Showing posts with label DOTA 2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DOTA 2. Show all posts

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

RELATED: Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

During the release of their Spring Cleaning update 7.08, IceFrog and Valve Corporation announced that they will be releasing biweekly patch for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 from now on. As per the announcement, Patch 7.10 is released on live servers and although it isn't another major update, this brings a huge wave of change to the game's hero pool to make things interesting for players.

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Dota 2 7.10 Update

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The highlight of the update is that is enables ranged intelligence hero Dark Willow in Captains Mode, which makes her character available for professional tournaments from now on. Dark Willow was introduced to the game in October, 2017 though the "Dueling Fates" update. Since this is the first time she is in Captains Mode, we still have to find out how she fares in competitive tournaments. Currently, the character has a 54.69% win rate in 5,000 MMR and above.

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Dark Willow Added To Captain's Mode

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Base gold bounty for Bounty Rune was 50, which is now increased to 10, making it 60 but it no longer gives you XP. Tome of Knowledge XP bonus has increased to 200, as it was 500 before and now it is raised to 700. Melee Creeps gold bounty was previously 41 and now it has become 40 after reducing just 1. As an alternative for branch, you will get a Faerie Fire for Randoming. Bonus hero count is slightly increased from an earlier 10 to 12 now.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

A wide array of heroes from the likes of Abaddon, Ancient Apparition, Arc Warden, Axe, Clinkz, Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Jakiro, Lina, Lion, Lone Druid, Monkey King, Nature's Prophet, Riki, Rubick, Skywrath Mage, Undying, Venomancer and Warlock got their Level 15 Talent increased, whereas Anti-Mage, Invoker, Luna, Necrophos, Phoenix, Sven, Treant Protector and Wraith King got it changed or improved slightly. The majority of change is related to Cooldown and Damage.

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Dota 2 Patch 7.10 Much Updated Heroes

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We see a vast number of heroes having their talents altered in different ways and abilities tweaked with this patch. In some cases, a few got the boot as their attack radius has been scaled down or exchanged with something else. Aspects as Health, Range and Speed got the secondary priority in update 7.10. Arc Warden, Gyrocopter, Invoker, Lina, Monkey King and Warlock are probably the ones that has received major tuning during the process.

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That's all for now from Patch 7.10 and according to their announcement of biweekly release of updates, IceFrog and Valve will be introducing two patches for Dota 2 every month. Despite the changes make some people happy and some furious for not having what they had in mind, we only hope to see the best outcome from them when they are tested on live matches to help the players strategize.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

Before PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds took the video game world by storm, Valve Corporation's free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 used to rule the gaming communities and Steam. The game sure has lost to PUBG for the crown spot on global dominance but has not faded in popularity. One thing that they are very much known for is to release frequent updates for the game to keep things interesting all the time and we are here to talk about the recent one.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The newest update for Dota 2 from developer Valve, Spring Cleaning update 7.08 is currently live and we got some patch notes to discuss here. The Official Site of DOTA 2 contains the update and the details regarding it all in one place, so you can go ahead and check that out too. We want to focus on some key features that update 7.08 is going to bring to the table.

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Player Profile Redesigned

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

As part of the update, player profiles are newly redesigned to include various common features as well as some new ones. You can now personalize your profile section by setting your preferred background images available on the index of your loading screen. Your previous performances of last ten matches will be on display and it might be a little uncomfortable for players who are on a bad run lately.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

To keep the negativity out and retain the good vibe among the community, Valve has announced to execute a six-month ban on those who are extremely abusive or needs to learn how to behave in public. Same thing goes for the ones who attempts to cheat in-game. So, you people better stay clear from any sort of cursing to fellow members of the group and try to play your game in a fair way.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update Key-Features

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

The "Last Hit Trainer" on the Learn tab lets you practice last hitting creeps and Dota 2 players are well aware of the significance of last hit creeps for gold as well as XP. Matchmaking process is now based on your selected language to improve communication among the team members. You can also see if the others are prepared to queue using the "Ready Check" button.

Many heroes and items are slightly tweaked or cosmetically changed by lead developer IceFrog in Spring Cleaning 7.08 update. Bug fixes, minor changes and adjustments in gameplay are usually expected when an update goes live. It's not that all the changes should please you or be in your favor but you should keep it mind that they are for the betterment for an improved game-playing experience to a large number of Dota 2 players.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

If you are a gamer who played first-person survival horror shooter Left 4 Dead, then you will know him as the person who has voiced the grumpy ol' survivor of "Green Flu" outbreak William "Bill" Overbeck or just simply Bill. He was one of the few remaining voice actors producing full-time radio theater for commercial stations. This promising voice actor from Seattle and a World War II veteran Jim French has passed away today for natural causes when he was 89 year old.

You might not know him as the producer of a radio drama program by the name of Imagination Theater that is being broadcast over 120 AM/FM radio stations over America and Canada from 1980. You can also hear his programs on XM Satellite Radio if you are in North America. He started his career as a morning DJ on KIRO (AM) back in 1959 before starting his own company. He has been credited for over 803 shows including his notable appearance on The Adventures of Harry Nile and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

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Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

Jim French lend voice for games like Gunman Chronicles, Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. Jim also voiced the Elder Titan in Dota 2 and a cameo in one of the opening cut-scene of Payday: The Heist. However, it was his role of Vietnam veteran Bill in the Left 4 Dead game that gave him some true recognition to the mainstream audience and a new generation of fan-following. This Assault Rifle wielding, beret-wearing badass is one of the original four survivors from the initial pandemic of the game. Interesting fact is that all of the games above that he voiced for are from Valve Corporation.

Jim is from Seattle and was born in September 1928. He used to serve as a writer and presenter doing weekly shows for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the period of World War II. Following the war, he resumed his career in the broadcasting media while settling in his hometown. Fans of Jim French's work can still enjoy his work on Left 4 Dead game playing as Bill to relive his fond memories.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Back in August, during The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition, Valve made an announcement regarding Dota 2, which was highlighted for them introducing two brand-new heroes. Now, the Dota 2 7.07 Update titled "Dueling Fates" is here and players can download it from Steam, which will take up 1.8 GB of your space. Now, this update also brings some changes to the gameplay and a few other aspects of this free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game as well.

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Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

The first character among the two is anthropomorphic pangolin goes by the name Donté Panlin, the Pangolier. This dashing fellow from Nivan Gallants has a resembling appearance of a cat that is stylized in the manner of the feline protagonist from Puss in Boots. In the beginning, some even mistakenly considered him as an armadillo too. This guy is always-on defense, ready to take on any monster and woo any creature that he crosses paths with.

Then there goes the innocent-looking fairy-like creature named The Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, who is not as harmless as she seems. She was born to a fae merchant king and is full of fae tricks to charge at her enemies. Since she was raised in Revtel, she adopted the norms of manipulation and murder quite naturally. As it molded her character, she eventually ended up killing her own family and set out to choose her own path in life.

The Tweet from the official Twitter handle of DOTA 2 has twitted about the "Dueling Fates" update that contains all the details.



As per the official patch notes, Dota 2 matchmaking rating system is more accurate now, which ensures a better gaming experience for everyone in the arena. In this revamped MMR system, ranked and unranked players both will now be ranked on a six-month seasonal system. The exciting news is that the first ranked season is starting off within two weeks. There will also be profile medal for players on each season for their max MMR.

Keeping your previous season’s MMR on note, all of your MMR will be re-calibrated at the end of each season. Hero guide system has gone through the update to make more easily accessible for all 115 available heroes. The Turbo Mode will reduce your average re-spawn time, while serving you up more gold and experience. Ability Draft has gotten a new interface and the players are now allowed to change hotkey order of abilities.

There are so many stuffs detailed in the original patch note that is nearly impossible to mount up here. So, you are welcome to check them out by following the link given in the Tweet.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

Valve has just finished The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition a day ago with a blast, declaring two fresh out of the box new legends coming to the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game. While Valve did not announce either hero in a trailer staged in front of an audience following the day's matches, one of the heroes obviously took after a habitually guessed on expansion to the game.

The last time Valve added a new hero into the DOTA 2 roster was Monkey King, but even that was in December, 2016.

2 New Dota 2 Heroes

As references to the character showed up in Dota 2's codebase in May of this current year, Sylph has been supposedly chosen for quite a while. This additionally comes after Team Secret director Matthew Bailey revealed on his Twitter, that Valve notified the players and their associations that they would be adding more legends to the game as soon as they can.



Now check out this "Dota 2 – The Dueling Fates" clip below and witness the legends collide.




The main character is a smart sword-wielding pangolin, using a blade reminiscent of Zorro and somewhat Puss in Boots. The video displays him bouncing around on slopes, moving around his foes and incapacitating them with speedy swipes of his sharp edge in style of course. The second anonymous hero was given considerably less screen time, however has all the earmarks of being the supposed fourth soul, Sylph.

Our crisply presented pangolin warrior discloses to her the forest is safe now because of him and then she unexpectedly assaulted him with a minion of hers. The video draws its ending with a tease for the upcoming "Dueling Fates" update, which will probably be out not long after The International Dota 2 Competition finishes, just as always.

New heroes and some major changes will be part of the update. The International 2017 has been stuffed with many announcements so far and one of them was a new Dota 2 Card Game is also out now. Earlier, Valve and Open AI tests the capability of their artificial intelligence of their DOTA playing bot's ability to best against DOTA's most celebrated player.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Valve Corporation, inventors of DOTA 2 has really made so much improvement not just to Dota but to the world of the game and this is applaudable. However, the online battle arena of Dota is not a very friendly one to step your foot onto. Every new comer in a new game or existing game has, most times, faces hostile environment and a toxic one.

Now, Dota is allowing new players to enjoy the game by making them comfortable at first so they can ease into the game and not just run away from it by getting manhandled by the pros. In fixing the hostility to new player's experience, Valve made sure they only match new players with reliable high score, reducing chances of new players been bully in game.

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Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Another way of making DOTA 2 interesting is by restricting the number of hero a new player can choose from. The process of choosing from over 100 heroes before can be frustrating for new players because they do not know which hero to pick from the numerous one available. Now this has been made much easier because it has been restricted to just 20 heroes but that is only for your first 25 game, which Valve believes will be awesome at helping players in learning and enjoying the game, so you can expect players like Juggernaut, Lich, Lion, Shadow Shaman, Sniper, Sven and Zeus.

Another intriguing moment in Dota is found at the first stage of learning the game; intricate strategies begin to take shape around you in the battle as against the numerous issues that caused unnecessary challenges for new players previously. More like a game of boards, just reading Dota’s rule all day would not make you a pro, only constant playing and playing with a friendly partner would make you a better player. Dota comes with a lot of mechanics and interactions that can be challenging to understand of course.

This is a game that lovers of Dota would really want to play but most especially, new players of the community. Dota 2 was built especially for new players and thumbs up to Valve for this welcoming initiative. Also, don't forget that the International Dota 2 Championships begins on August 7, worth a total prize amount of $23 million.