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New Quest – Path of the Blossom

To celebrate New Bloom this year, a bonus Quest has been added to the Winter 2016 Battle Pass. Earn up to 7 Crimson Parcels by completing the Path of the Blossom, and open them to see what gifts await inside. By completing the final Quest in this path, you will unlock a new exclusive set for Ember Spirit. The Path of the Blossom is available for a limited time from February 5th to February 15th.

There have already been 2,500,000 quests completed along the Path of the Executioner. An alternate style of the Legacy of the Eldwurm Crest set for Dragon Knight is now available for anyone who completes the Path of the Executioner.

Also included in this update is a minor balance fix, click here to read the patch notes.


The Winter Battle Pass

Introducing the Winter 2016 Battle Pass, available now! Take your Dota skills and your treasure collection to the next level as you play your way to digital fortune and glory. Level up your Battle Pass by fulfilling in-game Quests and wagering on matches to score Battle Points, then head into the gallery of Rewards to marvel at the haul of your efforts. Including several exclusive seasonal features, the Winter 2016 Battle Pass is the perfect digital companion for the hibernal months to come.

Also featured in this Battle Pass, the 2016 Shanghai Major Compendium makes its debut in advance of the upcoming competition at Mercedes-Benz Arena. As the opening games draw near, the compendium will become your source for upcoming Shanghai Major news and activities, hosting recaps of the road to the Major, team profiles, tournament predictions, and all of the things you need to follow the action no matter how far you are from the main stage.

Lastly, we are happy to report the addition of a helpful new feature! In the new Conduct Summary, you can see how many abandons, reports, and commendations you have received in your past 25 games, including what percentage of the community has numbers similar to yours. By keeping track of your conduct in recent games, you’ll have more information to understand your in-game behavior within the context of the larger Dota community. To learn more, visit the FAQ.

Be sure to check out the patch notes for details on other changes included in this update.


The Dota Majors

After a whirlwind week of intense matches, The Shanghai Major Qualifiers have concluded with two teams advancing from each region. Now that these eight qualifying teams have joined the direct invites, the tournament field of sixteen teams has been set, and The Shanghai Major Group Stage will commence on February 25, followed by the Main Event at Mercedes-Benz Arena from March 2 – 6.

Upon the crowning of The Shanghai Major Champions, the eyes of the Dota community will turn to the next Major, to be held in Manila, Philippines in early June. As before, established teams and upstarts alike will battle for the chance to join the rolls of The Manila Major to compete on the main stage in front of a sea of passionate fans.

This will be the final opportunity to prove they belong amongst the best in the world before The International 2016 kicks off beneath the mid-August Seattle sun.


Tickets for The Shanghai Major

Kicking off the 2016 Major season, The Shanghai Major main event will run from March 2nd to March 6th, with tickets available for sale starting January 10th at 12:00 PM SGT. If you are interested in attending, find all of the information you need here.

Additionally, The Shanghai Major Qualifiers are currently underway to fill out the remainder of the tournament field. Already eight stalwart Open Qualifier teams have advanced from a pool of over 2000 Dota squads to join the ranks of the Regional Qualifiers. The top two teams of each Regional Qualifier will earn the chance to compete with the eight invited teams at The Shanghai Major for their share of the $3M prize pool.


The Shanghai Major Teams

The Shanghai Major, the first Major tournament of 2016, will feature sixteen of the best teams in the world competing over five days in a double elimination tournament.

As with The Frankfurt Major, eight teams will be directly invited, and eight teams will come from the Regional Qualifiers. Each of the four Regional Qualifiers will feature ten teams, eight preselected plus the two winners of each region’s Open Qualifiers that will occur between January 3rd and the 6th. If you haven’t yet signed up and want to participate in the Open Qualifiers, you can still do it here.

A couple hours after this post, the direct invite teams who will be participating in the Shanghai Majors for a share of the $3 million dollar prize pool will be announced. They will be revealed one by one as soon as the countdown timer reaches zero.


The Balance of Power Update

An update just in time for the holidays, featuring the new hero Arc Warden, an Arcana for Zeus, the Desert Terrain pack, several UI improvements and the 6.86 gameplay update. Get to know Zeus better in a new comic about his unexpected run-in with Arc Warden. Check it all out by visiting The Balance of Power Update page.