[www.ticketmaster.ca]For the first time ever, the battle for the Aegis of Champions will be waged on Canadian soil, as The International Dota 2 Championships invite the world's top Dota teams to face off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, August 20th through Saturday, August 25th.
Tickets sales begin on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM PDT, with two ticket types available. The Midweek ticket—available for $125 CAD[www.xe.com]—will grant attendance to the first four days of the event, August 20th – 23rd. The Finals ticket—available for $250 CAD[www.xe.com]—will grant access to the last two days, August 24th and 25th.
Check out the Ticketing FAQ here[www.dota2.com] for more information.
Tickets will be available via https://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139269/1982004. We recommend that you prepare your Ticketmaster account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience. If you are unsure when tickets will go on sale in your time zone, please use this time zone converter[www.thetimezoneconverter.com].
Seattle: March 23rd at 10AM and 10PM
Rio de Janeiro: March 23rd at 2PM and March 24th at 2AM
London: March 23rd at 5PM and March 24th at 5AM
Berlin: March 23rd at 6PM and March 24th at 6AM
Moscow: March 23rd at 8PM and March 24th at 8AM
Beijing: March 24th at 1AM and 1PM
Singapore: March 24th at 1AM and 1PM
Seoul: March 24th at 2AM and 2PM
Sydney: March 24th at 4AM and 4PM
Introducing Dota Plus
[www.dota2.com]Today's update unveils Dota Plus, a new monthly subscription service designed to help you get the most out of every match you play.
Dota Plus is an evolution of the Battle Pass. In the past we released two types of Battle Passes, ones that revolved around the Majors, and one around The International. As a result of the recent introduction of the Pro Circuit, we've replaced the Majors Battle Passes with a new type of service that doesn't depend on a specific start and end date, and one that we can continually add features and content to over time.
This reimagining of the Majors Battle Pass will be an ongoing, uninterrupted service filled with features that provide both progression and opportunities for improvement. Hero Leveling offers you a way to make progress every match while earning Shards, a new currency that can be used to unlock rewards. Test your skills by completing hundreds of new Challenges of varying difficulties. Use the Plus Assistant to help you make build decisions by utilizing real-time item and ability suggestions. These suggestions are based on data gathered from millions of recent games at each skill bracket, ensuring your builds stay current in the ever-evolving meta. Better understand your playstyle by using new graphs and analysis tools both during the match and after it’s finished.
This update also includes the return of the Battle Cup. All Dota Plus members will have free weekly access to play in the weekend tournaments, while non-members can still purchase tickets for $0.99 to participate.
Everything Dota Plus has to offer is available now for $3.99 per month. Receive a discount if you sign up for a six- or twelve-month subscription. Want to gift Dota Plus to a friend? You can purchase gift memberships that will remain active for a fixed number of months.
Check out the Dota Plus[www.dota2.com] page for more information on all of the features included in your subscription.
7.07 Update — The Dueling Fates
Oct 31, 2017
[www.dota2.com]Today the Dueling Fates collide, as two new heroes—Dark Willow & Pangolier—[www.dota2.com]join the battle of the Ancients.
And neither arrives to the fight empty-handed. Each hero has a debut Immortal item available in the Emblems of the Dueling Fates bundle[www.dota2.com], which also contains a Ward set, courier, and taunts for both heroes.
Along with the new heroes, Dueling Fates also introduces the 7.07 Gameplay Update; new ranked seasons for MMR; an entirely new game mode; and more. Visit the update page[www.dota2.com] for details on each hero and all the other changes we've made.
Looking beyond today's update, we're also currently reworking the Battle Pass system and will have more information on those changes coming in the future.
Frostivus 2017 Call to Arms
Oct 3, 2017
The warmth of the summer months is now just a memory, and the creeps already see their breath frosting in the chill air. To help get the heroes ready for the coming snows and the joys of winter celebration, we are now officially accepting submissions from Community artists based around the themes of Frostivus, and the frigid trappings of winter, to be considered for inclusion in a new treasure.
Make sure to mark your submissions with the "Frostivus 2017" tag when tendering items to the Workshop. All submissions must be on the Dota 2 Workshop by November 20, 2017. As before, we would like to ask artists to avoid the use of any concepts that involve human skulls, blood, and gore.
Additionally, all Dota fans should remember to regularly visit the Workshop and vote through the Queue to ensure your voices are heard in the selection process.
True Sight – The International 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Each year, The International grand finals has fans on the edge of their seat because, after all, anything can happen in Dota. But who could have anticipated that Newbee - dominant in the upper bracket - would fall to Team Liquid in an unprecedented three straight games? Our film crew managed to capture what it truly feels like to win AND lose in grand fashion. It was an emotional ride for everyone involved and it's an honor to present to you the next episode of the Valve documentary series, TRUE SIGHT.
TRUE SIGHT is a documentary series that takes you behind the scenes of the journeys of professional Dota 2 teams. This episode follows Team Liquid and Newbee through the grand finals at The International 2017. Pressure builds as the two teams compete for the grand prize of $10.9 million, the largest in eSports history.
The Dota Pro Circuit
Sep 15, 2017
Just one month has passed since Team Liquid were crowned World Champions at The International, and already players, teams, and fans alike turn their attentions to the upcoming competitive season and the next chance to claim the Aegis of Champions in 2018.
On the road to the next championship stand 11 Majors and 16 Minors that comprise the Dota Pro Circuit[www.dota2.com], an eight-month season of tournaments held around the world that offer Qualifying Points used to determine the eight direct invites to The International.
As teams undertake the challenges of the new season, they can now bring another resource into the fight. This year, coaches will be allowed to remain with their players for the duration of the pre-game draft phase to discuss strategy and help determine picks and bans. Once the draft is complete, coaches will be required to depart the play area.
With the first two Minors and first Major set to take place next month, players and teams are now welcome to manage rosters via the Majors and Minors Registration hub[www.dota2.com].
Phase One of registration — during which managers can re-register previous teams, and players can accept invites or drop from previous teams — will end at 5:00 p.m. PDT on September 22. Phase Two — during which managers can register new teams and players can accept new invites — will end at 5:00 p.m. PDT on October 03. All rosters will be locked as final at the end of Phase Two.
Siltbreaker: Act II — Exclusive Battle Pass Campaign
Aug 18, 2017
The final battle approaches, and the chosen defenders of the Brine must continue their secret mission into Dark Reef Prison to eradicate the fiendish Siltbreaker once and for all. Battle Pass owners are once again invited to undertake a journey that spans vast domains, where fearsome creatures and monstrous hordes lurk in every shadow, as the first Dota 2 Multiplayer Campaign concludes with today's release of Siltbreaker: Act II.
To accompany this release, we've added an Adventure Mode to Acts I & II that allows for a more casual playstyle. Adventure Mode playthroughs won't garner any Artifacts, achievements, or rewards, but the decreased difficulty and removal of any non-quest goals will let players explore the dangerous world of Siltbreaker without any additional pressure.
We've also introduced changes to the Artifact system for both acts that will help ensure more players can discover these objects of power and factor them into tactical decisions as they play. Players who collected Artifacts in Act I are welcome to utilize them in Act II, and vice versa, but there are some important differences with the new system. Check out today's patch notes[www.dota2.com] for more information.
As you fight your way to a showdown with Siltbreaker, you’ll earn completion stars based on your performance level. The first time you complete a zone with one or two stars will net you Battle Points rewards, and delivering a three-star zone performance will grant a treasure from the aquatic terror himself.
Each Siltbreaker Treasure includes a chance to receive an indescribably-rare Immortal Desert Sands Baby Roshan courier, and Battle Pass owners with Battle Level 165 or higher will receive double the treasures for each three-star zone they complete with the reward bonus active. You’ll also have the opportunity to unlock new Act II achievements for even more Battle Points.
Can you find Siltbreaker and end this dire threat before he makes his escape? Party up with three friends or queue-met allies to find out. The safety of the free seas hangs in the balance, and—should you fail—the drylands might be next.
The International Grand Champions
Aug 14, 2017
The Road to the Aegis Congratulations to Team Liquid, Grand Champions at The International 2017.
Team Liquid were one of six direct invites to this year's tournament, arriving in Seattle with high expectations built upon strong results at recent events.
Captained by a veteran who has competed in The International every year, Liquid established themselves early and never lost a series in the Group Stage. They scored 2-0 victories off of iG.Vitality, Fnatic, Infamous, Team Empire, and Team Secret; and earned 1-1 draws against EG, LGD, and TNC to finish with a group-best record of 13-3.
The main stage, however, would present a more daunting challenge, as Team Liquid stumbled to a 1-2 loss at the hands of Invictus Gaming in the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals.
The loss dropped them into the Lower Bracket and set up a do-or-die run through a string of six straight elimination series, forcing Liquid to outlast an aggressive Team Secret, send home an Empire squad that had bested EG, and overcome a relentless VP in one of the most intense matchups of the tournament.
Not done yet, Liquid's next elimination series saw them draft some lesser-used heroes to down LGD 2-0 and reach a Lower Bracket Finals vs Group B's strongest team -- LFY. Despite losing a drawn-out Game 1, Liquid held fast against LFY for a 2-1 series victory and a trip to the Grand Finals, where Upper Bracket winners Newbee were already waiting.
There, Team Liquid would perform the first-ever Grand Finals sweep in The International's history, besting Newbee's elite lineup 3-0 to claim the Aegis of Champions and secure their status as world's best.
As bearers of the ultimate symbol of victory in the struggle between Radiant and Dire, these names shall forever be inscribed upon the Aegis' silver plaque:
2017 Team Liquid Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov Maroun "GH" Merhej Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi
Looking Back If you missed any of the tournament, or just want to relive some of the incredible moments and breathtaking plays, head over to The International site[www.dota2.com], where you can find replays for every match. There are also loads of photos and videos from the event over on the Media page[www.dota2.com], our TI7 Youtube playlist, and the Dota 2 Flickr[www.flickr.com].
We would like to thank all of the players, talent, and everyone in the Dota community for helping bring this celebration of our shared passion to life. The International continues to be the crowning moment of the competitive season, and without everyone's support, none of this would be possible. We hope you enjoyed this year's tournament as much as we did.
The Season Ahead With The International 2017 now behind us, it's time to turn towards what comes next. In a few weeks, we'll be releasing more details on the coming competitive season, including tournament schedules and other relevant information to help get players and fans ready for another unbelievable year of Dota.
Trove Carafe Immortals
Aug 5, 2017
The Trove Carafe for The International 2017 is now available, featuring the item debuts for Jakiro and Oracle, as well as new items for Shadow Demon, Phantom Lancer, Anti-Mage, Troll Warlord, Faceless Void, and Beastmaster.
Each treasure also offers the chance to receive a rare Invoker item, a very rare Golden Treasure that contains golden versions of select Immortals, or an ultra rare mystery courier that celebrates the spirit of The International.
You can also support your favorite broadcast talent at this year's event by purchasing autographed versions of the Trove Carafe. Just select the desired caster from the dropdown menu in the store to inscribe their autograph on the contents.
Attendee Item Drops As a special bonus to fans attending The International, we will be dropping in-game items to audience members inside of KeyArena. At First Blood in each individual game, a limited number of exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of items selected from this year’s Immortals, and inscribed with a first-blood tracking gem. To be eligible, you must have a badge linked to a Steam account and be in the arena when First Blood occurs. We look forward to seeing you at The International.
The International Main Event The International 2017 Group Stage has now concluded, resulting in the elimination of Fnatic and HellRaisers after four hard-fought days of Dota.
LFY, Team Liquid, LGD, Newbee, Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming, Virtus.pro, and TNC all advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event.
OG, Team Secret, iG.Vitality, Cloud9, Digital Chaos, Team Empire, Infamous, and Execration face the challenge of first-round best-of-one games in the Lower Bracket on Monday, August 7 at KeyArena. The broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and all the games can be watched live on The International website.[www.dota2.com]
Welcoming New Players
Jul 28, 2017
Some of the most satisfying moments in Dota are found in the first stages of learning the game, as you begin to see intricate strategies take shape in the battles around you. However, there have also been some issues that caused unnecessary challenges for new players in the past. With today's update we're introducing two features designed to help new players face as few barriers as possible to enjoying Dota.
The first feature is a change to the hero selection system. To help new players, we are now restricting hero selection to a curated group of twenty heroes for their first twenty-five games. This introductory group consists of heroes that we've learned are very successful in helping new players learn and enjoy the game.
Today's update also introduces a feature that matches new players against players with consistently high behavior scores. It is especially important for a new player to have a good social experience while they are first trying to learn the game. The matchmaking system will now ensure that new players will play with and against appropriately-skilled players that also have a track record of good behavior.
The International is soon approaching, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Newcomer Stream![www.dota2.com]