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Posts tagged “The International 2016”

Watch Dota 2 Monkey King Teaser Trailer

With the upcoming release of Underlord (The Artist Formerly Known As Pit Lord) there was more than a smattering of "What next for Dota 2 [official site]? Is that it for the hero roster?" Answering those questions at The International 2016 was Valve's teaser trailer for new hero Monkey King! The simian sovereign will be coming in an update this autumn/fall called The New Journey.…

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Dota 2 Welcomes The Artist Formerly Known As Pit Lord

The All-Star match at The International 2016 saw the reveal of new Dota 2 [official site] hero, Underlord. We wrote about it in our TI6 daily recap but he's been so long anticipated that he deserves his own post. Vrogos, the Underlord - formerly known as Azgalor, the Pit Lord in DotA and Warcraft thanks to DotA's origins as a mod - will be added…

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Feature: Pit pals!

The International 2016: Day Of The Underdogs/Underlord

Day four of The International 2016 main event was all about underdogs (and one Underlord, but we’ll get to that in a bit) – the incredible rise of one, the heart-wrenching fall of another. And, as fate and lower bracket scheduling would have it, these two young Dota 2 [official site] teams would have to face each other in the very first series of the…

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Feature: Shadow Demon ahoy!

The International 2016: Dota 2 Semi-Finals Pre-cap

Dota 2’s International 2016 is almost halfway done, and good grief, what a digital sportstorm it’s been so far. Champions have been slain, underdogs have dominated, and panels have turned into hand puppets for completely unstated reasons. Here’s everything you need to know (besides a puppet explanation) ahead of today's upper bracket semi-finals. Obviously HERE BE SPOILERS:

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Feature: Esports in VR

The International 2016: I Watched A Dota 2 Game From In The Rosh Pit

For The International 2016 I watched a game of Dota 2 [official site] entirely from the Roshan pit in virtual reality. Dota 2's VR hub is all about offering viewers new ways in which to spectate matches, new ways to present information, and new vantage points from which to observe professional players' comings and goings. You can sit in a darkened area watching a massive…

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RPS Asks: What’s The Best Game Tournament Format?

I write a lot about esports/professional gaming and, as such, I've witnessed a lot of discussion of the years of various tournament formats - their strengths, weaknesses and, obv, what the company should be doing instead according to that particular commenter at that particular moment in time. So I thought I'd ask you, as people who might watch professional gaming or play in your own…

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Dota 2: Everything You Need To Know About The International 2016!

The International 2016 is here! Valve’s own Dota 2 [official site] uber-tournament is underway in Seattle, with sixteen teams wizard-fighting for a share of the frankly ludicrous $19,860,000 (and rising) prize pool. Even ignoring the cash this is very much "the big one" where competitive Dota 2 is concerned – victory at TI6 will earn the kind of prestige that even the previous Frankfurt, Shanghai…

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Video: What Dota 2’s VR Spectator Mode Looks Like!

Fancy a peek at a video and some screenshots and gifs from Dota 2's [official site] newly arrived VR spectator mode? The video has snippets of what you can expect if you boot up VR Spectator Mode at the moment and you'll find that just after the jump! For the screenshots use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard or the arrows above…

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Dota 2 International Compendium Update Brings Stickers, VR Spectating

The biggest event on the Dota 2 [official site] calendar is almost upon us, The International. Valve's huge tournament starts on August 3rd, hosted in Seattle as ever, but folks at home can now join in the fun too. The International Compendium update is now live, with packs of virtua Dota Top Trumps cards to collect, swap, and put into fantasy challenge sorts of... look,…

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Dota 2: The International’s $18.5m Prize Pool Breaks Own Previous Record, Is STILL Growing

The klaxon which has been going off since I got up this morning tells me that the Dota 2 [official site] prize pool for The International 2016 has now surpassed its own previous world record for an esports tournament prize pool and is now sitting at over $18.5 million. $18.5 million. To be shared amongst people who are very very good at digital wizard sports.

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Dota 2: Who’s Scored A Direct Invite To TI6?

Ooh - the direct invitees for The International 2016 (that's the massive annual Dota 2 [official site] tournament with the eye-watering prize pool) have been announced. There's also a bunch of information on how the qualifiers work so YOU, dear reader, could theoretically be in the running to scoop part of that $12.4m. Well. $12.4m so far.... Two-time Major winners OG are obviously going straight…

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Dota 2: Valve Announces The International Dates, Tickets

Hello. I'm going to talk about Valve's ginormous annual Dota 2 [official site] tournament, The International, for a bit as tickets are going on sale from April 7th and dates for the competition have been announced and so on. The International 2016/TI/TI6/The Now-Yearly Discussion Of Massive Crowdfunding Via Digital Wizard Hats - whatever you prefer to call it - will be returning to Seattle's KeyArena…

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