The developers over at Valve and Dota 2 learned from their Halloween debacle of not releasing their Halloween themed content, Diretide, on time and have since released Wraith Night to celebrate the winter holidays. For those of you not aware, when Diretide was not released as promised, users took to Metacritic and angrily dropped the score by over 2 points.
Wraith Night is essentially a hero defense mini-game which sees the player and 4 allied friends defending the Wraith King from wave after wave of rampaging enemies. In addition to the major event content, there is new treasure associated with the event as well. The update has also made a few changes to the main game, with the Wraith King replacing the Skeleton King hero. The change is just a cosmetic and titular one as none of the abilities are different, but it is nonetheless nice to see overlap between the holiday content lore and the game itself.
But for those players that do not care about the newest seasonal mini game and the ‘treasure’ that accompanies it (treasure just being character skins), there are some major changes to the competitive side. The Wraith Night update has introduced a new hero, the Legion Commander. The hero offers some extremely unique abilities, such as a challenging an opposing hero to a single combat duel and some extremely high damage output.
The most exciting announcement out of all of this however, is that the Dota 2 team has been doing some much needed work on a new matchmaking system that now, finally, includes in- game rankings. Here are some of the upcoming changes announced on their blog:
There is no indication when that update is coming, but hopefully it is sooner than later. Until then, the Wraith Night mini game should keep at least some of the Dota 2 community entertained.