We couldn't think of a super obvious and suitably-gorey topic to cover for Halloween this year, so we decided to take an in-depth look at the Combine's vast array of weaponised synths - creatures forcefully adapted into cyborgs for universal war! In this first half of a Database two-parter, we're studying the Human Combine, the Advisors, the Striders, and more!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the concluding chapter of our analysis of the Combine Synths! While you wait for the release, be sure to check out our previous Database episodes, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and TwitchTV. Thanks for watching!
With Diretide now a distant memory, this year's Halloween-themed festivities for Dota 2 are focused around "The Haunted Colosseum", a new custom gamemode created by Valve. As originally previewed months ago during a teaser for the Reborn beta, The Haunted Colosseum is a 5v5 battle for "territorial control", with teams attempting to capture control points while avoiding "devilish traps, and warrior behemoths", as highlighted in the video below.
Although light on content, this year's Halloween event for Dota 2 did revamp areas of the custom games hub to make it easier to find matches while also introducing the "Tribute of the Sharpened Feather" chest for Fall Compendium owners. Other changes hidden within the ridiculously long changelog include over 800 new announcer lines specifically designed for use in Custom Games, nerfs to Doom and Broodmother as part of the 6.85b balance patch, and a new hub for view, rename, and manage downloaded replays.
The annual tradition continues with this year's Scream Fortress VII event for Team Fortress 2! Despite initial fears that this year's event would be rather limited compared to previous years thanks to Valve taking something of a backseat regarding its development, Scream Fortress VII is absolutely packed full of new Halloween-themed goodness...or badness? Anyway, let's take a look.
These maps are joined by "The Gargoyle Case", a Halloween-themed case featuring 19 cosmetic items. Now let's be honest here, the key draw for every Halloween event is the fun gimmick Valve attach to the newly introduced maps. This time, ordinary contracts have been transformed into "Merasmissions", tasking the player to complete certain objectives to receive Halloween-themed item drops and a chance to grab one of the new cases. A "Scream Fortress Gargoyle" will keep track of the amount of Merasmissions completed by the player, leveling up as more and more objectives are accomplished.
Two new taunts have also been introduced - "The Broomstick", which I'm honestly not going to bother explaining, and "The Soldier's Requiem", which will see the Soldier kneel on the graves of his fallen enemies and gleefully smirk about it. While all of the older Scream Fortress content is also back with a vengeance, the Mannpower Mode has risen from beta-hell and has now been released as a full gamemode! The mode now features an all-new map, "Hellfire", and three new power-ups; the damage over time dealing "Plague", the strengthening "King", and the disruptive "Supernova".
While you wait for this packed update to download, be sure to check out the accompanying comic, titled "Gargoyles & Gravel", which features cover art as close to a TF2 X Dota 2 crossover we'll ever get! Happy Haunting!
With Halloween coming up in just a few short days, this past week was particularly quiet as Valve continue to keep their event plans under lock and key! For this week's show, we're going to be covering the few itty bitty pieces of news that did manage to make it out over the past seven days!
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We're finally back after a short absence! We've got a lot to cover in this week's News Round-Up, including explaining what exactly the recent Half-Life 3 leak means, what the community have been working on for TF2's recently-released Invasion Update, and how constant patches are changing the face of Dota 2's Source 2 client!
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