, Dota 2 seems to have some of the most interesting updates to pass along.

Up first is the new ‘Wraith Night’ mode. Valve has been known to add custom game modes to Dota 2 during major holidays like Halloween’s Diretide. With Wraith Night, Valve seems to be killing two birds with one stone, updating the visuals for the Skeleton King while also giving players a chance to participate in a wave style survival mode.

You see, the Skeleton King is not feeling too well. According to the Dota 2 blog post, after reassembling himself too many times, good ole SK doesn’t have what it takes to put himself back together again. To fix his ending immortality, players must work together to protect him from the armies of Wraith-Night. With each felled minion, SK will feed on their essence, eventually growing strong enough to be reborn as the newly risen Wraith King. The change in appearance most likely has to do with the Skeleton King’s resemblance to the Diablo character of the same name. The change will allow Valve to keep the hero without designing a new one entirely as a replacement.

Wraith Night only allows players to choose from a small pool of heroes including Legion Commander who was just added this patch. To make up for this, Valve has adjusted some of the heroes abilities to better handle the huge waves of minions bearing down on them. As with all of Dota 2’s special modes, expect plenty of cosmetic prizes for performing well.

Ranked Matchmaking has also finally been added to Dota 2 for those looking to compare their skills at right-clicking. For those just starting out in Dota 2, Valve has revamped the starting experience for beginners, which gradually introduces players to the games modes, mechanics and items.

Even if none of the above interests you as a Dota 2 player you may still want to login during the winter festivities. Valve is handing out present boxes which introduces players to the variety of vanity items available and rewards players with several of each. What’s more, as players level up (yes there is a leveling system in Dota 2) they will be able to work towards unlocking even more mythical items.

You can read the full list of changes on Dota 2’s official blog here.

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  1. bryam on December 18, 2013

    the ranked is copy of LOL

    • Mystika on December 18, 2013

      So according to you, any game that has ranked matchmaking is a copy of LoL? Cool logic, bro.

      Then I guess we can apply this logic – LoL is a copy of DotA.

  2. Vocation on December 15, 2013

    Not sure what the toxic community is all about. Been playing for a while now and haven’t met a troll in my 100+ games. I know that HoN has a toxic community for sure because I have been playing it since beta and still own my legacy account. Hons toxic community is more due to stats and the MMR hierarchy; the concede vote in HoN also adds to the “I give up now and will troll you because you think we can come back from this” attitude. Dota 2 do not have such a surrender/concede button which will deter teammates from giving up to early ,and I have actually won some games by playing it out long.

  3. unmarked on December 14, 2013

    mounted

    been looking for a good reason to play some dota 2

  4. Razer on December 14, 2013

    Shame they can’t patch a horrifyingly toxic community.

    • Mystika on December 14, 2013

      No one can do that; you’re asking of the impossible. Even Riot couldn’t do it.

      • Phreak on December 20, 2013

        Riot never bothered with it, but rather endorse it in the shadows. just watch next champ will do everything(nuke,cc,tank and heal) just like the a few of the last ones.

    • blackdead on December 14, 2013

      The problem is that almost complete HoN community transferred to Dota bringing their toxic behavior with them and after all MOBA community has always been toxic in the first place.

      • Razer on December 14, 2013

        It really has more to do with the core premise of the game. Players are stuck in a room for 30-50 minutes and are punished severely if they leave for any reason at all. Since games tend to snowball and become increasingly one-sided as the match drags on, this usually turns into a maddening waste of time when you’re on the receiving end of that. That itself is bad enough, but this is the internet, so it’s made 4 times worse by all the socially retarded nerds that think it’s okay to blame and scream at their own teammates.

        • cacaballz on December 15, 2013

          It is none of these. The fact is there is no problem. It is in your over sensitive retard brain. There are usually chat options to hide text. It is a game that requires YOU DO NOT CHAT. Any one offended by little words flowing on the bottom left of the screen and too stupid to go to OPTIONS – CHAT – OFF… deserve to suffer. I love these games for the chat. MAkes me laugh so hard. I hate the gameplay half the time and just there to watch the chat roll. Although more recently more people just silent and ACTUALLY PLAYING. Want to coordinate, you need team on VOIP or GTFO.
          The only thing other players can go that piss me off is be noob. Just pushing the same lane. And click left button over and over and dying over and over…obvious noob or possible bot an obvious noob or possible bot. If you do not learn or make progress under a week get out. This is not your kind of game. Or stay in and make my winning streak grow What ever works for you.

          • Razer on December 15, 2013

            Hey everyone! Look at the socially awkward nerd here proving my point!

      • Eviil on December 14, 2013

        Don’t stick to one genre, the gaming community itself has toxic players. It is sickening to watch people become something else in-front of a monitor compared how they actually act. But hey, whatever. IF there were some type of law, it would hit the developers in the pockets. Just ignore them! otherwise you can mute them in Dota. They should implement a surrender button but i feel that will be abused a lot LOL.

      • Cristian on December 17, 2013

        HoN has always had the worst community, even though it was my favorite MOBA before Dota 2.

    • Hordok on December 14, 2013

      ahhhh be advised.. The only reason the community is toxic is because of bad players and Br’s. An no one likes Br’s now do we.

    • MrSnitches on December 16, 2013

      Welcome to online gaming, I hope you enjoy your stay. Oh, we forgot to mention, there is toxicity in virtually every MMO or remotely online game to exist to date. Even UO had toxicity in it (regardless of you being to young to have even played it, of course).

      But seriously. I’m not sure how many rocks you’ve been living under, but it seems you need to dig yourself out of that sheltered landslide you seem to have gotten yourself into.

      • Razer on December 18, 2013

        You ain’t seen toxic till you’ve played a MOBA. They are some of the most purile communities on this side of 4chan. Though you yourself are another fine example of how pitiful the gaming community is.

  5. im batman on December 13, 2013

    DoTa= defense of the teemo anciets

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