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Introducing The Player Cards
This is a guide covering the new player cards system that was recently added into Dota 2.
Player cards represent the participants of The International which will drop as loot in regular and Compendium matchmaking games. Collect your favorite players and stamp them into your compendium to earn rewards!
Player cards is a new system that was introduced with the Dota 2 28th of June patch.
The cards are intended to be used by Compendium owners and can be stamped directly into the book in order to add that player to your collection.
Player cards represent the participants of this year's International and will drop as loot in regular and Compendium matchmaking games. You're guaranteed to get one via a drop after completing your first Compendium matchmaking match after the cards were introduced.
In the future the Compendium will be updated with Player card challenges which will provide rewards for meeting the criteria (more details on this below).
Meet The Teams
It is possible to get a player card from one of the 17 different teams that will be attending this year's International. Either from one of the 15 teams that have been directed invited to this year's International or won the qualifiers or from also the 2 teams who are going to compete before the start of the event for the final spot in a wildcard challenge.
For those unfamiliar with the team/player list, you can see it below.
Alliance Gustav "s4" Magnusson (C) Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg Joakim "Akke" Akterhall Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist Jonathan "Loda" Berg
Dignitas Ioannis "Fogged" Loucas (C) JingJun "Sneyking" Wu Saahil "Universe" Arora Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling Peter "Waytosexy" Nguyen
DK Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei (C) Bai "rOtk" Fan Xie "Yueru" Junhao (aka Super) Yao "QQQ" Yi Lei "X!!" Zengrong
Fnatic Tal "Fly" Aizik (C) Johan "N0tail" Sundstein Adrian "Era" Kryeziu Kai "H4nn1" Hanbueckers Kalle "Trixi" Saarinen
Invictus Gaming Chen "Zhou" Yao (C) Luo "430" Feichi Jiang "YYF" Cen Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan Zeng "Faith" Hongda
LGD Gaming.cn Zhang "xiao8" Ning (C) Liu "Sylar" Jiajun Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng Xie "dd" Bin Leong "ddc" Fat-meng
LGD Gaming.int Per Anders "Pajkatt" Olsson Lille (C) Sergey "God" Bragin Braxton "Brax" Paulson Rasmus Berth "MiSeRy" Filipsen Sivatheeban "1437" Sivanathapillai
Team Liquid Brian "FLUFFNSTUFF" Lee (C) Sam "Bulba" Sosale Michael "ixmike88" Ghannam Steven "Korok" Ashworth Tyler "TC" Cook
Mousesports Troels "syndereN" Nielsen (C) Adrian "FATA-" Trinks Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier Pascal "paS" Lohmeier Max "qojqva" Broecker
MUFC Litt-Binn "WinteR" Chan (C) Daniel "TFG" Wong Cheng Hor "FzFz" Siew Woi Cheong "Ling" Sim Jun Liong "dabeliuteef" Loh
Na'Vi Clement "Puppey" Ivanov (C) Daniil "Dendi" Ishutin Kuro Salehi "KuroKy" Takhasomi Aleksander "XBOCT" Dashkevich Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov
Orange Joel "XtiNcT" Chan Zhan Leong Yee Fung "Mushi" Chai Kang Yang "ky.xy" Lee Wai Pern "Net" Lim Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo
Team Zenith Daryl "iceiceice" Koh Pei Xiang (C) Wai Hong "xy-" Toh Nicholas "xFreedom" Lim Wei Poong "YamateH" Ng Chee Cai "Ice" Chua
In order to keep a track of the player cards you have stamped and collected the Compendium has been updated with two new sections.
The first section is a player card overview page which will be updated in a future patch to show a list of player card challenges running that week (more on this later).
Going to a team's profile inside the Compendium will show you the team's information, accomplishments and most importantly their players. On this page the player faces are greyed out which means you currently don't have that player stamped into your collection.
Where Do I Get One?
So now you have an understanding of what a player card is, you're probably wondering how you can collect these cards.
The easiest way to guarantee that you get your first card is to compete in a Compendium matchmaking match which will reward you with a player card the first time you play a Compendium match after the player cards were introduced.
You can also get cards through regular matchmaking drops like you would normally get when playing Dota 2 on any of the matchmaking queues (All Pick, All Random, Compendium etc).
For those who are not interested in waiting around then the system is always open to trading. You can visit one of the many Dota 2 trading sites and attempt to trade for the card(s) you desire.
Once you're in the position where you have earned a player card, the item will be added to your backpack just like a normal Dota 2 item.
Hovering over the card will display all of the details regarding that player, his position in the team, favoured heroes and also his featured match id.
From the backpack you can right click on the card and will be presented with a few options.
The "Watch the replay" option will take you to that player's featured match in which they performed exceptionally well and will download the replay for you to watch.
The other option which is the most important one is the "Use on Compendium" option which allows you to use up the player card and stamp it into your collection.
Using this option will present you with a dialog warning you that the card will be destroyed upon use. The player cards are a one time use and once stamped into your Compendium they can not be retrieved.
Once the player card has been stamped into your Compendium the team profile page will be updated and that player's image will be now displayed in full colour, representing the fact that you have stamped/collected that player.
Future Plans - Player Card Challenges
This is just the start of the player card system, in the future there will be more updates to the Compendium to add extra features in this area.
One of these features will be "Player Card Challenges", these challenges will run on a timed basis which will provide rewards for completing them.
From the files we have an idea of the kind of challenges we can expect for when this system goes live. For example, stamping a complete team etc.
"DOTA_TIP_Player_Card_Challenge_0" "Stamp one complete team\nReward: ???" "DOTA_TIP_Player_Card_Challenge_1" "Stamp five complete teams\nReward: ???" "DOTA_TIP_Player_Card_Challenge_2" "Stamp all Player Cards\nReward: ???" "DOTA_TIP_Player_Card_Challenge_3" "Stamp this randomly selected team: %s1\nReward: ???" "DOTA_TIP_Player_Card_Challenge_4" "Stamp this randomly selected team: %s1\nReward: ???" "DOTA_TIP_Player_Card_Challenge_5" "Stamp any Mythical Player Card\nReward: ???"
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