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ESL increases prize pool for ESL One Dota 2 series to a million dollars

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ESL increases prize pool for ESL One Dota 2 series to a million dollars

The eSports producers at ESL, having brought their Dota series, ESL One, to major sports arenas around the world, have just announced plans to increase the prize pool for each of the ESL One events in the future. That brings the total prize pool for the ESL One 2015-16 season to a million dollars, starting with a $250,000 pool for the upcoming ESL One Frankfurt this June. 

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Steam racks up 125 million active accounts, with help from Dota 2 and Counter-Strike

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Steam racks up 125 million active accounts, with help from Dota 2 and Counter-Strike

Yeah, course: Steam’s numbers are always going in right direction. But it’s the sheer velocity of the thing that’s exciting. As Valve pull the platform into new shapes with SteamVR, there are now 125 million people using it as a platform for buying and playing games. That means a full fifth of Steam’s current userbase has shown up since September. 

Two games in particular might have had something to do with it.

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Dota 2 sees over one million players concurrently for New Bloom event; servers struggle with load

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Dota 2 sees over one million players concurrently for New Bloom event; servers struggle with load

The players of Dota 2 have been enjoying the fruits of the latest content update, with the return of the New Bloom festival. With it, a new game mode has been made available, pitting teams and their tamed Year Beast against each other.

The mode and its rewards have attracted over one million concurrent players in fact.

Unfortunately, the game mode is only made available during limited 10-minute periods at random times throughout the day. The results have caused the Dota 2 network to either put players in lengthy queues, or crash altogether as everyone piles in to play the Year Beast Brawl.

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Dota 2 New Bloom festival to return; features new Winter Wyvern hero

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Dota 2 New Bloom festival to return; features new Winter Wyvern hero

Dota 2 is on the precipice of a new content update, with the return of the New Bloom festival, and it’s Year Beast. But immediately, there’s some noticeable differences between this year’s, and last year’s event. First - it will introduce a new original hero to the game: Winter Wyvern. She’s a huge frosty dragon who’s got a thing for books. Also in the update is a new model enhancing arcana, this time being granted to Crystal Maiden in the form of a frostbitten cloak.

Valve have began the long tease with a light-hearted comic, and a New Bloom trailer.

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Valve open new curated Steam Workshops. Creators have made more than $57m since 2011

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Valve open new curated Steam Workshops. Creators have made more than $57m since 2011

For the first time in history virtual hat designers are making more money than actual milliners.* Valve’s revealed that since launching the Steam Workshop in 2011 content creators have made $57 million.

Until now you could only sell creations for Valve’s games - Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. That’s going to change as Valve invite other games to sell through their workshops, too.

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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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