Valve have released a 20 minute long documentary summarising the highs and lows of The International 2012, their Dota 2 world championship that took place in Seattle earlier this year. It focuses, for the most part, on the teams and the players who make up those teams rather than on the technical nitty-grit of the game itself. That is to say, it's perfectly intelligible for those who've never touched a MOBA. It's intelligible for any human who understands the fundamental concept of competition. 'Intelligible' is perhaps underselling the documentary though, this is obscenely well produced, high-tension drama, a service to broadening the appeal of e-sports. Watch.
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With the International over, Valve are back into the swing of things and adding heroes left and right to Dota 2. Or, adding one hero many times. Meepo is coming to Dota 2, and he’s multiplying. Because that’s what he does.
Update: Valve have changed the way the pause timer works so that it is still 30 seconds before the opposing team can unpause if a player disconnects, which removes most problems with reducing the timer.
After iG’s big win at the International this year, and their subsequent party, it wouldn’t be a huge leap to imagine that Dota 2 might become a bit of a big deal in China. That’s exactly what’s happened, with pop stars and snooker players all starting to pay attention to Valve’s latest title.