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6:35 AM on 06.27.2014

Dota 2 International prize pool now at $10 million

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 ...

Patrick Hancock




8:00 PM on 06.02.2014

Dota 2 International prize pool up over $8 million

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!

Steven Hansen




11:00 PM on 05.20.2014

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

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....

Patrick Hancock




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




12:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Musings on the Dota 2 6.81 patch

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...

Patrick Hancock




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




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




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




9:00 PM on 12.09.2013

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

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 ...

Patrick Hancock




9:00 PM on 11.22.2013

MLG Columbus has begun!

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...

Patrick Hancock




7:30 AM on 11.18.2013

Dota 2 is adding a Stanley Parable announcer pack

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.  

Joshua Derocher




4:30 PM on 11.14.2013

Three Spirits Update adds two Heroes and more to Dota 2

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...

Patrick Hancock




9:00 PM on 11.12.2013

MLG Dota 2 tournament to raise prize pool via community

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...

Patrick Hancock




9:00 PM on 11.09.2013

Valve explains the lack of Diretide in Dota 2

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...

Patrick Hancock




4:15 PM on 11.06.2013

Rare pink Dota 2 courier sells for $38,000

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...

Jordan Devore




4:00 PM on 10.21.2013

Dota 2 6.79: Patch Analysis: Heroes

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.

Patrick Hancock




5:00 PM on 10.20.2013

Dota 2 6.79: Patch Analysis: General and Item Changes

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 ...

Patrick Hancock




1:00 PM on 09.20.2013

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

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 ...

Jordan Devore




1:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Watch the final Dota 2 match of The International 3

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 -- ...

Jordan Devore




3:00 PM on 08.07.2013

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

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...

Patrick Hancock




5:00 PM on 07.27.2013

Dota 2 users contribute $1 million to prize pool

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...

Patrick Hancock




2:00 PM on 07.24.2013

Review: Dota 2

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...

Patrick Hancock




11:30 AM on 07.19.2013

Valve releases Dota 2 for Linux and Mac

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...

Jordan Devore




1:00 AM on 07.10.2013

Dota 2 has officially launched

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




5:30 PM on 07.05.2013

Steam accounts can now be linked to Twitch

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...

Jordan Devore




6:30 PM on 07.03.2013

Dota 2 adds more tutorials to help ease in new players

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 ...

Chris Carter




12:00 PM on 06.21.2013

Dota 2 is now playable without a beta key

[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...

Chris Carter




8:00 PM on 06.17.2013

Dota 2 will be 'released' this summer

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...

Patrick Hancock




4:30 PM on 06.05.2013

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

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 ...

Patrick Hancock




9:00 PM on 05.29.2013

Dota 2's new reporting system has quelled many buttheads

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...

Patrick Hancock




10:00 PM on 05.21.2013

Dota 2 breaks own record of most concurrent Steam players

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...

Patrick Hancock




3:00 PM on 05.15.2013

The Dota 2 team adds new Interactive Compendium goals

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...

Chris Carter




4:00 PM on 05.14.2013

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

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...

Patrick Hancock




6:30 PM on 05.07.2013

Dota 2 Interactive Compendium now available for purchase

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...

Patrick Hancock




10:30 AM on 05.02.2013

Dota 2 gets a new update, and the Elder Titan character

Dota 2 keeps on chugging, as a new update has added some minor fixes, sound updates, and tournament improvements, as well as a brand new character -- the Elder Titan (Tauren Chieftan). He's a character based around the concep...

Chris Carter




9:00 PM on 04.25.2013

First team chosen for Dota 2's The International

Invictus Gaming, the winning team at last year's The International, has been invited as the first group to compete in the 2013 Dota 2 tournament. The main event is happening August 7-11 in Seattle, Washington. In the more imm...

Jordan Devore




10:00 AM on 03.04.2013

Dota 2 is officially the most played Steam game to date

As Dota 2 consistently racks up new content updates, it seems like fans have been racking up big numbers for Valve in terms of overall playtime. Breaking the record for overall concurrent players for a Steam game set by Skyri...

Chris Carter




2:15 PM on 03.01.2013

Dota 2 update adds a much-needed tutorial and more tweaks

Valve continues on with the updates to Dota 2, with the introduction of a full-fledged quest-based tutorial system. As any former MOBA beginner will tell you, this is pretty much a must have for new players, and it's a highly...

Chris Carter




5:30 PM on 02.22.2013

Dota 2 adds in-game guides to help players

The most recent update to Valve's free-to-play MOBA Dota 2 brought in-game player-created guides to help people out. When a guide is selected, the recommended items in the shop will change to those that the player has se...

Patrick Hancock




7:00 PM on 01.18.2013

Dota 2 adds a 'Least Played Mode' game type

Dota 2 didn't get a new hero yesterday, but it did get a new game mode to hold us over while we wait for everyone's most anticipated hero, Tuskarr. Least Played Mode eliminates your 20 most-played heroes from the pool an...

Patrick Hancock




10:00 PM on 12.19.2012

Dota 2's Frostivus is cancelled! The Greeviling begins...

If you were playing Dota 2 around Halloween, you likely played some of the Diretide event and received a Greevil egg. Until now, those Greevils have simply been couriers to use in-game. Today, however, they become much ...

Patrick Hancock




12:30 PM on 12.10.2012

Valve has been testing Dota 2 on tablets

Speaking to Kotaku at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell says the company was "working on getting Dota 2 running on some tablets." Wait, what? Given the nature of the game, wo...

Jordan Devore




9:00 PM on 10.04.2012

Dota 2 updates soon with more changes than you can carry

I hope all you Dota fans out there appreciated that title pun. Been working on it for days! Dota 2 updates frequently, but today will be one of the biggest updates to the game in a long time. The Warcraft III v...

Patrick Hancock








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