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

Radiant just wiped out the Roshan guy!
Aug 21
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...

ESPN has a genuinely positive discussion about The International

A bit out of touch, but still positive
Aug 10
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...

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

10v10 showed off at TI5 all star game
Aug 07
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...

Dota 2 launches The International 5 website

Largest prize pool ever for first place
Jul 18
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....

Watch a pro DOTA 2 team's journey to the top

With Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho
Jul 07
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...

The enhanced Dota 2 Reborn beta is out right now

Instructions within
Jun 18
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...

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

Heroes never die, they just respawn
Jun 13
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 International prize pool is now the largest in eSports history

Plus, Faceless Rex courier!
Jun 05
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,...

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

Two-thirds of the way there!
May 30
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 ...

There's more people on Steam than there are in Belarus

Steam's coming for you next, UAE
May 11
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...

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

Hot off a game-changing patch
May 01
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...

Experimental mod envisions Dota 2 as a third-person shooter

Built in a cave with a box of scraps
Apr 20
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...

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours

The last Hobbit movie was shorter (and less entertaining)
Mar 22
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...

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

Main event is underway now
Feb 06
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...

I hope this Gabe Newell shopkeeper makes it into Dota 2

As seen on Steam Workshop
Jan 05
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 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Hancock: Posting about -> Dota 2
Dec 18
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...

Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody

Yeah, I said it
Dec 13
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.


Nothing is sacred
Sep 23
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 officially coming to Dota 2 next week

'Time to find a new hobby'
Aug 30
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...

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)

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...

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