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Dota Auto Chess

If you’re like us, you’ve spent much of the last six months playing Dota Auto Chess. And if you’ve followed Valve closely over time, you know what usually comes next: we’ll play something we love or meet some people we’re inspired by and then figure out a way to work together. In fact, Dota 2 exists because a group of us here at Valve couldn’t stop playing the original mod. After we played the game, roughly 1 billion times, it was pretty clear that we should reach out to the creators, Drodo Studio, and start a conversation about working together.

So in February we flew the Drodo team over from China to chat about the future of Dota Auto Chess, and to see if they’d want to collaborate directly with us (this was also during one of the worst weeks of snow we’ve had in years, sorry about that, Drodo). We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest.

Drodo has been working on their own, non-Dota mobile game and the beta is out now. We’ve worked with them to help the existing DAC mod players migrate their account progress over to their new game. It looks pretty cool so far, we encourage you to go check it out.

As for us, with Drodo’s blessing, a group of people here at Valve are currently working on a standalone Dota version. We’ll share more information about this soon.

From the Drodo team:
”We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo’s standalone game. Valve has been a great company, who gave birth to the Steam Platform and open community like Workshop, enabling millions of players to display their talents. Being a fan of Dota2, we have great confidence in Valve’s new game, and expect the next world-class game. In the meantime, with Valve’s support, Drodo will continue updating the DAC mod, and attempt to design new modes and adaptations in our stand-alone game. We endeavor to offer more to you, all the fans that like Auto Chess. Thank you, it’s you that are making this possible. We look forward to growing together!”


The International 2019 Ticket Sales

This year, the climactic battle for the Aegis of Champions will once again be fought in new lands, as The International Dota 2 Championships invite the world’s top Dota teams to square off at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China on Tuesday, August 20th through Sunday, August 25th.

Tickets to spectate live at The International will go on sale Friday, May 24th. They will be sold in two-day bundles, the weekday bundles for the price of CNY 499 each and the weekend bundle for the price of CNY 2099.

To help show our appreciation for the community that supports Dota 2, Battle Pass owners and Dota Plus members with subscriptions active prior to the time of this announcement (6:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21st China Standard Time) will receive early access to purchase their tickets. Eligible users will find an access code in the Dota 2 Client.

Sales for fans inside of China will be available via Damai starting at 12:00 PM China Standard Time on May 24th. Purchases will require an access code from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, and will open to all customers at 1:15 PM. A national Chinese citizen ID is required to complete all Damai purchases.

Sales outside of China will be available via Universe starting at 9:00 PM China Standard Time on May 24th. Purchases will require an access code from 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM, and will open to all customers at 10:00 PM.

Please see the Ticketing FAQ for more information.

We recommend that you prepare your Damai or Universe account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience.

If you are unsure when sales begin in your time zone, please use this time zone converter.


Dota 2 Short Film Contest

We are pleased to announce that we’re now accepting submissions for the 2019 Dota 2 Short Film Contest. Filmmakers have until the morning of August 7, 2019 to submit their short film creations of 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to be eligible for consideration.

As is tradition, we invite all fans to visit the Workshop to participate in the voting and discussion process to help us select the best entries to be showcased as part of The International 2019 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in The International 2019 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners.

As before, each finalist that places in the top ten will be guaranteed to win $500, and the top three selections will be awarded prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in recognition of their contributions to the Dota community.

More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site. Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2019.


The International 2019 Battle Pass

The International Battle Pass has arrived. Prepare to cut a path into the final months of the DPC season and discover an abundance of new and classic features—including a new game mode, living towers, consumables, a Coach’s challenge, and of course a host of exclusive rewards. As is custom, 25% of all Battle Pass sales go directly to The International prize pool.

Raise your Battle Level by embarking upon the Jungle Expedition, facing the upcoming Wrath of the Mo’rokai custom game, and completing other challenges and Achievements to unlock increasing amounts of mythic rewards. You can even use Wagering Tokens to score extra Battle Points from your weekly games to help you on your way. With reward line items like the custom ‘Overgrown Empire’ terrain, evolving courier, ‘Majesty of the Colossus’ Tiny Prestige Item, ‘Planetfall’ Earthshaker Arcana, weaponless ‘Axe Unleashed’ item set, and so much more, the yearly call to adventure begins now.

Head over to The International 2019 Battle Pass page for more information on everything included in this year’s tribute to the biggest Dota event of the year.

With only one round of Major and Minor tournaments remaining before we turn our eyes to Shanghai, the next gameplay patch will arrive after the conclusion of the final Major and Minor DPC Qualifiers starting soon.


New Dota Plus Feature

Today marks the release of a new Dota Plus feature designed to enhance your experience for every Dota Pro Circuit event.

Available now in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, the Dota Pro Circuit companion app lets you earn Shards by predicting the winners of DPC matches, compete for even more Shards in the Fantasy Challenge, and follow all of this season’s DPC action in real time, all from the comfort and convenience of your mobile device.

You’ll be able to wager your personal stash of Plus Shards to predict the winners of DPC matches, with winnings added to your in-game total. The Fantasy Challenge offers the chance for more Shards, as you compete against your friends and the entire world to put together the best roster of pro players at each event. In addition, you’ll have access to a dynamic News Feed that features your personalized favorite teams and players, helping you stay on top of every DPC development along the road to The International.

Check out a full list of the app’s features here.

Android customers who are unable to access the Google Play Store can find a direct download here.


New Hero — Mars

Mars, god of war and first son of heaven, has now joined the battle of the Ancients.

Abandoning the callous ways of his past and embracing a new identity unburdened by the legacies of his father’s archaic pantheon, Mars has turned over a new spear. Vowing to tear down the remnants of the savage old world to build a new empire, Mars is at last ready to assume the true mantle of leadership over gods and men, a position he now realizes has been wasted for eons by the petty whims of Zeus.

Learn more about Mars and his abilities here. Or, better yet, launch Dota 2 yourself and get ready to impale your enemies for the glory of the god of war.

Drow Ranger Remodel

Never one to seek the spotlight, Drow Ranger thought to sneak into the lanes without announcing her redesigned model, but the glory of Mars’ arrival has shone a light across the battlefield that not even Traxex can escape.