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The best Dota 2 custom games

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The best Dota 2 custom games

Good news: Dota 2 custom games are here. With Dota 2 Reborn, Valve have unleashed the power of Source 2 to their most popular game. Apart from the new fancy graphics, and the overhauled UI, Reborn brings with it the introduction of custom games: community-made mods that can be just about anything you desire; from new maps to new games in their entirety. It’s still early days, but the Steam Workshop has been flooded, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to root through them and pick out the ones you absolutely need to play.

Be sure to check back regularly as new custom games are added!

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Valve details Dota 2 Reborn custom games and developer tools

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Valve details Dota 2 Reborn custom games and developer tools

Valve have shared the second part of their Dota 2 Reborn unveiling, this time focusing on the introduction of custom games, and the developer tools that will power them. Using the new client, UI and Source 2 engine, custom games will allow the entire Dota 2 community to create whatever they want with help to the Hammer Level Editor.

There’s a lot to see, so take a leap below and see it all in action.

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Dota 2 Reborn is Valve's huge new Source 2 engine update

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Dota 2 Reborn is Valve's huge new Source 2 engine update

Valve have announced plans to completely overhaul Dota 2, bringing with it a new client, user interface, custom games support and more, all tied within the Source 2 engine. They’ll also give players many more options from within the client itself, such as watching in-game streams of matches, to a completely revamped tutorial system using a director AI.

Looks like Dota 2 is going back into beta boys!

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Dota 2 International 2015 prize pool soars past $13 million dollars

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Dota 2 International 2015 prize pool soars past $13 million dollars

Less than a week ago, Valve’s Dota 2 International and its prize pool had shattered records yet again, becoming the biggest eSports kitty in history after surpassing last year’s $10.9 million dollars. Since then, the Dota 2 community has managed to lump on another $2.1 million dollars in just six days, and it’s still growing.

Valve’s goal of $15 million dollars seems all but an inevitability at this point.

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ESL announce ESL One Dota tournament for "New York Super Week"

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ESL announce ESL One Dota tournament for "New York Super Week"

ESL have just announced they will return to Madison Square Garden with a $250,000  Dota 2 tournament this October 3-4.

This event is part of a larger festival, New York Super Week, that will feature a lot of nerd and pop cultural events around New York at the same time. It’s all put together by organizer ReedPOP, and culminates with New York Comic Con from October 8-11. In a way, Dota 2 is the opening act for NYCC.

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Dota 2 International 2015 prize pool is now the biggest ever in eSports

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Dota 2 International 2015 prize pool is now the biggest ever in eSports

What’s the word for when something you have huge expectations for massively, improbably eclipses those expectations? Well, that: sales of Dota 2’s compendium have seen The International 2015 prize pool deepen and widen to a size large enough to hold more than $11 million.

That means Valve’s tournament now boasts the largest prize pool for any one event in the history of eSports, with 65 days yet to go.

No big deal.

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Source 2 version of Dota 2 spotted on SteamDB; could debut at The Dota 2 International

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Source 2 version of Dota 2 spotted on SteamDB; could debut at The Dota 2 International

SteamDB has spotted Valve pushing several versions of Dota 2 in the new Source 2 engine. There’s a version for each of the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, Mac, Linux, and other clients such as the low-violence versions used in China.

These hibernating updates could signal that Valve aim to bring Source 2 to the public very, very soon - so soon as to have them in place for this year’s Dota 2 International.

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Dota 2's Compendium expands with new ways to earn points and levels

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Dota 2's Compendium expands with new ways to earn points and levels

Dota 2's latest update is offering players a couple of new ways to level up and earn points for their Compendium, the MOBA's challenge generating, prize pool funding, fantasy betting book thinger that turns your match predictions for The International tournament into points and prizes and unique and highly desirable rewards.

I hope you comprehendium, this thing called a Compendium.

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Tune into the Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 finals: Team Secret vs Invictus Gaming

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Tune into the Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 finals: Team Secret vs Invictus Gaming

It’s grand final time for the Red Bull Battle Grounds, where we’ve managed to weed out two prestigious teams out of a whopping twenty. Team Secret and Invictus Gaming, who both received invites to Valve’s Dota 2 International, will fight to the death in a best of five.

If you want to gauge which team shows the most promise going into the International in August, this is the match to watch this Sunday.

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If you're good enough, you can play at this year's Dota 2 International 2015

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If you're good enough, you can play at this year's Dota 2 International 2015

Valve have raised the curtains on the ten lucky Dota 2 teams that have earned a direct invite to this year’s Dota 2 International 2015. Among the lineup is last year’s champions, Newbee - who took home the lion’s share of over $10.9 million dollars; the biggest eSports prize pool in history.

Even more exciting however, is Valve’s debut of the Open Qualifiers: two public tournaments that will feature up to 1024 teams from each of the region groups, hosted by FaceIt (Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia) and Perfect World (China). Any team can sign up, and the winner of each will earn a place in their respective regional qualifier with the rest of the professional teams.

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Watch the Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 playoffs live

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Watch the Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 playoffs live

With Red Bull Battle Grounds’ first Dota 2 tournament’s grand final less than a week away, the five regional champions have been battling it out today in the Playoffs, which will conclude tomorrow. 

Take a gander at the stream below, where Invictus Gaming will soon be duking it out with HellRaisers. The CIS/Russian team has just challenged their Chinese opponents to a game of table tennis, as well, which might be a chance for the losing team to regain some of its honour. 

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The Dota 2 International 2015 prize pool hits $5 million dollars in just over two days

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The Dota 2 International 2015 prize pool hits $5 million dollars in just over two days

Just over 60 hours after it was released, player purchases of the Dota 2 International 2015 Compendium has skyrocketed the competitions prize pool to over $5 million dollars. Only 25% of the actual proceeds from player purchases go towards the pot, yet players have raised $3.4 million dollars at the time of writing, leaving Valve with a cool $10.2 million dollars gross profit from the sales.

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Valve clarify Dota 2 gifting restrictions; "we didn't have a better solution"

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Valve clarify Dota 2 gifting restrictions; "we didn't have a better solution"

Valve have recently gone on record to clarifying the seemingly bizarre gift restrictions implemented into Dota 2. Any item that’s bought via Dota 2 store is at the mercy of a week long ban on gifting, trading or being put on the game’s community market. With the introduction of the 2015 International Compendium, this has left some generous players, who were planning on gifting the item to friends and family, unable to do so.

The cause as it turns out is the rapid growth of credit card fraud, which are “not really traceable". With the week long period in place, it gives Valve and credit card companies enough time to stem the flow of fraudulent purchases.

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All bets are on: the Dota 2 International 2015 gets its crowdfunding Compendium

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All bets are on: the Dota 2 International 2015 gets its crowdfunding Compendium

Valve’s digital betting book and all-round tournament almanac is back. This time, the studio have seeded the Dota 2 International prize pool with over a million dollars, but are shooting for $15 million in player contributions - and they’ll probably get it, too. Last year’s Compendium garnered $10.9 million by the time of the International Grand Finals, dwarfing the $2.8m total collected in the initiative’s inaugural year.

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