Devblog 71

You can now design in-game shirts and trousers for the Steam Workshop! We also added new compound walls, (hopefully) stopped people building in rocks, vastly improved server performance, and more. Garry Server Performance We had a breakthrough with server performance over the weekend. Server performance had turned really terrible over the last couple of months.… Continue reading

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Community Update 50

Gorgeous fan-art, a 3D base planning app, homicidal clergy, and more. Welcome The header image is ComBoze’s ‘The Beginning’ (though it looks like a swift ending is coming to the boar). It’s a lovely and evocative piece of fan-art, and he’s even included a sign stuck randomly to a tree in the background. If you… Continue reading

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The Group Stage

The Wild Cards have ended, and the Group Stage starts soon. From Monday, July 27th through Thursday, July 30th, and starting at 9am PDT each day, two groups of eight teams will fight to determine their seeding for the Main Event of The International. Each game will be a set of two matches. At the end of Group Stage, the top four teams from each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, while the bottom four teams will go on to the Lower Bracket.

During Group Stage, three matches will be played simultaneously. You’ll be able to watch all the action at The International site, with the Primary Stream covering games in Series A, while also providing updates on the other games between matches.

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The Wild Cards

The Wild Cards begin this Sunday at 9am PDT, where four teams will battle it out to decide who will claim the final two invites to The International. Following that will be the Group Stage games, which will determine the seeding for the Main Event, and will run through the week beginning Monday, July 27th at 10am PDT. Finally, the The International’s Main Event begins on Monday, August 3rd and culminates with the Grand Finals on Saturday, August 8th, beginning at 10am PDT each day. You’ll be able to watch every moment streamed live at The International site.

If you’ll be attending The International in person, the doors to KeyArena open at 9am. Pre-orders for Secret Shop merchandise can be made until midnight PDT this Saturday night, July 25th. They will be available for pickup at the Secret Shop, located just outside of KeyArena at Fisher Pavilion, begining Friday, July 31st, at 8am PDT until 2pm PDT on August 8th.

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Devblog 70

A pretty huge, game changing update this week. Possibly the biggest change to the game since the reboot. Maurino Pump Jack I added the pumpjack to the game! This new piece of mining equipment works just like the quarry. Use a survey charge to see if an area has oil and plop this sucker down.… Continue reading

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The Road to The International

The Wild Card brackets, which will decide which two teams will claim the final two invites to The International, have been set. This Sunday, July 26th at 9am PDT, be sure to watch Team Archon, CDEC Gaming, Vega Squadron, and MVP.Phoenix battle for the last two slots in the tournament.

The team distribution for the Group Stage games has also been revealed. These games will determine the seeding for the Main Event. This year, Group Stage will be played over four days, with three games being played simultaneously, each viewable on its own stream. The Primary Stream will provide full coverage of Series A games, and between games we’ll keep you up to date on the overall state of the Group Stage. Streams will start at 9am PDT each day beginning on Monday, July 27th through July 30th.

It all leads up to the Main Event, which starts at 10am PDT on Monday, August 3rd, with the Grand Finals being played on Saturday, August 8th.

Full coverage of all stages of the event will be available at The International site.

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Dota 2 Reborn: Ranked Matchmaking

With today’s update, we’ve enabled Ranked Matchmaking in the Dota 2 Reborn beta. You can now complete Compendium Challenges as well, and doing so in the Reborn beta gives you 50% more coins. While we were at it, we also imported a number of items, including everything from the recently released Immortal Treasure III. Plus, we’ve made a number of other improvements and fixed long list of bugs, which you can check out on our beta updates page. Don’t forget to send us your feedback as you explore the beta.

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The International Approaches

Today we’re launching The International website where you can find info about the dates and this year’s format. We’ll be updating the site throughout the event, starting with the Group Stage team distribution on July 22nd after the players arrive in Seattle.

We’re also launching the beta of DotaTV’s Live Streaming, which you can find in the new Watch section on Dota2.com. Games are broadcast at up to 1080p at 60 frames per second and feature real-time stats, graphs and match data. The Watch section gives you quick access to the most-viewed Dota matches currently being streamed through Steam Broadcasting. The full broadcast for The International will also be available for viewing on this new platform.

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Devblog 69

Big update! We added cosmetic items and Steam Inventory integration, strong female characters models, wood & bone armour sets, and a freelook mode. Garry I’ve been taking it easy this week after my couple of weeks away. The team held it together pretty well, apart from the one day late patch/blog a couple of weeks… Continue reading

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