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Frostivus 2017 was a winter event that ran from December 14, 2017 to January 03, 2018. Players competed for points in a series of festival custom games. The Winter Terrain was also activated for the duration of the event.

Frostivus Festival[]

  • Frostivus matchmaking consists of 10 random minigames out of a possible 30.
  • At the end of each game, players are ranked based on their cumulative scores across all minigames.
  • Players earn rewards through item drop system, just like normal matchmaking.
  • Please help add missing minigames to this table.
Hero Name Objective Tips
Terrorblade minimap icon.png Chain Frost Tag Avoid Lich's Chain Frost and be the last person standing to win.
  • Copies of yourself will serve as another target that will draw Chain Frost. You can move your copies. A good strategy is to move your copies towards enemies who have chain frost whilst running your character away from chain frost, forcing the bounce to hit another player. Notice that your mana depletes.
Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Coin Collection Pick up the most coins to win.
  • Whenever you cast teleportation, leaves will appear on the place you are trying to go, so you may tell when your opponents are teleporting that way. Just keep scanning the map around you to find new coins. If they are not too far, go fetch them by foot, paying attention to teleportating opponents, who could reach those coins before you. If they'll reach it faster, simply change target to another coin not to waste time.
Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge Wars Kill the most players with Meat Hook to win.
  • Pay attention to where hooks are coming from the fog and try staying on high ground. You spawn at some places and it is common that others might be around you already, or spawn by your side. Quick fingers and some feigning hooks will help you score and dodge better.
Timbersaw minimap icon.png Deforestation Destroy the most trees to win.
  • Chakram is probably the key to success. You can throw it in a direction, then you move away, going about the trees, placing as many as possible between you and your blade, then you call back Chakram trying to cut as many trees in your path as possible, also using your other abilities in the process. Also, try going somewhere where other people are not present.
Invoker minimap icon.png Follow the Leader Invoke the same spells as the lead Invoker. Missing a spell causes you to take damage. Last player standing wins.
  • Watch the debuff, that's the skill you need to copy. Avoid watching him cast his skills you might get confused of the order.
Weaver minimap icon.png Red Light, Green Light First player to reach the end of the track without being killed by Rupture wins.
  • Keep an eye upon Bloodseeker. Whenever he prompts his cast animation of Rupture, you must stop moving. His Ruptures don't last the same time. As you move faster by using Shukuchi, you may consider using it when Bloodseeker cast a Rupture with shorter duration. Notice that you are affected by Rupture even after you run past Bloodseeker.
Earth Spirit minimap icon.png Kaolin Soccer Kick the rock into other players' goals to deal damage to them. Last player standing wins.
  • Try aiming at the spots where players are not protecting, minding you can use walls to bounce the rock and damage your enemies. Only leave your spot defenseless if you feel like it's not being targeted, or if you feel confident that you'll be able to defeat your opponents first. Keep an eye on the ability's cool down.
Spirit Breaker minimap icon.png Spirit Breaker Race Hit the Q button repeatedly to make Spirit Breaker move. First player across the line wins.
  • You can alternate clicking with your mouse on the ability icon and pressing the hotkey for that ability, so you have two activating inputs. Some mouses have a turbo button, which can be kept pressed on the ability icon while hitting the ability hotkey, which would them make Spirit Breaker move the fastest.
Mirana minimap icon.png Arrow Practice Hit the bells at the end of the shooting range with Sacred Arrow.
  • You can try hitting those by counting on your opponents to stun the penguins, whilst your arrow will make it past them. It requires a very well timed action based on other people's failure. Penguin's moving pattern is somehow simple and they are rather slow, so it's not very hard to make your arrow go past them.
Queen of Pain minimap icon.png Survive the Winter Pick up Regeneration Runes to survive the health degeneration.
  • Try to go to places where no one else is, and cover as much ground as you can. But most importantly, be lucky!
Techies minimap icon.png Techies Knockout Push players off the platform with mines. Last player standing wins.
  • There's no much you can do when only two of you are left (waiting the countdown to expire), but until then, try knocking them out after they are bumped away by another mine. You can detonate your mines at any time.
Zeus minimap icon.png Minefield Racing Finish the race through a field with mines. First to finish wins.
  • You can plant mines to immediately try to kill your nearest opponents or close paths behind you. Use the Lightning Bolt to reveal mines in your path. Generally, two mines are enough to kill Zeus. You can try using the edges of the path to go across a seemingly completely mined field. Sometimes you could make it undamaged.
Axe minimap icon.png Suicidal Axe Use Berserker's Call to make minions hit you. Be the first to die to win.
  • See that all other axes are in CD when you use your ability. People tend to try to use it straight away, so they start competing for the creature's attention without giving them time to hit axe. When more of those minions start sprouting, you can try to detach some of those from the horde of axes and other minions and have them hit you alone.
Spirit Breaker minimap icon.png Spirit Breaker Sumo Push players off the platform or kill them with Greater Bash. Last player standing wins.
  • If you are fast enough, you can actually dodge other player's bash, and then you can try hitting your own. Play defensively if two players are ganging on you, given they'll most likely turn against each other instead, so you swoop in if you get the chance.
Anti-Mage minimap icon.png An End to all Magic Avoid being pushed off the platform by Invoker's Deafening Blast. Last player standing wins.
  • You should stick to the middle and when the Deafening Blast comes to you, use blink, but don't blink too far otherwise the next Blast is going to hit you. Take babysteps with that blink.
Enchantress minimap icon.png Impetus Throwing Contest Throw the longest Impetus.
  • Shoot furthest opponent and if he will blink out away from you, you should blink out away from him.
Sniper minimap icon.png Zombies Zombies Zombies Survive the zombie apocalypse.
  • Sniper's ulti hit a large group of zombies in line. So you may want to tag with other players to alternate shots at the mobs when they are grouped in a narrow passage. If you want to stand on your own, it's far more difficult, not to mention that your mana actually depletes, and its regeneration is very slow.
Ursa minimap icon.png Poke the Ogre Do the most damage to the ogre before time runs out.
  • You can use your regular Ursa abilities. Avoid the ogre's jumps and the hit him with overpower.
  • Watch for the cast animation and move away then.
Templar Assassin minimap icon.png Refraction Survival Use Refraction to survive the fire. Keeping Refraction on drains mana.
  • You need to have fast reflexes on this. When the fire comes, use the Refraction and take it out fast. When the game is over the guy who wins has the most mana, so it is really important to save it.
Sven minimap icon.png Fire Trap Race Make it to the end without being killed by the fire.
  • Whenever someone moves or clicks the mouse, the statues start spitting fire at random combinations. This is the most difficult thing to foresee, specially when crossing groups of statues. Also, try only clicking once to cross, instead of intense clicking.
Techies minimap icon.png Minefield Survival Avoid the exploding bombs.
  • Avoid the corners of the map, but you can use the edges for safe positions. Getting into the crowd is also not a good idea, because Techies may start bumping and blocking each other movements. Also, attention to the timing of the bombs when they are going to set off. Sometimes, it looks like you are completely surrounded and will die, so you just stay cool and check which mine will set off first and move in that direction as soon as possible after the explosion, avoiding the others in your wake. And if you see that it's impossible to avoid an explosion, sacrifice your health where only one explosion will hit you at time.
Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Suicidal Pudge Stay away from the suicidal Pudge.
  • Frostbite can be used on other players, causing them to take more damage or even killed sometimes.
Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Archer Wars Be the last archer standing.
  • You arrows work like typical Mirana arrows. You have to time it right to hit the other player.
Puck minimap icon.png Ogre Survival Avoid getting crushed by the Ogre.
  • Use Phase Shift to avoid being damaged by the ogres. However, more of them start to appear on the battle field and they get faster too. They'll either club or stomp you. Only use Phase Shift when you are really sure you are going to be damaged.
Vengeful Spirit minimap icon.png Ogre Seal Survival Avoid getting crushed by the Ogre Seal.
  • Use Nether Swap to get away from the ogre's charge. You can use this to place another player in harm's way, although a well-timed swap usually suffices to keep both players unharmed. More ogres start pouring in after a while, and they start charging faster and more frequently so.
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Requirement Reward
Win three matchmaking games


See also: Music

One new track was added for this event. It is from the trailer for The Greeviling (Frostivus 2012).


  • Frostivus 2017 was custom game selected by Valve as the winner of a contest. It was created by VicFrank, who won $30,000 USD.
  • Frostivus 2017 was the first event created by players.

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