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Yesterday's announcement of the New Bloom 2015 seemed like all of Valve's cards were now on the table, but it would appear that wasn't quite the case. As the Part 4 page shows, the previously mysterious "Year Beast Brawl Event" will see teams face off against one another with the help from their very own red or blue Year Beast, which will "charge down the lands toward the opposing team" at 5 minute intervals.
For 10 minute periods a few times a day, players will be able to search for a Year Beast Brawl match, which will function like a regular non-ranked All-Pick game, only with the appearance of the aforementioned big, formidable beasts. By accumulating and spending "Ability Points", each team's Year Beast can be upgraded in three categories, including support, combat, and speed. As the game progresses and the 10 and 20 minute marks pass, more powerful new abilities can be acquired, such as "Resurrection Aura", "Greater Hex", "Stampede", and more.
Those who win a Year Beast Brawl will be awarded a guaranteed item set and a commemorative trophy to track their wins. The more times a player wins the brawl, the greater their rewards will become, including a Ancient Rhythms Loading Screen, a Redhorn Courier, a Jadehorn Courier, and a Goldhorn Courier for winning upwards of 10 Year Beast Brawls and accumulating a total of 8,000 ability points.
The New Bloom 2015 update is now live on the main Dota 2 client, so be sure to brush up on all the previous parts of the update before you dive in. The first Year Beast Brawl is set to kick off sometime tomorrow, giving you plenty of time to get to grips with newcomer Winter Wyvern before the Year Beasts arrive. The Year Beast Brawl Event officially comes to a close on March 2nd 2015, so get to it!
While it doesn't feature any trailers or comics, Part 3 of the New Bloom 2015 update has revealed pretty much everything we need to know about the upcoming changes! This includes a closer look at newcomer Winter Wyvern, who is able to use powerful freezing abilities to disrupt team fights, heal allies, and literally turn her enemies against one another for a short period with the "Winter's Curse" ultimate.
If, like many people, you've been a little frustrated by the lack of item drops over the past few months, fear not, as the New Bloom 2015 update will also massively update the item drop system, allowing "ultra-rare" sets to appear more frequently as well as allowing single, unmarketable items to drop every so often. Other additions include the ability to recycle unwanted items, the "Charm of the Crucible Jewel" item which allows match predictions to be made, and brand new Chinese-themed loot, including Jade Effigy Blocks, a new "Harmonies of New Bloom" music pack (which sounds great!), a Year Beast loading screen, and sets for Vengeful Spirit, Axe, and Keeper of the Light, among others.
This year's New Bloom Festival continues to inch closer by the day. Yesterday evening, Valve released "Part 2" of the update's reveal, this time focusing on a new comic known as "The New Neighbors". Much like the comic featured alongside the Foreseer's Contract update, the comic follows one established character (Crystal Maiden) as they meet and begin to interact with a newcomer (Winter Wyvern).
began to discuss following the release of the trailer on Monday, including the arrival of a new Arcana set for Crystal Maiden, and the introduction of a brand new hero, Winter Wyvern. The comic is definitely worth checking out if you're interested in learning more about either of these two characters, and it's certainly interesting to see the Dota 2 team take a more comedic approach with their extra content, much in the same vein as Team Fortress 2's many, many comics.
It's certainly been a while since we last reported on evidence regarding the on-going development of Half-Life 3, the long-awaited sequel to Half-Life 2: Episode Two released back in 2007. Well, it's that time again. Earlier today, a user by the name of ekim posted this thread to NeoGAF, highlighting an extremely minor, solitary reference to "hl3" within one of the many Dota 2's Workshop Tools files, which are known to run on a basic version of the Source 2 engine. The code string appears to be related to some kind of "physics_testbed" executable, as shown below.
As mentioned on the thread, the code can be found within the "model_editor.dll" file inside the following directory.
Even though the code means next to nothing by itself, we decided its very existence is worth noting here on the front page given it's been almost a year since any piece of publicly available code directly referenced Half-Life 3. If the code is as new as January 21st, it is safe to assume development on the latest Half-Life title is still very much underway within Valve's halls and cabals. Other users on the NeoGAF thread are reporting references to Half-Life 3 periodically pop up before being quickly removed, but we currently have no evidence to confirm or deny these claims. Regardless, there's definitely still hope for the world's Half-Life fans!
Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and that means the New Bloom Festival is nearly upon us! The now-annual update for Dota 2 was first introduced in 2014, where the players and their heroes were pitted against the mysterious and powerful Year Beast in a special gamemode. A brand new Source Filmmaker trailer for the event was shown off earlier today during the finals of the Dota Asia Championships and appears to shine some new light on what we can expect to see once New Bloom arrives in a week or so.
The trailer has since been uploaded to Valve's own YouTube channel alongside the first unveiling of the New Bloom 2015 update page. Concrete details are scarce at the current time, but the video does provide some additional back story regarding Nian the Year Beast while also drawing particular focus to Crystal Maiden (who appears to transform) and Winter Wyvern (shown flying and landing near the end), one of the three remaining heroes yet to be ported from the original DotA All-Stars.
Much of the community currently believes Crystal Maiden will receive an Arcana item set as part of the update, which would certainly explain her strange apparent transformation. The majority of Winter Wyvern's assets were previously added into the game files as part of the Shifting Snows update, making it pretty likely the hero, voiced by Merle Dandridge, will be added alongside this year's New Bloom event.
It isn't currently known how the heroes intend to "tame" the Year Beast, as explained in the trailer, but I personally like to believe it's not too unlikely we'll see Nian take on the role as Dota 2's first totally-brand-new hero. Hmm, maybe not then. We'll be sure to bring you more details regarding this year's New Bloom Festival event for Dota 2 when Part 2 is revealed.
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