Valve conducts a Dota 2 poll for which hero would get the next Arcana quality item next in its yearly compendium, or International Battle Pass item. All those that bought the Battle Pass for The International 2017, which was won by Team Liquid, were allowed to vote for their favorite heroes to get an Arcana item next.
And after all the rounds of voting, the infamous pub favourite hero Pudge beat our Rubik by the smallest of margins to win the voting. This was in August last year, and since then the Arcana had been pending, and now Valve has finally introduced the Arcana item for Pudge which is named The Feast of Absecssion.
Pudge is one of the most unique heroes in the game, with one skill that is not just hard to land on the opponent, but rather satisfying when done. It’s called the Meat Hook. And the Arcana uses this as a theme, and gives Pudge a pair of hellish hooks on his back that tear apart his enemies whenever he casts his ultimate skill, Dismember.
Here’s the story behind these hooks, “Centuries ago, the Rumusque priestess Crella forged unbreakable links of hook and chain to bind the most powerful servants of the Dead God. But the Dead God’s corruption grew too strong even for Crella’s revered enchantments. Taken up with the rhythm of the Dirge, her chains abandoned their charge, turning instead to carry out the destruction of Crella’s homeland at the Dead God’s command. Now, their vile purpose long since served, the Chains of Abscession have sworn service to a new master… and the delights of butchery.”
The Arcana comes in two styles – the basic is called Feast of Abscession, while the second unlockable style is called Grand Abscession. The second style celebrates Pudge’s slim win, and is themed acid green, which is Rubik’s colour of choice. The second style can be unlocked by winning 12 games where the opposition team has a Rubik. The Arcana has a host of special features and the biggest among them is called a Hook Streak Counter, which does exactly what its name says – count the number of consecutive hooks landed on heroes.
Other features of the Arcana when equipped on Pudge include new base model, texture, and custom pedestal, all-new animations on Loadout, Alternate Run, Rare Idles, Long- & Short-range Dismember, Hook Streaks and more, custom milestone counter effects for Hook Streaks, custom Dismember flesh effects for different heroes, altered Voice with hundreds of new responses, custom Hero Portrait, Ability Icons, and Minimap Icon, all-new ‘Skip to the Good Stuff!’ Taunt animation, alternate Unlockable ‘Grand Abscession’ Style, custom Emoticon, and ‘EXALTED’ item Quality on all purchases made before May 4, 2018
The Arcana item has the regular price of $34.99 which translates to Rs 2,270 approximately, and is now available to buy in-game as well as on Steam.