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  1. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Trove Carafe Immortals

    The Trove Carafe for The International 2019 is now available, featuring all-new items for Bounty Hunter, Crystal Maiden, Nature’s Prophet, Arc Warden, Templar Assassin, Chaos Knight, and Tusk. In addition, each treasure you open offers the chance to receive a rare item set for Techies, very rare golden versions of the Tusk or Crystal Maiden items, or an ultra rare set for Monkey King. The Trove Carafe also lets you support your favorite broadcast talent at this year’s event by purchasing autographed versions of the treasure. Select the desired talent from the dropdown menu when purchasing to inscribe their autograph onto the item that you unbox. Attendee Item Drops Fans watching the tournament live at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai will once again have the chance to receive special item drops during the Main Event. 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. To be eligible, make sure to register your daily code once you arrive at the arena. The International Main Event After four days of grueling battle, The International 2019 Group Stage is complete. Already we must say goodbye to the first two teams eliminated–Chaos Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Defending champions OG are headed to the Upper Bracket after a dominating performance. They’ll be joined there by PSG.LGD, Team Secret, Vici Gaming, Evil Geniuses, TNC Predator, Newbee, and Virtus.pro. Alliance, Mineski, Infamous Gaming, Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Royal Never Give Up, and Keen Gaming all face the threat of immediate elimination as they head into their first-round best-of-one games in the Lower Bracket on Tuesday, August 20 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. The opening broadcast begins at 10:00am China Standard Time. Head over to The International website for more info on the tournament standings, schedule, and more. View the full article
  2. Today’s update rolls out the exclusive ‘Majesty of the Colossus’ prestige item set for Tiny at Battle Level 255—along with the ‘Reptilian Refuge’ custom Radiant and Dire creeps at level 182—to fill out the Battle Pass rewards line as we approach The International. Featuring completely new models for each of his Grow states, plus custom animations and effects for Avalanche and Tree Grab, the ‘Majesty of the Colossus’ can only be earned by increasing your Battle Level to 255 before the conclusion of The International 2019 Battle Pass. Players who’ve already grown to level 255 can claim this item set from the rewards line and roll into the lanes in splendor and style. To accommodate the release of this new item set, Tiny’s item slots have also been updated and simplified to correspond to his four levels of Grow, and his materials have been optimized to allow for more robust content creation. This means he will soon become available on the workshop, and that artists will only need to focus on making items to fit four base slots and one weapon slot on any future Tiny designs. The International Group Stage The first Group Stage action of The International kicks off at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 15 in Shanghai. With seeding in the Main Event at stake right from the start, make sure to tune in to the main stream to see the first stage of the tournament unfold. View the full article
  3. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Summer Scrub Part 2

    Today’s update delivers the second half of the Summer Scrub, focused on bug fixes and some quality of life improvements just in time for The International. One of the first changes you’re likely to notice is the implementation of a new version of the customizable hero grid. Players can now create multiple grid presets, each with their own unique layouts and categories. You can drag and drop heroes around the grid and rename or resize different buckets to suit your needs for any situation. We’ve also added a new alternate layout for the in-game item shop that allows you to toggle the classic column view to a new grid-style layout that retains the Basic and Upgrade sections while adding multiple grouped sub-categories for ease of use. On the game side, we decided to do a little house cleaning related to players exploiting matchmaking, botting or transferring accounts, resulting in a fresh ban wave for cheaters today. We’ve also made multiple performance improvements focused on minimizing hitches during teamfights. There’s also a whole host of bug fixes that you can read about over on the update page here. Thanks to everyone in the Dota community who helped us identify which things were most in need of a good scrub. View the full article
  4. The International Group Stage is almost upon us. As the teams, fans, and broadcast crews make their final preparations for the crowning esports event of the year, it’s time to unveil some of the final details for everyone watching. Tournament News Head over to the in-game Compendium for a complete list of Casters and Talent for this year’s event. 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. We’ve also launched the official tournament website for The International 2019 as a hub for keeping up with the daily 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 Shanghai. Group Stage: August 15th – August 18th, 2019 – As before, two best-of-two groups of nine teams. Top four teams in each group advance to Upper Bracket, five – eight advance to Lower Bracket, bottom in each group is eliminated. Main Event: August 20th – August 25th, 2019 – The tradition continues as 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 The top eighteen Dota teams in the world have earned the right to join the final test of the Dota competitive season. As the tournament progresses, check out the main stage and behind-the-scenes action on our media page, which features all content from our YouTube Channel, event-specific Twitter feed, and Instagram. Pubstomps Whether you’re playing or watching, Dota is best enjoyed with friends. 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. Their official landing page will launch later this week to help find a Pubstomp in your area. View the full article
  5. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Matchmaking Update

    A comprehensive matchmaking system is an important factor in being able to enjoy playing Dota, regardless of which hero or role you prefer. Today’s update includes some engineering changes to the core matchmaking system to allow for bigger changes and better analytical capabilities. Over the next year, we’ll be spending more time focusing on various aspects of matchmaking such as intra-team balance, player conduct, new player experience, abusive behaviors, account buying, friend and teamplay aspects, high mmr matchmaking dynamics, and other issues in an effort to make the overall experience of playing Dota more fun for players of all levels. In this blog post we decided to drill deeper into the changes in today’s update and explain our thoughts. Matchmaking involves various tradeoffs and our goal is to find the best balance between all the different factors. In order to help make progress on finding the right set of tradeoffs, today’s update includes a couple different experimental changes that will last until the end of the season. Close to the end of the season we’ll do a direct call for feedback on how the changes have worked out and use that feedback, along with data we are gathering in the meantime, to help inform the direction for the next season. We’ll also be working towards other features, such as better detection of smurfing and other abusive behaviors as the year progresses. The first of these experiments is removing the concept of separate Solo and Party MMRs. We expect this to be the most controversial component in today’s update, as we’ve heard fair criticisms of it in the past. We can’t say that we are fully confident that this will end up being a good change either, so we’ll want to wait until the end of the season when we gather feedback and data on how it has played out after players have had a chance to absorb it. There are two major aspects with this change: 1) the teamplay and social aspect and 2) the value and correctness of the MMR value. For the teamplay aspect: We think it is really crucial for you to not have a disincentive to play with your friends. The game currently overly emphasizes playing solo and establishes a strong social reward mechanism for this, which causes many players to prefer playing alone than with friends. We believe that bias has over time caused more negativity and unhappiness when playing Dota. Furthermore, Dota is a very teamplay heavy game and we want to consider that aspect a bit more strongly in the hierarchy of matchmaking values. We’ve considered other approaches to the friend and teamplay incentives, but they tended to do a poor job at making it feel actually rewarding to play with friends and only papered over the issue. For the correctness of the MMR aspect: We recognize that there is a tradeoff here on the mmr data quality if the match has solo mmr numbers with party mmr numbers, however we feel that the impact of that data noise is much smaller than even we initially considered it to be early on and generally with how it is discussed online. Most of the issues related to this we think we can solve with better algorithms. Another common case is playing with a friend who has a higher mmr than you, expecting that it will cause your mmr to go higher. While that has been at least partly true in previous matchmaking system iterations, our most recent version does a fairly good job of addressing this. We have enough data to form matches that cause you to have an even chance to win by carefully choosing the opponents that have a similar makeup. At a base level, we think mathematically we are able to have high confidence that playing with a friend will not have a material effect on your average mmr value with a properly balanced matchmaker. We’ve done some testing to make sure this is true in advance of this update, however we know it’s likely there is more work to be done here and we’ll continue working on this aspect in the background during this experimental period. Through our investigation into the topic of matchmaking volatility and how parties affect the game, we’ve noticed something that fans likely already know: players have very different comfort levels when playing core roles versus support roles. Some players perform really poorly when they play a role they are not used to, and in turn introduce a lot of volatility in the system for everyone by causing your MMR number to drift away from your actual skill level as well as causing imbalanced games. So because of that, and because of our abiding love of having multiple MMR numbers, we are adding a new concept of Core and Support MMR numbers. In order to achieve this, we need to know what role you want to play in advance of the match being formed. So for this experimental update, we are moving the Ranked Roles feature to the base Ranked matchmaking and expanding on its capabilities. Now when you matchmake, you will have the option of selecting roles from position 1 through 5 (Safe Lane Core through Hard Support), including multiple selections. So if you like playing Mid or Offlane, you can select those two, or if you like playing Hard Support and Mid, you’ll be able to do that as well. You will be matched based on either your Core or Support MMR. Each MMR type will also have its own leaderboard, and for the purposes of this short experimental period the existing rank will be applied as the initial rank for both Core and Support. If we end up keeping this feature in the future, there will be a separate calibration phase for each one. These experimental changes will remain active for the rest of this season for you to try out. Sometime after The International concludes, we’ll issue a call for community feedback to help guide the next steps in our efforts to increase matchmaking quality for everyone. We hope to have your support and patience through this experiment as well as subsequent changes towards the path of making a better overall matchmaking system. While we were initially going to release this change as part of the Summer Scrub update, the amount of significant underlying code changes required for this update introduces a lot of potential instability. So we are splitting the Summer Scrub update into two parts, this first part for a matchmaking rework, and the second part soon after for bug fixes and a few quality of life additions. We are expecting that we’ll have a lot of matchmaking related bugs to work through today, so please let us know if you run into any issues and make sure to include the matchid in your reports. View the full article
  6. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Immortal Treasure III

    Today’s update unveils Immortal Treasure III, featuring all-new items for Axe, Clinkz, Lycan, Mars, Terrorblade, and Slardar. In addition to one of those items, each of these treasures you open also offers increasing odds to receive a very rare Golden version of the Axe item or an ultra rare Necrophos item. There’s also the chance to discover a rare haul of Battle Points or the cosmically rare Overgrown Emblem. Battle Pass owners can find an Immortal Treasure III ready to open in your Armory, with more treasures available as you increase your Battle Level. Head over to the Battle Pass page for to get a preview of the new items and custom effects in this treasure. View the full article
  7. Introducing the first-ever Hero Persona—a completely different visual and thematic take on a classic hero—available now to Battle Pass owners who invoke level 305 or beyond. Featuring all-new models, animations, voice performance, and item slots for future customization, this first persona sends the ageless Invoker back to his earliest days studying the wizarding arts. Every legend has a beginning, and the Arsenal Magus is no exception. Aeons before he was recognized as the most dangerous magician alive—in days even he no longer remembers—the Invoker was the adolescent star pupil at an ancient wizard’s academy. Now, harnessing dangerous magics purloined from his headmaster’s secret archives, young Carl has discovered the means to journey forward and join the battle of the Ancients well before his time. Head over to the Acolyte of the Lost Arts update page to learn more, and then head into the lanes spry in step and brimming with powerful magics. View the full article
  8. Congratulations to the six teams that have earned the right to join the twelve DPC standouts in battling for the Aegis of Champions. Mineski, Royal Never Give Up, Natus Vincere, Chaos Esports Club, Infamous, and Forward Gaming have all emerged from the Regional Qualifiers as worthy additions to the field of the world’s finest Dota teams. Now that the final list of eighteen teams is set and preparations in Shanghai are well underway, it’s time to explore The International 2019 Compendium. To get started, Battle Pass owners are invited to unwrap Player Card Packs and begin assembling the perfect rosters for this year’s Fantasy Challenge. You can also select your Favorite Team to unlock customized emoticons, effigy banners, team sprays, team balloons in place of your sky snakes, and special Teleport effects. The Teleport effects even have upgraded versions for players who collect a full set of a team’s silver or gold cards. The International Compendium also includes Hero, Team, Player, and Tournament Predictions. Test your knowledge of the professional scene by correctly predicting the meta of the tournament before the first draft begins. The more results you correctly predict, the more Battle Points that await. All you need to do is choose. View the full article
  9. The International 2019 Collector’s Cache returns for another round, featuring multiple items from this year’s Call to Arms as well as some hidden workshop gems for a span of favorite heroes—including a Rare set for Necrophos, a Very Rare set for Ember Spirit, and an Ultra Rare set for Juggernaut. Available now for $2.49, unboxing thirteen of these treasures will automatically grant you thirty-two Battle Levels, and the odds of receiving a bonus rare item increase with each one you open. You can also recycle any unwanted sets for two Battle Levels. Volume II of the Collector’s Cache will only be available for the next thirty days and is the only way to receive these exclusive item sets, apart from the Ultra Rare Juggernaut set which will be marketable near the end of 2020 after next year’s tournament concludes. As is tradition, 25% of each sale contributes directly to The International prize pool. Once again, we’d like to thank all of the community artists who tendered submissions to the Dota 2 Workshop, as well as the entire Battle Pass community for your support. View the full article
  10. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog The Summer Scrub

    The sun is shining, the creeps are marching, and it’s the perfect time to open up the proverbial windows and give the Dota world a healthy scrub. To that effect, we’ll be working on an update focused on bug fixes that should help get the lanes in good shape as we head into the final stretch before The International. To assist in our efforts, we’d love the Dota community to put on your bug-hunting hats and sound off on any bugs you’ve encountered during your games. While we will be primarily looking for bug reports, we are also interested in adding some quality-of-life improvements, so if you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to share. Up next for the Battle Pass, we are aiming to ship the Kid Invoker Hero Persona with next Friday’s update on the 19th. View the full article
  11. Wrath of the Mo’rokai Deep in the jungles of Fellstrath, the ruins of an ancient civilization lie hidden beneath tangled canopy and creeping vine. In today’s update, all Battle Pass owners can choose to queue up to face the Wrath of the Mo’rokai, as two ancient guardians rise from slumber to wreak havoc on the age-old battle of the Ancients. To join the battle at full strength, the Mo’rokai require tributes of essence that will help them reclaim dormant abilities and greatly aid those who fight by their sides. Players can gather essence from slain enemies and other caches around the Dota map to guide which arcane powers the Mo’rokai develop. When the Mo’rokai march into the lanes, choose your strategy wisely to make the most of your new ally. The Mo’rokai are powerful, but even they are emboldened with friendly heroes nearby. Work together with your Mo’rokai to destroy the enemy Ancient and you’ll earn 250 Battle Points for each victory, up to a weekly total of 2000 points. You’ll also have the chance to unearth special Battle Point bonus bundles throughout the game to split with your team. Each week will offer one chance to win with a Battle Point bonus active that will net you 1000 points for the victory. Your weekly point total and number of bonus games will increase as you raise your Battle Level—reaching level 150 will bestow a 3000 point cap with two weekly bonus games and level 252 will increase the total to 4000 points with three weekly bonus games. All of your Battle Pass features are active while playing Wrath of the Mo’rokai, so don’t hesitate to take a Jungle Expedition or Daily Challenge hero into battle or sound off to friends and enemies with your favorite chat wheel lines. Immortal Treasure II To help welcome the Mo’rokai to the fight, Immortal Treasure II is also now available, featuring all-new items for Dazzle, Timbersaw, Grimstroke, Pugna, Warlock, and Luna. In addition, each of these treasures that you open also offers increasing odds of receiving a rare demonic mane for Lion, a very rare Golden version of the Luna or Timbersaw items, or an ultra rare celestial mantle for Ember Spirit. There’s also the cosmically rare chance to discover the Overgrown Emblem custom hero effect. 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. To help players enjoy more time in the jungles of Fellstrath on the hunt to earn ever more treasure, we’ll be extending this year’s Battle Pass features for two additional weeks after the conclusion of The International Grand Finals. View the full article
  12. The fifth and final Major of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit is now complete, and the final point standings of the competitive season are set. Congratulations to the twelve teams that have shown the consistent performance needed to earn direct invitations to The International 2019 in Shanghai: Team Secret Virtus.pro Vici Gaming Evil Geniuses Team Liquid PSG.LGD Fnatic Ninjas in Pyjamas TNC Predator OG Alliance Keen Gaming The International Qualifiers With twelve teams decided, six more teams must battle through one last competitive gauntlet for the right to join the top DPC contenders at The International. The final chance begins when Open Qualifiers kick off on July 3rd across the six regions—Europe, North America, South America, Southeast Asia, China, and CIS—to determine which squads will make the cut to clash against the teams awaiting in the Regional Qualifiers. To set the stage, the direct invites to participate in the Regional Qualifiers are now available in the Compendium section of the Battle Pass, and fans are welcome to enter predictions for who will earn the right to stand alongside the best Dota teams in the world this summer in Shanghai. View the full article
  13. Explore ever deeper into the reaches of the Battle Pass rewards line with the Battle Level Bundle, available for a limited time only. Battle Pass customers can purchase this discounted bundle from now until the morning of Monday, July 1 to unlock 120 Battle Levels, 9x Immortal Treasure I, 6x Immortal Treasure II, and 3x Immortal Treasure III for only $29.99. 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 2019 prize pool. With this year’s Battle Pass abound in mythic rewards—like the Overgrown Empire Terrain at level 160; Tiny Prestige item at level 255; Young Invoker Hero Persona at level 305; Custom Towers at level 335, Planetfall Earthshaker Arcana at level 365; bare-knuckle Axe Unleashed set at level 425; Collector’s Aegis at level 1000; Chat Wheel Bundles continuing up to level 1205; and much more—the Battle Level Bundle is just the tool needed to unearth the full potential of this epic treasure stash before the conclusion of The International and this Battle Pass season. View the full article
  14. Today’s update unleashes the new Dark Willow Announcer Pack, available to all Battle Pass owners who flutter to Battle Level 75 and above. Featuring the voice of the inimitable Mireska Sunbreeze, this pack replaces the default announcer and mega-kill exclamations with the rogue fae’s take on every game, helping ensure you’ll never miss your mark in battle again. Eligible players can claim the pack from the Battle Pass rewards line, and once unbundled, you can equip the announcer and mega-kills from the Global Items menu in the Heroes tab. Today’s update also includes several fixes that we’ve identified to improve performance in the game client. In other Battle Pass news, we’re nearly complete with work on Immortal Treasure II and the Wrath of the Mo’rokai special event, and expect to unveil both next week. View the full article
  15. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Dota Underlords

    A few weeks ago we posted about our love of Auto Chess and how we were working on our own standalone version of it. In that same post we promised we would share information about the game soon. As it turns out, “soon” is today. Dota Underlords is a new stand-alone game that pits you against seven opponents in a battle of wits that will have you building, combining, and leveling-up a crew in a battle of dominance for the city of White Spire. In this game, victory is determined not by twitch reflexes, but by superior tactics. DOTA 2 BATTLE PASS PREVIEW For the last few weeks, we’ve been running a Friends and Family Beta, and today we’re expanding it to include all Dota 2 Battle Pass owners. With your help, we’ll be stress testing our servers as we prepare for our Open Beta. In the preview version, you’ll be able to: Play online against seven other players. Practice offline against our lineup of advanced bots (from easy to hardcore difficulty). Party up and play together against bots or other players. Battle Pass owners can find a link to add Dota Underlords to their Steam library on the Dota 2 dashboard. After approximately a week of stress testing we’ll transition to Open Beta. OPEN BETA Once the open beta begins, Dota Underlords will be available to everyone for free on Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Android, and iOS. In addition, the team will be enabling the first set of new features, including: Ranked matchmaking. Cross-play across all devices. Rank and progression shared across all devices. Because the game is in active development, both the Preview and Open Beta have one important thing in common: we’ll need your help to make the game the best it can be as we work towards Season One. BETA FEEDBACK We’re sharing Dota Underlords fairly early in development. And while we intend to constantly be updating the game and adding features throughout the Beta Season, your feedback is critical to help the team know what issues are important to you. On the main screen we’ve added a ‘Submit Feedback’ button to the game. Feel free to wear it out. Tell us what you love, and tell us what could be better. We welcome it all. See you in the game, The Underlords Team View the full article
  16. The final votes have been tallied and The International 2019 Collector’s Cache is now available, loaded with the top 18 item sets as voted on by the Dota 2 community. Unboxing 15 treasures will automatically grant you 36 Battle Levels, and the odds of receiving a bonus rare item will increase with each treasure you open. You can also recycle any unwanted items for 2 Battle Levels. The 2019 Cache is available for $2.49 and will only be on sale for 30 days. This will be the only way to acquire these exclusive items, except for the ultra rare Rubick item, which will be marketable towards the end of 2020 after next year’s International concludes. Each purchase contributes 25% of sales directly to The International prize pool. The final vote tally is listed below, with the exception of a second Tidehunter set at rank 18 – that set will be released at some point in the future. Rank Hero Votes 1 Abaddon 617,716 2 Dark Willow 594,031 3 Disruptor 572,513 4 Grimstroke 562,751 5 Dragon Knight 548,520 6 Rubick 546,820 7 Chen 523,382 8 Enigma 500,527 9 Tidehunter 494,966 10 Death Prophet 488,544 11 Undying 486,303 12 Huskar 474,832 13 Slark 473,412 14 Dazzle 466,372 15 Oracle 462,502 16 Drow 460,119 17 Phantom Assassin 454,950 18 Earth Spirit 448,703 We’d like to thank all of the community artists who tendered submissions for this year’s treasure, as well as the entire Battle Pass community for casting votes in support of their favorite item sets. We look forward to seeing all of this new finery in the lanes. View the full article
  17. As always, the Dota 2 workshop has seen an impressive number of high-quality submissions for this year’s Collector’s Cache. To help make the final selection, we’d like to invite all Battle Pass owners to weigh in on the process. From now until Monday, June 3, the final candidates for the Collector’s Cache will be featured for preview in the Dota 2 client, where all players can see a lineup of the item sets for easy comparison. Battle Pass owners can give a thumbs up or down to each set under consideration, and sets with the highest scores will be prepared for inclusion in this year’s Cache. We thank each workshop artist that submitted items for this year’s call to arms, and we look forward to seeing which sets strike a chord with the Battle Pass community. View the full article
  18. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog The 7.22 Gameplay Update

    Today’s patch brings the debut of the 7.22 Gameplay Update, focused on introducing Aghanim’s Scepter upgrades to all remaining heroes in the game, adjusting existing Scepter upgrades for many other heroes, and unveiling a variety of gameplay balance changes—including the addition of Mars and Io to Captains Mode. Head over to the 7.22 update page to check out a full list of changes. View the full article
  19. He who was one with the spirit of this Earth has now merged with a fragment from another world. Planetfall, the Earthshaker Arcana, has landed. Available now in The International 2019 Battle Pass. The Arcana includes an all-new model, custom Echo Slam, Enchant Totem, Blink Dagger, and Stun effects, a combo counter for showing your ability streaks, and over 500 new Arcana-exclusive voice lines. Earn 500 Kills or Assists with Echo slam to unlock the Burning Descent alternate style. Learn more about Planetfall on the update website. View the full article
  20. Jessecar

    Dota 2 Blog Dota Auto Chess

    If you’re like us, you’ve spent much of the last six months playing Dota Auto Chess. And if you’ve followed Valve closely over time, you know what usually comes next: we’ll play something we love or meet some people we’re inspired by and then figure out a way to work together. In fact, Dota 2 exists because a group of us here at Valve couldn’t stop playing the original mod. After we played the game, roughly 1 billion times, it was pretty clear that we should reach out to the creators, Drodo Studio, and start a conversation about working together. So in February we flew the Drodo team over from China to chat about the future of Dota Auto Chess, and to see if they’d want to collaborate directly with us (this was also during one of the worst weeks of snow we’ve had in years, sorry about that, Drodo). We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest. Drodo has been working on their own, non-Dota mobile game and the beta is out now. We’ve worked with them to help the existing DAC mod players migrate their account progress over to their new game. It looks pretty cool so far, we encourage you to go check it out. As for us, with Drodo’s blessing, a group of people here at Valve are currently working on a standalone Dota version. We’ll share more information about this soon. From the Drodo team: ”We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo’s standalone game. Valve has been a great company, who gave birth to the Steam Platform and open community like Workshop, enabling millions of players to display their talents. Being a fan of Dota2, we have great confidence in Valve’s new game, and expect the next world-class game. In the meantime, with Valve’s support, Drodo will continue updating the DAC mod, and attempt to design new modes and adaptations in our stand-alone game. We endeavor to offer more to you, all the fans that like Auto Chess. Thank you, it’s you that are making this possible. We look forward to growing together!” View the full article
  21. This year, the climactic battle for the Aegis of Champions will once again be fought in new lands, as The International Dota 2 Championships invite the world’s top Dota teams to square off at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China on Tuesday, August 20th through Sunday, August 25th. Tickets to spectate live at The International will go on sale beginning Friday, May 24th at 12:00 PM and 9:00 PM China Standard Time, with three ticket types available, each covering two days of the event. The Tuesday/Wednesday ticket—available for CNY 499—will grant entrance on the first two days of the event, August 20th – 21st, the Thursday/Friday ticket—also available for CNY 499—will grant entrance on August 22nd – 23rd, and the Saturday/Sunday ticket—available for CNY 2099—will grant entrance on August 24th – 25th. To help show our appreciation for the community that supports Dota 2, ticket purchases during the first hour of each wave of sales will be limited to Battle Pass owners and Dota Plus members with subscriptions active as of 10AM on Monday, May 20th. Eligible users will find an access code in the Dota 2 Client. Tickets for Chinese fans will be available via Damai starting at 12:00 PM China Standard Time on May 24th. Purchases will require an access code from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, and will open to all customers from 1:15 PM. Codes for Damai will be valid for three purchases to allow purchase of all three ticket types. A national Chinese citizen ID is required to complete all Damai purchases. Non-domestic ticket sales will be available via Universe starting at 9:00 PM China Standard Time on May 24th. These purchases will require a single-use access code for the first hour before opening to all customers. Please see the Ticketing FAQ for more information. We recommend that you prepare your Damai or Universe account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience. If you are unsure when non-domestic sales on Universe begin in your time zone, please use this time zone converter. Seattle: May 24th at 6AM Rio de Janeiro: May 24 at 10AM London: May 24 at 2PM Berlin: May 24th at 3PM Moscow: May 24th at 4PM Singapore: May 24th at 9PM Seoul: May 24th at 10PM Sydney: May 24th at 11PM View the full article
  22. We are pleased to announce that we’re now accepting submissions for the 2019 Dota 2 Short Film Contest. Filmmakers have until the morning of August 7, 2019 to submit their short film creations of 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to be eligible for consideration. As is tradition, 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 2019 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in The International 2019 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. As before, 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 2019. View the full article
  23. The International Battle Pass has arrived. Prepare to cut a path into the final months of the DPC season and discover an abundance of new and classic features—including a new game mode, living towers, consumables, a Coach’s challenge, and of course a host of exclusive rewards. As is custom, 25% of all Battle Pass sales go directly to The International prize pool. Raise your Battle Level by embarking upon the Jungle Expedition, facing the upcoming Wrath of the Mo’rokai custom game, and completing other challenges and Achievements to unlock increasing amounts of mythic rewards. You can even use Wagering Tokens to score extra Battle Points from your weekly games to help you on your way. With reward line items like the custom ‘Overgrown Empire’ terrain, evolving courier, ‘Majesty of the Colossus’ Tiny Prestige Item, ‘Planetfall’ Earthshaker Arcana, weaponless ‘Axe Unleashed’ item set, and so much more, the yearly call to adventure begins now. Head over to The International 2019 Battle Pass page for more information on everything included in this year’s tribute to the biggest Dota event of the year. With only one round of Major and Minor tournaments remaining before we turn our eyes to Shanghai, the next gameplay patch will arrive after the conclusion of the final Major and Minor DPC Qualifiers starting soon. View the full article
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    Dota 2 Blog New Dota Plus Feature

    Today marks the release of a new Dota Plus feature designed to enhance your experience for every Dota Pro Circuit event. Available now in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, the Dota Pro Circuit companion app lets you earn Shards by predicting the winners of DPC matches, compete for even more Shards in the Fantasy Challenge, and follow all of this season’s DPC action in real time, all from the comfort and convenience of your mobile device. You’ll be able to wager your personal stash of Plus Shards to predict the winners of DPC matches, with winnings added to your in-game total. The Fantasy Challenge offers the chance for more Shards, as you compete against your friends and the entire world to put together the best roster of pro players at each event. In addition, you’ll have access to a dynamic News Feed that features your personalized favorite teams and players, helping you stay on top of every DPC development along the road to The International. Check out a full list of the app’s features here. Android customers who are unable to access the Google Play Store can find a direct download here. View the full article
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    Dota 2 Blog New Hero — Mars

    Mars, god of war and first son of heaven, has now joined the battle of the Ancients. Abandoning the callous ways of his past and embracing a new identity unburdened by the legacies of his father’s archaic pantheon, Mars has turned over a new spear. Vowing to tear down the remnants of the savage old world to build a new empire, Mars is at last ready to assume the true mantle of leadership over gods and men, a position he now realizes has been wasted for eons by the petty whims of Zeus. Learn more about Mars and his abilities here. Or, better yet, launch Dota 2 yourself and get ready to impale your enemies for the glory of the god of war. Drow Ranger Remodel Never one to seek the spotlight, Drow Ranger thought to sneak into the lanes without announcing her redesigned model, but the glory of Mars’ arrival has shone a light across the battlefield that not even Traxex can escape. View the full article
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