This huge update contains many cosmetic in-game add-ons, a new Halloween game mode, and lots of fond memories.
The event also features plenty of UI updates. Players can play the seasonal Halloween event or normal Dota 2 games to earn points to gain in-game rewards.
There are tons of seasonal visual effects, sounds, sprays, and voice lines beside a staggering variety of sets and their variations. The Diretide update adds another feature; all of its droppable sets become marketable immediately, a remarkable departure from Valve’s usual strategy. Valve has also re-introduced recycling of in-game items; a feature which the community has been requesting for a very long time.
The Dota community was first introduced to Diretide with Diretide 2012, released on October 30, 2012. It introduced a new game mode in which players competed against each other and NPCs to gather candy to win in-game prizes. The candy gathering fest featured a dire twist that was well received, prompting Diretide 2013, a slightly modified version of the 2012 event with similar gameplay elements but much more rewards and variations. There have been no Diretide updates since, until now.
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There are a few main menu UI improvements in terms of visibility and performance, although the existence of the latter is yet to be confirmed.
The event is accessible to every Dota 2 player and ends on December 22, 2020. As Valve puts it, Happy Season’s Grievings!