Dota 2 International Interactive Compendium gets new stretch goals, asks players to pick the game’s next hero

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The Compendium is Valve’s handbook to The International 2013, the world’s biggest Dota tournament by any yardstick worth measuring with (prize pool, global reach, surprises). For $10 you’ll get up-to-the-minute results and fixtures, MvP polls, and match betting without fear for your kneecaps. You’ll also be adding $2.50 to the International prize pool, and pushing the total closer to a series of new stretch goals for the benefit of all.

“After some thoughtful games of Dota, we came up with four new stretch goals that we’ll be updating the Compendium with,” blogged Valve.

The new goals are designed to fill the gap between the prize pool’s current total – nearly $2m – and the previously announced $2,600,000 reward of a newly-designed Immortal item.

At $2m, Compendium owners will now be granted a custom HUD skin. At $2,200,000, they’ll receive a Taunt item with a new animation. At $2,400,000 they’ll be able to vote for their favourite players to participate in an eight-way, 1v1 solo championship at the International, and at a distant $3,200,000 they’ll be able to choose which hero Valve release for the game next.

Already-passed stretch goals include a new Battle Booster at $1,700,000 and improved Courier upgrades at 1,850,000.

Today is Day 3 of the International’s Western Qualifiers, hosted by The GDStudio. From 13:30 BST / 14:30 CEST, you can watch Evil Geniuses, mousesports, ICCup and Qpad Red Pandas jungle it out via the game’s in-client streaming service. Which of them is most worthy of your $2.50 prize pool contribution?