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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 15, 2019 at 13:01.

Yes, I Want A Faceless Rex DOTA 2 Courier

Yes, I Want A Faceless Rex <i>DOTA 2</i> Courier
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Remember Valve’s “rejected” DOTA 2 character designs ? Well, the guy who made Faceful Void into a reality is back, this time with something that could actually make it through Valve’s selection process.

Rejected DOTA 2 Character...
Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 15, 2019 at 11:20.

Bizarre DOTA 2 Tournament Sounds Like The Best Kind Of Mess

Bizarre <i>DOTA 2</i> Tournament Sounds Like The Best Kind Of Mess
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High-level competitive games almost unanimously have the same problem: players use a very narrow range of characters—over and over and over again.

It makes sense. After all, if there are big bucks on the line, why risk it all on a character or class that players have deemed underpowered or less-than-ideal when...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 15, 2019 at 10:10.

A Guide To Auto Chess, 2019’s Most Popular New Game Genre

A Guide To Auto Chess, 2019’s Most Popular New Game Genre

Over the weekend, Dota Underlords lured 200,000 concurrent players onto its checkered battlefield of swords, sorcery, and slot machines. Meanwhile, Riot’s Teamfight Tactics continued to duel with Fortnite for the Twitch throne. Also, I played Dota Underlords like it was my dang job. If it feels like these Auto Chess games have taken over the world overnight, that’s because they kinda...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 14, 2019.

The Moment I Got Hooked On Dota 2's Biggest Tournament

The Moment I Got Hooked On <i>Dota 2</i>'s Biggest Tournament

Just before midnight on August 10, 2016, I jumped up from my seat screaming at the top of my lungs about Dota 2. I wasn’t even playing the game myself, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand it on the level of the players I watched that night. In a Dota 2 match that remains one of the most dramatic ever played in the game’s history, Evil Geniuses and EHOME played their asses off...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 14, 2019.

Valve Rejects DOTA 2 Character, Player Makes It Anyway

Valve Rejects <i>DOTA 2</i> Character, Player Makes It Anyway
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I'm not sure Valve was serious about their rejected redesigns for DOTA 2 hero Faceless Void, but that hasn't stopped a fan from painstakingly modeling one for use in the game.

Rejected DOTA 2 Character Redesigns Are... Interesting...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 14, 2019.

Pro Counter-Strike And DOTA 2 Event Is A Disaster

Pro<i> Counter-Strike</i> And <i>DOTA 2 </i>Event Is A Disaster
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Delays, passport snafus, police involvement, illness, and more turned Gaming Paradise into the eSports event from hell.

Gaming Paradise was supposed to be a landmark DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike event, a partially crowdfunded (via ticket sales) high-level eSports event in Slovenia—an occasion of unmatched...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 14, 2019.

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

Valve's <i>Auto Chess </i>Game Is Called <i>Dota Underlords</i>, 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...

Yannick LeJacq Yannick LeJacq Jul 12, 2019.

A Great Tool For Making The Leap To Dota 2

A Great Tool For Making The Leap To <i>Dota 2</i>

Let’s say you’ve dabbled in League of Legends, but have always been afraid to give Dota 2 a shot. Sure, all the characters are free in Dota, you might say, and it supports rad mods, and it has a super sexy new client, but...isn’t it supposed to be really fucking hard? Boy, have I got the thing for you.

The instructional Dota 2 site Dotabuff just put out a slick new interactive service designed...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 11, 2019.

Valve Is Making Its Own Version Of Dota Auto Chess

Valve Is Making Its Own Version Of <i>Dota Auto Chess</i>
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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...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 11, 2019.

DOTA's Early Days Were Rough

<i>DOTA</i>'s Early Days Were Rough
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DOTA 2 is one of the biggest games on Steam. It's also the centerpiece of one of the biggest annual tournaments in all of eSports . And yet, once upon a time its most dedicated players resigned themselves to the idea that they'd probably never make a cent off it.

Pro gaming behemoth Na`Vi put...

Yannick LeJacq Yannick LeJacq Jul 10, 2019.

Tell Us Your Best Toxic MOBA Player Stories

Tell Us Your Best Toxic MOBA Player Stories

Toxicity is a fact of life in popular MOBA games like League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, and Dota 2. No two toxic players are exactly the same, though. Encountering toxicity can even lead to genuinely heartfelt moments between people who've never met before. What's your most memorable run-in with MOBA toxicity?

These can be great moments where you made a new friend and in-game ally in the...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 09, 2019.

Valve's Card Game Artifact Was Booed Last Year, Cheered This Year

Valve's Card Game <i>Artifact </i>Was Booed Last Year, Cheered This Year
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At Valve, everything happens in Valve Time—even fans learning to appreciate new games, apparently.

During last year’s DOTA 2 International tournament, Valve debuted one of history’s greatest rollercoasters when it teased a project called Artifact. Swelling music and a cool logo had people on the edge of their...

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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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 07, 2019.

One DOTA Player's Choice: Be A Pro Gamer, Or A Biomedical Engineer

One <i>DOTA </i>Player's Choice: Be A Pro Gamer, Or A Biomedical Engineer
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Brian “BananaSlamJamma” Canavan has two options: master DOTA 2 and follow his dream, or finish out his degree in biomedical engineering and help the world. He can’t do both.

Canavan, despite already having the best nickname in the sport, is only just getting started as a pro DOTA 2 player. He’s still in...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 06, 2019.

DOTA 2 Community Mourns The Passing Of Beloved Player

<i>DOTA 2</i> Community Mourns The Passing Of Beloved Player
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FiercE was the sort of person the DOTA community needs more of: someone who wanted to help others learn how to have fun with the game.

Once upon a time FiercE was a bigtime DOTA 1 pro, but more recently he became known for both his educational DOTA 2 videos—which many players cite as essential resources for...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 05, 2019.

The Weekend In Esports: Rocket League Regional Championships Are Here

The Weekend In Esports: <i>Rocket League</i> Regional Championships Are Here

With both BlizzCon and Worlds 2016 behind us, there’s finally a free weekend to catch our collective breath.

(Breathes in, breathes out, breathes in, breathes out).

Ah, that was nice! With the world championships for Blizzard and Riot’s biggest games behind us, a number of others are here this week to pick up the slack, including Rocket League and Dota 2. Details on when and where to catch all...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 04, 2019. 1 comments

Dota Underlords, As Told By Steam Reviews

Dota Underlords, As Told By Steam Reviews
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Are you someone who still battles in video games by using your fingers to directly input commands, like some kind of barbarian? That’s old hat. Today, auto-battlers are all the rage. Simply buy some guys, arrange said guys, and they (the guys) will do the battling for you. With Dota Underlords, Valve rushed to...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jul 03, 2019.

TNC Is Rampaging Through Dota's Kiev Major

TNC Is Rampaging Through <i>Dota</i>'s Kiev Major

The four-month gap the Boston and Kiev Majors in Dota 2 has been especially vacuous, as precious few tournaments gave fans a chance to gauge each team’s potential headed into today’s Kiev Major group stage play. After Boston it seemed like TNC Pro Team was in disarray, but Kiev is showing that just might not be true.

The southeast Asian squad made a name for itself at last year’s...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 02, 2019.

I Didn’t ‘Get’ DOTA 2 Until I Watched It Live

I Didn’t ‘Get’ <i>DOTA 2</i> Until I Watched It Live
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I’ve tried watching DOTA 2 online. I’ve tried playing it. It just wasn’t for me. Going to a big pro event changed that.

Walking into the Red Bull Battlegrounds DOTA 2 event at The Warfield in San Francisco (it’s a venue, not a, er, field of war) was kinda surreal. For one, I’d seen countless concerts there,...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 02, 2019.

The Weekend In Esports: Dota 2 Returns To Boston

The Weekend In Esports: <i>Dota 2</i> Returns To Boston

As the year draws to a close, most of the bigger competitive gaming events of the year are behind us. All except for one: Dota 2's Boston Major. After a number of roster shuffles and evolutions to the game’s meta following the summer’s International 2016, the Boston Major is a chance for new teams to establish themselves going into the winter and the groundwork for a new competitive landscape...

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