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The New Grand Champions – Newbee

If you would have been forced to make a bet the day after the first round, you would have laid your money on ViCi Gaming. They dominated the first game. After, people were wondering if Newbee even would be able to squeak out a single victory.

Then Newbee did what they did all tournament.

They didn’t listen to the noise. The team that finished a lowly 7-8 in the group stage did what they do best – play great Dota.

They came roaring back and won three straight. The final game wasn’t just a win, it was a domination. This over ViCi Gaming, a team that was dominant throughout the entire tournament against every team but one… Newbee.

Today we crown a new Grand Champion and a new inscription for the Aegis.
2014
Newbee
Chen “Hao” Zhihao
Zhang “Mu” Pan
Zhang “xiao8″ Ning
Wang “Banana” Jiao
Wang “Sansheng” Zhaohui


It’s Happening

The International draws near! All around the world players and spectators are preparing themselves for the battles to come. It all begins next Tuesday the 8th with the start of the Playoffs. To help you get the most out of the biggest event in Dota history, visit The International Tournament Website, where you can review the entire tournament schedule, find spoiler-free streams of each day’s games, learn about the new Multicast and Newcomer’s Broadcast streams, locate a local Pubstomp, read up on the latest TI4 news, discover what this year’s champions stand to win, and more.

Need more ways to keep track of The International? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter (#TI4), Flickr, and Instagram.

Once the dust has settled and the new champions have emerged, everyone who owns a Compendium will discover a new gem in their inventory to show off their dedication to The International by displaying their Compendium level, as well as a new emoticon to match. The types of gem and emoticon received will change based on the owner’s Compendium level when the tournament ends:

  • Copper (Level 1)
  • Bronze (Level 10)
  • Silver (Level 25)
  • Gold (Level 50)
  • Platinum (Level 100)
  • Diamond (Level 500)

Finally, we’re launching a new batch of treasures on the store, all of which feature sets and items from pro players and teams. Open a Treasure of the Elemental Trophy, Tangled Keepsake, and Cannon’s Fuse to claim items from a variety of pro teams and players, or purchase a Treasure of the Eternal Alliance to earn one of several new items from last year’s grand champions, Alliance.


Overflowing Compendium Update

A pile of Compendium rewards have just been released! Check out the new Pudgling courier, chat emoticons, weather effects and more. Purchasing a Compendium unlocks all present and future Compendium rewards, such as couriers, immortal items, battle booster, stat tracking, and an unusual taunt for the upcoming Techies hero.

With this update, we’re also introducing Live Rewind, allowing you to pause, rewind, and jump around the timeline when spectating any live game. Saw an awesome team fight? Rewind and watch it again and again. Need to grab a drink while your favorite team is playing? Pause the match and resume when you get back.

Meanwhile, if you’re coming to The International, you might want to head over to our Ticketing FAQ to prepare yourself for the event.

Can’t make it to The International? Try joining (or hosting!) a Pubstomp, where people around the world gather locally to watch The International. Check out our Pubstomp page to learn more.


Fnatic at The International

There has been a lot of discussion over the last 24 hours regarding our requirement that Fnatic plays with Era at The International, and how it differs from Fear’s substitution in Evil Geniuses. In cases like this, we think being fully transparent is the right approach. Hopefully this sheds some light onto the situation for everyone.

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New Team Matchmaking

Team matchmaking is now a part of ranked matchmaking, meaning the pool of available opponents for teams and full parties is now much larger. To play as a team, form a party of five players. If there is a team roster that contains all members of your party, you will then be presented with the option to play using that team’s identity. Choosing to use a team identity means it will be displayed in game, and matchmaking will use that team’s MMR. If you choose not to use a team identity, you’ll simply play as an ordinary group of five players.

Teams will be preferentially matched with other teams, however they may also be matched with a party of five that is not using a team identity.

We’ve also made it easier to coordinate with friends to play as a team by increasing the maximum team roster size to seven members. However, keep in mind that any roster change will result in the recalculation of the team’s MMR based on the ranking of each team member.

To make way for this new approach to ranked Team Matchmaking, we have cleared the MMRs of all existing teams. Teams will enter MMR calibration when they play their next game.

Finally, the participation requirements, available game modes, and abandonment rules for team matchmaking are now the same as ordinary ranked matchmaking.

In Compendium news, two stretch goal rewards have been released. The 1v1 Practice Mode lets you find a short match to practice your mid lane against different matchups. With the Favorite Hero Challenge, some new analysis tools have been added to help you track your performance.