As Nigma put it himself, The Compendium for Dota 2 is like the yearly tax you pay Valve to play their game. Seriously, who wouldn’t buy one? It not only helps grow the prize pool for this year’s International and serves as a way to interact with the tournament, it grows your armoury with some shiny new items too. We’ve already received the first wave of immortals, and two more are due. A little birdy (ie Reddit) told me exactly what we can expect from the next batch.
The International, Valve’s flagship event, exists to showcase the best Dota 2 teams as they battle for millions of dollars in prize money. It’s a huge spectacle, one I look forward to each year. Last month, much to my delight, Valve announced that The International would be supplemented by another three tournaments – The Dota Major Championships. More high-stake Dota 2? Heck yeah! In this announcement, Valve stated that they would sponsor the events, but they would be hosted by third-party organisers.That may have changed – Valve could be looking to run everything themselves.
The International 5 is gearing up to be the best one yet. The prize pool continues to grow (close on $9 million at time of writing) and 10 fantastic teams have secured direct invites from Valve. The stage isn’t fully set however, as there is still space for a further 6 teams. Those empty slots will get filled over the coming week, starting today, by means of regional qualifiers.
I am in love with 6.84. Gone are those longwinded, 60-90 minute affairs that made Dota 2 far too stale and time consuming for my liking. The current meta is way more action packed, making the game not only a lot more fun to play, but equally fun to watch. If like me, you spent most of the weekend lost in Valve’s MOBA, I have no doubt that you also found some time to watch bits and pieces of The Summit – a more laid back Dota 2 event showcasing some of the game’s top talent. The finals concluded in the wee hours this morning. Team Secret defeated Evil Geniuses to claim the top spot.
So you want to be YouTube famous? You want to be showered in comments where other channels beg you to go watch their Let’s Play videos? You want to swim in a pool of exposure? Well buddy, get ready to make goofy voices and faces at the screen as you ramp up for the big time, as nothing nets you clicks and hits more than putting your vidja garmez impressions on YouTube. Especially if it’s one of these ten games according to the video streaming giant.
I’ve been more than grumpy about Dota 2 for the past few weeks. Hell, I’m even grumpier following my 8 game losing streak which accumulated painfully over the past few days! I need change dammit; change from this silly, farmfest, 70+ minute games brought on by the 6.83 meta. I haven’t been shy in asking for it either, and it paid off it seems, because Valve announced a new patch over the weekend. They’ve now unveiled its finer details.
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.