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2 months ago

Dota 2’s International Battle Pass adds player guilds and pause screen mini-games

The Dota 2 International 10 Battle Pass has landed, and the ground hath buckled beneath its weight. There is a silly number of new cosmetics and features for those who buy it, and a few new features for those who don't. Everyone now gets to play mini-games during those inevitable mid-game pauses when one player vanishes, and everyone can join newfangled player guilds where you…

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Dota 2 tournament organisers are clashing with streamers

On this fine Friday afternoon, join me as I descend into the morality swamp. Around five days ago, the organisers of Dota 2 tournament WePlay Pushka sent a copyright strike against "Coldfox", a YouTuber who broadcast the tournament on his personal channel. Coldfox recorded the tournament from in-game, separately to the organiser's stream, and says he obeyed all of Valve's rules. Valve have previously said…

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Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrument

You know how it is. You think you're into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too.Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal…

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Dota 2’s International tournament has been delayed

Every year, the best Dota 2 wizards from all the lands gather to determine which of them can best defend an ancient rock garden - but probably not this year, you'll be surprised to hear. The tenth iteration of The International has been delayed due to the pandemic: "likely" to 2021, say Valve.They're still going to start selling The International Battle Pass soon, with 25%…

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3 months ago

Artifact 2.0 will have a singleplayer campaign

Valve have been drip-feeding us details about the return of Artifact, but now they've opened the flood gates. The latest blog post about their card 'em up digs into all sorts of nuances, from revamped mana curves to fiddly initiative rules. They're also muttering about a ranked progression system similar to Dota Underlords', and a singleplayer campaign that will continue the story from the Call…

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Units won’t deploy randomly in Artifact 2.0

I'm enjoying how all the headlines around Artifact's upcoming comeback are about what it won't do. It won't sell you cards, and it won't make you play on one lane at a time. 'It won't die in a fire like it did before', promise.We now know a lot more about how the revamped game will actually work. Random deployment is gone, with creeps spawning in…

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Artifact 2.0 won’t sell you cards

Artifact's developers have given up on selling people cards. When the closed beta for Artifact 2.0 kicks off, you'll have to earn every single card through playing - no market, no packs. Stingy pricing was just about the only thing holding the game back for me, so, hurray! It's part of a big relaunch. Valve have also mentioned some changes they're making to the game…

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4 months ago

Failed Dota 2 card game Artifact is preparing for a massive comeback

Valve are on something of a roll right now. Half-Life: Alyx is looking absolutely stunning ahead of next week's release. While Dota Underlords (and auto-battlers generally) might be on a bit of a downturn, it's hard to say it hasn't done well for itself. Now that they're back in full swing, it might be time for Valve to bring their dustiest skeleton out of the…

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6 months ago

Dota 2’s International 2019 documentary lured me in as a non-sports watcher

"They're like monkey business men", says Team Liquid member Kuroky, "they will GO". Liquid are gathered around for a quick smoke before the Dota 2 International 2019 finale, about to face Team OG. They're visibly nervous, despite Kuroky's repeated insistence that they should "feel free", and treat this like a scrim. Another team member insists that it IS a scrim, and Kuroky immediately reneges on…

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8 months ago

Dota adds two new heroes with the Outlanders Updates today

A lizard-riding auntie with a shotgun and an incarnation of aether today arrived in Dota 2 and Dota Underlords in matching Outlanders Updates. Snapfire and Void Spirit are the two new heroes announced at The International in August, and here they are in both games now. They're accompanied by big updates for each, with Dota 2 adding new buildings and dozens of new items and…

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9 months ago

Dota 2 has ended frustrating solo matchups against five-stacks

After eight years, Valve have finally updated Dota 2's matchmaking system to end those frustrating situations where five randos are thrown together against an organised party of five. You know, where your team starts bickering over buying wards and you end up muting at least one teamie, while they're laughing with their natural rapport and practised teamwork. Awful. No more! Thanks to last night's update,…

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Someone stole Gabe Newell’s minigun

An enterprising thief allegedly burgled Valve's Bellevue office last June, making off with a prop (I assume) minigun and an estimated $40,000 (£32k) worth of games and equipment. The intruder shoved the goods into a wheelie bin and lugged to his car across the street.There will be no jokes about this grave matter.

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10 months ago

11 months ago

Void Spirit will descend to Dota 2 this autumn

Another new Dota 2 hero has been announced at The International, hot off the heels of Snapfire, the elderly lizard-riding goblin announced earlier this week. They should have lead with this one. Snapfire is not an easy act to follow. Still, Void Spirit will also be joining the MOBA this autumn, though he seems somewhat reluctant to do so in his introductory video, which you…

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Meet Snapfire, Dota 2’s adorable next hero

The next hero coming to Dota 2 is Snapfire, an elderly goblin who bakes cookies, carries a shotgun, and rides a giant lava-spewing lizard. She seems a lark, as long as you stay on her good side. Valve announced Snapfire today during their huge Dota tournament, The International, to arrive in a future update for the free-to-play MOBA. It's a mystery for now how she…

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Steam China will be a curated, separate store for the Chinese market

Steam is in an odd position in China. It’s like a pirate radio station, sitting offshore and letting the gamers access all that unfiltered content. With no official servers and awkward payment methods, the experience that the huge numbers of users have isn’t optimal. So Valve and local partners Perfect World are setting up a version of Steam for China, named Steam Platform. The first…

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Valve will use human moderators to stop Steam Workshop scams

According to my therapist, we all need approval. So I’m glad that the latest Valve Initiative (TM) is all about that. From now on, content uploaded to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 Steam Workshops will require Valve’s approval before being released to the public. This is to combat the “free skin” ads that plague the workshop.

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12 months ago

Dota Underlords glams up its heroes for a new unranked mode

Turns out, Dota Underlords is a liar. See, this whole time we were all effectively building two teams. One might be fighting the good fight out front, but it's only the defensive game playing out on my telly. Sure, I could beast out a player on my end screen, but it's possible enough unlucky rolls could make the away game play out completely differently. It's…

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New study finds that 74% have been harassed in online multiplayer games

According to a recent study by civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 74% of people who play online multiplayer games have experienced some form of harassment, with 65% experiencing “severe” harassment, which may include physical threats or stalking. And that's only the start of their downpour of awful numbers, which cover bigotry, extremist views, which games have the worst occurrence rates, and more.

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