Planetfall — Earthshaker Arcana

Planetfall — Earthshaker Arcana

  • Date: 24-05-2019
  • Author: Ward

He who was one with the spirit of this Earth has now merged with a fragment from another world. Planetfall, the Earthshaker Arcana, has landed. Available now in The International 2019 Battle Pass. The Arcana includes an all-new model, custom Echo Slam, Enchant Totem, Blink Dagger, and Stun effects, a combo counter for showing your ability streaks, and over 500 new Arcana-exclusive voice lines. Earn 500 Kills or Assists with Echo slam to unlock the Burning Descent alternate style. Learn more about Planetfall on the update website.

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Valve will make its own, standalone version of Dota Auto Chess mod

  • Date: 23-05-2019
  • Author: eurogamer

Valve has announced it will make its own version of the immensely popular Dota Auto Chess mod.

What will become of the original mod is now unclear. Valve staff invited the mod's creators, Chinese team Drodo Studio, to meet with them in February. There were discussions about working together, a blog post from Valve states: "but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons.

"We ended up agreeing that we'll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest."

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Valve making Dota Auto Chess mod into standalone game

  • Date: 22-05-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Dota Auto Chess, the most popular mod in Dota 2 these days (and which has nothing to do with chess), is becoming a standalone game made by Valve themselves. I had not predicted that this would be Valve’s next game. Valve say they talked with mod creators Drodo Studio about working together and, while dreams of collaboration fell flat, they did agree to each work on their own versions of it. Presumably some money is changing hands too? So Valve are now making a standalone Dota Auto Chess while Drodo are continuing to work on the mod as well as their own mobile game that basically just replaces the characters. So that’s a game based on a mod for a game based on a Warcraft 3 mod based on a StarCraft mod.

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Dota 2 s paid avoid player option is part of a pattern of developers sidelining anti-abuse features

  • Date: 19-05-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jay Castello)

Dota 2‘s International 2019 Battle Pass has plenty of issues. As Matt wrote earlier this month, alongside a waterfall of cosmetics and a special mode, the pass will unlock an in-game assistant that seems to give owners an advantage over those who haven t forked over at least 7.50/$10. But (as reported by The Verge) the pass is paywalling another key feature the ability to avoid players.

Obviously, you shouldn t have to pay to access the ability to not group up with abusive players. Valve calls this an experimental feature (by many accounts it s not working well), suggesting that it could be extended out to all players after this test on Battle Pass owners. More surprising, then, is the fact that Dota 2 has been out for six years without the option to not have to play with someone ruining the fun, whether it be throwing games or yelling slurs. And yet, even though how other people act is a huge part of the experience of many online games, giving players the ability to regulate their interactions often seems to be a secondary concern for developers.

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Dota 2 Short Film Contest

  • Date: 17-05-2019
  • Author: Ward

We are pleased to announce that we're now accepting submissions for the 2019 Dota 2 Short Film Contest. Filmmakers have until the morning of August 7, 2019 to submit their short film creations of 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to be eligible for consideration. As is tradition, we invite all fans to visit the Workshop to participate in the voting and discussion process to help us select the best entries to be showcased as part of The International 2019 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in The International 2019 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. As before, each finalist that places in the top ten will be guaranteed to win $500, and the top three selections will be awarded prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in recognition of their contributions to the Dota community. More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site. Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2019.

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Dota 2 Update - May 15th, 2019

  • Date: 16-05-2019
  • Author: Valve

* There was an issue that affected some players who used shovels in the first few hours of the battle pass release. We’ve granted additional shovels to the affected players.

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Dota 2 Update - May 10th, 2019

  • Date: 11-05-2019
  • Author: Valve

* Fixed issues related to MMR wager tokens

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The Dota 2 International 2019 Battle Pass includes lizards, a new mode, and problems

  • Date: 09-05-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

The jungle is a rumblin’, thanks to Dota 2‘s International 2019 Battle Pass. Nowadays Dota 2’s Battle Passes aren’t just big sticker books where you make predictions about how your favourite athletes will perform in the wizard world championships, they’re books you have to buy if you want to play a special mode and access features that give you an advantage. That first inclusion is fair. The second seems… real bad? Ach, we’ll get back to those.

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The International 2019 Battle Pass

  • Date: 08-05-2019
  • Author: Ward

The International Battle Pass has arrived. Prepare to cut a path into the final months of the DPC season and discover an abundance of new and classic features—including a new game mode, living towers, consumables, a Coach's challenge, and of course a host of exclusive rewards. As is custom, 25% of all Battle Pass sales go directly to The International prize pool. Raise your Battle Level by embarking upon the Jungle Expedition, facing the upcoming Wrath of the Mo'rokai custom game, and completing other challenges and Achievements to unlock increasing amounts of mythic rewards. You can even use Wagering Tokens to score extra Battle Points from your weekly games to help you on your way. With reward line items like the custom 'Overgrown Empire' terrain, evolving courier, 'Majesty of the Colossus' Tiny Prestige Item, 'Planetfall' Earthshaker Arcana, weaponless 'Axe Unleashed' item set, and so much more, the yearly call to adventure begins now. Head over to The International 2019 Battle Pass page for more information on everything included in this year's tribute to the biggest Dota event of the year. With only one round of Major and Minor tournaments remaining before we turn our eyes to Shanghai, the next gameplay patch will arrive after the conclusion of the final Major and Minor DPC Qualifiers starting soon.

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The International 2019 Battle Pass is now available

  • Date: 08-05-2019
  • Author: pcgamer

The Dota 2 International 2019 doesn't get underway until August, but The International Battle Pass, which grants owners access to exclusive content, features, and rewards, is available for purchase today. The "standard" Battle Pass can be had for $10, while higher level passes—with more rewards—are also available at discounted prices. 

This year's pass includes Wrath of the Mo'rokai custom game mode, a Jungle Expedition, and unlockable "Guardians of the Lost Path" custom towers that "will never be tradable or purchasable on the marketplace"—you either unlock them with the Battle Pass, or you miss out. 

New consumables, like the Trusty Shovel, the Snake Balloon, and the poop-flinging Silly Monkey will help you along the journey, a new Coach's Challenge will test your ability to guide lower-MMR players through matches, and new Party Finder will help you find fun people to play Dota 2 with, without having to screw around with your Steam Friends list. (Avoid Player, which does precisely the opposite, is also in there.) There's a new avatar banner, a High Five action, MVP voting, a new Versus screen, and more—it's a really extensive list. 

Returning features—because that's just the new stuff—include the ability to double down MMR rewards (or losses) once per week, Immortal item recycling, wagering, ranked roles, in-game tipping, trivia, predictions, the Daily Hero Challenge, and a slew of rewards that increase with Battle Pass levels. 

The point of all this, aside from loading up Dota 2 fans with stuff, is to pump up The International prize pool: 25 percent of Battle Pass sales are contributed to the pool, which is already pushing $2.7 million. The big show this year runs August 20-25. 

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