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The Manila Major Qualifiers

The Manila Major Qualifiers are just around the corner and by next week the final four qualifying teams will take their places alongside the 12 invites. Running May 3rd – 6th, the Regional Qualifiers will determine which remaining team in each region will earn a chance to do battle on the main stage of The Manila Major from June 7th – 12th.

As the regional teams battle for the coveted final spots, we would like to take the opportunity to give a larger group of casters the chance to cast higher profile games and join the established talents across the Russian, English, and Chinese languages for every qualifier match in both DotaTV and on stream. The schedule and streams for each game will be available here before the start of the qualifiers.

If you are interested in attending The Manila Major, weekday tickets are still available for purchase here.


Warhammer Comes to the Dota 2 Workshop

Blood for the Bloodseeker!

Today, the Dota 2 Workshop will begin accepting submissions for inclusion in a new Warhammer treasure, designed according to the visual themes of Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy Battles universe. Because Warhammer’s aesthetics are similar in spirit to much of the Dota universe, we are looking forward to seeing all the content that Dota 2 Workshop artists create for fans in both communities. Submissions will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on August 22nd, 2016, and the treasure will be available for purchase on September 1st, 2016.

Total War: WARHAMMER is shipping May 24th on Steam. To celebrate the release, everyone who pre-purchases the game on Steam will receive a special version of the new Dota 2 treasure on September 1st. This special version will contain visually-unique pre-order-only versions of the treasure’s Warhammer themed items.

Visit the Dota 2 Workshop to submit and vote on entries. Use the “Warhammer” tag in the Dota 2 Workshop when making your submissions.


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.