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Valve succesfully trolls Dota 2 community over Diretide

2 Nov 2013  by   Tim McDonald

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Update 8/11/2013: Valve have told the community what’s going on with Diretide.

Update 3/11/2013: Community responds to Diretide 

Valve seems to have a general corporate policy of not actually talking to the community or letting anybody know what’s happening. Today, that was used to full effect to annoy lots of Dota 2 players.

Last year – when Dota 2 was in beta – it had a Halloween event, called Diretide, which offered a new game mode that had Roshan roaming the map in search of candy. For some reason, people assumed that this would be an annual event (possibly because Team Fortress 2‘s Halloween event was annual, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive got some Halloween bits and bobs this year too) and eagerly awaited its reappearance.

This did not happen on 29 October, when Scream Fortress launched. It didn’t happen yesterday, on Halloween itself. So maybe it’d happen today? Hopes were raised when Dota 2 started downloading a 73MB patch… which turned out to contain hats. I’m not sure they could’ve annoyed the community more perfectly if they’d tried.

In fairness, Valve never said that Diretide would happen this year. On the other hand, their general insistence in not giving the community any idea of what’s coming up, what they’re working on, and what may or may not happen is starting to take its toll, particularly when said community is given hat after hat after hat rather than the heroes/events/fixes that are actually desired.

But hey! Hats. That’s what we all really want, right?

Update: As ten million of you have commented, Valve did indeed describe Diretide as an annual event.

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  1. danb0

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 12:20 am

  2. sad22

    gg very quick article on whats happening o.o

    November 2, 2013 at 12:45 am

  3. uglykidjoe

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ GIVE DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 1:31 am

  4. lavindota

    When i update the 73mb patch today… it shows error can’t download blablabla… :( how can i fix this

    November 2, 2013 at 1:46 am

  5. disappointed

    “I’m not sure they could’ve annoyed the community more perfectly if they’d tried.” Agreed! I really don’t get it, one simple statement a week ago would have dispelled the majority of this frustration. I’m pissed off, not that there wasn’t a diretide mode but that no one at valve thought the community was worth a quick communication. The game may be free but many of us spend a lot of money supporting it of our own volition. Starting to feel used and abused.

    November 2, 2013 at 2:10 am

  6. taco31031

    It was initially announced as an annual event, article is a bit misleading.

    If someone has screenshots of dire


    >The most ominous event of Diretide is the annual suspension of Roshan’s enchantment.

    November 2, 2013 at 3:49 am
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      Yeah, exactly. This entire article is ignoring the fact that the 2012 article was deemed the first “annual” Halloween event for Dota 2.

      I guess research is hard for some people.

      November 2, 2013 at 6:41 am

  7. Nyuu

    Yeah fagot, because in the lore from dire tide it doesn’t says “Anual” when it tells about roshan’s story.


    November 2, 2013 at 4:06 am

  8. Jaco

    check Volvo the car company’s facebook

    November 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  9. Kodes

    Hahahaha, poor Volvo!

    November 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  10. VasiliyPupkin

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm


    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm

  12. blendique

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  13. Avatar of
    Samurai Turtle

    つ ◕_◕ )つ Give Diretide please.

    November 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  14. boob

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

  15. gban

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ=ε/̵͇̿̿/’̿’̿ ̿ ̿̿ GIVE DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

  16. gapasaku11

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE༼ つ ◕_◕ ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE༼ つ ◕_◕ ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE༼ つ ◕_◕ ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE༼ つ ◕_◕ ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE༼ つ ◕_◕ ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE༼ つ ◕_◕

    November 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  17. isandri

    Hey, the author of this shitty article, yes shitty because you didn’t do any research, Valve SAID it would be annual, just read their blog. I would like a refutation
    there you are:
    “The most ominous event of Diretide is the annual suspension of Roshan’s enchantment. Freed from his fearful den, he is compelled to wander in search of the one food that can satisfy his infernal craving: Greevil Taffy!” source: http://www.dota2.com/diretide/?l=english

    November 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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      Samurai Turtle

      hey you.. mr rude random internet person..

      shut up.

      つ ◕_◕ )つ Give Diretide!

      November 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm
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        Soemone’s taken this a bit to seriously, hmm isandri?

        つ ◕_◕ )つ Give isandri a hug because he’s so angry over the diretide event. THEN Give Diretide!

        November 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  18. DI RE TI DE

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  19. mofo

    Good old report without any research. It was quite clear announced as an annual event. If you have any self respect publish a correction.

    November 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  20. Volvo fix plz

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

  21. James

    Bunch of spoiled, self entitled brats.

    Valve doesn’t owe you anything. They don’t have to explain to you why there is no seasonal update. You are playing a COMPLETELY FREE game and it’s time you no life, virgin, losers just get lost. Go get yourself a decent education, find a job, a girl, and do something besides jerking off and bitching on forums.

    November 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    1. Volvo plz

      Yes they do, without us playing, dota2 won’t be as for today, and after earning millions from the compendium, its fair enough that valve give something back to the community.

      November 3, 2013 at 2:14 am

  22. James

    They are calling the community managers personal phone and threatening him and his family. ANYONE defending these no life losers are part of said group. I hope he calls the police on you stupid shameless fucks. Why dont you morons do the world a favor and hang yourselves.

    November 3, 2013 at 1:49 am

  23. Professional Feeder

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 3, 2013 at 4:03 am
  24. Avatar of

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

  25. asdas

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  26. Avatar of

    All you self entitled nerds need to stop crying like the fatass basement dwellers you are.

    November 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  27. momoy

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

    November 5, 2013 at 3:05 am

  28. Quan

    can you tell me what “hats” is?

    November 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    1. Six Samurai Without Gates OMG JIJAS

      hats = cosmetic items

      tis a neta from TF2

      November 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  29. aeronar22


    November 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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