Dota 2

PC, MAC / Action RPG / Release: Dec 31, 2011 / ESRB: U

Dota 2 patch brings new heroes, coaching, crafting, and Diretide

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 14, 2013 6:00am PST

Valve said it had a "huge" Dota 2 update and gosh golly, it certainly does. Today will bring something for Doters of all skill levels, from coaching tools for newbies to two extra heroes for veterans in search of something new. And as everyone likes hats, crafting is in too.


Dota 2 Diretide coming soon after Valve admits it 'underestimated' demand

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 11, 2013 7:30am PST

Halloween last year saw Dota 2 heroes out collecting (and stealing) candy, but this year they were stuck with plain old boring murder for macabre entertainment. The Diretide event, it seemed, was not returning. An uncharacteristically candid Valve has explained that it had h...


Dota 2 'First Blood' update due Monday, with GLaDOS and new mode

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 20, 2013 6:45am PDT

Now that Dota 2 has officially launched, some patches more than patches, they are, borrowing the language of Team Fortress 2, Updates. Valve has announced the first big fancy Update for Dota 2, named First Blood, which will launch on Monday with a new picking mode, the abili...


Dota 2 The International winners scoop $1,437,204

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 12, 2013 9:30am PDT

"I'm so excited to watch the replays for The International 3's grand finals!" I thought this morning, with a little more grogy muttering and cussing, "But I'll just check there's nothing pressing in my work e-mail." And then I saw the press release from Valve at 5am boldly d...


Watch Dota 2's The International tournament this weekend

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 09, 2013 11:30am PDT

Dota 2 is really good, you guys. And it's cracking to watch when played at its best, such as at Valve's big annual tournament this weekend, The International 3. Watch who what when where how why? I'll explain.


Dota 2 now out on Mac and Linux

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 19, 2013 8:00am PDT

Following the official launch for Windows earlier this month, Valve's, er, Dota clone Dota 2 is now available for Mac and Linux. This sentence is a hilarious joke about how Linux users are already well-prepared for complex systems with unfriendly communities, but Mac users a...


Dota 2 officially launched

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 09, 2013 6:11pm PDT

It just took two years, but Dota 2 is finally out of beta.


Dota 2 should launch this summer before August 7

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 17, 2013 8:45am PDT

Though many of us have played hundreds and hundreds of hours of Dota 2, it still isn't officially out. It's technically in closed beta, see, though we all surely have enough spare invites by now to invite everyone we've ever known. That should finally change this summer, as ...


Dota 2 'bans' have reformed 60% of rude players

By Alice O'Connor, May 30, 2013 1:00pm PDT

Valve has shed a little light on Dota 2's mysterious player reporting system, and apparently it's been rather effective. 60% of players who've been abusive enough for Valve to temporarily revoke their communication privileges actually see the error of their ways, or at least...


Dota 2 Compendium sales push International 3 prize pool past $2 million

By Alice O'Connor, May 16, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Valve started the prize pool for its big Dota 2 tournament The International 3 with a very respectable $1.6 million. But to make teams Dote like they've never Doted before, Valve's kicking in 25% of sales from its $10 collector's chart-ish-sort-of-thing The Compendium. It's ...


Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Valve has launched "Steam Trading Cards" in beta, a meta-game that nets you with upgrades to your Steam profile as rewards.


Dota 2 $10 'Compendium' accompanies The International 3 with prizes

By Alice O'Connor, May 07, 2013 12:15pm PDT

Valve has used Dota 2 to test all sorts of interesting doodads for professional gaming, from selling tickets to watch matches in an oh-so-slick spectator system to, heck, hosting a huge annual tournament. As third tourney approaches, Valve is launching The International Inte...


Dota 2: The International returns for a third year

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 25, 2013 4:30pm PDT

"The International" is returning yet another year. Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament will be held in Seattle on August 7th, a few weeks before PAX...


Dota 2 adds player-created in-game guides

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 22, 2013 4:15pm PST

You ruined everything, idiot. Uninstall Dota 2 now. Then take your hard drive out and beat yourself around the face and genitals with it. Then kill yourself. In real life. Or, pop up a player-written skill build and guide for your character in-game, pick up a few tips, and t...


Valve launches player-written Steam Guides

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 18, 2013 7:30am PST

One day, you'll be able to download groceries through Steam, ingesting the nutrients through a Steam Port at the base of your spine. While Valve is forever expanding the platform in pleasing ways, it's not quite there yet. Still, you can now read and write game guides on Ste...