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Post by Eorl @ 01:07pm 12/12/13 | 0 Comments
While we may have reported that yesterday Valve had "cancelled" their Frostivus event thanks in part to "the only king that matters", it seems that king is in dire need of your help.

Titled Wraith-Night, the new Christmas event is themed around helping keep alive the Skeleton King, who is "crumbling to dust after too many resurrections." Players will be tasked with surviving through a wave-based game mode, wherein every beast slain will pass along a spark of Wraith Essence flows to the King to keep him alive. Survive until dawn and Valve promises that your crumbling King will be reborn.
Skeleton King is crumbling to dust after too many resurrections. He has staked his hopes on a ritual that can be performed but once in a millennium. On the solstice known as Wraith-Night, auroral powers charge the earth with an eerie glow. Imbued with Wraith Essence, monsters grow in power but heroes gain new strength. You alone can harvest the energy needed to prepare the King for his next coronation. Who knows how he might show his appreciation?

Placed in a trance by his Mage-Physician, Skeleton King rests upon a wintry Altar. All through the longest night, five heroes must defend His Highness from the armies of Wraith-Night. With every beast they slay, a spark of Wraith Essence flows to the King. Survive until dawn, and the King will be reborn in a form more imperishable than bone. May the first rays of the Frostivus sun illumine the newly risen Wraith King!
The updated splash page is filled to the brim with new content, though players of the free-to-play MOBA will find that Skeleton King is sadly unable to be played while in his trance-like state, though don't fret as the more you play, the more you'll come to helping his Second Coronation.

Wraith-Night will bring in unique Phantom Fragments that players will be able to collect in the success of their campaign. Uses these collectables to redeem for lockless reliquaries, said to hold great gifts inside. Want more? Purchase the Wraith King's Favor and you'll find for a limited time your squad earns Shining Fragments in addition to normal Fragments, which can be redeemed for a Wraith-Night Ossuary - a "treasure box containing unique gems and rare, socketed items, or cash in your Shining Fragments toward a recipe to craft a Relic of the Wraith King."

Also coming in the new event is a brand new hero, Legion Commander, who will definitely spice up the battlefield as you fight your way through the waves of beasts. You can find a full list of her abilities at the official splash page.

The previously outed Ranked Matchmaking will also be featured in this new update, as is a number of other additions to the game including new items, friend recruitment, a new Frostivus Crate to unlock and of course much, much more. Check out the full rundown over at the splash page.

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