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Valve massively revamp competitive Dota 2, announce Dota Major Championships

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Valve massively revamp competitive Dota 2, announce Dota Major Championships

There’s been a lot of angst in the Dota 2 eSports community this year. Valve’s hands-off approach to the competitive scene allowed for a ton of well-regarded, grassroots tournaments series to pop up... but nothing that really caught on the way The International has. Dota 2 is a game with almost nonstop competition year-round... but none of it is particularly important or popular outside of the month or two leading up the The International.

Valve have heard the complaints and the fears, and today they’ve made another massive announcement: Dota 2’s competitive calendar will now include four official “majors" a year, one for each season.

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The Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 China qualifier kicks off tonight; LGD vs IG rematch confirmed

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The Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 China qualifier kicks off tonight; LGD vs IG rematch confirmed

The China qualifier of the Dota 2 Red Bull Battle Grounds is about to kick off later tonight. Four of China’s most prestigious teams will compete: LGD, Invictus Gaming, EHOME and Newbee - the latter still enjoying the fame of winning Valve’s Dota 2 International last year. The four will fight it out to see who gets to join other regional champions from Southeast Asia, North America, Russia and Europe in the playoffs in early May.

And with each tournament which marks the fast approaching return of the next Dota 2 International, all eyes are on the teams to see who’s favoured to win.

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Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are bigger than Steam was two years ago, and they're still growing...

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Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are bigger than Steam was two years ago, and they're still growing...

Over the last couple of years Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have exploded, stealing the two top spots on Steam’s most played list, and remaining there as if steel-pinned into concrete blocks. It’s difficult to think of anything that could replace them. 

But something more interesting is happening. The number of people playing Dota 2 and CS:GO is growing at such a rate that they threaten to become bigger than every other game on Steam combined. We spoke to James Gray of SteamCharts.com to see what’s going on. 

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Dota 2 player recreates Valve's "failed" Faceless Void concept in-game

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Dota 2 player recreates Valve's "failed" Faceless Void concept in-game

Yesterday, Valve released their highly anticipated Faceless Void remodel, which was slated as a compendium reward back at the Dota 2 International last year. In their blog post, they shared some “failed" concept designs for the hero - one of them being a version playing on the joke of giving the hero a face.

One Dota 2 player and modeller liked the comedic design so much, they’ve created their own version of the hero in-game, while pleading with Valve for it to be added to the game officially.

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Red Bull Battle Grounds adds a Dota 2 tournament circuit; grand final kicks off on May 10th

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Red Bull Battle Grounds adds a Dota 2 tournament circuit; grand final kicks off on May 10th

It looks like Red Bull Battle Grounds is getting bigger this year, spreading to a new city and adding a new game to the roster. The new city is San Francisco, where the first Red Bull Battle Grounds: Dota 2 grand final will take place on May 10th. After that, the second tournament circuit will kick off, with StarCraft II returning. 

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Dota 2's Faceless Void gets a facelift; see Valve's hilarious "failed" concepts

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Dota 2's Faceless Void gets a facelift; see Valve's hilarious "failed" concepts

Once upon a time, back at the 2014 Dota 2 International, Valve promised to rework the hero Faceless Void as part of a compendium reward. Nearly a year later, and Valve have finally come through, after what was revealed to be quite the troublesome task according to the devs. Instead of a complete overhaul, the master of time has received a ground-up rebuilding, with better textures and a new set of legs.

But the real fun lies within Valve’s discarded designs, which are amazing in their own right - ranging from time-walking dinosaurs to timeless lobsters.

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Vote goat: Goat Simulator developers want to put their goat in Dota 2

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Vote goat: Goat Simulator developers want to put their goat in Dota 2

I know exactly seven things about people. Here are two. People like goats, and people like MOBAs. Throughout most of human history, these two interests have been separated, held apart by a lack of commonalities. No more!

Coffee Stain Studios, the Goat Simulator lot, want to get their goat right up inside a MOBA, specifically Dota 2. And the developers would like a wee bit of help. 

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Valve vow to "do a better job of walking people through what we're doing"

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Valve vow to "do a better job of walking people through what we're doing"

Valve don’t have a marketing department. Never have. All of the complex ARGs, the calculated silences, they come straight from the coders working on Dota or Team Fortress.

But the company’s characteristic quietness has occasionally amplified community upset - for instance, when Dota 2’s Halloween Diretide event failed to arrive last year - and business boss Erik Johnson reckons they need to do better.

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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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