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5:00 PM on 05.17.2014

The International 2014's prize pool has reached $5.5 million

The penultimate stretch goal, environmental effects, has been reached for Dota 2's International 2014 tournament after only a single week of raising money. Nearly $4,000,000 has been contributed by the community, making ...

Patrick Hancock

2:30 PM on 05.15.2014

The Stanley Parable narrator lends his voice to Dota 2

Your Dota 2 announcer of choice might just change today now that the narrator from The Stanley Parable is available for purchase. Normally $9.99, this announcer pack is currently a dollar off. I'm not a Dota 2 player by any ...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 05.10.2014

The Dota 2 Compendium for The International 2014 is now live

The time has come to for Dota 2 players all around the world to spend their $9.99 in preparation for this year's International tournament! Buying the Dota 2 Compendium grants the purchaser a slew of things, much mor...

Patrick Hancock



Musings on the Dota 2 6.81 patch photo
Musings on the Dota 2 6.81 patch
by Patrick Hancock

A new update just hit Dota 2, and it brought with it another slew of balance changes in the form of the 6.81 patch. Buffs and nerfs abound, and the future of the game has changed once again. Many have claimed that the 6.80 version of the game was really damn good, and I would certainly agree. Changes had to be made to certain Heroes though, and Icefrog is not one to keep us waiting for long.

I'm not including every single change here, but I have included the ones I feel are worth talking about. I'm also not talking about the bug fixes specifically, but let it be known that the Dota 2 team at Valve really went all out for fixing so many bugs in this patch, including ones that they just introduced (like the Vengeful Spirit bug)!

And please! Let's discuss this patch in the comments. We're already seeing some interesting tournament picks (Sniper?!) which is exciting!

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9:30 AM on 04.30.2014

Dota 2 tournament: The International qualifying rounds begin May 12

Valve has announced the date and some details for its annual Dota 2 tournament, The International.  Now going into its fourth year, The International kicks off on July 18 in Seattle, at Key Arena. But they have to get th...

Dale North

6:30 PM on 04.29.2014

Dota 2's 'Spring Cleaning' update now live

The Spring Cleaning update for Dota 2, which seemingly was announced a little bit earlier than Valve wanted, is now live on the main client of the game. A metric butt-ton of bugfixes are included, along with new chests and ba...

Patrick Hancock

11:00 PM on 03.31.2014

The International tickets on sale this Friday, from $99, $199, & $499

Valve's DOTA 2 tournament, The International, is taking place on July 18 through July 21 in Seattle at the KeyArena this year. General admission tickets are $99, floor seats are $199, and a VIP package for $499 will get you a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Dota 2 documentary Free to Play: The Movie released

Produced internally at Dota 2 maker Valve, Free to Play: The Movie is a full-length documentary that tracks three professional gamers -- Dendi, hyhy, and Fear -- on their distinct personal journeys to the million-dollar Dota...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 02.19.2014

Valve's Dota 2 documentary debuts next month for free

Valve is putting out a feature-length documentary which tracks three professional Dota 2 players as they train for the million-dollar tournament, The International. The movie, rather strangely titled Free to Play, releases f...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 01.28.2014

New cosmetics, replay function, and Hero added to Dota 2

Yesterday, a new game mode, the Hero Terrorblade, and balance changes were introduced for the newest Dota 2 update, scheduled to go live tomorrow. Today we get another Hero, Phoenix, a new feature, and HATS! The new...

Patrick Hancock





8:30 PM on 01.27.2014

A new Hero and balance changes are coming to Dota 2

The Chinese New Year is upon us, and everyone knows that that means: a new Dota 2 event! The update was vaguely outlined yesterday, but today we can get a much better idea of what the New Bloom update will have in store....

Patrick Hancock

10:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Valve has paid out over $10M to just 661 content creators

Valve has paid out $10,215,796 to content creators making items in Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2. We knew this figure already, but what we just found out thanks to Steam Dev Days is that the payouts have gone out to 661 creators...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 01.09.2014

Valve aiming to make Dota 2 viable with Steam Controller

When Valve introduced their Steam Controller, we knew that their ultimate goal was to have it work with nearly every game in the Steam library -- which includes Dota 2 -- a hardcore MOBA that traditionally is played with a mo...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 12.17.2013

Dota 2 removes sign-up process and is finally open to all

In case you aren't one of the 611,480 people playing Dota 2 as I write this, you will be happy to know that the game is finally open to everyone. While it officially released this summer, Valve had been slowly allowing more p...

Joshua Derocher

7:30 PM on 12.11.2013

'Wraith-Night' update revealed for Dota 2

The Dota 2 blog has updated again today, detailing what is in the upcoming patch, which we also now know will be tomorrow. Skeleton King is becoming the Wraith King and will be the focus of what seems to be a horde-mode varia...

Patrick Hancock

6:00 PM on 12.10.2013

CRAP! Frostivus is cancelled...again

Just when everyone was 100% confident that nothing could go wrong, something goes wrong! Frostivus, the best holiday real or fake, is cancelled once again. Curiously enough though, it isn't the work of the Greevils this time....

Patrick Hancock