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A guide to Diretide

Each year, as Halloween draws close, the Dota 2 community asks for Diretide, and for a many years, their calls have been neglected. But after eight long years, Valve has answered the calls of many by bestowing upon them Diretide 2020!

Diretide returns to Dota 2. Learn more at: https://t.co/Nus17l5Gfy pic.twitter.com/bScnec8xnE

But how does it work? What exactly is to be done to get the most out of the new game mode? Here’s a quick look at what Diretide brings and how it can be enjoyed.

Best of 5 competition

Diretide is a best-of-5 competition on a custom map, which has a cartoony look to it, and the first team to win three rounds wins. The map has two lanes, a top lane and a bottom lane. The five games aren’t disconnected from each other. Each round lasts for 6 minutes and at the end of the round, the team with the higher taffy count wins the round. The level you have at the end of a round carries ahead to the next round. Three such wins and the game is won.

Collecting taffy and stashing it

The main objective of the game is to collect taffy. Taffy can be obtained in multiple ways – killing creeps, killing a taffy well near the enemy base or killing a hero. Killing a hero transfers whatever taffy the enemy hero has to the hero that gets the kill. Once taffy is collected, it needs to be taken back to the stash at the base.

Scarecrow stash

At the top and bottom of the map is a scarecrow. There will be a notification saying ‘Scarecrow stashes are refreshed ‘, which is the que to go and take down the scarecrow. Killing a scarecrow gives you either taffy or a neutral item. The tier of neutral item depends on the round – round one gives tier 1 neutral items and round five gives tier 5 neutral items.


Roshan will be roaming around the map, looking for candy. He is a kid, and it is Halloween, so it’s only right. If Rosh comes behind a teammate of yours (or you), you need to give him taffy to pacify him. If you don’t do that, he will kill your team and put a curse on you which will put a debuff on the entire team. Make sure you keep the big guy happy!

Other than that, it’s just a casual game mode to go out trick or treating and have some fun! Every game gives Diretide points, and a total of 100 Diretide points will give each player a prize. So it’s time to go out there and get some Dota 2 Halloween taffy!

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