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The Winter Call to Arms

Fall may have just begun, but Valve are thinking ahead, as winter is also approaching.

The Winter Call to Arms was announced officially yesterday. With it, Valve have once again opened up to accepting submissions from artists. Here’s also the full text, which can also be found on the Steam:

“As the calendar nears its annual renewal, and a hint of winter merriment sweeps across the lanes, it's time for the heroes of Dota 2 to think about cold-weather wardrobe changes. To help get them bundled into fresh winter garb, we invite all Dota 2 Workshop creators to kindle the fires of their imaginations and dream up new item sets to unveil in this year's Winter Treasure.

We are now officially accepting submissions based around the themes of winter and all of its trappings to be considered for inclusion. Make sure to mark your submissions with the "Winter 2018" tag when tendering items to the Workshop. All submissions must be on the Dota 2 Workshop by Monday, November 26, 2018. As usual, we would like to ask artists to avoid the use of any concepts that involve human skulls, blood, and gore.

Additionally, all Dota fans should remember to regularly visit the Workshop and vote through the Queue to ensure your voices are heard in the selection process.”

There’s already plenty of heroes themed after the cold season like Winter Wyvern, Crystal Maiden, Tusk, Ancient Apparition, Lich, but others may also join through various cosmetics. It’s certainly good news for the artists who’ll have a chance to include their work in this year’s Winter Treasure.

In case you’re wondering about the skulls, blood and gore limitation, it most likely has to do with the ban of those in China. Since China presents one of the biggest possible markets it makes perfect sense complying with the laws there.

On the other hand, the start of this entry might also mean that we’ll once again be missing Diretide. For those unfamiliar, Diretide was the Halloween event in Dota 2, which took place only two years in a row back in 2012 and 2013. Ever since then Valve have remained silent and skipped it as a whole for the next four. Announcing a contest directly linked with winter implies that it might also be the case this year.

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