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The Secret Shop Wants YOU!

Think you have what it takes to design merchandise for The International? Let’s find out!

Now you can submit your t-shirt and poster designs to be voted on by the Dota 2 community by going to ‘The International’ tab in the Workshop. Once the votes are in, we’ll curate the top-rated entries, and the best of the best could find their way to The Secret Shop at The International Dota 2 Championships through the excellent folks at Mighty Fine. Designs must be submitted to the workshop by May 20th, 2014.

For the rest of you, head over to the Workshop and start voting on your favorite designs.

And in case you missed the awesome stuff we had for sale at The International last year, you’re in luck: the Secret Shop has been restocked. T-shirts, posters, plushies and more from last summer’s event are available once again at the Valve Store.

For more info on submitting your designs, visit the FAQ.


The International Tickets FAQ

Tickets for The International go on sale tomorrow and we wanted to answer a few questions we’ve seen come up often:

Q. How many tickets can I buy?
Ticket purchases are limited to 5 per household.

Q. Can I sit anywhere or are there preassigned seats?
Yes, you can sit anywhere.

Q. Can VIP ticket holders access the After Party if they’re under 21?
The After Party is limited to VIP ticket holders that are 21 and over. There are no restrictions for the other VIP ticket features.

Q. Can I trade my ticket if I can’t attend?
Yes, but please note that if you’re picking up your badge from Will Call, you will have to contact Ticketmaster and request a badge holder name change.

Q. I’m not attending, does this mean I won’t be able to purchase the new items sold at the venue?
Some items will be available on the Dota 2 Store during the event. More details to come.

Q. I’m a Workshop Contributor, will there be a place for me at the International?
This year we’ll be setting aside a larger space for Contributors to meet fans, work together, and show off their creations. If you’re interested in participating, we’ll have a signup space for you soon. In the meantime, make sure you purchase your ticket when they go on sale on Friday.

You can find the purchase page for the tickets here. We recommend going there and creating an account ahead of time so you’re ready for the sale.


The International

Save the date. This year The International moves to KeyArena, taking place July 18th through the 21st in Seattle.

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For those interested in attending there are three types of tickets available:

- General Admission ($99)

- Floor Seats ($199)

- VIP package ($499) that includes:

  • Access to all 6 days of Playoffs (formerly Group Stage) taking place on July 8th, before the Championships Event
  • Floor Seating
  • Exclusive VIP Meet & Greets
  • Access to the After Party

Every ticket includes access to all four days of the Championships Event at KeyArena. Tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster beginning this Friday April 4th at 3PM PDT, so check back later for more information.

This year there will be 11 teams invited directly as well as four Regional Qualifiers taking place May 12th through the 25th. The winner of each Qualifier will receive an invitation, with the four runner-ups competing in Seattle for the final spot.

Here’s a handy list of times to help you get ready for the sale:

  • Seattle: 15:00 Friday
  • Brasilia: 19:00 Friday
  • London: 23:00 Friday
  • Moscow: 02:00 Saturday
  • Beijing: 06:00 Saturday
  • Singapore: 06:00 Saturday
  • Seoul: 07:00 Saturday
  • Sydney: 09:00 Saturday

Don’t see your time listed? Here’s a sweet time zone converter.

 


World Leaderboards

Today the Dota 2 team is introducing public leaderboards. These leaderboards show the players with the highest solo MMR in four geographic divisions:

  • Americas
  • Europe and Africa
  • China
  • Southeast Asia

Here is an FAQ with some details. (We may need to change the requirements in the future. The latest information will always be on the Leaderboards website.)

Q. Who is eligible to appear on the leaderboard?
To qualify, a player must have all of the following:

  • At least 300 lifetime matchmade games played. (Unranked or ranked PvP matches only.)
  • At least 100 lifetime solo ranked games
  • At least 15 solo ranked games in the last 21 days in the same division
  • Official player info on file

Q. How do I know what division I’m in?
It’s the division in which you have played the most solo ranked games in the past 21 days. (In case of a tie, we use the division that has the more recent match.)

Q. Does a match still qualify towards the recency requirement if somebody abandons, times out due to network problems, etc?
Yes, provided that MMRs are updated. If the match is thrown out for any reason, then it is not a qualifying match.

Q. How do I give you my official player info?
If your solo MMR puts you within reach of a leaderboard, and you meet the eligibility requirements but have not provided your official information, we’ll send you a notification in game that will make it possible to provide this information.

Q. Which server regions are assigned to which divisions?

  • Americas: US West, US East, South America
  • Europe: Europe West, Europe East, Russia, South Africa
  • China: Perfect World Telecom, Perfect World Unicom
  • Southeast Asia: South Korea, SE Asia, Australia

Q. When are leaderboards updated?
Daily at 22:00 GMT.

Q. Where’s the global leaderboard?
The MMR of each division is on a different scale, and comparing MMRs across divisions is not currently meaningful.

Q. I’m on the leaderboard and I want to change my official information. Is it too late?
We’ve unlocked everyone’s official information, giving all players one more chance to make edits. Once you enter the information again, it will be locked for a period of time and you will not be able to change it! Please note that there may be a delay of up to one day between the time you change your information and the time the new information shows up on the leaderboard.


The End End of Duplicates

Peek inside any treasure and you’ll notice a few changes.

From now on, you will no longer have a chance to receive a duplicate item from opening a treasure multiple times; each time you unseal a treasure, you will find a different item.

In addition to ensuring you won’t receive the same item twice, each time you unlock a treasure you will also have a chance to obtain bonus rewards. Bonus rewards are granted in addition to an item found inside a treasure, and some treasures feature multiple bonuses. This means you could gain two or more items each time you open a treasure!

After you have unlocked all items within a treasure, the list of items that can be obtained from opening that treasure is reset and the items can be earned again in a new random order.

Every treasure past and present now ensures that you will not receive duplicates, and has a selection of bonus items. If you’ve ever hesitated to unseal a treasure, take another look at what they have to offer!

Looking for the perfect treasure to pillage for non-duplicate riches? Try the new Treasures of Radiant Arms and Dire Arms. Each unseals to reveal an entire hero set, which include the first sets made available for Lifestealer and Puck. Opening either treasure also gives you a chance to find the Vestments of the Fallen Princess, the first set for Vengeful Spirit, as a bonus reward!