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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 21, 2019 at 07:35.

Dota Underlords Is Finally Getting Underlords

Dota Underlords Is Finally Getting Underlords
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At this point, I have spent nearly 50 hours with Dota Underlords. I still do not know what an Underlord is. This is because Valve’s early-access auto battler still does not contain its shadowy namesakes. In a matter of weeks, however, that’s going to change.

Today, Valve outlined its plans for the future of...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 23, 2019. 8 comments

My Overpowered Dota Underlords Build Makes Me Feel Like A Glorious Scumbag

My Overpowered Dota Underlords Build Makes Me Feel Like A Glorious Scumbag
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It’s another week in the world of Dota Underlords, which means there’s been yet another drastic balance shift that’s turned the still-early Auto-Chess-alike on its head and scattered pieces all over the floor. This time, it’s the freaky, amorphous Primordials who’ve risen to the top of the pile. My dilemma: I...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 18, 2019. 9 comments

Dota Underlords' Meta Is In An Awkward Spot

Dota Underlords' Meta Is In An Awkward Spot
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Ideally, Dota Underlords, like its auto-battler kin, plays out as a game of slow-build strategy in which you amass an army of heroes based on synergies between them. Maybe that means a chanting brood of surprisingly survivable warlocks. Maybe that means a beefy team of brawny boys who are even beefier together...

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András Neltz András Neltz Jul 08, 2019.

Gaben Makes for a Glorious Dota 2 Shopkeeper

Gaben Makes for a Glorious <i>Dota 2</i> Shopkeeper
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Dota 2's New Bloom Festival will soon be underway, and the Dota team has invited players to participate by submitting items with a Chinese New Year theme to the Dota 2 workshop. That theme requirement obviously didn't stop Down Limit, the man behind the Gaben shopkeeper skin, from putting his creation forward.

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jun 30, 2019. 12 comments

I Don't Know Where To Put My Heroes

I Don't Know Where To Put My Heroes
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DOTA Underlords is Valve’s stab at the auto-battler genre. In Underlords, just like in Auto Chess and Teamfight Tactics, you place heroes you buy on a board and then they attack other heroes and creatures. And while I understand the...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 22, 2019. 18 comments

Valve's New Auto Chess Game Is Already Way More Popular Than Artifact Ever Was

Valve's New Auto Chess Game Is Already Way More Popular Than Artifact Ever Was
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The failure of Dota-themed trading card game Artifact might have left Valve with egg on its face, but the company has now scraped off that egg and made an omelette with Dota Underlords. Valve’s take on the obscenely popular Auto Chess genre hit a peak of nearly 180,000 concurrent players today, almost tripling...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 14, 2019. 17 comments

Valve's Auto Chess Game Is Called Dota Underlords, Open Beta Next Week

Valve's Auto Chess Game Is Called Dota Underlords, Open Beta Next Week
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A few weeks ago, Valve announced that it’d be making its own version of the massively popular Dota 2 mod Auto Chess. Today, it revealed that it’s called Dota Underlords, and it’ll go into open beta in “approximately” one week. And if you’ve purchased the Dota 2 International Battle Pass, you can already start...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson May 22, 2019. 7 comments

Valve Is Making Its Own Version Of Dota Auto Chess

Valve Is Making Its Own Version Of Dota Auto Chess
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Late last year, Valve launched the collectible card game Artifact, a spinoff of Dota 2. It flopped so hard that Valve is now revamping it from the ground up . Earlier this year, Dota’s community beat Valve at its own game, creating Dota Auto Chess, a similarly strategic spin-off that, unlike Artifact, has...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 15, 2019. 5 comments

Dota 2 Custom Mode Is Either One Of Steam's Top Games Or A Glitch

Dota 2 Custom Mode Is Either One Of Steam's Top Games Or A Glitch
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Before it became the megalith players know, love, and dedicate entire lifetimes to mastering, Dota was just a popular mod of other games like Warcraft 3. Perhaps, in a handful of years, we’ll be speaking similarly of Dota 2 mod Auto Chess—that is, if it really is as popular as it seems to be.

Over the weekend,

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 17, 2018. 4 comments

The Dota 2 International's First Day Marred By Technical Issues

The Dota 2 International's First Day Marred By Technical Issues

The International 2018 officially got underway yesterday and, surprise, there were a number of problems with various streaming feeds going down in the middle of the Dota 2 matches. Valve sent out a tweet last night apologizing for the outages, but given how big and lucrative the event is, it still feels like the company should have their shit more together by now.

“We are sorry about the...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 08, 2018. 11 comments

Dota 2 Pros Play Bots, Get Wrecked

<i>Dota 2</i> Pros Play Bots, Get Wrecked

A team of three former Dota 2 pros, one current pro, and a commentator played against five artificial intelligence bots last night at an event in San Francisco. The bots defeated the humans, 2-1, talking plenty of smack along the way.

The bots came from OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company co-founded by Elon Musk. OpenAI’s five-on-five bot team has been in development all year, and last...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 27, 2018. 20 comments

Valve Now Lets Dutch Players Preview What's Inside Dota 2's Loot Boxes Before Buying

Valve Now Lets Dutch Players Preview What's Inside <i>Dota 2</i>'s Loot Boxes Before Buying

Players in the Netherlands can now see what’s inside a Dota 2 loot box before opening it. The change is part of Valve’s shifting approach to how it handles microtransactions in some European countries that have made moves to regulate gambling in games.

Yesterday, a Dutch player, who goes by Larhf on the Dota 2 subreddit, posted a screenshot of what it looked like when they tried to buy a new...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 21, 2018. 19 comments

Valve Sends Terrible Statue To DOTA 2 Fans, Now Has To Send Another

Valve Sends Terrible Statue To <i>DOTA 2 </i>Fans, Now Has To Send Another

Last year’s Dota 2 Battle Pass had a reward for anyone reaching level 2000: a physical statue of Baby Roshan. Those pieces are now finally reaching mailboxes, and they’re so bad that Valve has had to apologise and announce that a new version will be made and sent out in its place.

Here’s what the statue was supposed to look like when it was first promised in July 2017:

And here’s what the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 09, 2018. 8 comments

Now DOTA 2 Has A Battle Royale Mode

Now <i>DOTA 2 </i>Has A Battle Royale Mode

At this rate, Civilization VI will have one by the end of the year.

As part of Dota 2's International 2018 Battle Pass, players are getting access to a new game mode called The Underhollow, which will be available soon:

Battle through a labyrinth filled with monsters, marvels, and many other three-player enemy squads as you search for Roshan’s rarest cheese and work to be the last team...

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Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Mar 11, 2018. 11 comments

Dota Heroes Illustrated In Disney Style

<i>Dota </i>Heroes Illustrated In Disney Style

Artist Igor Artyomenko reimagined Crystal Maiden, Traxex the Drow Ranger, Windrunner and Lina the Slayer from Dota 2 and they now actually look like characters with personality. Especially love Windrunner and that piece's color palette.

Here they are. I love that these characters, compared to others in similar pieces, have more than 2 or 3 arrows in their quiver.

To contact the author of...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Mar 02, 2018. 18 comments

Pro DOTA Player Controls Three Heroes At Once, Helps Win Match

Pro <i>DOTA</i> Player Controls Three Heroes At Once, Helps Win Match

On March 11, a pro DOTA 2 game in the Star Ladder Europe tournament (between Team Secret and DUZA Gaming) suffered from connectivity issues, so much so that two of Team Secret's five players were disconnected. Rather than pause the game and wait it out, though, one of Secret's players put da team on his back.

Making the most of a bad situation, Ludwig "Zai" Wahlberg took control of three...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 23, 2017. 12 comments

DOTA 2 Cosplayer Set On Fire

<i>DOTA 2</i> Cosplayer Set On Fire

I...just...holy shit. Look. This dude is literally on fire.

Táy Máy Tò Mò’s Lina cosplay is magnificent. For starters, it’s a great piece of boot-strapping cosplay; the outfit looks great in these shots, but it’s only when you squint that you see it’s made out of things like floor mats and Coke wrappers.

But whatever, look at that fire! Lina’s head and arms are always on fire because...

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Yannick LeJacq Yannick LeJacq Oct 10, 2017. 13 comments

Modder Turns Dota 2 Into A Third-Person Shooter

Modder Turns <i>Dota 2</i> Into A Third-Person Shooter

You know what would make Dota 2 more fast-paced and exciting? Turning it into a different video game, of course!

Say hello to “Slayers of the Ancients” a “highly experimental” mod made by Steam user BMD that turns the MOBA into “a capture-the-flag 3rd person shooter in the style of Team Fortress 2.” Spotted earlier by PC Gamer, the mod is still a little rough around the edges and currently...

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Chris Suellentrop Chris Suellentrop Oct 06, 2017. 18 comments

The Mainstreaming of Esports Is Slow, Sure, and Not Over Yet

The Mainstreaming of Esports Is Slow, Sure, and Not Over Yet

As a good American I was filled with a jingoistic fervor after the triumph of the Evil Geniuses at The International, the world championship for Dota 2, this past weekend. I like video games. I like sports. But I’ve never watched esports, not a single match of Starcraft 2, Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, or anything else. In the hopes of learning more about yet another thing...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 27, 2017. 18 comments

Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

Filipino Village Bans <i>Dota </i>After Multiple Murders

A small village in the Philippines will no longer allow residents to play Defense of the Ancients following a series of violent incidents that culminated in two deadly stabbings.

As reported by the Filipino news site Inquirer.net, the village of Salawag chose to enact this Dota ban after government officials met with computer cafe owners and determined that the game was making their children...

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