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Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player


Introducing Dota 2 benchwarMMR!
Aug 26
 
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...




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
 
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, ...




This is it: Watch Dota 2's The International grand finals live


Winner takes home over $5 million
Jul 21
 
[Update: It's over! Newbee has been named champion of The International 4 and will take home $5,028,308 in prize money. For reaching second place, ViCi Gaming will bring home a still-impressive $1,475,699. Watch the final mat...




The biggest esports tournament in history continues


Dota 2's International tournament enters day 3
Jul 20
 
Note: there will be no spoilers in this post for day one or two, but expect them in the comments!  Yesterday was as exciting as it was heartbreaking for some, but that's just the way things go when over $10 million is on...




ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International


Wow, good for Valve
Jul 17
 
You can watch the $10+ million Dota 2 tournament The International on Twitch, or in-game, or, huh, even on ESPN. Valve is collaborating with the sports network for coverage this weekend. Notably, ESPN2 will have an exclusive ...




Dota 2 International: There can be only one (but right now there's eight)


Hancocked
Jul 15
 
Eight teams are left fighting for the $5 million first prize in Dota 2's International tournament. The grand final will be played Monday, July 21. Among the teams fighting for it are ViCi, NewBee, Evil Geniuses, Team DK, Cloud9, 2011 champions Natus Vincere, 2012 winners Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming (the China qualifier winner).  Patrick was dead wrong. Team MVP didn't come close.




The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway


Two wildcard matches and solo championship today
Jul 08
 
The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri...




Dota Dash is Dota 2 mixed with Mario Kart


What could go wrong
Jul 07
 
Have you ever been in the heat of a good Dota 2 teamfight, enjoying yourself as you're blasting away your enemies, and wondered -- you know what would go great with Dota? Mario Kart! Well, you're in the right place...




There will be a newbie-friendly stream for Dota 2's International tournament


For those who don't know a BKB from a CS
Jul 04
 
The 2014 website for The International Dota 2 Championships is now live, and with it comes some great new information. The best of which is that there will be a specific stream for players brand new to the esport. This s...




Dota 2 International prize pool now at $10 million


Yes. You read that correctly.
Jun 27
 
The Dota 2 prize pool for the upcoming International 2014 tournament is now at $10 million dollars. With zeroes that looks like this: $10,000,000. All of the newly added stretch goals have been reached, the most recent ...




Dota 2 International prize pool up over $8 million


Might run out of stretch goals
Jun 02
 
Ten bucks gets you the Dota 2 Compendium, which guy who actually knows about Dota 2 Patrick Hancock says is better than last year's. A portion of the purchase also goes towards raising The International tournament prize pool. Last year, the prize pool was $2,874,381. Right now it's $8,304,958. The stretch goals only go up to $10 million. Crazy!




The International 4 prizepool passes $6M, new stretch goals added


Can the Dota 2 community raise it to $10M?
May 20
 
The Dota 2 community, along with most MOBAs, gets a bad rap for being mean jerks. While yes, there are plenty of mean jerks out there, it's moments like these that prove that we can really band together to...spend money....




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


Almost $4m raised by Dota 2 community
May 17
 
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 ...




The Stanley Parable narrator lends his voice to Dota 2


For digital sports fans everywhere
May 15
 
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 ...




The Dota 2 Compendium for The International 2014 is now live


Players have added over $1m to the prize pool
May 10
 
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...




Musings on the Dota 2 6.81 patch


Blink Dagger still no mana!
May 05
 
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 ve...




Dota 2's 'Spring Cleaning' update now live


6.81 balance patch is here!
Apr 29
 
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...




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


Valve's DOTA 2 tournament
Mar 31
 
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...




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


Patch hits tomorrow!
Jan 28
 
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...




A new Hero and balance changes are coming to Dota 2


Celebrate Chinese New Year with TERRORBLADE
Jan 27
 
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....




Valve aiming to make Dota 2 viable with Steam Controller


Hey, I'd try it
Jan 09
 
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...




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


Everyone can play!
Dec 17
 
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...




'Wraith-Night' update revealed for Dota 2


New Hero, Festivus game mode, and new balances!
Dec 11
 
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...




CRAP! Frostivus is cancelled...again


I did NOT see this coming
Dec 10
 
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....




Frostivus isn't cancelled! The Dota 2 holiday begins soon


Also, ranked matchmaking is coming
Dec 09
 
Last year, Frostivus, what I assume to be the most amazing Dota 2 holiday ever, was CANCELLED due to those jerk Greevils. Then we had the "Greevling" instead, which was a decent alternative game mode for a while, though ...




MLG Columbus has begun!


Featuring Dota 2 and Call of Duty games all weekend
Nov 22
 
MLG Columbus is taking place all weekend, and the festivities have already begun AND YOU'RE LATE! Dota 2 and Call of Duty: Ghosts are the tasty flavors offered up this weekend, the former of which has had a constant...




Dota 2 is adding a Stanley Parable announcer pack


Silly voice overs are the best
Nov 18
 
Davey Wreden, the writer for The Stanley Parable, tweeted out that he is writing an announcer pack for Dota 2. We don't have any more details on it right now, but just the fact that it's coming is enough to get me excited. I love DLC like this. It's simple and fun, and it adds something interesting to the existing game. I would much rather buy a narration pack than a gun of +1 rampage.  




Three Spirits Update adds two Heroes and more to Dota 2


Coaching, gems, Diretide are all in!
Nov 14
 
The huge update that was promised as Valve explained the lack of Diretide is now live for Dota 2. The "Three Spirits Update" adds in two more Heroes, Ember and Earth Spirit, to join Storm Spirit and complete the trifecta...




MLG Dota 2 tournament to raise prize pool via community


Just like The International 2013!
Nov 12
 
The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International, was even bigger this year thanks to a community-funded prize pool that increased the total awarded cash from $1,600,000 to $2,874,380. Players bought Interact...




Valve explains the lack of Diretide in Dota 2


Also, Diretide is still coming!
Nov 09
 
A lot of Dota 2 players have lamented the lack of a Diretide event this year. For those unaware, last year at Halloween time, Valve released and event called Diretide, which saw players collecting candy pieces from around the...




Rare pink Dota 2 courier sells for $38,000


Yep, three zeros
Nov 06
 
reddit user and Dota 2 player PAADA has successfully sold a courier for $38,000. I'm not currently drinking anything, but I want to take a swig just so I can do a spit take. This particular War Dog is a legacy courier which f...




Dota 2 6.79: Patch Analysis: Heroes


It's like playing a whole new game
Oct 21
 
Ok, so I tried to cram all of this information into a single post, but it hit the post character limit. So with the General and Item changes out of the way, here they are, the Hero balance changes from the recent Dota 2 6.79 patch. Did you unlearn what you knew about gold, day/night, the jungle, and lane equilibrium? Good, now prepare to do the same for just about ALL THE HEROES.




Dota 2 6.79: Patch Analysis: General and Item Changes


Prepare to unlearn EVERYTHING!
Oct 20
 
So, ummm. The game of Dota 2 has changed in a BIG way. First of all, normally these giant patches hit the original DOTA first, then making their way over to Dota 2 about a week later. That didn't happen. This patch ...




Dota 2 First Blood update adds LAN play, Captain's Draft


Look for it early next week
Sep 20
 
The next big Dota 2 update isn't available just yet -- it'll be pushed out on Monday, September 23 -- but Valve has the patch notes ready for you to scan, line by line. The First Blood update introduces local play, Captain's ...




Watch the final Dota 2 match of The International 3


Alliance vs. Na'Vi in an extraordinary game five of a best of five
Aug 12
 
The International 3 concluded last night after a tense fifth game in a best-of-five set between Na'Vi and Alliance. Were you among the hundreds of thousands of people who watched the Grand Championship unfold? This is it -- ...




How to watch Valve's 'The International' Dota2 tournament


A quick guide to help you watch the biggest eSports event of the year
Aug 07
 
Though it may sound silly, it's not easy to understand all there is to Valve's "The International." It's even hard to understand just what the hell is happening on screen while watching a Dota 2 match. That's why I've pu...




Dota 2 users contribute $1 million to prize pool


Compendium owners: check your inventories!
Jul 27
 
Never underestimate the power of the people. Through the purchase of Dota 2 Compendiums, users have donated over $1,000,000 to The International 2013's prize pool, which currently sits at a whopping $2,671,525 after star...




Review: Dota 2


Lion and Tinker and Bane, oh my!
Jul 24
 
The original Defense of the Ancients, a custom map for Warcraft III, became a hit almost instantly. Chances are, if you were playing Warcraft around that time, you've played a round or two of DotA. Since then standalone games...




Valve releases Dota 2 for Linux and Mac


That didn't take long at all
Jul 19
 
It's only been a short while after the admittedly long-in-the-making official release of Dota 2 for Windows and Valve has already prepared Mac and Linux versions of the immensely popular game. Those are available for download...




Dota 2 has officially launched


After two years in beta
Jul 10
 
Dota 2 is finally out for all to consume. Valve is releasing the game in waves in order to maximize game performance for everyone so people that are already in won't experience any disruption. You may have to wait just a litt...




Steam accounts can now be linked to Twitch


Noteworthy feature for Dota 2 players
Jul 05
 
Twitch users now have the option to link their Steam account to the streaming service. For Dota 2 players in particular, this should be a nice little feature: you'll be eligible for tournament item drops while viewing streams...




Dota 2 adds more tutorials to help ease in new players


It's a win for prospective MOBA fans everywhere
Jul 03
 
Valve has added a new collection of tutorials for Dota 2 to help newer players with movement, general tactics, and hard combat. The new system will teach you everything step by step, at which point it'll allow you to take on ...




Dota 2 is now playable without a beta key


Finally, the game is nearing a full release
Jun 21
 
[Update: it appears as if only the tutorial is now available for newcomers without a key, with the rest of the game to come at a later date. If you need a key, I'm sure you can easily get one in the comments below.] Fres...




Dota 2 will be 'released' this summer


Coming before The International 2013
Jun 17
 
It's a bit weird when games that are so widely played and enjoyed shed their beta tag and are "released." I mean, I've dumped almost 400 hours into Dota 2, and it's technically not "out" yet. Anywho, Valve has finally confirm...




Patch Analysis: Dota 2's 6.78 patch changes everything!


Buy Aghanim's Scepter OR ELSE
Jun 05
 
Every so often, a patch hits the original DOTA that changes a million things all at once. Then, about a week later, that patch hits Dota 2. These patches are infrequent enough to get used to them, yet frequent enough to ...




Dota 2's new reporting system has quelled many buttheads


"60% of players who receive bans go on to modify their behavior"
May 29
 
It's a pretty accepted fact that a lot of MOBA players are jerks. Swearing and passing blame are common amongst losing and even winning teams when playing with the public-at-large. It's the reason why I've never solo-que...




Dota 2 breaks own record of most concurrent Steam players


Take THAT, Dota 2!
May 21
 
Valve's free-to-play, high-skill-ceiling MOBA Dota 2 has set a new record for most concurrent players on Steam, with an impressive 329,977 players at once. The last game to set the record was something called "Dota 2," w...




The Dota 2 team adds new Interactive Compendium goals


If you raise 3.2 million dollars you can vote on a digital character
May 15
 
To say Dota 2 has gotten off to a great start is an understatement. It immediately garnered the support of casual MOBA fans and competitive tourney goers alike, and the game is going very strong, heading into new stretch goal...




Screw fashion! How to really spend $20 in Dota 2


Don't let appearances get in your way of PROFIT!
May 14
 
When I first saw Cara Ellison's post on Rock, Paper, Shotgun on how to spend $20 in Dota 2 while simultaneously making your characters look stunning, I thought it was a nice way to completely waste $20. Sure, there are s...




Dota 2 Interactive Compendium now available for purchase


Support The International, get a courier!
May 07
 
If there's anything close to a "Super Bowl" equivalent in the world of eSports, it's The International tournament, hosted by Valve. The prize pool contains $1.6 million, but apparently that's just a starting point. By purchas...








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