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The International Compendium Update

The International 2016 Compendium update has arrived, bringing with it a host of new and classic features designed to let you interact with the biggest tournament of the year while using your powers of prediction to score Battle Points.

COMPENDIUM FEATURES
Undertake the Fantasy Challenge by unwrapping your 15 Player Card Packs to stack up a roster of Dota elite; fill out a Bracket Prediction to see how close you can predict the flow of the Main Event; or flex your knowledge of the overall meta by making Tournament Predictions. Then, once the tournament begins, make your in-game Battle Predictions during live matches of The International to work towards a new set of Achievements. The stronger your performance, the more Battle Points that await you.

DOTA VR HUB
This update also includes the release of the Dota VR Hub. Put on a headset and join your friends and other Dota fans to watch live matches or replays in Dota VR Theater, where you can stand surrounded by heroes and watch the action unfold on an enormous screen. Immerse yourself further by jumping through the minimap into the game itself. Watch from a bird’s-eye view or plant your feet on the ground to watch the battles rage around you at full scale. We will continue to improve the Dota VR Hub as we approach The International, so try it out and let us know what you think.

Head over to the Compendium Update page and VR Hub FAQ to learn more. We’ve also added a convenient Notifications dropdown next to the Armory button in the client to help keep track of all the new things included in our updates.

TOURNAMENT NEWS
You can now find the Casters for this year’s event by clicking on the Compendium tab of the Battle Pass, and the full schedule and format are as follows:

  • Wildcards: August 2nd, 2016 – Four teams in a best-of-three double elimination playoff. Top two advance to Group Stage.
  • Group Stage: August 3rd – August 5th, 2016 – Two best-of-two groups of eight teams. Top four teams in each group advance to Upper Bracket, bottom four advance to Lower Bracket.
  • Main Event: August 8th – August 13th, 2016 – 16 teams in best-of-three double elimination playoff. Lower bracket first round is best-of-one, Grand Finals are best-of-five.

Fans can look for the full tournament website to launch later this week.


Immortal Treasure III

Immortal Treasure III is now ready to unbox, and includes items for Slark, Earth Spirit, Bane, Ogre Magi, Razor, Medusa, and Lina—as well as a rare chance to receive 50 bonus Battle Levels. All Battle Pass owners can find their unlocked treasure ready to open in the Armory.

As with treasures I & II, Immortal Treasure III features escalating odds, and each one opened increases your chances to receive the bonus rare Battle Points, very rare golden version of the Slark item, or ultra rare Lina item. Each available rare has its own independent escalating odds chance.

Check out the Battle Pass website for a preview of the items and custom spell effects contained in this new Immortal Treasure, or jump into your Armory to reveal your reward.

Those players who reach Battle Level 167 and beyond will also find additional Immortal Treasure III’s waiting to help celebrate their Battle Pass accomplishments, so level up your Battle Pass before the conclusion of The International 2016 Grand Finals to increase your haul. 25% of all level sales will go directly to the tournament prize pool, which will soon surpass last year’s record high of $18,429,613 to become the largest tournament payout in esports history.

To commemorate this new high-water mark, every Battle Pass owner will receive three Trust of the Benefactor treasure rewards in their Armory at the conclusion of The International Battle Pass season.

For a complete list of today’s patch notes, please click here.


The Weekend Battle Cup

The 2016 Summer Battle Cup is now ready, and it’s time to party up with your strongest allies to sound the horns of war in an eight-team, single-elimination, Captains Mode tournament bracket. With the first matches set to start this Saturday night, the Battle Cup offers the chance to fight through a tournament bracket and experience the same competitive thrills found at the highest levels of Dota.

The four regional tournament divisions will occur each Saturday at the following times:

Southeast Asia:
Saturday 11:00 UTC / 18:00 Bangkok / 19:00 Singapore / 20:00 Tokyo / 21:00 Sydney

China:
Saturday 12:00 UTC / 20:00 Shanghai

Europe:
Saturday 18:00 UTC / 19:00 London / 20:00 CEST / 21:00 Moscow

Americas:
Saturday 0:00 UTC / 17:00 Seattle / 20:00 New York / 21:00 Sao Paulo

Click on the Play Dota button or the Battle Cup section of your Battle Pass when a tournament is scheduled to start to join the queue.

Apart from the well-deserved bragging rights, each player on a Battle Cup Champion team will receive 15 Battle Levels. Plus, for the week following a tournament victory, you’ll receive Champion Prestige effects for your profile and a special set of Champion Emoticons to help announce the glory of your recent triumphs to the world. Head over to the Rewards and FAQ page for a complete list of in-game prizes and other details.

To mark the start of this inaugural Battle Cup, we are also extending the deadline to complete The International Battle Pass activities from August 13 until August 31, 2016. The Battle Cup will recur every Saturday night for the duration the Battle Pass season. How many battles can you win?


The International 2016 Cosplay Competition

Announcing The International 2016 Cosplay Competition, featuring a $15,000 prize pool up for grabs during the year’s premiere Dota 2 tournament at KeyArena.

For the first time ever, the dedicated cosplayers of Dota 2 are invited to craft their best Dota-themed costumes to display their talents at the Main Event of The International.

Contestants do not need to be event ticket holders—all cosplayers who register to participate will be admitted to a Prejudging Phase at KeyArena on Wednesday, August 10. The Performance Finals will then take place the following day on Thursday, August 11 to determine who will walk away with the winner’s share of the cash prize.

Please first read over the competition guidelines, then head to the registration page to sign up.

For those cosplayers who may not seek the limelight of the competitive stage, all fans wearing cosplay in attendance at The International 2016 will receive this year’s Dota 2 Cosplay Pin, available while supplies last.


Legion Commander Prestige Item and Quest Path

Today marks the release of the exclusive ‘Legacy of the Fallen Legion’ Legion Commander Prestige item and Quest Path, available to all Battle Pass owners with a Battle Level of 225 or higher. Players who complete the Quest Path will also receive an alternate style unlock for the Prestige item.

Plus, available to everyone, check in on the last exploits of the famed Bronze Legion in the all-new Dota 2 comic Tip of the Spear.

We have also released the 6.88b game update. Just follow the link to read up on the changes.


Weekend Sale – Battle Level Bundle

The teams are set and the last leg on the road to The International 2016 has now begun. This weekend only, make the most of the remaining Battle Pass season and start the final push to Seattle with a discounted Battle Level boost and treasure haul. From now until Monday, July 4, Battle Pass customers can purchase a Battle Level bundle containing 50 Battle Levels, 2x Immortal Treasure I, 2x Immortal Treasure II, and 2x Collector’s Cache—for only $14.99. Limited to one purchase per customer, this bundle offers over 60% savings on the combined value of the levels and treasures. As with other Battle Pass purchases, 25% of all sales will contribute directly to The International 2016 prize pool.

Today’s update will also grant Battle Points for correct Regional Qualifier predictions. Check out your point totals in the Battle Points Log, or head over to Qualifier Predictions section of the Compendium to see exactly which of your predictions paid off.