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How Valve’s Majors and Minors can heal pro Dota 2

With the biggest event in the competitive Dota 2 [official site] calendar – The International 2017 – due to take place next month, it might be a little early to start thinking about The International 2018. Unless, that is, you’re Valve, who have revealed a massive overhaul to how the entire next professional season will play out. Here's an in-depth look at why these changes…

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Dota 2’s underwater terrain has some gorgeous wildlife!

Remember how Dota 2's current seasonal Battle Pass/money pit has an under the sea theme? WELL, my Battle Pass is now sufficiently levelled up that I can swap the usual map with its trees and woodland wildlife for an underwater variant called Reef's Edge! After booting up a game replay I swapped to the free camera mode, ditched the HUD elements that were getting in…

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Dota 2 Ranked demands digits to squish smurfs

Here's a joke you can borrow for when you're necking jars and dropping bantbombs with the lads tonight: Q: What do Gargamel and Dota 2 Ranked matchmaking have in common? A: They both hate smurfs. Steel yourself for some jolly vigorous high-fives from the lads there. To crack down on Doters playing across multiple accounts, Valve will soon start requiring players register a phone number…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive learning to take on bots

It looks like Valve are experimenting with machine learning to deal with cheating in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site]. The snippet of insight comes from a Reddit thread about spinbots in Valve's first-person shooter. The gist is that Valve are investigating using an artificial intelligence system capable of constantly retraining itself to spot cheaters and try to stay ahead in the cheat creation/cheat detection arms…

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Burn, baby, burn: Inferno replaces Dust2 in CS:GO

Valve has announced that the iconic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] map, Dust2 will be removed from active duty and replaced with the Inferno map. Dust2 will still be playable, but it exists as a separate map group for the casual and deathmatch game modes. As a result of this swap, you'll no longer see Dust2 in professional esports tournaments.

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Counter-Strike: GO’s Crimbo chickens are nice and cosy

We can all agree that the Christmas season doesn't begin just because John Lewis tries to punch you in the heart or because Ian Starbucks cracks open the syrups again. That's crass commercialism denigrating the season where people buy me presents. No, the only corporation I trust managing Christmas is Valve Corporation, who each year put cute little festive jumpers on the chickens in Counter-Strike:…

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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…

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Dote Night: First Impressions, First Heroes

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart. I spent the last few Dote Nights talking about tutorials in three MOBAs – what they did well and what they did poorly. I realise I…

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Major News: Dota 2’s New Pro Order

The Majors have been on the horizon for the Dota 2 [official site] pro scene for a while now. They're a series of big tournaments spaced through the year and around the globe culminating in The International. But Valve were reluctant to go into further detail until this year's International was done and dusted - i.e. now. The bit I'm most interested in is the…

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Dote Night: The Wisdom Of Guided Bots

Tutorials and practice in MOBAs is something I think about a lot. It came up again over the last couple of weeks because Riot ventured the opinion that a sandbox mode in League of Legends would introduce problems and take away from fun of the game. I already talked about the sandbox situation in greater detail here but I figured I'd put forward a few…

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The International Daily Diary, Part 5: Whale Friends

Pip is currently in Seattle to cover The International 2015 - Valve's six day Dota 2 [official site] tournament. There's over $18m on the line and a rich tapestry of professional gaming to enjoy (or unpick) - we did a cheat sheet to explain the basics. There was also a virtual reality secret shop to be visited and a game of "cornhole" to be played.…

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The International Daily Diary, Part 4: Cake And Chaos

Pip is currently in Seattle to cover The International 2015 - Valve's six day Dota 2 [official site] tournament. There's over $18m on the line and a rich tapestry of professional gaming to enjoy (or unpick) - we did a cheat sheet to explain the basics. There are also lemon curd cakes to be eaten and fountains be be enjoyed. Here's what happened on day…

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The International Daily Diary, Part 3 – Valve Interview

Pip is currently in Seattle to cover The International 2015 - Valve's six day Dota 2 [official site] tournament. There's over $18m on the line and a rich tapestry of professional gaming to enjoy (or unpick) - we did a cheat sheet to explain the basics. There are also 25 minute videos of shoes to be filmed and Arnold Palmers to be consumed. Here's what…

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The International Daily Diary: Part 2

Pip is currently in Seattle to cover The International 2015 - Valve's six day Dota 2 [official site] tournament. There's over $18m on the line and a rich tapestry of professional gaming to enjoy (or unpick) - we did a cheat sheet to explain the basics. There are also bags to be clambered into and DDoS attacks to withstand. Here is what happened on Day…

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Pip’s Daily Diary From The International: Part 1

Pip is currently in Seattle to cover The International 2015 - Valve's six day Dota 2 [official site] tournament. There's over $18m on the line and a rich tapestry of professional gaming to enjoy (or unpick) - we did a cheat sheet to explain the basics too. There is also beef chilli to be spilled in shoes and explanatory diagrams to show how Fnatic's logo…

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Latest Team Fortress 2 Comic Tells Origins Of Sniper

"Hey, remember Team Fortress 2?" I think to myself, sometimes. I played that game every day for months, squeezing rounds into lunch breaks and evenings till eventually I lost interest. "The big updates slowed," I explain to myself. "The steady stream of community content made each release feel like less of an event, and eventually time moved on and everyone's focus moved elsewhere, right?" Right.…

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Team Fortress 2’s Workshop Now Accepts Merchandise

Team Fortress 2's Steam Workshop is a font of creativity, introducing all manner of new models and maps to the now seven-year-old multiplayer shooter. But what if you're tired of new guns in-game and instead want more real world materials you can stick to your wall or wrap around your meatform? Valve are now accepting Steam Workshop submissions for proposed TF2 merchandise. Anyone can submit…

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