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Saxxy Awards

Here are the winners of Valve's 2015 Saxxy awards

TF2 is still funny 8 years later
Nov 19
// Joe Parlock
Valve used to make really god damn cool videos for its games. Alongside the now legendary Team Fortress 2 Meet the… videos, it also produced some rad videos for Left 4 Dead and Portal 2. The last one I c...
Rick and Morty Dota 2 photo
Rick and Morty Dota 2

Now Rick and Morty can nar-*belch*-rate your Dota 2 matches

Radiant just wiped out the Roshan guy!
Aug 21
// Patrick Hancock
The announcer packs for Dota 2 are easily some of the best purchases available within the free-to-play game. Personally, I go back and forth between the Stanley Parable and Bastion announcers. Not only are the...
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Valve isn't planning an International-style event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Despite it being its second biggest game
Aug 11
// Joe Parlock
Here’s something I never even thought of until today: Dota 2 is a huge eSport. The International is one of the biggest annual events in gaming, and this year had a prize pool of over $18 million. It’s by far the m...
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ESPN has a genuinely positive discussion about The International

A bit out of touch, but still positive
Aug 10
// Joe Parlock
Last week saw Dota 2’s annual championship The International take place in Seattle, with a huge $18 million being up for grabs in prize money. It is by far one of the biggest events in eSports, and recent years have se...

Dota 2 championship photo
Dota 2 championship

The International 5 concludes and a new Dota 2 champ is crowned

The six-day Dota tournament is over
Aug 08
// Ben Pack
After six games of some of the best Dota play, Evil Geniuses has earned the title of best Dota 2 team in the world. Along with the title, the American team took home a payout of $6,616,014. The team, with an age ranging ...
Dota 2 tournament photo
Dota 2 tournament

Dota 2's The International 5 finals are tomorrow, here's what you need to know

Three teams remain competing for first
Aug 07
// Ben Pack
The International 5 is coming to a close tomorrow. The three remaining teams in the Dota 2 world championships are each guaranteed at least $2 million dollars.
Dota 2 12v12 photo
Dota 2 12v12

Valve announces 24-player Dota matches, and it's as crazy as it sounds

10v10 showed off at TI5 all star game
Aug 07
// Ben Pack
The was major buzz surrounding this year's all star match at The International 5. Aside from pitting the best Dota players in the world against each other, there has been a history of major announcements at the match. Last ye...
The International photo
The International

Dota 2's The International 5 is halfway through, here's who is in the running

Millions of dollars still on the line
Aug 05
// Ben Pack
After three full days of Dota 2 matches, The International 5 -- the highest-paying eSports event ever -- is fifty percent completed. With $18 million dollars on the line, eight teams of five are still in contention for the title of "best Dota 2 team in the world."
The International photo
The International

The International 5, the largest eSports event ever, begins Monday

Almost 18 million dollars on the line
Aug 02
// Ben Pack
The International 5, Dota 2's largest tournament of all time, kicks off this Monday with two matches. With a prize pool of $17.8 million dollars on the line, TI5 will no doubt offer the highest level of eSports entertainment....
Dota 2 wildcard matches photo
Dota 2 wildcard matches

Dota 2 wildcard matches are now underway

Fighting for a chance at millions
Jul 26
// Patrick Hancock
The wildcard matches for the biggest eSports tournament of the year have officially begun! Dota 2's International 2015 tournament has already raised over $17 million, and four teams are about to fight for their shot at the pr...
The International photo
The International

Dota 2 launches The International 5 website

Largest prize pool ever for first place
Jul 18
// Ben Pack
As announced on the Dota 2 blog, the official website for The International 5 has launched. TI5's website showcases prize pool breakdowns, the teams that will be competing, replays, and a link to the web store....
eSports photo

DreamHack is coming stateside

And it's a pretty big deal
Jul 12
// Ben Pack
The "world's largest LAN party" is coming stateside. DreamHack, founded in 1992, was established as a festival for online gaming fans to gather with their own computers. But since then it has also become a powerhouse in the e...
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Watch a pro DOTA 2 team's journey to the top

With Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
If you've been wanting a new eSports documentary, Red Bull is currently producing one centered on DOTA 2. The doc will focus on Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho as well as his former Team Liquid (he's currently with Champions of Summer...
Dota 2 Reborn photo
Dota 2 Reborn

The enhanced Dota 2 Reborn beta is out right now

Instructions within
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
Want to get in on Dota 2 Reborn? Feel free to chek out Valve's new landing page for it, which will provide the instructions for launching the new client. Changes include a new Source 2 engine, reduced input lag, better p...
Dota 2 Reborn photo
Dota 2 Reborn

Valve announces Dota 2 Reborn, new engine, new UI, less frustration

Heroes never die, they just respawn
Jun 13
// Nic Rowen
Valve has announced a massive update for their mind bogglingly popular MOBA, Dota 2. Dota 2 Reborn will be a top-to-bottom overhaul, reworking and tweaking just about every aspect of the game. Chief among these changes is a b...
Dota 2 raking in dough photo
Dota 2 raking in dough

Dota 2 International prize pool is now the largest in eSports history

Plus, Faceless Rex courier!
Jun 05
// Patrick Hancock
The prize pool for the 2015 International Dota 2 tournament is now at $11,617,319, making it the largest eSports prize pool in history. The previous record was held by last year's tournament, which capped off at $10,930,...
International 2015 $10M photo
International 2015 $10M

The International 2015's prize pool is now over $10 million

Two-thirds of the way there!
May 30
// Patrick Hancock
Dota 2's prize pool for the upcoming Internaltional 2015 tournament has just passed $10M. The pool is increased each time players buy a Compendium, which allows players to make predictions and bask in the glory of all of the ...
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There's more people on Steam than there are in Belarus

Steam's coming for you next, UAE
May 11
// Joe Parlock
Yesterday, May 10, Steam hit a new record for highest concurrent players. 9.5 Million People were logged in at midday PST. That’s more than the population of Belarus, and it’s rapidly catching up to that of the Un...
Dota 2 Compendium 2015 photo
Dota 2 Compendium 2015

New Dota 2 Compendium revealed, up to $15M in stretch goals

Hot off a game-changing patch
May 01
// Patrick Hancock
The newest Dota 2 Interactive Compendium has been revealed for this year's upcoming International tournament. Just as in past years, 25% of each Compendium purchase goes towards the prize pool and stretch goals. This yea...
Dota 2 mod photo
Dota 2 mod

Experimental mod envisions Dota 2 as a third-person shooter

Built in a cave with a box of scraps
Apr 20
// Jordan Devore
Not that I've been counting, but I'm sure I've spent more time with Awesomenauts and SMITE than I have with traditional multiplayer online battle arenas like League of Legends and Dota 2 . Hey, I like what I like! I als...
Three-hour Dota match photo
Three-hour Dota match

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours

The last Hobbit movie was shorter (and less entertaining)
Mar 22
// Nic Rowen
Dota matches have a reputation for becoming grindy slogs, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to resemble the intractable grind of WWI trench warfare. On Friday a qualifying match between competitive teams Cloud9 and SFZ...
Dota 2 tournament photo
Dota 2 tournament

The Dota 2 Asian Championships now has the second highest prize pool in eSports history

Main event is underway now
Feb 06
// Patrick Hancock
The Dota 2 Asian Championships' (DAC) main event is underway now, and currently boasts a prize pool of just under $3,000,000. This brings it to the second highest prize pool ever, behind the 2014 Dota 2 Internationa...
Dota 2 mod photo
Dota 2 mod

I hope this Gabe Newell shopkeeper makes it into Dota 2

As seen on Steam Workshop
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
Combining the huggable head of Valve and the perpetual time sink that is Dota 2 in a single Steam Workshop submission -- it seems so obvious now, bringing these two internet loves together. Shopkeeper Gabe Newell deserves a ...
Dota 2 6.83 photo
Dota 2 6.83

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Hancock: Posting about -> Dota 2
Dec 18
// Patrick Hancock
Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...
Taylor Swift rulez photo
Taylor Swift rulez

Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody

Yeah, I said it
Dec 13
// Patrick Hancock
While you're sitting there, not admitting that you love Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," why not get down to this. Sick. Beat? Seriously though, this is an amazing parody of a catchy song for all Dota 2 fans.
Sporting YP photo
Sporting YP

YouPorn is sponsoring an eSports team

More like spornsporning an eSporn team
Dec 04
// Steven Hansen
YouPorn, which a cursory Google search tells me is a streaming adult video webpage, has announced its sponsorship of a Spanish eSports team (Hearthstone, League of Legends). Play2Win will now be known as Team YP, which s...


Nothing is sacred
Sep 23
// Patrick Hancock
A new Dota 2 update hit today, and THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING. Two runes. New rune. THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Reworked Heroes. Chen can take over Ancients. Something happened to Riki, I'm not sure what exactly? THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Did I mention that they changed the map and added a rune? 
Techies omg  photo
Techies omg

Techies officially coming to Dota 2 next week

'Time to find a new hobby'
Aug 30
// Patrick Hancock
Techies, the explosive and suicidal Dota 2 Hero, is finally coming to the game next week, as detailed in the latest Dota 2 blog update. I've never played Techies in DOTA, but here's what I've gathered so far: Techie...
Dota 2 MMR video! photo
Introducing Dota 2 benchwarMMR!
Believe it or not, in all my time spent in Dota 2, I've never played a single solo matchmaking game. I've played plenty of team games, but the anxiety that comes with playing alone with strangers gets to me while playing Dot...

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Valve releases Dota 2 mod tools and possibly Source 2 (or parts of it)

Speculation points to a 'soft launch' of the new engine
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
Valve has released an alpha build of its Dota 2 Workshop Tools which will enable folks to create, share, and play custom maps and game modes for Dota 2. That's going to be huge and if you played custom games in Warcraft III, ...

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