Sir Terry Pratchett, best known for his Discworld series, was one of the biggest names in fantasy and literature. At the turn of the century, he was Britain’s second most read author, only behind J.K. Rowling. His passing on March 12th inspired many to leave a tribute to him, one of which includes Valve with their latest Dota 2 patch update.
Dota 2’s latest patch update includes an item called Octarine Core. Octarine is a fictional color only seen by wizards in the Discworld novel The Color of Magic. It is referenced as:
It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself.
“But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple.”
In Dota 2, the Octarine Core is fittingly most useful for mages. It reduces cool downs by 25%, buffs players intelligence, mana pool and mana regeneration. However, it is one of the most expensive items in the game, and serves as an end game asset. Here’s the full details on the item:
Mystic Staff (2700)
Soul Booster (3200)
+4 HP regeneration
+100% Mana regeneration
Passive: Cooldown Reduction – Reduces all cooldowns by 25%
Passive: Spell Lifesteal – Restores health for a percentage of any damage dealt from spells. 25% from heroes, 5% from creeps
It’s always nice to see companies paying tribute to icons who have passed away. Like Dota 2 pays tribute to Pratchett, World of Warcraft paid tribute to Robin Williams and Star Trek Online paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy.
To read more about all of the updates to Dota 2, click here to visit their website.
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