2 months' worth of waiting

Dota 2 community has finally received Wrath of the Mo’rokai - a custom game exclusively for The International 9 Battle Pass owners. Unfortunately, the event seems not to be worth the wait. Lots of Dota 2 players feel disappointed and are still wondering why it took more than 2 months for Valve to release this poor-designed mode.

Wrath Of The Morokai
The new event is not warmly welcomed by the Dota 2 community.

Wrath of the Mo’rokai is basically a normal Dota 2 match with some additional features. Each team has a Mo’rokai beast which will periodically spawn on a random lane. Players can level up their team's beast using collectible essence which drops after towers or creeps died.

There are also "chests" that give essence and battle pass points randomly across the map that both teams should pay attention to. Overall, the whole custom game is about sticking with these beasts and trying to take advantage of them to destroy the enemy's throne.

The Year Beast was innovative at the time but Mo'rokai seems to be a half-hearted effort from Valve to create a new mode

Basically an upgraded version

In fact, the new custom game looks like a copy-cat of the Dota 2 2015 event, the Year Beast Brawl. Although Wrath of the Mo’rokai is significantly enhanced, both graphically and mechanically, its gameplay is basically the same. That left the Dota 2 community unsatisfied with this long-awaited game mode.

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Wrath of the Mo’rokai is almost identical to the Year Beast Brawl.

In addition, shortly after its release, players have quickly found out a critical bug in Wrath of the Mo’rokai. You can pick Lifestealer and use his Infest to have control over the beast. And out of the blue, all the beast's items are now salable. Lifestealer's player can earn more than 100,000 gold by selling these items.

Is a patch too late?

However, Valve is currently more active than ever. They immediately released a patch to fix the glitch, along with some changes to the custom game. Wrath of the Mo’rokai now takes less time to finish as experience, gold and essence gain increased by 30%. The event even allows players to use their token for betting while enjoying the battle of the beasts.

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Can The International 9 reach $30 million of prize pool? - Source: Wykrhm Reddy

As a way to boost The International 9 Battle Pass level without spending money, Wrath of the Mo’rokai is basically doing its job, but not with its finest performance. Despite that fact, we still have lots of reasons for waiting for the biggest event of Dota 2 in 2019. The prize pool of The International 9 has surpassed $28 million. With more than a month to go and some unreleased exclusive items, we can now expect this year event to become the biggest tournament in the eSports industry.