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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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Dota 2 to receive long awaited Techies update next week; we're all doomed

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Dota 2 to receive long awaited Techies update next week; we're all doomed

The update that everyone’s been waiting for over four years is just one week away from becoming a reality. The “Techies" update isn’t only promising a new hero - which is one of the most infamous heroes in the game - but a slew of other features. The madness of All Random Deathmatch is making its debut along with a new All-Hero challenge, egging you on to win a match with each and every hero in Dota 2. And we’ll also see the introduction of the compendium stretch goals, such as new music and ballsy taunt gem.

Oh, and don’t forget the bug fixes too.

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It's not all doom and gloom: EG.Fear returns to Dota 2

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It's not all doom and gloom: EG.Fear returns to Dota 2

The fallout from this year’s Dota 2 International has affected nearly every top tier team. Teams have reflected on their recent performance, and made drastic changes to their team rosters to try and strengthen their future prospects. Many professional Dota 2 players have left their teams as a result of this great roster shuffle: Na’Vi’s own leader ‘Puppey’ announced his departure only last week.

It’s not all bad news though. EG’s veteran player ‘Fear’ has returned to the squad in rather spectacular fashion.

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System Shock 2's SHODAN voice actress on board for Dota 2 announcer pack

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System Shock 2's SHODAN voice actress on board for Dota 2 announcer pack

Irrational Games are gone. But SHODAN voice actress Terri Brosius is still about, and so is husband Eric - the sound engineer who distorted her voice into the terrifying monotone of the mother of all malevolent AIs.

Both are down for the idea of a SHODAN announcer pack for Dota 2 - and Night Dive Studios, the outfit who ported System Shock 2 to Steam, have convinced Valve. But they have one reservation.

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Watch this: a stunning fan-made recap of the 2014 Dota 2 International

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Watch this: a stunning fan-made recap of the 2014 Dota 2 International

The 2014 Dota 2 International was huge. Not only did it boast the biggest eSports prize pool in history, but it also received a “delighted" response from ESPN's coverage. Chinese team Newbee took home the grand prize of over $5 million dollars and international fame, but the road there was a long one.

The two week event is a bit of a sleep-deprived blur to me, but this beautiful fan-made recap of the entire tournament does a good job recreating it in all its glory. A must watch.

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ESPN "delighted" by Dota 2 viewing figures; expect more eSports coverage in the future

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ESPN "delighted" by Dota 2 viewing figures; expect more eSports coverage in the future

While there were a few people who tuned into ESPN’s coverage of the Dota 2 International and became distressed, confused and, in some cases, downright angry, the sports broadcaster was “delighted" with how the coverage went. 

The apparent success of ESPN’s International schedule has, a source close to the broadcaster told The Daily Dot, led to it looking to expand coverage of eSports.

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