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Feature: Feathers and festivities!

A definitive ranking of CS:GO’s festive chickens

Valve has dressed its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] chickens up in many a festive outfit over the years, from chicken-sized Christmas jumpers to pink Easter bunny ears. But how do these festive fowl stack up against one another in terms of holiday loveliness? There's only one way to find out: an Alice and Pip chat. Pip: Alice! It's the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiime of the…

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Feature: It's basically Dota 3

Dota 2: The New Journey – why update 7.00 is such a MASSIVE game-changer

For an idea of how much Dota 2’s New Journey/7.00 update is A Big Deal, consider this: Dota, in general, has been in version 6.somethingsomething since 2005 - the Dota All-Stars mod days. It was around this time that the mysterious Icefrog originally took over development. That’s endured all the way through Valve’s Dota 2, right up until now, when all our expectations of the…

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Feature: Major drama

Dota 2 Boston Major: Highlights and must-see matches

Another multimillion-dollar Dota 2 Major tournament has come to a close this weekend as top teams from all over the world battled for the Boston Major's Eaglesong trophy and a share of the $3m prize pool. Would OG be able to defend their title with a remixed lineup or would some feisty newcomers be able to snaffle it away? In case you're still avoiding spoilers…

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Feature: Top tips for watching pro esports

How to watch Dota 2

Dota 2 [official site] begins its next season of multi-million dollar Major tournaments in earnest on December 3, with the Boston Major set to take over the lavish Wang Theatre. While only a relatively small number of viewers will be able to fit inside to see the ridiculously monied spell-storms up close, potentially millions more will be watching via stream – including you, if you…

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The Steam Autumn Sale: what are the Steam Awards?

As I went to purchase a bundle of my beloved Hidden Object Adventures I was asked if I wanted to nominate them for THE STEAM AWARDS. "How would I know?" I thought. "I mean, I haven't played them yet." Then, another question. WHAT ON EARTH ARE THE STEAM AWARDS? Why am I expected to learn new things? ALSO the Steam Autumn Sale has started? So,…

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Scream Fortress VIII (EIGHT? Oh God, We Are Old)

Team Fortress 2's [official site] annual Hallowe'en festivities are upon us and, although there are nowhere near as many of them as Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episodes, the Roman numerals are still contriving to make Alice feel hideously old. So that's something! So what's the haps this Hallowe'en-tide?

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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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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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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 Manila Major: Highlights And Must-See Matches!

The winner of Dota 2’s Manila Major [official site] has been crowned and multinational squad, OG, are now the first team to win two of the Valve-sponsored mega-tournaments. The team's latest win comes seven months after OG claimed the inaugural Frankfurt Major and prompted a stage invasion by fans. OG - consisting of Fly, Cr1t-, N0tail, Miracle- and MoonMeander - bested Team Liquid in the…

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