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The Christmas event this year comes with brand new toy-themed skins, bundles, portraits, sprays and a special quest. Old holiday-themed items will become available for the duration of the event. 

Winter 2018 Event Highlights

  • The event will start when the latest patch goes live next week on December 11.
  • New toy-themed skins will be added to the game: Cuddlebear Stitches, Dehakasaurus Rex, Cosmic Force Valeera.
  • Plush unicorn mounts are coming!
  • There's a new event quest and completing it rewards "The Kid" (Sam Lavagnino) announcer and a portrait.

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Toys, toys, toys! Posable, plush, plastic, and playful pals are storming the Nexus in our next major patch. Despite our busy schedule of stuffing the Holiday Loot Chests with tons of new and old holiday-themed items for you to unbox, we’ll also be introducing you to major gameplay updates for Stitches and Sylvanas. In addition, we’re adding new toy-themed skins, mounts, portraits, and sprays for some of your favorite Heroes and unlocking exclusive loot for you to unlock through our epic Toys event quest. Keep an eye on the Collection screen to check Cuddlebear Stitches, Dehakasaurus Rex, Cosmic Force Valeera, and much more off your wish list. Happy holidays and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

NEW SKINS, MOUNTS, & MORE

THE NEWEST, GREATEST, AWESOMEST TOYS!

Hey, a new friend! What’s your name? Do you want to see my collection? This is Cuddle Bear Stitches. It’s meaner than it looks, just like my Unicorn plushie. And, uh, this is Dehakasaurus Rex. Do you like dinosaurs? Me too. Oh, and that’s Cosmic Force Valeera. I like her swords and her Cosmic Lion. Rawr!

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LEGENDARY SKINS

Snuggle Bear Stitches, Cuddle Bear Stitches, Honey Bear Stitches

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LEGENDARY SKINS

Playtime Dehakasaurus Rex, Dehakasaurus Rex, Dino-Metal Dehakasaurus Rex

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EPIC SKINS

Nega Force Valeera, Cosmic Force Valeera, Psionic Force Valeera

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EPIC MOUNTS

Nega Lion, Cosmic Lion, Psionic Lion

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LEGENDARY MOUNTS

Plush Zombicorn, Fuzzy Plush Unicorn, Plush Unicorn, Pretty Plush Unicorn, Honey Plush Zombicorn

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Toys Event: Portraits

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Toys Event: Sprays

ADDITIONAL GOODIES

Oh yeah. That's my Sylvanas. I painted her a new way. Do you like it? Make sure to open some Toys Loot Chests before January 7 so you can get new toys too! Items from previous Winter Events are also available!

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NEW SKIN TINT

Mint Sugar Plum Sylvanas

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NEW MOUNT

Celestial Surfboard (Comes with gem purchase)

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NEW QUEST

THE MOST AMAZINGEST BOARD GAME EVER!!!

Let’s play a game! I have this cool board, and dice and cards and stickers… How about you do some Quests, and I’ll give you stuff for completing them? Really awesome stuff! Okay?

HOW TO PLAY

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ROLL THE DICE

Complete all active event Quests to roll the dice, move around the board, and unlock new Quests.

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UNLOCK UNIQUE QUESTS

Knock down dominoes to unlock Unique Quests with special rewards.

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EARN REWARDS

Travel around the entire board to unlock the Kid announcer, then keep going to earn even more rewards!

QUEST REWARDS

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Dehakasaurus Quest Rewards

Dehakasaurus Rex Portrait, Gift of the Dehakasaur Spray, Dehakasaur Warcrest Banner

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Plush Unicorn Quest Rewards

Plush Unicorn Portrait, Gift of the Plush Unicorn Spray, Plushie Emoji Pack

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Cosmic Force Valeera Quest Rewards

Cosmic Force Valeera Portrait, Gift of the Cosmic Force Spray, Cosmic Force Warcrest Banner

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Cosmic Lion Quest Rewards

Cosmic Lion Portrait, Gift of the Cosmic Lion Spray, Toys Emoji Pack

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Cuddle Bear Stitches Quest Rewards

Cuddle Bear Stitches Portrait, Gift of the Cuddle Bear Spray, Funland Warcrest Banner

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Completion Rewards

Make it around the board once to earn “The Kid” Announcer and Portrait. Each subsequent completion earns a Rare Loot Chest.

Wow! This is the coolest event ever. Let’s keep playing until January 7, when Mom says I have to put all the toys away.

SEE YOU IN THE NEXUS

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Wow, that's a lot of rewards. I hope we can get them all, the board game explanation was a bit fuzzy on details.

Is just me or this new announcer sounds like a kid version of cloaken?

But cool skins, mounts, sprays and portraits. Kudos to the art team. I just think the themes could have been used to different heroes, since both Stitches and Valeera already have a decent number of skins. And where are our teased Fluffy Mephisto and Butcher Jr?

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13 hours ago, lChronosl said:

Wow, that's a lot of rewards. I hope we can get them all, the board game explanation was a bit fuzzy on details.

You get kid announcer for the first time you finish it with all quests, for every other completion you get a loot chest. At least that's how it looks like.

Too bad there were no new skins for Butcher and Mephisto. They are only present on sprays.

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Dissapointing end reward. The kid is not an interesting enough announcer to be fitting of an end reward, and the lack of both Mephisto and Butcher skins are disheartening. Not a whole lot of skins in this event to begin with already. ?

Only positive I have is that the banners at least look cool, but beyond that, the Halloween event were miles better than this.

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16 minutes ago, Lampanelli said:

Dissapointing end reward. The kid is not an interesting enough announcer to be fitting of an end reward, and the lack of both Mephisto and Butcher skins are disheartening. Not a whole lot of skins in this event to begin with already. ?

Only positive I have is that the banners at least look cool, but beyond that, the Halloween event were miles better than this.

In terms of rewards ya the halloween one looks a lot better. In terms of implementation I think the halloween one will be hard not to beat between a quest that released uncompleteable because of a bug, another quest that was practically uncompleteable because of their stupid reduced map selection, deceptive reward names, and the event ending before halloween. The state they released the halloween event in was an absolute mess so I can only imagine this will be in a better state than what we saw for the halloween basically by default

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2 hours ago, mada7 said:

In terms of rewards ya the halloween one looks a lot better. In terms of implementation I think the halloween one will be hard not to beat between a quest that released uncompleteable because of a bug, another quest that was practically uncompleteable because of their stupid reduced map selection, deceptive reward names, and the event ending before halloween. The state they released the halloween event in was an absolute mess so I can only imagine this will be in a better state than what we saw for the halloween basically by default

Oh yes, and this time they are releasing it at usual time at least (mid-december to early january). That quest with watch towers was horrible, only one map at a time had that objective, and if it was a wrong map, had to complete it anyway, because vs AI keeps giving same map, until that one is won. In terms of skins, Fall of King's Crest seemed better, although they usually only release 3-4 epic/legendary skins. Some previous events had some cheaper skins, like baseline skins with some recolours + hat or other stuff added on top of it. With all previous Winter Veil stuff returning this year, there is a lot of content, including new fillers like sprays and portraits.

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The only thing I’m excited for about this event is the Stitches skin. Other than that it’s just cringey imo.

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On 12/4/2018 at 9:37 AM, Lampanelli said:

the lack of both Mephisto and Butcher skins are disheartening

0_O? I'm confused on why those two imperticular were singled out by...

*goes back and reads another comment & notices this...*

On 12/3/2018 at 8:08 PM, lChronosl said:

And where are our teased Fluffy Mephisto and Butcher Jr

 I didn't see or hear anything about these in any article here on Icy Veins? Where was this mentioned/'teased'? 

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OH OH OH! I just thought about something! This would have been the PERFECT time to bring out a Carbot 'Horse stick' mount. And MAYBE, JUST MAYBE still could be the week of or even day of Christmas for a surprise 'gift' to us all. ? Let's all hope against hope for this one guys & gals. ?❤️ I mean Christmas IS on a Tuesday this year ?

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16 minutes ago, CyberDVonaven said:

0_O? I'm confused on why those two imperticular were singled out by...

*goes back and reads another comment & notices this...*

 I didn't see or hear anything about these in any article here on Icy Veins? Where was this mentioned/'teased'? 

On the first teaser, with the plush toys, on some art and in the Unicorn Plush mount description.

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      Level 1 Journeyman Cooking [W] Quest: Hitting an enemy Hero with Ez-Thro Dynamite restores 6% of Hogger’s maximum Health and permanently increases Hogger’s Health by 10, to a maximum of 750 bonus Health. Bones to Gnaw [Trait] Loot Hoard creates Meat on ground impact. While Meat is active, gain 10 armor. On The Prowl [Active] Activate to gain 30 Rage over 8 seconds. Passive: Hogger heals for 6 Health every second, increased by 2% for each point of Rage he has. Cooldown: 45 seconds. Level 4 Brute Strength [Q] Increase the range of Loot Hoard by 15%. Each Hero hit by Staggering Blow will permanently increase Hogger’s Basic Attack damage by 1, up to 100 bonus damage. Terrain collision impacts grant 2 stacks of this effect. Aggro Range [E] Increase Hogg Wild’s area by 25% and generate 1 Rage per enemy hit, increased to 3 against Heroes. Hogger’s Joggers [Passive] While at or above 30 Rage, Hogger gains 10% increased Movement Speed and healing received. When above 50 Rage, increase these bonuses to 15%. Level 7 Seeing Red [Q/E] While above 50 Rage, Staggering Blow and Hogg Wild’s cooldowns refresh 30% faster and Hogger gains 25% increased Attack Speed. Dense Blasting Powder [W] Direct hits launch an additional stack of dynamite beyond the target. Hitting an Ez-Thro Dynamite with Staggering Blow launches 3 sticks of Dynamite. Garbage Fire [W/Trait] Reduce the cooldown of Loot Hoard by 4 seconds. Loot Hoard deals 22 damage every .5 seconds and Slows nearby enemies by 20% in a large area. Level 13 Dust Devil [E] Hogg Wild grants 40 30 Armor while active and for 3 seconds after it ends. Increase this Armor value to 60 50 if Hogger has 50 or more Rage. Pummel [E] Enemies hit by Hogg Wild are Slowed by 10% for 1.5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Heroes hit also have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 3 seconds. Bloodthirst [Passive] Hogger is healed for 33% of the damage dealt to Heroes by Basic Attacks, Hogg Wild, and Staggering Blow. Level 16 Headbanger [Q] Heroes that collide with terrain from Staggering Blow take an additional 8% of maximum health as damage and are stunned for an additional .5 seconds. Kablooie! [W] Direct Hits with Ez-Thro Dynamite deal 40% more damage, reduce its cooldown by 1.5 seconds and increase its Slow amount to 50%. [Passive] Ez-Thro Dynamite’s range is increased by 25%. Furzerker [Passive] Hitting Heroes with Staggering Blow or Ez-Thro Dynamite increases the damage of Hogger’s next Basic Attack by 50%. Stacking up to 2 Basic Attacks. When Hogg Wild ends, Hogger gains 30% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Level 20 Secret Stash [R1] Every 2 seconds, Hoardapult’s Loot Hoard launches Ez-Thro Dynamite towards a random nearby enemy Hero. Every 5 seconds, a chunk or Meat is also launched towards Hogger. Power Spike [R2] Each Hero hit by Shockwave has their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds and grants Hogger 20 Rage. [Passive] Shockwave’s cooldown is affected by Rage. No Control [E] [Active] Activate to cast an untalented Hogg Wild and chase an enemy Hero. After reaching the Hero, Hogger will switch to chasing another nearby enemy Hero. If no other enemy Heroes are within range of a chase target, this abilities’ duration will begin to rapidly decay. Lasts for up to 6 5 seconds. Cannot be canceled. 60 second cooldown. Anger Management [Passive] Increase Hogger’s maximum Rage by 50. Basic Attacks generate 5 additional Rage. Return to Top
      Nexus Anomaly
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      Collection
      Many seasonal items will be returning to the collection, and will be available for crafting and in Loot Chests for a limited time!
      New Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Hogger Heroic Bundle Winter Veil Classic Bundle Returning Bundles (Limited Time Only!) Toys 2018 Bundle Toys 2019 Bundle New Skins Stormwind Hogger Redridge Hogger Duskwood Hogger Shipwrecker Hogger Admiral Shipwrecker Hogger Drowned Shipwrecker Hogger Stately Shipwrecker Hogger New Mounts Bottleship Grog Bottleship Seaweed Bottleship New Announcer Hogger Announcer New Content Several new Portraits, Emoji Packs and other items have been added to the Collection! Return to Top
      Storm League
      When queued as a party, Storm League now looks for matches based solely on the highest player's MMR. Storm League Reward Mounts The final reward of the 2020 Season 5 Questline will be the Quillbear Mount, which will be awarded after winning 35 games in Ranked Play. Return to Top
      Heroes
      Brightwing
      Talents
      Level 1 Hyper Shift [Z] Bonus healing reduced from 10% to 8% maximum Health. Imperius
      Base
      Health reduced from 2450 to 2375. Health Regeneration reduced from 5.11 to 4.95. Talents
      Level 7 Blaze of Glory [W] Damage increased from 135 to 150. Jaina
      Talents
      Level 7 Icefury Wand [Passive] Adjusted functionality: Basic Attacks against Chilled targets deal 50% bonus damage and reduce the cooldown of Blizzard by 1.25 seconds, doubled against enemy Heroes. Sonya
      Talents
      Level 4 Shattered Ground [W] Damage increased from 100% to 125% of Seismic Slam’s base damage. Level 13 Ruthless [E] Now shows Crit kickers when bonus damage is dealt. Health threshold for bonus damage increased from 33% to 50%. Level 16 Giant Slammer [W] Damage increased from 1.25% to 1.5% maximum Health. Thrall
      Talents
      Level 4 Feral Resilience [W] Physical Armor increased from 50 to 75. Level 13 Spirit Shield [Active] Spell Armor duration increased from 1.5 to 2.5 seconds. Level 20 Worldbreaker [R1] Cooldown reduction increased from 20 to 40 seconds. Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue where Alarak could become Protected and move without proccing Counter-Strike’s cooldown. Return to Top
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