Yesterday, we told you that Dota 2's Frostivus celebration was incoming, and that it didn't look like Greevil would be usurping the celebration this year around, so it could go on without a hitch. Either we had the wool pulled over our eyes just like you, or we're in on it, because Frostivus has been cancelled "by decree of the only king that matters".
Due to the intervention of dirty green fiends, Dota 2 players had to go without the winter celebration of Frostivus last year. Valve must have put some kind of preventative measures in place this time around though, since Frostivus 2013 is a-go-go.
“Over the past several months we’ve been working on improving matchmaking," write Valve. “The next major update will add a ranked matchmaking feature to the game. This mode is aimed at experienced players who want to play in a more competitive environment and know their matchmaking rating (MMR). Dota 2 matchmaking has always calculated MMR and used it to form matches; in ranked matchmaking we make that MMR visible."
Capturing Death and forging his soul-crushing power into a potent weapon of otherworldly annihilation is a ballsy move -- even for the Necrolyte. That’s only the beginning of what’s to come with the December 10th launch of MODO Steam Edition -- The Foundry’s flexible and powerful 3D modeling...
Yesterday, eSports-focused editorial site OnGamers broke the news that in the contracts for the 2014 season of LCS, pro players will have certain restrictions on what they are allowed to stream. Unsurprisingly, Riot don’t want their top pros to be streaming (and effectively advertising) other MOBAs on their public streams... but neither do they want them playing Hearthstone, Diablo, or World of Anything At All.
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Stop stuffing that bird and listen, dammit. You may have thought this was a holiday weekend or, if you’re from the UK, a week where Americans celebrate their Pilgrim forebearers and appropriate Native American symbols while indulging in a little familial gluttony. Maybe you thought you’d do some holiday shopping.
Well listen up: eSports doesn’t care about what you thought this week was about. It cares about one thing and one thing only: making sure that this final weekend of November is packed with round-the-clock eSports. Tonight, IEM Singapore strikes under the cover of darkness at 3 AM GMT / 10 PM Eastern. Then the World Cyber Games follow at 5:30 AM GMT / 12:30 AM Eastern. Then, just when you’re recovering from that, DreamHack Winter bursts on the scene tomorrow at 12:30 GMT / 7:30 AM Eastern..
What madness is this? What should we watch? I’ll tell you.
Ugh. Remember that Dota 2 fan who bought a hyper-rare courier for $38,000? And today’s update, which rendered colour a trait detachable from couriers via gems? Well - it turns out those two bits of information connect up in such a way as to inspire groans of sympathy.
We’ve known it’s been coming for some time now, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for probably the biggest update Valve have shipped to Dota 2 to date. The Three Spirits update brings with it a plethora of new features, along with two new heroes for the community wage into battle. Ember Spirit and Earth Spirit — along with the already existing Storm Spirit — complete the trifecta hero set. Having heard of the distant exploits of their cousin, the former have descended from the Wailing Mountains to join him.
It doesn’t stop there. Valve have added in-game coaching, making it easier for veterans to share their valuable skills to newer players. Crafting has also made its long awaited debut to the game, along with ‘socketing’ which allows users to further customise their items. Showcase view, player items, new treasure chests and of course the sorely missed halloween bonanza: Diretide have also made their way into this update. And we haven’t even gone into the nitty-gritty patch notes yet.
This time last year, Valve launched Dota 2’s Diretide update - an alternate Halloween replete with a 30 minute game mode and rash of new couriers. As you know, once is the requisite number of times a thing must happen before it’s declared tradition, and so the Dota 2 community sat up on October 30 again this year and waited. On October 31, they waited. And on November 1, when a new patch introduced some distinctly unfestive cosmetic items, they waited.
Now, they’re done waiting. And with no explanation forthcoming from Valve, they’ve turned their complaint cannons against the corporation with the nearest possible nomenclature: car manufacturers Volvo.
It’s going to be a lot harder to escape Broodmother after the latest Dota 2 patch. The numbers support that thesis: her web AoE has increased by about a third, her cast range nearly doubled, and she’s now able to move about her web unhindered by cliffs, trees and other hazards that trouble non-arthropods.
She’s about to become a much more common sight along the lanes as a result. Unfortunately, a proportion of Dota 2’s players are arachnophobes, and the game doesn’t take well to panicked Alt+F4s.
Patch 6.79 is on its way to Dota 2, and it’s going to be big. And when I say big, I don’t mean like that big 6’7" chap you see smoking outside your local at the weekend. Compared to him, Dota 2 6.79 is a double-decker bus stood upright its back wheels. Yes, 6.79 is huge, and it’s going to throw your game through the tumble dryer.
Major League Gaming are pushing a another season of its North American Dota 2 league following the success of this past seaston adn the upcoming Fall Invitational. The game will also feature in their 2014 Pro Circuit, and there will we weekly games broadcast through their streaming channels.
The First Blood update is on its way for Dota 2. Hitting Steam on September 23rd, the update introduces three new elements to the already ocean-deep game. Local gaming support tops the headlines, alongside and improved armoury and a new game known as Captain’s Draft.
We write a lot about League of Legends on this site, and I often find myself choosing the third or fourth potential header image to attach to a post. Some days, it seems I’m more likely to come face-to-screen with an anthropomorphic sex kitten or come-hither tree nymph than not. It’s a pervasive problem with the genre - and so when I talked to Heroes of Newerth’s art director Jesse Hayes, I asked whether S2 thought about how female characters were presented when working on art and animation for their new MOBA, Strife.
Here on the site we like a bit of white space. Look at it there, stretched out in thick wads down both sides of this post. Yawning pits of serenity between the colour and the noise.
Broadcasting is very different, or so we’re told: all about filling dead air with yammering for yammering’s sake. If this pair of Dota 2 shoutcasters are anything to go by, the Koreans get around it by making short words very long and very exciting.
More than a million Dota 2 fans were watching last night’s International finals, all at once. That’s an astonishing statistic. In fact, there’s a very good chance Valve might have bested League of Legends’ Season 2 World Championships as record holder for the most-watched eSports event of all time.