The bonus weeks are over and that means we can safely ignore Diretide and still get all the stars we need. If, like us, you suffer from Diretide fatigue, this guide is for you: we try to find ways to make collecting stars as easy as possible.
This quest works in co-op bot matches, meaning you can just pick Terrorblade, CK, PL, or Naga and be done with it in a single match. The reason we would recommend going this route is simple: with the amount of leshrac and pudge pickers in play, playing an illusion hero in normal pubs can be quite problematic.
However, this quest is extremely easy to complete in a single game, even if you lose. Depending on how much you’re willing to risk, this might not be the worst idea. Naga Siren is by far the most accomplished illusion hero in the meta right now, with a Manta style, in Orchid, in Heart item progression, with Mage Slayer in Bloodthron building later.
This will probably take some time, but it can be done in co-op bot matches, so it’s not hard, just time consuming. Slardar is probably your best bet as he has a 25% chance bash of sorts.
There’s also Spirit Breaker and Faceless Void, but for some reason Faceless Void sometimes doesn’t count towards that tracker. His Aghanim’s Time Walk upgrade is also inconsistent, possibly for the same reason.
We’d advise going the Slardar route and just playing a few bot matches. You can also build the hero Manta style and it will guide you through the Illusion quest as well.
This one doesn’t need a dedicated strategy to work and should come naturally in sweepstakes. It’s also co-op bot-match-completable, but be careful, bots really love their runes for some reason. This is a fact that can and should be abused for other quests.
Can be completed in co-op bot matches, so pretty easy as long as you have a partner to high-five with. It’s going to take a while and is pretty boring, but hey, at least it’s not Diretide.
Given that playing Snowball is the strongest strategy since it can be problematic to get people away from Snowball and Snoballs do quite a bit of damage, don’t limit this strategy to game losing situations. However, you need real heroes for this.
The current best hero for Diretide seems to be Spectre, who doesn’t even need to come down from her Snowball to be effective. Linking a hit from Silver Edge to a snowballing Specter is really difficult, while killing her non-stop can be quite problematic.
Most importantly, she can almost always join a fight. Nobody will mind if she only farms neutrals, and her late-game skills are immense. Choose Specter, hop on your snowball, build Radiance and Blade Mail, skip boots and you’ll be fine.
What do you think of Diretide? Are you waiting for the Labyrinth of Aghanim next year or do you want Valve to create new custom game modes? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.