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  1. We’ve been following the recent situation regarding TNC and the Chongqing Major and how it has unfolded. First, for clarification, Kuku is not banned by the Chinese government. While there is a lot of anxiety around his attendance and problems it may create, we do not believe his presence creates a real security threat. Our view on the situation is that responsibility resides with teams to handle these types of issues professionally. When they fail to do so, we will step in. While it is one thing to make a mistake and apologize, it is quite another thing for the team to lie about it or try to create cover for an individual player. TNC has mishandled the situation on multiple occasions, making the situation much worse than it needed to be. TNC contacted Valve last Tuesday, asking if they would get a DPC point penalty for replacing Kuku; we told them that they wouldn’t. We assumed that they were then working on a plan to replace Kuku with another player. However it seems like TNC is currently not taking proper responsibility for their actions, coupled with the attempted cover up by the team, so we are now stepping in directly and banning Kuku from attending this event. To be clear, TNC is not the victim in this case. It is not okay to cover up the situation, avoid any real sense of responsibility and then deflect it onto the community. We expect them to disagree with this. Players and teams will make mistakes in the future, and they should accept responsibility for them. We want there to be opportunities to learn from their errors, but taking responsibility doesn’t mean making mistakes don’t come with a cost. Covering up the situation is not an acceptable approach to the problem, and demonstrates poor decision making from TNC that requires accountability. In addition to being required to replace Kuku, we will also be docking 20% of TNC’s current DPC points. The player restriction does not affect future tournaments. View the full article
  2. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Regional Qualifiers

    We are disqualifying Pain X from the South American regional qualifiers, and giving their spot to the runner-up, Thunder Predator. Three months ago, we were contacted by Pain X inquiring about playing in the South American qualifiers. They asked if they could participate in them by traveling back and forth to the region to play in the qualifiers, rather than staying in the region. We explained to them that they couldn’t do that. We walked them through our reasoning, and what the purpose of regional qualifiers are, and why we thought that neither we nor fans would consider them an actual South American team. The reasons for guaranteed spots for each region is because we want to help nurture competitive growth in different regions, as well as have regional representation for fans around the world. We think it’s important for fans to be able to see their regions grow, and their teams compete in global events. A team temporarily traveling to and from a region just to compete in the qualifiers clearly does not provide any meaningful benefit to the region, and harms growth overall. When you are an actual team that lives in a region, you end up practicing with other teams, nurturing the region and growing local fans there. We explained this to Pain X three months ago, and as such, after investigating, we are removing them from the South American qualifiers. For teams that try to bend the rules on this to gain a competitive advantage over other teams, you run the risk of being disqualified outright. We will always reserve discretion to decide what is in the spirit of the regional goals and what is not. If a team wants to move to a new region completely, they are free to contact us and try to make their case on why they think they will be an actual team in that region going forward. View the full article
  3. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog 7.20 Gameplay Update

    The 7.20 Gameplay Update is now live, bringing with it a large number of gameplay changes, dozens of updated abilities, and much more. Head over to the update page to learn about all the changes. View the full article
  4. We are about to embark on another journey towards The International. The previous International concluded with an historic 5 game series between LGD and OG that had fans on the edge of their seats. With the playoffs of the first Major about to begin shortly, teams now set their sights on competing once again at The International next year. The International has always been about bringing fans from diverse cultures all around the world together to celebrate the game we love with one another. Professional players compete year-round, hoping for a chance to prove themselves on the grand stage. They have strong competitive spirits, with high emotions and drive to perform. That’s why we love watching them compete. We’ve always had an approach of letting the players be themselves, and to express themselves freely. That’s how it’s always been for a long time. However, we also expect pro players to understand that they represent the Dota community regardless of where they are. Words carry a lot of meaning. Some people may not agree or understand why certain words are harmful, but it doesn’t make it any less so to those on the receiving end. The language used by multiple players over the last week has caused many of our fans a lot of pain and is not behavior that we condone. We’ve been spending the past few days talking to various pro players and community leaders about this. From all the interactions we’ve seen over the years, we know that deep down professional players respect each other immensely. However, we want to be very clear that Valve will not tolerate racist language between pro players in any form. We think it is really damaging to the entire Dota community whenever even a single professional player uses discriminatory language. It pits fans against each other, belittles and demeans entire groups and makes them feel like they are not as important. Going forward, we expect all teams who participate our tournaments to hold its players accountable, and be prepared to follow up with strong punishments when players represent Dota and its community poorly. We hope that players and the community around the world will become better educated and more respectful as a result of the recent incidents. We think the communities everywhere around the world want the same things: for our favorite players and teams to do well, and for a great display of Dota. With the group stages over and the playoffs about to begin, we want to wish good luck to all the teams participating. Let’s enjoy some Dota together. View the full article
  5. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog The Kuala Lumpur Major

    The new season of the Dota Pro Circuit is now underway. With the conclusion of the first Minor Championship, the first DPC points have already been awarded, and Tigers—as the last team standing in Stockholm—have earned the right to join the tournament roll in Kuala Lumpur at the opening Dota 2 Major Championship of this competitive season. They round out a field of 16 competitors qualified from six regions who all seek to start the year off strong when The Kuala Lumpur Major kicks off on Friday, November 9 at 10:00 am Malaysia Time. With $1,000,000 USD and 15,000 DPC points up for grabs, teams have a chance to show their fans and rivals alike what each can expect to find on the road to next year’s championship showdown in Shanghai. Fans around the world can catch all The Kuala Lumpur Major action in the Dota 2 client or on PGL’s Twitch stream daily from November 9 through Sunday, November 18, and fans in Malaysia are welcome to join in live at Axiata Arena from Friday, November 16 for the final three days of the event. Once the next Major Champion is crowned, the 7.20 gameplay update will be released the following day on Monday, November 19th. View the full article
  6. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Treasure Update

    Today’s update includes the debut of the Treasure of the Carmine Cascade, featuring all-new item bundles for Ancient Apparition, Ember Spirit, Oracle, Batrider, Visage, Skywrath Mage, and Razor. In addition, each of these treasures you open also offers escalating odds to receive a rare Earthshaker bundle, a very rare Dark Willow bundle, or an extremely rare Nature’s Prophet bundle. We’ve also taken this opportunity to simplify and rework the way we calculate escalating odds for this treasure and going forward. You can now click on the escalating odds arrow next to each of the rare, very rare, or extremely rare drops to see the exact odds of receiving them based on how many you’ve already opened. Dota Plus subscribers now have an access to a new perk where unwanted rewards from this treasure can be recycled into treasure fragments. When you’ve acquired 6 fragments from the same treasure, they are automatically transformed into an extra copy of that treasure and 2000 Dota Plus shards. This update also introduces a new feature that allows all players to automatically shuffle between item sets for a hero after every match. Enable the shuffle icon next to the Full Sets loadout and then designate which sets you want to include in the pool. View the full article
  7. In the wake of the thrilling conclusion to The International and the culmination of the Battle Pass season, today’s update is focused on bringing some of that summer fun into the perks of Dota Plus. Leading the way, the Ranked Roles matchmaking queue has been added to Dota Plus. To mark the occasion, we’ve added a welcome quest where players who win 5 times in the Ranked Roles queue will earn 5000 shards. We’ve also moved In-Game Tipping into Dota Plus, letting you celebrate the joyous moments of battle by sending some free Shards an ally’s or enemy’s way in recognition of their contributions to the game. Express yourself year-round with select Sound Effects, which are now unlockable with Shards. Once unlocked, you’ll have access to these sounds while your Dota Plus membership is active. Finally, as a special end-of-summer bonus, any Dota Plus member who plays 4 games this weekend can claim an extra 10,000 Shard reward. View the full article
  8. The Road to the Aegis Congratulations to OG, Grand Champions at The International 2018. OG defied all predictions, making the journey to this year’s tournament through the gauntlet of the Open Qualifiers. At first, they struggled in the group stage. But an impressive run over the final two days helped secure fourth seed and a trip to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. On the main stage, top-seeded VGJ.Storm were waiting. The North American squad drew first blood and kept on rolling. Riding the play of newly-returned Ana, OG weathered the early aggression, taking game one in a sudden reversal, and maintaining the momentum for a 2-0 series win. Next would come a grudge match against Evil Geniuses. After a convincing win in game one, OG looked to close out the series, opening up a big lead. But Evil Geniuses showed amazing resilience, clawing back to force a game three. In the rubber match, Evil Geniuses tried to smash OG’s defenses — which bent but did not break. A clutch buyback teamfight wiped Evil Geniuses’ chances, and earned OG a spot in the Upper Bracket Final. With a spot in the Grand Final at stake, OG’s next series came against PSG.LGD. After trading the first two games of the series, OG outlasted the DPC powerhouse in a tense battle that saw PSG.LGD throw all their heroes at the OG throne. With the help of Jerax’s Earthshaker, OG barely held on, storming across the map to make a victory push of their own. But PSG.LGD defeated Evil Geniuses in the Lower Bracket Final to set up a rematch, and a five-game Grand Final series for the ages. There, PSG.LGD would take a 2-1 series advantage before pushing OG to the brink in game four. As they had done throughout the tournament, OG held on. Leveraging plays both crafty and clutch, they were able to outlast PSG.LGD to force a deciding game five. With an unorthodox draft of heroes that hadn’t seen much success in the tournament, OG once again held out against an early PSG.LGD lead, turning the game around at the 25-minute mark and never looking back. Massive underdogs at the start of the tournament, OG took game five, and with it, the Aegis. As bearers of the ultimate symbol of victory, these names shall forever be inscribed upon the Aegis of Champions: 2018 Anathan “ana” Pham Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen Sébastien “Ceb” Debs Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka Johan “N0tail” Sundstein Looking Back If you missed any of the tournament, or just want to relive the incredible moments and plays, head over to the Dota 2 YouTube channel, where you can find replays of the entire tournament, including broadcast content from in between the games. You can also find a stash of photos from the event over on the Media page and the Dota 2 Flickr. We would like to thank all of the players, talent, and everyone in the Dota community for helping bring this celebration to life. The International is the crowning moment of the competitive season, and without everyone’s support, none of this would be possible. We hope you enjoyed this year’s tournament as much as we did. The Days Ahead In the wake of The International, we’re extending the Battle Pass for two more weeks. So everyone that was busy watching OG’s road to the Aegis can now enjoy their Battle Pass features until Monday, September 10. View the full article
  9. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog New Hero — Grimstroke

    Today’s update releases a new hero — Grimstroke — into the world. Chosen to serve as an arcane guardian of his people, Grimstroke was instead responsible for their eternal corruption. Trapped in agony as inky revenants, his former kindred cast cruel shadows of what might have been. But the sacrifice infused Grimstroke with great power, and he considers it a price well paid. Learn more about Grimstroke and his abilities here. Or just launch Dota 2 and try your own hand at wielding the master’s brush. Following Grimstroke’s release, the next hero debut will come this winter when Mars strides onto the battlefield, ready for war. Don’t miss out on the thrilling conclusion of The International tomorrow, August 25th. Broadcast begins at 10:00am PDT, and you can tune in right here on Steam.tv. View the full article
  10. Alongside The International Main Event we’re shipping a big update to Steam Broadcasting, making it the best way to watch the tournament at home. First, we’ve integrated Steamworks support into broadcasting to allow us to tailor the viewing experience specifically to Dota 2: you’ll see markers for match starts, first bloods and team-fights populating the timeline as you watch live. We’ve also updated Steam Broadcasting with a new Live DVR feature, making rewind available as soon as you join the stream and allowing you to smoothly jump back and forth through the action. Combined with this custom Dota 2 Steamworks integration, you won’t miss a second of the action. Secondly, we’ve brought Steam Broadcasting to Steam Chat to create The International Watch Parties. In the past, if you wanted to watch TI with a select group of folks, there wasn’t really an ideal way to do that. Now there is. We recently updated Steam Chat to support what we like to do the most: gather a small group of people in our own private space to talk, chat and play games. We’ve now integrated Steam Broadcasting into chat so those parties can now watch TI together. You can create text and voice channels on the fly and there’s effectively no limit to how big (or how small) your group can be. It is the perfect way to watch TI with friends. And if things get a little too rowdy you can always create more custom chat channels for rival fans in your group. Head over to Steam.TV now to stream The International with your party or watch with everyone in global chat. This Dota 2 centered update to Steam Broadcasting currently includes some custom elements to support The International. After the tournament we plan to extend Watch Party support for all games that are broadcasting on Steam and expose a new broadcast Steamworks API to Steam partners. View the full article
  11. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Trove Carafe Immortals

    The Trove Carafe for The International 2018 is now available, featuring all-new items for Huskar, Ogre Magi, Pangolier, Venomancer, Rubick, Disruptor, Silencer, and Storm Spirit — as well as the debut of a reworked model for the indomitable Huskar to celebrate his new Immortal. Each treasure also offers the chance to receive a rare Windranger item, a very rare Golden version of the Storm Spirit item, or an extremely rare mount for Mirana. Choose to support your favorite broadcast talent at this year’s event by purchasing autographed versions of the Trove Carafe. Just select the desired caster from the dropdown menu in the store to inscribe their autograph onto the contents. Attendee Item Drops This year will once again feature the chance for special item drops for audience members inside of Rogers Arena. At First Blood in each individual game, a limited number of exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of items selected from this year’s Immortals, and inscribed with a first-blood tracking gem. To be eligible, you must have a badge linked to a Steam account and be in the arena when First Blood occurs. We look forward to seeing you at The International. The International Main Event After four days of intense action, The International 2018 Group Stage has now concluded, resulting in the elimination of Invictus Gaming and paiN Gaming. Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, OG, VGJ.Storm, Virtus.pro, Team Secret and OpTic Gaming all advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Fnatic, VGJ.Thunder, Mineski, Winstrike Team, Newbee, TNC Predator, Team Serenity and Vici Gaming must face the crucible of first-round best-of-one games in the Lower Bracket on Monday, August 20 at Rogers Arena. The broadcast begins at 10:00am PDT. Check out The International website for more info on all the ways to watch. View the full article
  12. The International Group Stage is just five days away, and as we await the crowning event of the Dota 2 competitive season, it’s time to check in on some of the final details for those watching the event. Tournament News As always, you can check out your in-game Compendium for a complete list of Casters and Talent for this year’s event. While you’re there, don’t forget to fill out your predictions for hero picks, team results, player performance, and tournament meta. Predictions lock before the start of Group Stage play. Today we’ve also launched the official tournament website for The International 2018, your hub for keeping up with the day-to-day of tournament proceedings. As the Group Stage and Main Event progress, you’ll be able to see updated standings and new social media content posted each day from Vancouver. Group Stage: August 15th – August 18th, 2018 – Like last year, two best-of-two groups of nine teams. Top four teams in each group advance to Upper Bracket, four – eight advance to Lower Bracket, bottom in each group is eliminated. Main Event: August 20th – August 25th, 2018 – As before, 16 teams battle through a best-of-three double elimination playoff. Lower bracket first round is best-of-one, Grand Finals are best-of-five. Media Eighteen teams from around the world have earned a place in Vancouver for the final test of the Dota competitive season. Look back on their journeys to the tournament with The International Lowdown videos. Multiple videos are already available with more coming each day as we approach Group Stage. Once the tournament begins, check in on what’s happening both on stage and behind the scenes on our media page, which features all content from our Youtube Channel, Twitter feed, and Instagram. Newcomer Stream Help friends interested in learning more about Dota understand the tournament flow by sending them to the Newcomer Stream. They’ll be able to watch the main broadcast enhanced with contextual overlays that call out information helpful for understanding the intricate world of Dota during the biggest event of the season. Pubstomps There’s no better way to enjoy Dota than watching The International with friends. But not every fan can make the journey to Vancouver to witness the tournament in person. To help people around the world connect with each other for their own celebratory Dota events, we’ve once again partnered with Barcraft United to facilitate Pubstomp administration. Just visit the Barcraft landing page to find a Pubstomp in your area. View the full article
  13. One week remains until the first battle horns will sound to kick off Group Stage play at The International, and final preparations are well underway. As the eighteen teams complete their journeys into Vancouver, now is an opportune time to take a look back upon the vastly different roads each has traveled through the Dota Pro Circuit season to arrive at the tournament. Today, with the help of one SirActionSlacks, we’ll recap all the DPC moments that determined the final standings for the eight direct invites in the new Dota Pro Circuit Rewind. Starting tomorrow, SirActionSlacks will return each day leading up to the Group Stage to help you catch up on everything you need to know about all eighteen teams and their rosters in his week-long series, The International Lowdown. Tune in daily August 9 – 14 at 10:00 AM PDT on our Youtube or Twitch channels for a new episode. The International Lowdown will feature three teams each day, and viewers on Twitch will also see select classic matches from the archives of The International. View the full article
  14. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Immortal Treasure III

    Immortal Treasure III has arrived, featuring all-new items for Shadow Shaman, Dark Willow, Queen of Pain, Batrider, Zeus, and Naga Siren. In addition to these items, each of these treasures you open also offers increasing odds to receive a very rare Golden version of the Queen of Pain item, or an ultra rare bundle for Witch Doctor. You might even unearth a rare haul of Battle Points, or the cosmically rare Emblem of the Crystal Echelon. All Battle Pass owners can find an Immortal Treasure III ready to unbox in the Armory, and you can earn more treasures by increasing your Battle Level. Check out a preview of the new items and custom effects from today’s treasure over on the Battle Pass page. This patch also includes an update to The International Compendium revealing this year’s roster of broadcast talents, and a list of today’s bug fixes can be found here. View the full article
  15. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Meepo Announcer Pack

    Today’s update digs up the new Meepo Announcer Pack, available to all Battle Pass owners who pile up enough Battle Points to reach Level 75 and above. Featuring the voices of Meepo, Meepo, and Meepo, this pack replaces the default announcer and mega-kill exclamations with a trio of blue-collar pals ready to offer multiple perspectives on every game. You can equip the announcers from the Global Items menu in the Heroes tab, and any players who already claimed the bundle from their rewards line can find the now-unlocked item waiting to be opened and equipped in the Armory. View the full article
  16. Unable to be contained by a single treasure, the International 2018 Collector’s Cache expands this year’s collection with the arrival of Cache Volume II. Available exclusively to Battle Pass owners for $1.99, and brimming with another eleven new item sets—and three rare sets—Volume II of the Collector’s Cache digs even deeper to find new looks for a wide range of heroes. Unboxing eleven of these treasures automatically grants you 21 Battle Levels. As always, the chances for a rare drop increase with each treasure you open, and each purchase contributes directly to The International prize pool. As with the previous Cache, this treasure is only available for sale until The International concludes, and the items inside are exclusive and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Each set can, however, be gifted once or recycled for 2,000 Battle Points, and the Ultra Rare is marketable. View the full article
  17. The 2018 Collector’s Rewards registration site is now open. All Battle Pass owners who reach Battle Level 1000 are invited to receive The International 2018 Collector’s Aegis, and those who reach Level 2000 are also eligible to receive this year’s Collector’s Baby Roshan in addition to the Aegis. To claim your rewards, please visit the registration site to provide your shipping and contact information. You will need to use your Steam account credentials and have a Battle Level of 1000 in order to access the site. Your Collector’s Rewards can only be delivered to the address you provide during registration. If you need to change your shipping information after the registration period ends, please contact CMD Collectibles’ Customer Support at [email protected] This year’s Aegis deliveries will be spread across two waves of shipments—the first will ship in August, with the second to follow in November. While the Baby Roshan deliveries were initially also scheduled to begin before The International Main Event, due to issues with the first production run, we’re currently working with the manufacturer on a new production, and the Roshan shipments will begin shipping once we are able to ensure that the quality of this reward meets expectations. Please note that all communication regarding your shipment will be sent to the email address you provide during registration, and failure to provide accurate shipping or contact information may cause fulfillment issues for your Collector’s Rewards. Registration is required to receive these rewards, so make sure to sign up before the conclusion of The International 2018 Battle Pass season to claim these immortal symbols of the legendary support you have extended in helping make this the premiere tournament in all of esports. View the full article
  18. With today’s update, the Promise of Eminent Revival is met, and all Battle Pass owners who have reached Level 615 can now find this new treasure bundle awaiting in the Armory. These items are exclusive to Level 615 Battle Pass owners and will not be tradable or purchasable on the marketplace Immediately granting all five items contained within upon opening, this bundle features select items from previous Immortal treasures that commemorate the history of The International. Each of these items features two styles: a default style that rethemes these Immortal hallmarks to match this year’s event, and a second style unlocked through playing that gives it an upgraded touch. View the full article
  19. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Dota Plus Summer Update

    Today’s patch brings a summer update to Dota Plus that is focused on making improvements to some existing features and implementing of a handful of new things for all Dota Plus subscribers. In addition to a variety of changes to Dota Plus Guides—including improvements to item, lane, and ability suggestions—we’ve added a new Summer Terrain, support for Turbo Mode, and implemented dozens of new Plus Hero Challenges. Some new Plus features include the ability to spectate the team perspective of a friend’s live game without a broadcast delay, allowing you the flexibility to jump in or out at any time during the game. We’ve also introduced a new Plus Prediction Charm that grants Shards for correctly predicting your victories, so don’t forget to cash in on your confidence. You can check out a full list of Plus improvements and today’s other changes here. View the full article
  20. The eighteen teams bound for Vancouver are set, and the International is almost upon us. In today’s update, Battle Pass owners can start digging into The International 2018 Compendium features in preparation for the Group Stage and Main Event. With the return of the Fantasy Challenge, it’s time to unwrap your Player Card Packs and begin considering which roster combinations might nab the most points. This year we’ve sped up the unwrapping process, and also added the ability to purchase a specific player’s card with dust, so you’ll never need to hunt for that elusive favorite again. You can also select a Favorite Team this year before you even unwrap any cards. You’ll get a team logo spray, profile card, team effigy banner, and show up in that team’s fan count when spectating in DotaTV. Once you collect a full set of cards for your team, you’ll unlock special teleport effects, with upgraded versions available to those who collect full sets of silver or gold. Today’s compendium update also includes Hero, Team, Player, and Tournament Predictions. Test your knowledge of the professional scene by correctly predicting the meta of the tournament before first blood is shed. The more results you correctly predict, the more Battle Points that await. All you need to do is choose. View the full article
  21. Dig into the biggest haul of levels and treasures of the season with the Battle Level Bundle, available for a limited time only. From now until the morning of Monday, July 2, Battle Pass customers can purchase this discounted bundle containing 100 Battle Levels, 7x Immortal Treasure I, and 7x Immortal Treasure II for only $24.99. Limited to one purchase per customer, this bundle offers 75% savings on the combined value of the levels and treasures, and will contribute 25% of each sale directly to The International 2018 prize pool. With a hoard of exclusive items available only during this Battle Pass season—like the Emerald Abyss Terrain at level 160, custom Lane Creeps at level 190, Lion Prestige item at level 255, Chat Wheel bundle at level 392, Collector’s Aegis at level 1000, Epic Caster Chat Wheel pack at level 1205, and much more—the Battle Level Bundle is just what you need to unearth the next stash of treasures and rewards before the season ends. View the full article
  22. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Immortal Treasure II

    Immortal Treasure II is now available, featuring all-new items for Dark Seer, Viper, Juggernaut, Jakiro, Omniknight, and Doom. In addition to these items, each of these treasures you open also offers increasing odds of receiving a rare Wraith King sword and skeletons, a very rare Golden version of the Dark Seer or Juggernaut items, or an ultra rare span of wings for Outworld Devourer. There’s even a cosmically rare chance you’ll unearth an Emblem of the Crystal Echelon. All Battle Pass owners can find an Immortal Treasure II ready to unbox in the Armory, and you can earn more treasures by increasing your Battle Level. Check out a preview of the new items and custom effects from today’s treasure over on the Battle Pass page. View the full article
  23. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog The Underhollow Beckons

    Roshan the Immortal has smashed his way into a labyrinth beneath his lair, driven to frenzy by the scent of the world’s rarest cheese. In today’s update, all Battle Pass owners are invited to follow his path and descend into the Underhollow, where a proving ground of teamwork and battle tactics awaits—along with a supply of Battle Points for those bold enough to seize them. Party up with two friends or queue-met allies to navigate your way through this maze of monstrous hordes and vile traps. Work together to outwit and outlast the seven other teams each fighting to be the last group standing. Each week you’ll have new chances to earn Battle Points by winning a clash outright as the last team standing, killing any opponents during battle, or unearthing rare and valuable cheeses—such as the coveted Roshefort wheel. But remember: Roshan is on his own quest, and his frenzy is causing the Underhollow to collapse around him. You’ll need to step quickly and choose your path wisely to have any hopes of escaping alive. View the full article
  24. The final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit season is now in the books, and we’d like to congratulate the eight teams that have earned direct invitations to The International based on their DPC standings. To fill out the remainder of the tournament rolls, ten more teams will earn spots at The International by battling through the Qualifiers—set to be played across six different regions. Tune in via Twitch or the Dota 2 client for the Open Qualifiers on June 14 – 17 and the Regional Qualifiers on June 18 – 25. With only ten spots up for grabs and countless teams still hoping to compete for the Aegis of Champions, the Qualifiers promise some of the most intense Dota of the competitive season as established squads and upstarts alike vie for one last chance to earn a spot in Vancouver. View the full article
  25. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog New Ranked Season

    The new Ranked Season of Dota will go live with tomorrow’s update. As we kick off the season, your new Ranked Medal will be calculated through a calibration period of ten games. This season’s calibration will allow for a substantial change in rank based on your performance during calibration, seeded by your previous rank. Your previous season’s medal will be displayed in your profile, alongside your new medal. We’ve made some changes to the Ranked Medal system itself. You’ll now be able to see the progress on your profile medal, visible only to you, to track your advancement towards the next star or rank. Additionally, the steps between ranks go from 1 star to 5 stars, instead of 0 to 5. There is also a new tier of Ranked Medal exclusively for players positioned on the Leaderboards — designated as Immortal — to help more clearly distinguish the top players in the world. The Immortal rank does not have stars, just the explicit leaderboard ranking. As always, Rank Medals represent your highest performance level for the current season, and a medal will never decrease in rank once you’ve earned it. Once you’ve calibrated your new ranking, there’s nowhere to go but up. View the full article
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