Valve made up for the lack of Diretide by releasing a massive update today which not only adds Diretide, but throws in a pair of new heroes (Ember Spirit and Earth Spirit) and a load of new functionality, from crafting to coaching. That patch went live an hour or so ago. That patch won’t actually work, because the Dota 2 servers have been down ever since it went up.
Yup: they gave the community not only what they wanted, but more… and then broke the game so that nobody could use it. This is like watching a car crash in slow motion. Actually, no: it’s like watching a car crash in slow motion, and then a few weeks later the car is repaired and then crashes again a little bit further down the road.
I suspect it’s probably down to pure server load, but it’s only the Dota 2 servers that are affected. Steam itself is fine, as are all other Valve games; even the notoriously bouncy friends list isn’t impaired. I stand by my assertion that we won’t be seeing Diretide until 2015.
Volvo give servers?
Update: The servers are back up. Go nuts.
Update (15/11/13, 10:53pm GMT): The servers are currently going up and down pretty regularly, which many are theorising is down to the number of people downloading the patch and/or attempting to play.