Valve just made a surprising announcement by revealing a new in-game event dubbed ‘Dark Moon’ for Dota 2. Those interested in trying out the event will be able to queue up specifically for Dark Moon and earn a host of different rewards, including some rare ones.
Players will have to defend Selemene’s temple against the Dark Moon Horde. Succeeding means that they will be able to earn rewards from the Goddess, including the very rare Immortal Dark Moon Baby Roshan courier.
Working together in teams, players will be able to earn special event points which can be redeemed for Dark Moon Rewards. To help with that cause, there will also be a Daily Bonus and a multiplier which will boost player scores for additional rewards.
The event will not be on for long, finishing on Monday 6th of February. Even so, players have already been rigorously testing the battleground and have even come up with several strategies to defeat the enemy waves which continuously increase in difficulty.
The hordes come in 15 waves though waves 5 and 10 only require players to kill off piñatas for massive gold rewards. Should they succeed in pushing through all of the waves, players will also have to face off with a mighty Invoker who will not be brought down easily.
For those of you who would like to discuss strategies and plans with fellow players, there is a growing Reddit thread with all the information and discussion opportunities you could possibly want.
It seems that there is still some contention on the best heroes to use for this event. Some, like Winter Wyvern, Ember Spirit, and Tusk, have been found to be highly effective. Others, like Zeus, will run into a host of issues, such as mana problems. A careful strategy is definitely recommended if you and your team would actually like to face off against the Invoker and come out on top.
As for the background story, read Valve’s own description below:
For millennia, the warriors of the Nightsilver Woods have stood vigilant against vile forces intent on the advent of a Dark Moon, earning both title and divine charge in sacred defense of the Goddess Selemene. But now, as the night of the new moon falls, Selemene’s chosen lie helpless behind her temple walls, victims of an arcane slumber that has left the temple grounds undefended.
With Selemene’s influence at its weakest, and twisted shades of the familiar creeping across her domain, the Moon Goddess beckons five new protectors to stand in the stead of her champions against the corruption of the Dark Moon Horde. Will you be one to answer the hallowed call?