Valve’s annual Dota 2 spectacle, The International, only comes around once a year. It’s a high stakes event that has its competitors playing for millions of dollars in prize money. I myself follow the proceedings religiously, but after it is done and dusted, my interest in watching competitive Dota dwindles to a minimum – at least until the next year when the subsequent TI kicks off. That may change, as Valve have just announced three additional major tournaments that will supplement The International. That’s not all -they’ve also announced a new balance patch too… FINALLY!
The MOBA genre began to take shape when Defense of the Ancients – the mod for Warcraft III – was first released back in 2003. Now, over a decade later, the genre is flooded with all sorts of different titles; League of Legends, Dota 2, Heroes of Newerth, Smite… the list goes on, and continues to grow. It is certainly crowded, but the now 6 year old League of Legends remains the top MOBA, and according to EEDAR, will hold that position for the foreseeable future.
There’s no denying it - I love Dota 2. The last balance patch though, 6.83 (the shifting snows update), which was released towards the end of December last year, has left me cold. I’ve been playing my favourite MOBA far less. Now, I don’t think this is due exclusively to that particular patch, but it does seem to be around the time when things started getting a little boring, at least for me anyways. I feel that the current meta is “stale”, and I don’t think I am alone in feeling this way. Is it not yet time for the next big gameplay change that will keep things fresh?
Hey people, It’s me, Matthew, bringing you fresh news once more! Is this some cruel joke that the Lazygamer crew have thought up? “Yes, we will trick our readers into thinking that our long-lost cabbage intern is back to write for us once more! MWAHAHAHA WHAT A PRANK! MORE MOBA NEWS! MORE CABBAGE! THEY’LL NEVER SEE IT COMING!”
Goat Simulator was a surprise hit last year with people going crazy for that silly goat and its bizarre physics. It's so adorable and fun, that it's slowly creeping its way into other games. It's now coming to Dota 2 and looks far too adorable as a courier.
If you're playing games on PC, you're probably using Steam. It's fine though - all the cool kids are as well. Valve's online platform is the central hub for most modern PC gaming, and it seems that more and more people are battering their servers every single day. So many in fact, that they've gone on to break a record only just breaking infancy.
In a world of ever-increasing prize pools, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) is determined to stay relevant. They are announcing a bunch of tournaments this year that will get a lot of attention thanks to some impressive prizes - while Dota has the top spot, even CS: GO is nothing to sneeze at.
Developers and publishers love to bandy around terms to show off how popular their games are. Perhaps it's "registered users" or "current profiles" or any other number of PR buzz-words. However, we all know that those numbers are useless if no one is playing the game. Dota 2 has lots of players, so many that they've broken Steam records.
We’re a week away from Chinese New Year, which is a festive time for most Chinese communities around the world. More importantly, it’s a festive time for every Dota 2 player on the globe, as the New Bloom update looms. Bringing a new game mode, items and more, New Bloom is one of the biggest events for the game of the year. Only this time, there’s a new character joining the action as well.
Valve really knows what people love, even if people themselves don’t know it yet. It’s why Steam Hats, in the literally and figurative sense, become such a massive market on the digital store front, enticing designers from around the world to try their hand at creation and trade. It’s only been open to a handful of games, but Valve is now busting that wide open.
The Dota 2 Asia Championship just came to a close this morning, with Evil Geniuses taking all the glory in one of the biggest competitions aside from The International. So it seems fitting that around the same time, a brand new trailer for the incoming Dota 2 New Bloom patch appeared online – and it looks like Winter Wyvern could be joining the fray really soon.
You may or may not have known that Dota started as a mod for Warcraft III (That mod itself being based on a Starcraft map). However, the development from popular mod into full fledged game is more complicated than you might imagine - as is the growth into a full fledged eSport.
I love looking at statistics. There's something so solid and factual about the cold, hard truth of numbers, and these numbers are impressive. Minecraft finally has some statistics about how many people are playing the game at any given time, and it's a little on the incredible side.
One of the biggest events in eSports each year is Dota 2's The International. With the top teams going head to head, it is like the Super Bowl or Curry Cup for eSports. Even people who don't play much Dota watch it; it's made particularly accessible with excellent viewing options. And it's coming back this year a little later in the calendar.
We’ve been slacking on the Dota news ever since Matty, intern of the century, left. But that stops right now, because there’s a brand new shopkeeper you can grab for Valve’s MOBA, and it’s the definition of awesome.