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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. As we approach the culmination of the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit season, we’d like to look ahead and share some information to help players, teams, and organizers prepare for the 2018 – 2019 season, set to begin on September 15. There are a few big changes on the way. Once we begin the new competitive season, we’ll be adjusting how Rosters and DPC points work, adding some regulation to an aspect of team ownership, and overhauling the qualifying process for Majors and Minors. Our goal is to introduce a bit more structure to the year, increase team roster flexibility, and improve the spacing and importance of each event. Rosters & DPC Points Next season players and teams will have increased flexibility to find the right blend of personality and playstyle needed to claim the Aegis of Champions. To that effect, the 2018 – 2019 season will no longer regulate player movement via hard roster locks, and changing rosters during the season will no longer disqualify a team from DPC consideration. In the new system, qualifying points for The International will be associated with registered teams instead of individual players. Teams will still designate their five-man rosters, but they will be allowed to change those rosters during the course of the season. Each player removed from a roster will reduce a team’s current point total by 20%. Adding a new player will not earn any additional points. If a team plays in a Pro Circuit event without their official five-man roster, the points earned for that event will be reduced by 40%. A team’s admin can remove any player from a registered roster, and any player can choose to depart. When playing in a Minor or Major qualifier, teams must always use at least 4 of their 5 registered players. Once the TI Invites and Qualifiers start, teams can no longer change their roster until the conclusion of the TI Main Event. Substitutes can be declared after TI Qualifiers to account for emergencies, subject to approval from Valve. Teams wishing to compete in the 2018 – 2019 season will have to register after the conclusion of The International in August. If a team wishes to be eligible for invitation to the first Major and Minor Qualifiers starting on September 17th, they must register their roster by September 15th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PDT. Team Ownership & Invites Looking ahead one year to The International 2019, in cases where one organization or person has ownership in multiple teams, only one of those teams will be eligible to compete in The International, regardless of DPC qualifying points. All teams can participate in the Pro Circuit Majors and Minors leading up to next year’s TI, but all ownership conflicts will need to be resolved prior to TI Regional Qualifiers. This includes cases in which players have financial ties to other teams. Minors & Majors Unlike this year, next season’s Minor and Major events will be held in pairs, with the qualifiers for each set to run in exclusively scheduled windows, the first coming in September. There will be no direct invites to either Minors or Majors. The Major qualifier will run first, and teams who do not qualify for the Major will be eligible to compete in the Minor qualifiers a few days later. The winner of the Minor Main Event will have a reserved slot in the respective Major happening shortly afterwards. All Minors must feature at least eight teams, with a minimum of one qualifier per region. Majors must have at least sixteen teams, with at least two qualifiers per region. All teams that play in a Minor or Major will earn DPC points. Teams participating in the Minors will be required to work on the Visa application in advance of the tournament, in order to be able to make the Major if they win. Pro Circuit Schedule & Event Proposals Below is the full schedule designated for the 2018 – 2019 season. We’re currently accepting applications for all of the dates listed below apart from the first Major in November, which has already been registered. Make sure to include detailed format structure in all proposals. Sep 17-Sep 21: Major Qualifier Sep 23-Sep 26: Minor Qualifiers Oct 29-Nov 4: Minor Main Event Nov 8-Nov 19: Major Main Event Nov 26-Nov 30: Major Qualifiers Dec 1-Dec 4: Minor Qualifiers Jan 7-Jan 13: Minor Main Event Jan 17-Jan 27: Major Main Event Feb 1-Feb 5: Major Qualifier Feb 7-Feb 10: Minor Qualifier Mar 4-Mar 10: Minor Main Event Mar 14-Mar 24: Major Main Event Mar 28-Apr 1: Major Qualifier Apr 3-Apr 6: Minor Qualifiers Apr 22-Apr 28: Minor Main Event May 2-May 12: Major Main Event May 15-May 19: Major Qualifier May 21-May 24: Minor Qualifiers June 10-June 16: Minor Main Event June 20-June 30: Major Main Event View the full article
  6. The International 2018 Collector’s Cache has arrived. Available exclusively to Battle Pass owners for $1.99, and brimming with 14 subterranean-themed item sets—and three rare sets—the Collector’s Cache is ready to unearth a rich seam of heroes suitably styled for this year’s event. Unboxing fourteen of these treasures automatically grants you 27 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 in years past, 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
  7. We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2018 Dota 2 Short Film Contest are now open. Filmmakers have until the morning of August 7, 2018 to submit their short film creations of 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to be eligible for consideration. As always, we invite all fans to visit the Workshop to participate in the voting and discussion process to help us select the best entries to be showcased as part of The International 2018 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in The International 2018 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. Like last year, each finalist that places in the top ten will be guaranteed to win $500, and the top three selections will be awarded prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in recognition of their contributions to the Dota community. More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site. Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2018. View the full article
  8. With today’s update, the all-new ‘Hell-Spar Anathema‘ Lion Prestige item is at last unearthed. Available to all Battle Pass owners who climb to Battle Level 255, this exclusive replacement for Lion’s demonic left arm also includes a second style that can be unlocked by securing 50 high-damage Finger of Death kills where the victim has at least 350 health. Featuring new animations and sounds for Lion’s ultimate ability, the ‘Hell-Spar Anathema’ can only be obtained by increasing your Battle Pass to level 255 before the conclusion of The International, and will not be available to market or trade in the future. Battle Pass owners who’ve already piled up 255 Battle Levels can now claim this prize from the rewards line and get started unleashing hell’s fury upon Lion’s enemies. In other Battle Pass news, fans are invited to join the composer of The International 2018 Music Pack in his recording studio for a special glimpse into the creative process behind the new in-game audio offerings recorded for this year’s tournament. View the full article
  9. It has come to our attention that the physical Baby Roshan reward for last year’s Battle Pass has had poor production quality yields. We apologize to our fans for that, it is well below the quality we expected. We are going to start from scratch on new production for the statue, and prioritize delivering it as soon as possible to every customer that reached level 2000 last year. View the full article
  10. The International Battle Pass has arrived. Prepare to dig into the heart of the Dota summer season and unearth a rich vein of new and classic features, new game modes, and heaps of exclusive rewards. As is tradition, 25% of all Battle Pass sales go directly to The International prize pool. To celebrate the crowning event of the Dota 2 championship circuit, The International Battle Pass is filled with new Immortal Treasures to open, new game modes and countless new features to explore, and an expansive array of Level Rewards to discover—including the new Emerald Abyss custom terrain. Check out The International 2018 Battle Pass website for more information, including details on this year’s Immortal Treasures, the new Underhollow game, the Cavern Crawl, Chat Wheel Sounds and Sprays, this year’s exclusive Emblem, and so much more. View the full article
  11. With today’s update, the butcher’s got a whole new set of tools as the Pudge Arcana makes its grand debut. Featuring all-new custom animations and effects—including multiple Dismember animations, a Hook Streak counter, hundreds of new VO responses, and more—the Feast of Abscession gives Pudge a host of new ways to sink his hooks into all that fresh meat wandering the battlefield. After the intense selection process that culminated in Pudge’s slim Arcana Vote victory at The International, it seems only fair that the triumphant hero recognize his vanquished foe. With that in mind, Pudge can unlock a second style for his Arcana by winning 12 games when opposed by Rubick on the other team. Armed with his new hooks, and even new Rubick-specific VO responses, it’s only a matter of time before the butcher collects his due. Check out The Feast of Abscession Update page for more information on all this new Arcana has to offer. View the full article
  12. For the first time ever, the battle for the Aegis of Champions will be waged on Canadian soil, as The International Dota 2 Championships invite the world’s top Dota teams to face off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, August 20th through Saturday, August 25th. Tickets sales begin on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM PDT, with two ticket types available. The Midweek ticket—available for $125 CAD—will grant attendance to the first four days of the event, August 20th – 23rd. The Finals ticket—available for $250 CAD—will grant access to the last two days, August 24th and 25th. Check out the Ticketing FAQ here for more information. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.ca. We recommend that you prepare your Ticketmaster account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience. If you are unsure when tickets will go on sale in your time zone, please use this time zone converter. Seattle: March 23rd at 10AM and 10PM Rio de Janeiro: March 23rd at 2PM and March 24th at 2AM London: March 23rd at 5PM and March 24th at 5AM Berlin: March 23rd at 7PM and March 24th at 7AM Moscow: March 23rd at 8PM and March 24th at 8AM Beijing: March 24th at 1AM and 1PM Singapore: March 24th at 1AM and 1PM Seoul: March 24th at 2AM and 2PM Sydney: March 24th at 4AM and 4PM View the full article
  13. Dota 2 Blog Introducing Dota Plus

    Today’s update unveils Dota Plus, a new monthly subscription service designed to help you get the most out of every match you play. Dota Plus is an evolution of the Battle Pass. In the past we released two types of Battle Passes, ones that revolved around the Majors, and one around The International. As a result of the recent introduction of the Pro Circuit, we’ve replaced the Majors Battle Passes with a new type of service that doesn’t depend on a specific start and end date, and one that we can continually add features and content to over time. This reimagining of the Majors Battle Pass will be an ongoing, uninterrupted service filled with features that provide both progression and opportunities for improvement. Hero Leveling offers you a way to make progress every match while earning Shards, a new currency that can be used to unlock rewards. Test your skills by completing hundreds of new Challenges of varying difficulties. Use the Plus Assistant to help you make build decisions by utilizing real-time item and ability suggestions. These suggestions are based on data gathered from millions of recent games at each skill bracket, ensuring your builds stay current in the ever-evolving meta. Better understand your playstyle by using new graphs and analysis tools both during the match and after it’s finished. This update also includes the return of the Battle Cup. All Dota Plus members will have free weekly access to play in the weekend tournaments, while non-members can still purchase tickets for $0.99 to participate. Everything Dota Plus has to offer is available now for $3.99 per month. Receive a discount if you sign up for a six- or twelve-month subscription. Want to gift Dota Plus to a friend? You can purchase gift memberships that will remain active for a fixed number of months. Check out the Dota Plus page for more information on all of the features included in your subscription. View the full article
  14. The Sundered Moon has always been more famous for its nightly brawls than its seasonal brews. But tonight a new kind of live entertainment steps in, as Awolnation bring their musical stylings to every hero’s favorite watering hole. Can the spirit of music overcome Ancient-sized grudges? Find out in Awolnation’s new Dota 2 music video, animated by the three-time winner of the Dota 2 Short Film Contest. For those heroes who like what they hear and want to take a little thrum to their next scrum, Awolnation’s ‘Magic Sticks of Dynamite’ music pack is also available in the Dota 2 store. View the full article
  15. Though winter’s breath still blows across the land, the vernal hopes of creep and hero alike are bolstered by today’s Spring Cleaning 2018 update. Full of bug fixes and a variety of quality-of-life improvements, this update also includes some small gameplay changes. Check out the Spring Cleaning update page for some feature highlights and a complete list of changes. We’ve heard the community talking about the Battle Pass recently and we wanted to let you know that our attention is still on reworking the Battle Pass, however we aren’t sure when it’ll be ready just yet. View the full article
  16. Dota 2 Blog DotaTV Streaming

    We’ve been seeing a bunch of discussion regarding DotaTV and want to expand on what we’ve said before. The first issue we’ve been seeing discussed is regarding DMCA notices. This one is very simple: No one besides Valve is allowed to send DMCA notices for games streamed off of DotaTV that aren’t using the broadcasters’ unique content (camera movements, voice, etc). The second issue is regarding who is permitted to cast off of DotaTV. We designed the DotaTV guidelines to be flexible in order to allow for up and coming casters, or community figures like BSJ or Bulldog that occasionally watch tournament games on their channel, to be able to stream off of DotaTV. It is not to allow commercial organizations like BTS to compete with the primary stream. It’ll be our judgment alone on who violates this guideline and not any other third party’s. View the full article
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