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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.


The Qualifiers Conclude

Congratulations to the twelve teams that battled through the Open and Regional Qualifiers to earn invitations to The International 2016. While eight of those squads have placed safely into the Main Event alongside the six direct invites, the four Wild Card teams still must face off in Seattle for the final two tournament spots, each one aiming to replicate CDEC’s amazing wildcard-to-finals run from last year’s tournament. With the Group Stage set to kick off in five short weeks, preparations are in full swing, and now that the qualifiers have concluded, all of the pieces are nearly in place.


Immortal Treasure II

Immortal Treasure II is now available, and includes items for Windranger, Undying, Riki, Morphling, Lich, Earthshaker, Mirana, and Invoker. All Battle Pass owners can find their unlocked treasure ready to open in the Armory. This treasure features escalating odds—each one you open increases your chances to receive a bonus rare Mirana item, a very rare golden version of the Riki item, or an ultra rare Invoker Immortal bundle, each with their own independent escalating odds chance. Level up your Battle Pass to unlock more treasures. 25% of all level sales will go directly to The International 2016 prize pool. Head over to the Battle Pass website for a preview of the custom spell effects contained in the new Immortal Treasure.

As another bonus for Battle Pass owners, we have also added new in-game Battle Predictions, which will allow in-client spectators of the Regional Qualifiers to make predictions based on in-game events. Correctly guess the number of Roshan kills, the hero with the highest net worth, which team will destroy the first barracks, and much more—the available predictions will differ each game. Make enough correct calls to earn up to three Achievements and their accompanying Battle Point rewards. Each correct prediction will be added to your overall tally and can be tracked in the Achievement tab until all three are completed.

For a chance at more Battle Points, click over to the Compendium section of your Battle Pass to predict which teams will win the four Regional Qualifiers and punch their tickets to Seattle. With the Open Qualifiers wrapping up on June 24, and the Regionals set to run June 25 – 28, make sure to get your predictions in before 7:00 p.m. PDT on June 24.

This update also includes added support for resizing the mouse cursor in the Options menu, a change to reduce hitching when watching replays, and some improvements to bot behavior. Additionally, the inaugural Battle Cup is almost here, and details on the beta tournament will be available soon.