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New Features and Fixes

As part of today’s update, we’re releasing new features and improvements for item management and chat.

New to the Armory, the Collection view gives you a fully customizable space to easily arrange and organize your favorite items. With the help of a new filter to show items that aren’t already in the Collection, you can design your Armory in the way you see fit. If you had a previous layout that you liked from the legacy interface, you’ll be able to use a command to import that layout over. We’ve also added a new notification to the Armory to quickly see your most recently acquired items at a glance.

The new Item Details interface for customizing your items with gems has been enabled as well. You can access the Item Details panel by double-clicking on an item in the Armory. Additionally, the chat interface now allows you to share your party or lobby directly in any chat channel, making it easier for others to join you for a match.

A number of other important fixes are also included in this update, including many Arcana and Immortal visual fixes, as well as performance improvements. You can read the patch notes for the update here.

Frankfurt Major Invitations

The Frankfurt Major will feature 16 teams competing over 6 days in a double elimination tournament, using the same format as main event at The International.

There will be 8 teams directly invited and 8 teams coming from the Regional Qualifiers. A total of 40 teams will be competing in the Regional Qualifiers next week, with 8 slots reserved to the winners of the Open Qualifiers.

Later today we will announce the direct invites that will be competing in Frankfurt for their share of the $3 million dollar prize pool. Invitations will be revealed one at a time on this page once the countdown timer reaches zero.

Tickets to The Frankfurt Major Finals can be purchased here.

The Fall Season 2015 Compendium

Today we are introducing The Fall Season 2015 Compendium. In addition to Challenges and Level Rewards, we have introduced a new Coin Wagering system. Players can wager their coins on the outcome of their match. Wagering members of the victorious team will each win a percentage of the Coin Pool based on the amount of their maximum wager compared to the rest of their team.

Compendium Coins can be earned by completing challenges, achievements, random drops, leveling up your Compendium, using Coin Boosters and recycling. You can redeem coins inside the Compendium for items, sets, or a treasure. The treasure contains exclusive new items that are divided into three tiers of rarity. In the Armory, you can use lower tier items to craft a higher tier reward.

Increase your Compendium Level to earn new couriers, treasures containing sets with unlockable ambient effects, an Artifact item for Tusk, new Cache treasures, and more. Check out the Fall Season Compendium website to learn more.

This all leads up to The Frankfurt Major, where sixteen teams will battle for a fixed $3,000,000 prize pool from November 16 through the 21st. Tickets to The Frankfurt Major Finals can be purchased here.

This update also contains various other fixes, read the patch notes.

Tickets on sale for The Frankfurt Major

Tickets are now on sale for The Frankfurt Major. The main event will take place over 6 days featuring the top 16 teams in the world competing for their share of the $3,000,000 prize pool.

Tickets to The Frankfurt Major Finals cost €50, and are now available here.

Gameplay Update 6.85 and More

Gameplay Update 6.85 is here, bringing various balance changes to heroes and items ahead of the Frankfurt Major. You can read the Gameplay Update notes here.

We’ve also reorganized the home page to incorporate several new features.

Neighborhood Channels are a new feature in the chat panel, providing an easy way for you to join the Dota community in your area, find new teammates, and make new friends. Neighborhood Channels are joined automatically whenever you launch Dota. They are currently enabled in select regions, and will be rolling out to rest of the world over the next few days.

The chat panel is also now embedded directly into the home page, and will remain open whenever you’re in a lobby. Additionally, two new panels have been added to the home page: the first showing a recap of your most recent game, while the other highlights the most-spectated match currently being played.

There are a number of other features and fixes included with today’s update. Head over to the patch notes to learn all about them.

Announcing The Frankfurt Major

Over the last five years, The International has become the pinnacle moment for the world of professional Dota. Now the excitement of the biggest event in esports is coming to the Majors, a series of seasonal marquee tournaments, which will take place throughout the year and around the globe. Dota’s newest tradition begins this fall with the Frankfurt Major.

The first Dota Major will take place over six days at Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt, Germany from November 16 through the 21st. It will feature 16 teams all competing at the main event for a total prize pool of $3,000,000, and will be produced by ESL.

Attendance to the Frankfurt Major will be open to the public and will not require a ticket for any day except for the day of the finals, which will take place on Saturday, November 21st. Tickets to the Frankfurt Major Finals will be sold in two separate waves this Sunday, September 27, the first at 11:00am CEST and the last at 7:00pm CEST. Each ticket will cost €50, and will be available here.

The teams that will be directly invited to the Frankfurt Major and its Regional Qualifiers will be revealed on October 5th. The Open Qualifiers will be hosted by FaceIt and Perfect World and will take place October 6 – 9, with the Regional Qualifiers occurring October 10 – 13. Open Qualifier registration will open to any Dota players who wish to compete on October 1st.

In other Dota news, we are doing some work on the underlying map rendering tech for the desert map terrain in order to make sure it is built in a compatible way for future iterations. Our first longform comic, which will come with the release of the Axe Immortal, is going to be much bigger than our previous comics.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be working on UI improvements based on the feedback we’ve received and releasing our first seasonal Compendium. You can also expect to see the 6.85 game balance update later this week.