Posts Tagged ‘Dota 2’

Dota 2 Shanghai Major – What You Need To Know

If there’s one thing professional Dota 2 [official site] isn’t lacking (besides lengthy pauses at the start of every game) it’s tournaments; it’s rare for a week to pass without some hype-casted LAN, online contest or qualifier.

The one about to start in a gigantic spaceship-shaped building in China, however, is no ordinary tournament – it’s the Shanghai Major. Here’s what you need to know:

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RPS Asks: Is Your Competitive Streak Fading With Age?

I did spend a chunk of this morning gloating about how I was smashing Adam’s Devil Daggers times but, by and large, competitiveness is rare for me now. As I settle into my thirties, my days of jostling for frags are behind me, and I haven’t been passive-aggressive to Dota teamies in yonks. TELL THEM, PIP. Anyway. According to a recent report, this is common, and older folks seek competition in games less than younguns. It’s a flimsy report but a nice-conversation starter: how’s your competitiveness faring as you grow older?

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Dota 2: Alliance Are Back And Here’s Why It Matters

In mid-January of this year, Swedish Dota 2 team Alliance took top honors at the Starladder i-League Star Series tournament, which featured several of the current top Dota 2 teams, such as last year’s International winners Evil Geniuses, as well as powerhouses like LGD and Team Secret.

I’ll catch professional Dota 2 tournaments on most weekends, but watching Alliance take the whole thing made me happier than I’d been watching the game in a long time. Not because of the prize money (which was quite large but far from the scene’s highest), but because the team’s triumphant return to form shows that Dota 2 stands on a more rock-solid foundation than many give it credit for.

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Dota 2’s Winter Battle Pass Brings Icy Prettiness

Valve have launched the Winter 2016 Battle Pass for Dota 2 [official site], a £5.29 virtual ticket giving you access to… new ways to get more hats for your wizards, I think? Look, I’ll be honest: I’ve played 1,498 hours of Dota 2 and I’m still confused by this. The end result is that you can get new cosmetic items by way of a great many progression tracks and statistics and gambling and… ah, go look. Basically, if you want pretty new stuff, you can get it by paying a fiver then playing a load of Dota.

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Dota 2 Shanghai Major Qualifiers: Winners And Highlights

The regional qualifiers for Dota 2 [official site]’s Shanghai Major tournament concluded in the wee hours of Monday morning, confirming which eight teams would join the direct invitees at the Valve-sponsored event in March. To find out who’s heading to the tourney and to see the finest moments from the weekend’s competitions read on:

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Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Has Left Valve

After 18 years at Valve, working on everything from Half-Life to Dota 2, writer Marc Laidlaw has confirmed that he’s retired from the company. That’s an eternity for the games industry! He wrote novels before getting into video games, and it sounds like he’s getting back to writing for himself.

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Dota 2: A Nature Ramble Across The Desert Terrain

I’ve spent my afternoon watching the wildlife of the Dota 2 [official site] desert terrain. There are some newcomers who aren’t native to the vanilla map which is cool – scorpions and vultures and the like. There’s also a proliferation of beetles and I love looking at the new trees and the cacti. This isn’t an exhaustive animal catalogue – there are definitely some butterflies and fish and spiders I wanted to include but the Reborn launch Dota crashes a lot and I was getting fed up! HOWEVER here are some nice shots of little creatures going about their business :)

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