The latest Dota 2 update has added in a fourth Challenge slot, the Ten Hero Challenge, item recycling, and more.
Slightly more boring stuff first: the All-Star Match voting is in, and filling in your votes will earn you a cool 50 points for your Compendium.
The rest is a bit more interesting. Compendium owners should now have a fourth Challenge slot, which will offer a Hero specific challenge; in my case, I have to win a game as Leshrac. Which is actually quite fitting, because I’ve been playing as him quite a bit lately. I don’t know if these are just going to be “Win a game as…” or if there’ll be more specific achievements, like getting a five-man Ravage or something, but I’m not complaining either way. These Challenges are now also available in Captains Mode, Captains Draft, Random Draft, Single Draft, and All Random, so you don’t have to venture into the wilds of All Pick to get them done.
The Ten Hero Challenge has also returned from last year, tasking you with winning games as ten randomly selected Heroes. You can do this three times, with 150 Compendium Points on offer each time you do, and you can also reroll incomplete Heroes once per challenge in case you wind up with a few heroes with whom you’re unspeakably crap.
You can now choose to Consume any TI5 Compendium Immortals for an instant 200 Compendium points, too, which might prove useful if you don’t give a toss about collecting the Immortals, but want to level up a bit.
Finally, item recycling is back in. You can now turn in 10 items for a Charm of the Crucible Jewel II and 25 Compendium points. There are also some Compendium achievements related to this, dishing out points for creating one Charm, creating ten Charms, and successfully completing eight Charms. Happily, any points you earn with this are saved even if you don’t have a Compendium, so if you recycle half of your inventory now and then buy a Compendium in a month’s time, you’ll still get the points.
Compendium stuff aside, there are a few little bug fixes and changes. Kill gold messages now show the full amount, including proximity gold, that the killer earns. Abilities like Diabolic Edict, Eclipse, and Eye of the Storm won’t try to target Zombies anymore, since they don’t affect them at all. The per-game pet limit is now gone, and a number of little bugs and inconsistencies have been fixed.
The update should apply automatically when you sign into Steam. You can read the full list of changes over here.