Dota 2

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

Dota 2 adds 'Least Played' mode

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 18, 2013 6:00am PST

Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve ad...

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Most Anticipated of 2013: Alice's Picks

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST

The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually. Next up, we've got cuss word expert Alice O'Connor with her list of 2013 titles.

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Dota 2's Greeviling holidays event kicks off

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 20, 2012 6:45am PST

Actual Christmas is often a dreary, miserable affair, but in video games it's always beautifully snowy with merry hijinks galore. In short, virtual Christmas in Dota 2 is better than your fleshy Christmas can ever be, after the festive 'Greeviling' event launched last night.

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Valve working on Dota 2 for tablets

By Steve Watts, Dec 10, 2012 9:35am PST

Valve boss Gabe Newell says the company is experimenting with Dota 2 on tablets, but has to wait for the devices to get a bit faster so they can run the game smoothly.

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Shack PSA: Dota 2 The International has begun

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 31, 2012 12:30pm PDT

Valve's three-day Dota-rama The International kicked off this morning, bringing 16 professional >Dota 2 teams together to slug it out over a novelty over-sized cheque for $1 million. The game has come a long way since it was introduced to the world, and picked up oodles of n...

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Dota 2 pennants support pro teams & give items

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 24, 2012 8:30am PDT

Dota 2 may still be in semi-closed beta, but it's already one of the most 'eSports'-friendly games going--in terms of the client, at least, as Dota is still terrifyingly opaque to casual observers. Valve yesterday launched a new update adding in-game pennants for fans to sho...

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Dota 2 spectator client released for all to see

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 20, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve is pushing the pro-gaming side of Dota 2 pretty hard but isn't quite ready to open the beta up to everyone, so it's released a special spectator client all and sundry can download to watch games.

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Valve teases Dota 2 eSports documentary

By Steve Watts, Aug 17, 2012 9:30am PDT

Valve has released a teaser-trailer of its upcoming Dota 2 eSports documentary.

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Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve has muttered and murmured about bringing Steam and its Source engine to Linux before, and now it's revealed the plan--port Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu 12.04, then work from there.

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Dota 2 to sell in-game tournament spectator passes

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 20, 2012 1:30pm PDT

Dota 2 boasts a jolly impressive in-game spectator system, supporting multiple audio streams from commentator and oodles of camera options. How natural, then, that Valve plans to sell in-game spectator passes for tournaments, much like web streams are sold now.

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Shack PSA: Dota 2 International tickets on sale today

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 12, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve's Dota 2 tournament The International introduced the game to the world last year, and now it's returning to show people how far both it and the professional scene have come. Here's a reminder that tickets go on sale this morning.

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Join Dota 2 with Early Access Bundle

By John Keefer, May 31, 2012 9:10pm PDT

Valve announced today that Dota 2 will be free to play at launch and opened an in-game store so current players can start customizing their characters.

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Blizzard DOTA renamed to Blizzard All-Stars, as per new agreement with Valve

By Andrew Yoon, May 11, 2012 2:30pm PDT

"In accordance with the agreement, Valve will continue to use DOTA commercially, including DOTA 2, while Blizzard will preserve noncommercial use of DOTA for its community."

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Dota 2 'The International' championship moves to PAX for 2012

By Andrew Yoon, May 10, 2012 3:30pm PDT

Apparently, "The International" is an annual affair, as Valve has announced plans for a second Dota 2 competition.

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Dota 2 to augment F2P model with community rewards

By Steve Watts, Apr 20, 2012 9:00am PDT

Gabe Newell talks about Dota 2's model, saying it will be free-to-play but with some level of community interaction that rewards players.

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