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Dota 2's massive International tournament moved to Canada

In case you haven't been paying attention to one of the biggest eSports tournaments of the past seven years or so, Valve has been running Dota 2's International event for a while now. It kicked off in Cologne, Germany back in 2011, and ever...

 
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Capcom submit Okami's Amaterasu as a potential DOTA 2 courier

Anyone checking out the Steam Workshop for global smash DOTA 2 may be surprised to see a familiar spiritual canine making an appearance in the battle-arena title.Capcom have officially submitted a courier design to the free-to-play title, n...

 
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Dota 2's long awaited campaign is unwelcoming, unique

When I bought into Dota 2's $9.99 Siltbreaker campaign (which includes a host of convoluted The International 2017 Battle Pass extras), it felt like I was taking a step into a timewarp when "use map settings" custom games ran supreme in Sta...

 
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Valve has a new co-op campaign out for Dota 2

I don't play Dota 2, but the prospect of a four-person cooperative campaign for this type of game sure is enticing. As previously detailed, Valve is putting out a two-act "Siltbreaker" campaign for Battle Pass owners. The pass is still $10,...

 
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Modders are angry at Valve's recent handling of Dota 2

Going back as far as the '90s, there has been a small collective of modders in the community that either have a successful side hustle, or a full-time gig providing content on top of what the development team already offers. Valve is pretty...

 
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Dota 2's 7.00 patch fundamentally changes the game

I'm uhh, not even sure where to begin here. Fresh off of the Boston Major, Valve has just released the update page for Dota 2's newest patch: 7.00. The community has anxiously been awaiting the patch just for the brand new Hero of Monk...

 
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Dota 2's new spectator mode will be a VR experience

Valve just put out a new trailer for all of the upcoming Steam experiences on its "Steam VR" landing page, and it involves Dota 2 in some capacity. The video initially pans in on the virtual screen showing the action in front of the pl...

 
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Does Dota 2's first paid custom game use stolen art?

Recently, Valve introduced paid-for passes for custom games in Dota 2, where for $1 players are given extra content or features to some of the most popular custom game-modes on official Valve servers. It’s very similar to Valve&r...

 
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Valve is rolling out paid passes for Dota 2 custom games

Valve famously "didn't understand exactly what [it] was doing" when it tried letting people charge money for their The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mods on Steam. There was enough of a backlash that those plans quickly fell through, and refunds...

 
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Dota 2 launches The International 5 website

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. According to t...

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

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's Rift) a...

 
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The enhanced Dota 2 Reborn beta is out right now

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 performance on b...

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

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 tiered rewards....

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

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 United Arab Emira...

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

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 year, the highest ...

 
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Experimental mod envisions Dota 2 as a third-person shooter

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 also dig when modd...

 
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Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours

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 stretched on f...

 
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I hope this Gabe Newell shopkeeper makes it into Dota 2

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 thumbs up and i...

 
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Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody

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.

 
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THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP

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 ...

 
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Techies officially coming to Dota 2 next week

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: Techies is literally ...

 
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Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player

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 Dota 2. Well, ther...

 
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The biggest esports tournament in history continues

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 the line. This...

 
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ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International

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 preview of Mond...

 
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The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway

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 prize pool that is...

 
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Dota Dash is Dota 2 mixed with Mario Kart

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. D2Modd.In has...

 
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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 of which is a "...

 
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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...

 
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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 this the bigges...

 
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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 means, but I ac...

 
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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 version of the ga...

 

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