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Custom Game Mode Diretide Might Be Making a Return To Dota 2

Vignesh Raghuram
5/Sep/2020 09:41 am

Dataminers on Reddit found data indicating the release of Diretide in 2020
Earlier in July 2020, Valve announced a Call to Arms where they invited artists to create cosmetics for heroes themed around autumn or Halloween.

One of the first and perhaps the most iconic seasonal custom game modes might be making a return to Dota 2. A data miner on /r/dota2 discovered a random assortment of files that might indicate that the classic Diretide Halloween game mode is set to make a return to Dota 2.

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Diretide 2020 Might Be Launching On October 31st

The last Dota 2 update which came along with the Windranger Arcana was over 900 MB and contained various files. A data miner named, /u/Flam3ss found some interesting information in it. 

Diretide 2020 Data mine leaksThe line: “Event_ID_Diretide_2020,” has invoked a large amount of attention from Dota 2 fans

This has lead many to believe that Diretide is set to make a return in the final quarter of 2020. Possibly on October 31 aka Halloween. 

Why? Earlier in July 2020, Valve announced a Fall Call to Arms where they invited all the Dota 2 Workshop creators to dream up cosmetics for heroes themed around autumn or Halloween. 


What is Diretide?

Diretide was an annual event that took place in 2012 and 2013 in celebration of Halloween.

Past Diretides featured three different stages. 

  • In the 1st stage, aka "Candy Chaos" mode, players collect and steal as much candy as they can against the enemy within a 20 minute time limit. 
  • In the 2nd stage, aka "The Trickster Awakens" mode, the monster Roshan targets random heroes on each team to beg them for candy. 
  • In the 3rd and final stage, aka "Sugar Rush" mode, enemy teams must unite to defeat Roshan within 20 minutes.

Defeating Roshan rewarded players with a significant amount of cosmetics.

In October 2013, Valve sparked a backlash among DotA 2 players after they canceled the highly anticipated second annual event. After much outrage which saw numerous amount of fans spamming “Volvo giff diretide,” everywhere on the internet, Valve brought back the event for the 2nd time. Since then, there has been no Diretide event.

Volvo Responds to Diretide requestsEven Car company Volvo joined in with the memes

So understandably fans are a little excited for the game mode to make its return.

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Recent event game modes (except for the Aghanim's Labyrinth) have largely been underwhelming from Valve, according to the community. So a few are still skeptical of this game mode. What do you think about this event? Let us know your thoughts below.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.