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Feature: Or: why Knight, Mage, and Troll are disgustingly powerful

Dota Underlords alliances tier list [October] – the best alliances in Dota Underlords

The carefully crafted selection of Dota Underlords alliances available to you each match is one of the game's defining features. Just as much as deciding which heroes to use, where to position them, and which items to equip yourself with, your combination of alliances will decide who lives and who dies on the 8x8 battlefield. With all the minor and major updates that have happened…

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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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TF2 turns twelve, celebrates with Scream Fortress XI

Spooky season is upon us. I know this, in part, because someone has already covered the treehouse windows in cheap cobwebs and I can't gaze broodingly at the completely normal, not at all unsettling events of the outside world in 2019. But the real clue is Team Fortress 2's Halloween event, back once more with two new maps, a buncha hats and a temporary re-opening…

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Steam will soon let you play local multiplayer games online

Oh, the possibilities. Late night TowerFall tournaments, no longer restricted to the too-rare occasions when I'm in the same room as my internet friends. I might get to finish Overcooked 2, this time with a pal who finds efficient cooking more entertaining than winding me up by pretending to mistake fire extinguishers for lettuces. Multiple developers have revealed Valve's plans for "Remote Play Together", which…

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MacOS’s 32-bit-breaking Catalina update is live, wreaking havoc on classic game collections

Well, it's finally happened. On Monday, Apple released the feared MacOS "Catalina" update, killing compatibility for dozens of 32-bit games. From this week onwards, updated Macs just flat out won't run 'em. In the constant churn of developing newer, faster, and sleeker operating systems, the Mac makers have given curators of older games a simple choice: put in the work to bring your games up…

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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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Have You Played… Artifact?

This is the one that stings the most. The commercially-unsuccessful game that most makes me want to stand in front of unwelcoming crowds, pound on my chest and scream about how wrong you all are. Artifact doesn't deserve to be the butt of people's jokes. It doesn't deserve to be the butt of anything. It's one of the best card games out there.

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Feature: Here's a good one: a Knight, a Mage, and a Dragon walk onto a board...

Dota Underlords builds [October] – 7 best builds for Knight, Troll, Mage, Savage, and more

Dota Underlords builds are wondrously complex and finnicky beasts. Combining your knowledge not just of heroes and abilities and items and alliances, but also the pacing of a match and your relative needs on different rounds can all get pretty mind-boggling pretty quickly - especially now that you also have to factor in the new Ace Tier heroes and effects with versions #245 and later.…

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Feature: A guide for those who don't know what the hell is going on

Dota Underlords strategy guide [October] – top strategies and beginner’s tips

Dota Underlords, I think we can all agree, is a real head-scratcher of a game. Simplified heroes and systems it may have compared with its perplexing, ponderous progenitor Dota 2, but then Dota 2 never had multiple 10v10 fights happening at once, did it? So we've put together this comprehensive Dota Underlords strategy guide, packed with beginner-friendly tips and explanations of everything that goes on…

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Dota Underlords heroes cheat sheet [October] – best heroes in Dota Underlords

The Dota Underlords heroes roster is sublimely complex and difficult to wrap your head around even if Valve weren't shaking everything up with massive content updates every week or two. With each hero sporting different alliances, abilities, and basic stats across three different levels, there's an awful lot to bear in mind when forming your army. Our Dota Underlords heroes guide will walk you through…

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Feature: How about those new Contraptions, eh?

Dota Underlords items & contraptions [October] – best items for early-game and late-game

The Dota Underlords items roster is no stranger to upheaval - not since the August Update, which removed every alliance item from the game and added three entirely new items into the fold. But now, they've only gone and added a whole new type of item in these new-fangled Contraptions, which can be placed onto the board to affect the outcomes of fights in various…

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Dota Underlords gold [October] – economy and gold tips and tricks

Mastering the Dota Underlords gold and economy system is absolutely essential for winning matches with any sort of consistency. It is what enables you to start from nothing and end with an insurmountable army of 3-star Knights and Mages and Trolls and whatever else you desire to populate your board with. Our Dota Underlords gold guide will walk you through the very best practices for…

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Rocket League lays out plans to banish loot boxes while French CS:GO preemptively dodges gambling regulation

It's a lively day in box news. In the one corner, we have Rocket League developers Psyonix laying out their plans to get rid of 'em. Crates will be replaced with "Blueprints" for specific cosmetics, which you can leave laying about your inventory until you forget about them or choose to cough up. In the other corner, we have Valve, changing how CS:GO loot crates…

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Duke Nuke 3D composer taking Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, and Valve to court

With a back catalogue including Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, and Wolfenstein 3D, Bobby Prince certainly helped define the sound of much of early 3D shooters. Like most folk, though, I reckon he's also a fan of getting paid for his work. Last week, the musician raised claims that 2016's expanded re-release Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour included his music without asking nicely beforehand.…

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Half-Life 2’s downtrodden NPCs have been unable to blink for five years, until now

Oof, imagine not blinking for half a decade. My eyes shiver at the thought. But this is what the NPCs of Half-Life 2 have been suffering. The dry eye epidemic was first reported to Valve's GitHub repo back in 2014 and since then it turns out only a select few have felt the joy of smashing their eyelids shut. But after almost five long years,…

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Steam Labs revs up two new recommendation engines

Steam's been a bit of a naff place for finding new games for a long time now. The boffins down at Valve Headquarters seem to agree, too - over two months into their experimental Steam Labs projects, we're seeing the gang at Bellevue throwing plenty of ideas at the wall. The Automatic Show might still be absolute pants, and Micro Trailers is more satisfying as…

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Steam should let users resell games, French court rules

French Steam users have the right to resell games, a Paris court has ruled in a case brought by a consumer group. The years-long case isn't fully settled because Valve can yet appeal, and why would they not? This is still a big decision. The official line so far has been that games bought in a downloadable form, without a physical form like a disc…

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Steam’s new-look Library is now in open beta

Valve are preparing a new look for the digital shelves storing your games, expanding the client's Library view with more information on game updates and what your pals are up to. Basically they're repainting the digital shelves and tucking an iPad between your fiction and poetry sections. Excellent metaphor, Alice. Valve are looking to test the new Steam Library before rolling it out to everyone,…

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Dota Underlords adding Duos mode and actual Underlords

It's gone a bit quiet down in Dota Underlords. Valve's autobattler hasn't received a chunky update for a few weeks, with team-battle tacticians left to twiddle their thumbs while the meta stagnates. Last night's patch made Arc Warden a bit weaker and poked at a handful of other numbers, but I'm more interested in Valve's explanation for why update's have slowed down a tad. It's…

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