Tiny Prestige Item and Custom Creeps

Tiny Prestige Item and Custom Creeps

  • Date: 13-08-2019
  • Author: Ward

Today's update rolls out the exclusive 'Majesty of the Colossus' prestige item set for Tiny at Battle Level 255—along with the 'Reptilian Refuge' custom Radiant and Dire creeps at level 182—to fill out the Battle Pass rewards line as we approach The International. Featuring completely new models for each of his Grow states, plus custom animations and effects for Avalanche and Tree Grab, the 'Majesty of the Colossus' can only be earned by increasing your Battle Level to 255 before the conclusion of The International 2019 Battle Pass. Players who've already grown to level 255 can claim this item set from the rewards line and roll into the lanes in splendor and style. To accommodate the release of this new item set, Tiny's item slots have also been updated and simplified to correspond to his four levels of Grow, and his materials have been optimized to allow for more robust content creation. This means he will soon become available on the workshop, and that artists will only need to focus on making items to fit four base slots and one weapon slot on any future Tiny designs. The International Group Stage The first Group Stage action of The International kicks off at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 15 in Shanghai. With seeding in the Main Event at stake right from the start, make sure to tune in to the main stream to see the first stage of the tournament unfold.

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Valve will use human moderators to stop Steam Workshop scams

  • Date: 12-08-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Craig Pearson)

According to my therapist, we all need approval. So I m glad that the latest Valve Initiative (TM) is all about that. From now on, content uploaded to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 Steam Workshops will require Valve s approval before being released to the public. This is to combat the free skin ads that plague the workshop.

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Dota 2 Update - August 9th, 2019

  • Date: 10-08-2019
  • Author: Valve

* Fixed Morphling's Morph resetting charge counts for Astral Imprisonment, Stone Remnants and Windrun when switching to and from the Morphed hero

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The Summer Scrub Part II

  • Date: 09-08-2019
  • Author: Ward

Today's update delivers the second half of the Summer Scrub, focused on bug fixes and some quality of life improvements just in time for The International. One of the first changes you're likely to notice is the implementation of a new version of the customizable hero grid. Players can now create multiple grid presets, each with their own unique layouts and categories. You can drag and drop heroes around the grid and rename or resize different buckets to suit your needs for any situation. We've also added a new alternate layout for the in-game item shop that allows you to toggle the classic column view to a new grid-style layout that retains the Basic and Upgrade sections while adding multiple grouped sub-categories for ease of use. On the game side, we decided to do a little house cleaning related to players exploiting matchmaking, botting or transferring accounts, resulting in a fresh ban wave for cheaters today. We've also made multiple performance improvements focused on minimizing hitches during teamfights. There's also a whole host of bug fixes that you can read about over on the update page here. Thanks to everyone in the Dota community who helped us identify which things were most in need of a good scrub.

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The International Approaches

  • Date: 08-08-2019
  • Author: Ward

The International Group Stage is almost upon us. As the teams, fans, and broadcast crews make their final preparations for the crowning esports event of the year, it's time to unveil some of the final details for everyone watching. Tournament News Head over to the in-game Compendium for a complete list of Casters and Talent for this year’s event. Don’t forget to fill out your predictions for hero picks, team results, player performance, and tournament meta. Predictions lock before the start of Group Stage play. We’ve also launched the official tournament website for The International 2019 as a hub for keeping up with the daily tournament proceedings. As the Group Stage and Main Event progress, you’ll be able to see updated standings and new social media content posted each day from Shanghai. <*>Group Stage: August 15th – August 18th, 2019 – As before, two best-of-two groups of nine teams. Top four teams in each group advance to Upper Bracket, five – eight advance to Lower Bracket, bottom in each group is eliminated. <*>Main Event: August 20th – August 25th, 2019 – The tradition continues as 16 teams battle through a best-of-three double elimination playoff. Lower bracket first round is best-of-one, Grand Finals are best-of-five. Media The top eighteen Dota teams in the world have earned the right to join the final test of the Dota competitive season. As the tournament progresses, check out the main stage and behind-the-scenes action on our media page, which features all content from our YouTube Channel, event-specific Twitter feed, and Instagram. Pubstomps Whether you're playing or watching, Dota is best enjoyed with friends. To help people around the world connect with each other for their own celebratory Dota events, we’ve once again partnered with Barcraft United to facilitate Pubstomp administration. Their official landing page will launch later this week to help find a Pubstomp in your area.

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Dota 2 Update - August 7th, 2019

  • Date: 08-08-2019
  • Author: Valve

- Added a one time popup describing Ranked Roles before queuing for Ranked.
- Removed random hero selection from Ranked Roles matches
- Added The International Talent section to the Compendium

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Dota Underlords glams up its heroes for a new unranked mode

  • Date: 02-08-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Natalie Clayton)

Turns out, Dota Underlords is a liar. See, this whole time we were all effectively building two teams. One might be fighting the good fight out front, but it’s only the defensive game playing out on my telly. Sure, I could beast out a player on my end screen, but it’s possible enough unlucky rolls could make the away game play out completely differently.

It’s not a huge deal, really. But there’s a little disconnect when – even if I’m fighting your team – we’re watching two entirely different games. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case.

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Dota 2 Update - August 1st, 2019

  • Date: 01-08-2019
  • Author: Valve

- The optional unit query panel has been removed. We started fixing a couple bugs with it and felt that the feature needed large design changes to be usable by a bigger portion of players, as less than 1% of players have used it after we added the option for it.

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Spawn Point: What on earth is an auto battler?

  • Date: 01-08-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

What is an auto and how do I battle it? This is going to be a tough one.

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New study finds that 74% have been harassed in online multiplayer games

  • Date: 27-07-2019
  • Author: contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jay Castello)

According to a recent study by civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 74% of people who play online multiplayer games have experienced some form of harassment, with 65% experiencing severe harassment, which may include physical threats or stalking. And that’s only the start of their downpour of awful numbers, which cover bigotry, extremist views, which games have the worst occurrence rates, and more.

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