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The Manila Major Invites

With The Manila Major just weeks away, we’re pleased to announce the teams that will be invited to the event. Congratulations to all of the players, we are looking forward to seeing them there.

We know that there will always be a talented team that doesn’t make it, which is difficult for both the fans of that team and the players themselves. Deciding on how to handle the direct invites to our four tournaments is a difficult process, and we don’t take a specific formulaic approach to which teams are invited or how many we invite.

A lot of things change during the year, from team compositions to new results in LAN tournaments, so we tend to take a more holistic approach to how we do invites. We try to always invite the teams that we think have demonstrated their ability to perform well, either from very strong recent results or from a longer history of top finishes. We also think it’s very important for the ecosystem as a whole if third-party LAN tournaments during the year are able to have a lasting impact on the Major invites, rather than largely depending on qualifiers.

For this Major, there will be 12 teams directly invited and 4 teams coming from the qualifiers. Head over to the team announcement page to find out who will be joining us in Manila.

We are always thinking about the mechanisms that create a healthy competitive environment in the long term, and are interested to hear what you think.


New Gameplay Update

After an eventful and competitive wintertide season, Dota 2 welcomes the advance of spring’s renewal as this week’s patch brings the release of the 6.87 gameplay update. With changes to Ranked All Pick, the addition of a minimap Scan ability, new items, and a host of other balance adjustments, there’s a lot to explore in the 6.87 change log.

After reading through the patch notes, head over to the Test client to try the changes out before it hits the main client in a day or two.

Along with the update, this week will also see the start of The Manila Major Qualifiers, with Chinese Open Qualifiers hosted by ESL and the Americas, Southeast Asia and Europe Open Qualifiers hosted by Faceit running April 29th – May 2nd and Regional Qualifiers following May 3rd – 6th.


Tickets for The International 2016

Returning to Seattle’s KeyArena, The International Dota 2 Championship once again brings the world’s top Dota teams together to battle for the Aegis of Champions, with the main event set to run for 6 days from Monday August 8th through Saturday August 13th.

Tickets will go on sale April 7th at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM Seattle Time, and this year’s competition will offer two ticket options. The Midweek ticket—available for $75—will grant attendance to the first four days of the event August 8th – 11th, and includes access to the opening ceremony and the All-Star match. The Finals ticket—available for $100—will grant access to the last two days of the main event, August 12th and 13th. Both ticket options can be purchased in a single order.

As a special bonus to fans attending the event, we will be dropping unique in-game items to audience members inside of the arena. At First Blood in each individual game, 500 exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of this year’s Secret Shop Immortals. To be eligible, you must have a badge linked to a Steam account and be in the arena when First Blood occurs.

For fans with only the Midweek ticket, we’re also providing a free large outdoor viewing area on the KeyArena grounds where you’ll be able to watch the final two days.

You can check out the Ticketing FAQ here.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com. We recommend that you prepare your Ticketmaster account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience. If you are unsure when tickets will go on sale in your time zone, please use this handy time zone converter.

  • Seattle: April 7th at 10AM and 10PM
  • Rio de Janeiro: April 7th at 2PM and April 8th at 2AM
  • London: April 7th at 6PM and April 8th at 6AM
  • Berlin: April 7th at 7PM and April 8th at 7AM
  • Moscow: April 7th at 8PM and April 8th at 8AM
  • Beijing: April 8th at 1AM and 1PM
  • Singapore: April 8th at 1AM and 1PM
  • Seoul: April 8th at 2AM and 2PM
  • Sydney: April 8th at 3AM and 3PM

The International Qualifiers will be held after completion of The Manila Major, with Open Qualifiers kicking off June 21st and the Regional Qualifiers following on June 25th.


The Spring Cleaning 2016 Update

As the snows of winter recede and the river ice turns to slush, it’s time to clear the lanes and climb the towers for Dota 2’s vigorous yearly cleaning.

Featuring a variety of bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements, the Spring Cleaning 2016 update will arrive this week, bringing with it hero-specific ability bindings, camera control group hotkeys, Neutral Creep spawn box indicators, and much more.

Check out the update page for some highlights and a complete list of changes.


Supporting Custom Game Developers

Introducing the Custom Game Pass, a new system for supporting and rewarding custom game developers who are committed to building vibrant and lasting communities around their games.

Custom Games Passes will be limited to a small number of high-quality games that have established themselves in the community. Purchasing a pass directly supports the creators of the custom game as well as granting you extra features for that game. All custom games will remain free to download and play.

The first Custom Game Pass will be available for Roshpit Champions at a price of $1 for a 30-day duration. While everyone can play Roshpit Champions for free, the Custom Game Pass will enable additional stash and character slots, and offer multiple perks for the duration of the pass.

Read more in our interview with PC Gamer and some Frequently Asked Questions.


The Manila Major Tickets

Tickets for The Manila Major—the third and final Major this season in advance of The International 2016—will go on sale Saturday, March 12 at 1PM SGT. This Major will be produced by PGL, with the main event to take place June 7 – 12 in the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. With three seating tiers available, pricing for event tickets will be ₱200/100/50 per day for the weekdays, and ₱400/200/100 per day for the weekend days.

With an eye towards The Manila Major Qualifiers, running May 3 – 6 with Open Qualifiers on April 29 – May 2, all teams must finalize roster changes by March 27. Rosters will remain locked from that date through completion of play at The International, making this the final opportunity for players and teams to choose their squads for the remainder of the competitive season.

Looking ahead to The International 2016, Regional Qualifiers will be held in the second half of June, right after conclusion of The Manila Major, with the Main Event set for early August in Seattle to determine which team will carry the Aegis of Champions into the next year.