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Dota 2 Asia Championships prize pool breaches $2 million dollars

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Dota 2 Asia Championships prize pool breaches $2 million dollars

China’s Dota 2 Asia Championships is aiming to topple that of Valve’s 2013 International, with a mighty crowdfunded prize pool of its own. With the help of an in-game digital compendium, the tournament has raised over $2 million dollars, and rising.

With over 22 days left until the grand finals occur, there’s a good chance that the prize pool will become the second largest in the world.

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Dota 2 modeller builds GabeN Shopkeeper in time for New Bloom

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Dota 2 modeller builds GabeN Shopkeeper in time for New Bloom

The disappointment of yet another cancelled Frostivus has given way to preparations for the annual Dota 2 springtime event, New Bloom. And the thawed fingers of crafty community modellers have begun to yield miniature masterpieces. Some are items based around the themes of Chinese New Year, Chinese history and springtime, as requested by Valve - but this one belongs to the cult of GabeN, which lasts all year round.

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Dota 2 heralds the new year with over ten million unique players last month

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Dota 2 heralds the new year with over ten million unique players last month

Dota 2 is Valve’s most popular game right now, and probably will be for a long time yet. In the last month, the game has clocked over 10,123,495 (so close to being sequential) unique players, and rising.

Although it’s not really a surprise is it - Dota 2 does have a habit of outnumbering all the games in Steam’s top 100 most played, combined.

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The best Dota 2 Heroes for beginners

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The best Dota 2 Heroes for beginners

So you’ve finally gained access to that 'Dota 2' game everyone on your Steam friends is playing all the damn time. You boot it up, hit the 'find match' button, and after a short waiting period you’re in your first game. “All pick" the announcer bellows, as you’re presented with a dazzling selection of heroes to choose from. Going by the infallible logic of “pick the best looking", you pick Invoker.

That was my thought process when I got my hands on Dota 2 back in 2011; you can see the results of my first game here, but you can already guess the outcome. I did not perform well.

Luckily I found some patient souls from Sweden who taught me everything I know today, and now I want to try and pay it forward. Here’s the best heroes for you beginners out there.

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Dota 2's Frostivus may be canceled, but that's not stopped Valve shipping patch 6.83: Shifting Snows

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Dota 2's Frostivus may be canceled, but that's not stopped Valve shipping patch 6.83: Shifting Snows

A couple of weeks ago, Valve announced that they’d canceled Christmas in Dota 2, again. While it’s many players were obviously sad, they were reassured it was for the best: with a tease of a new engine update, due early next year, instead taking priority.

But that hasn’t stopped Valve and Icefrog from deploying patch 6.83: chock full of hero balancing, frosty treasures and the return of the snow covered map.

There’s also even a sneak peak at a new and upcoming hero: Winter Wyvern, but only if you have the eyes of an eagle.

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Red Bull's Seattle Dota LAN is cooking up a randomised team tournament with over 100 players

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Red Bull's Seattle Dota LAN is cooking up a randomised team tournament with over 100 players

In just a few hours, Red Bull will begin hosting one of the biggest Dota 2 LAN event in Seattle, second only to Valve’s own Dota 2 International earlier this year. The tournament isn’t your usual royal rumble of pro players either. Instead, over 100 everyday players have signed up to take part, with a sprinkling of seasoned professional players. 

That’s not all either. Teams will be completely randomised after each round, with the attending pros being seeded in each of the teams throughout of the day. Players personal stats will be recorded, with the personal best nabbing an all expenses paid trip to any single Red Bull LAN event in 2015.

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Dota 2's Frostivus event is cancelled, again; team to instead work on engine update

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Dota 2's Frostivus event is cancelled, again; team to instead work on engine update

For the third year in a row, Dota 2’s Frostivus festival has been canceled. But unlike the previous two, it won’t be replaced by another e.g. The Greevling, Wraith Night. Valve’s Dota 2 team have made a statement on the matter, and their excuse is rather exciting.

Valve are planning an engine update to Dota 2 in the first half of next year, and committing resources to a winter themed game mode would sap too much manpower from this exciting addition. But rejoice, as Valve have assured that this doesn’t mean we won’t see feature filled patched in the near future.

“We are already hard at work on our next major update," said Valve. “Although we will continue to avoid building new game modes until the engine improvements come along."

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Fnatic part ways with their Dota 2 team; on the search for a new roster

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Fnatic part ways with their Dota 2 team; on the search for a new roster

Fnatic have today announced that they will disband their current Dota 2 team, signaled with a farewell to their last member, Kai "H4nn1" Hanbueckers. Although this will mean that the company will be without a team for Dota 2, Sahil Deva, manager of Fnatic’s Dota 2 team, has reassured fans that they are hard at work finding another roster.

“Our Dota 2 squad is now and has always been one of Fnatic’s top priorities" said Deva.

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Gin and jungling: Snoop Dogg supports fan petition for Dota 2 announcer pack

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Gin and jungling: Snoop Dogg supports fan petition for Dota 2 announcer pack

Dota 2 players have petitioned Valve to add another optional announcer pack to their MOBA. They’d like the voice of Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg, formerly Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr) to sit alongside that of System Shock 2’s SHODAN and Stanley Parable’s Narrator on the loadout screen.

Among the 1,700 fans on board with the idea is Snoop to the dee-oh-double-gee himself.

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Valve pulls back the curtain on Dota 2's impending update, Foreseer's Contract

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Valve pulls back the curtain on Dota 2's impending update, Foreseer's Contract

Dota 2's next big update, Foreseer’s Contract, was fully unveiled today, introducing a new hero, Oracle, to the MOBA’s roster along with the Manifold Paradox arcana item for the Phantom Assassin, which was voted for during the Dota 2 International earlier in the year. 

Those are the big additions, but new items, emoticons, awakened Compendium Gems and creep models have also been thrown into the update pile.

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The Foreseer's Contract Dota 2 update sets the stage for a new hero: the Oracle

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The Foreseer's Contract Dota 2 update sets the stage for a new hero: the Oracle

A new update is on the horizon for Dota 2, and while it doesn’t promise anything concrete yet, it’s left some pretty damning evidence of a new hero coming to the game. The Oracle is a brand new hero to Dota 2; being not from the original hero roster used back in the original Warcraft III mod.

Also hinted was the new Phantom Assassin Arcana, that was voted for by the community at this year’s Dota 2 International.

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Watch the Dota 2 Starladder Season X finals kick off right now; winner takes home over $100,000

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Watch the Dota 2 Starladder Season X finals kick off right now; winner takes home over $100,000

The culmination of Starladder Season X is kicking off in just a few minutes, as Dota 2 teams Team Secret and Evil Geniuses face off in an epic best of five. Team Secret are already have a one game advantage by coming from the winners bracket; they’ve only lost one game in the entire tournament. Evil Geniuses on the other hand lost to them in the winner brackets final, but manage to crawl up the losers bracket to have a chance at revenge.

Now sit back, belly full from that delicious Sunday meal, and prepare for an evening of Dota 2 at its finest.

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Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

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Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

Press releases eventually slide out of inboxes; promo deals come and go. But Steam’s stat page is forever - a slowly-shifting stone tablet of absolute truths. 

Dota 2 has sat undisturbed at its topmost peak for many months now, but this morning the MOBA claimed another quiet victory. If you’d totted up the total player numbers for every other Steam game on the top 100 most-played list, they still wouldn’t have matched Dota’s concurrent roster of heroes.

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Dota 2 team Arrow Gaming disqualified from The Summit 2 over match-fixing allegations

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Dota 2 team Arrow Gaming disqualified from The Summit 2 over match-fixing allegations

Malaysian Dota 2 team, Arrow Gaming, has been formally disqualified from the prestigious Summit 2 tournament. The ruling was enforced after tournament organisers Beyond the Summit, and betting site Dota 2 Lounge, had investigated allegations of match fixing - where affiliates of the team had placed high value bets against them.

“We have no choice but to remove Arrow Gaming from The Summit 2." said BTS ldDota. “We hope other organizers will take evidence of match-fixing seriously, as it's absolute poison for the scene."

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Beyond the Summit announce The Summit 2: $100,000 global Dota 2 tournament

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Beyond the Summit announce The Summit 2: $100,000 global Dota 2 tournament

Casting studio Beyond The Summit have announced their second Dota 2 tournament: The Summit 2. They’ve got $100,000 up for grabs to the best teams around the world.

Just like the Dota 2 International, players and spectators can purchase an in-game compendium item to help increase the prize pool, while also offering bonus in-game items and tournament statistics.

If you’re looking for the next biggest tournament after The International, this is it.

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Roshan moves house (ever so slightly) in Dota 2's Rekindling Soul update

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Roshan moves house (ever so slightly) in Dota 2's Rekindling Soul update

“Even the land itself is not above being modified," boast Valve of the map changes they’ve made to Dota 2 overnight. “It’s moving day for Roshan."

Roshan hasn’t moved far - but in a manner befitting the creepiest of the creeps, the land around him has shifted to accommodate his new location. Elsewhere, patch 6.82 brings changes to couriers, the way match stats are displayed, and the abilities of Bloodseeker and Phantom Lancer. The Rekindled Soul in question is Shadow Fiend - returning with a “frightful" new look.

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ESPN president says eSports is "not a sport": "Mostly, I'm interested in doing real sports"

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ESPN president says eSports is "not a sport": "Mostly, I'm interested in doing real sports"

Oh, ESPN - you were doing so well at internet comms. First, Valve triumphantly announced the news that the 2014 Dota 2 International would be broadcast live by the monolithic US sports network. And later, an unnamed source close to ESPN reported they were “delighted" by their inaugural Dota 2 viewing figures.

For a while there, it really looked like the MOBA had established a foothold for games in mainstream sports coverage. At least until somebody slid a dictaphone in front of ESPN president John Skipper.

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