ANCIENT RHYTHMSThe wolves howl the North Wind's dirge
through March 2nd 2015
In seasons past, the beast has come to herald in the year, but this time something has gone wrong. What was one is now two--strange twins at war with themselves, as if time's nature itself has fractured. Some see it as a sign of a worsening schism, while others see an opportunity to harness the Year Beast to fight the ultimate battle.
The Year Beast Brawl is like a normal match of All-Pick Dota, except that each team now has a powerful helper: their very own Year Beast. Every 5 minutes during the battle the Year Beasts will appear, charging down the lanes toward the opposing team. Use your Ability Points to manipulate and modify your Year Beast, helping it destroy the enemy's ancient. Ability Points are gained in numerous ways throughout the New Bloom Festival.
The Year Beast Brawl is only available to join during 10-minute periods, which will occur randomly a few times each day. A countdown timer will appear an hour before the start of each Brawl, allowing you time to assemble your friends and prepare. Once the Brawl becomes active, all players who choose to join a match during those 10 minutes will enter a Brawl. Rankings are not affected by Year Beast Brawls.
The first Year Beast Brawl will occur tomorrow.
Your Ability Points can be used to enhance your Year Beast in one of three categories: their ability to support, their effectiveness in combat, or their speed. At the 10 and 20 minute marks, stronger versions of these bonuses can be obtained, granting Resurrection Aura, Greater Hex, Stampede, and more. The points in your Ability Points Pool refresh back to full at the beginning of each Year Beast Brawl.
Ability Points can also be used to issue commands to your Year Beast, such as Teleporting it to defend or push a lane, enchanting it with Double Damage, or causing it to use a powerful spell such as Thunder God's Wrath. Once commanded, the beast will act on its own, so there is no need to manage its every move.
Remember to use your Ability Points—they are replenished after each Brawl.
You can acquire Ability Points for your Pool in a number of ways:
Included with each purchase of Crystal Maiden's Frost Avalanche Arcana.
Can be purchased directly on the Dota store.
Given to all players who complete a Year Beast Brawl, win or lose.
Earned if you own the Frost Avalanche Arcana and win a normal Dota match.
Earned for each teammate who owns the Frost Avalanche Arcana whenever you win a normal Dota match.
Given for each time you use Item Recycling to recycle 10 items.
In addition to your permanent Ability Point Pool, you will also have access to extra points from the Daily Bonus.
1000 Ability Points
2400 Ability Points
$34.99 $27.99 USD
NEW BLOOM PRIZES
Those who are victorious in the Year Beast Brawl are guaranteed to earn an item set every time, as well as a commemorative trophy to track their Brawl wins. All players who brave the Brawl, win or lose, will be given a handful of Ability Points to add to their Pool to help them in the next Brawl. Rewards earned from the Year Beast Brawl cannot be traded, but are giftable.
NEW BLOOM COURIERS & LOADING SCREEN
Special New Bloom items await those who best prepare for the Year Beasts:
Ancient Rhythms loading screen
Win 1 Year Beast Brawl
Win 3 Year Beast Brawls
Win 10 Year Beast Brawls
Increase your Ability Points pool to 8,000