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The International Qualifiers

The International Qualifiers begin next week. Be sure to catch all the action as the America and China qualifiers begin on Monday the 25th. The America qualifiers will start at 17:00 GMT, with the China qualifier beginning at 02:00 GMT.

Then, tune in on Friday the 29th for the Europe and Southeast Asia qualifiers. The Europe qualifier gets going at 10:00 GMT, while the Southeast Asia qualifier commences at 02:00 GMT.

Head to The International invites site to see which teams are competing in each qualifier, then make your predictions in your Compendium.

The winners of each qualifier will be given a direct invite to The International, while each of the second place teams will battle it out for the final two invites.

You’ll find English and Russian language coverage for The International qualifiers over at Twitch.tv, with Chinese language coverage available here.

Who will emerge victorious, and be invited to compete at The International?


Dota 2 Short Film Contest

Aspiring filmmakers, the time has come. We’re throwing the doors open on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest.

Filmmakers will have until the morning of July 13th, 2015 to submit their entries to the contest. The winning films will be featured as part of The International broadcast, and each winner will earn $20,000. Entries must be less than one minute long, so be sure to make every second count. Head over to the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site to learn more information on the submission guidelines and process.

Everyone else, head over to the contest voting page and tell us which videos you would like to see showcased at The International.


Compendium Level Up

Today’s update brings new ways to earn Compendium Coins and Levels.

The Ten Hero Challenge returns from last year, and gives all Compendium owners the chance to earn additional Compendium Levels by winning matchmaking games with a selection of heroes. The Ten Hero Challenge can be completed up to three times with a different selection of heroes for a total of 450 points (4.5 Levels).

We’ve also brought back Item Recycling. Whenever you recycle any 10 items, you’ll earn 25 points toward a Compendium Level as well as a Charm of the Crucible Jewel II. There are also three Compendium Achievements for Charms to help you earn more Compendium Points. If you have extra TI5 Compendium Immortals, you can consume them to gain two Compendium Levels by right-clicking on them in your Armory.

All Compendium owners will now have an additional slot for hero-specific challenges in their list of in-game challenges, which will award both Compendium Coins and points toward Compendium Levels when completed.

Now that Team invites are out, don’t forget to vote for your favorite players to participate in this year’s All-Stars event. Completing this task will grant you 50 Compendium Points.


Compendium Progress

The International prize pool is already halfway to the 15 million dollar mark in just 10 days, with 90 days to go. We’re still working on building the second set of Immortal items, but they’re not quite ready yet. We know the most important aspect of these Immortals is their quality level, so we are also planning on spending some extra time polishing them rather than releasing them quickly.

You’ll still see an update to the Compendium this week though. Included in that update you’ll find new challenges, the Item Recycling system, and new ways to earn Compendium Points.


Compendium Ward & Taunt Treasure Unlocked

As we have just passed the 6.5 million dollar stretch goal, with today’s update Compendium owners will find an eerie new ward and a treasure containing many new taunts in their backpack.

New for this year, these taunts are able to be used while your hero is moving. The Manual of Fearsome Moves contains taunts available for the following heroes: Magnus, Batrider, Rubick, Clockwerk, Zeus, Luna, Shadow Fiend, Troll Warlord, Tidehunter, Skywrath Mage, Gyrocopter, and Sniper.

Also, with invitations now complete, we’ve just finished giving out the prediction rewards, so open your Compendium to see how many you got right.