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The Balance of Power Update

An update just in time for the holidays, featuring the new hero Arc Warden, an Arcana for Zeus, the Desert Terrain pack, several UI improvements and the 6.86 gameplay update. Get to know Zeus better in a new comic about his unexpected run-in with Arc Warden. Check it all out by visiting The Balance of Power Update page.


The Shanghai Major

As announced during the Grand Finals in Frankfurt, the next Dota Major will be held in Shanghai, China from March 2nd – 6th, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The event will be produced by Perfect World and the prize pool will be $3,000,000. The Open Qualifiers will be held from January 3rd – 6th with the Regional Qualifiers directly following from the 7th – 10th. Team registration for the Open Qualifiers will begin on December 18th. For those interested in attending the event in person, information about ticketing will be available soon.


Protect Your Account

Don’t let the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve poured into Dota 2 go to waste: protect your Steam account with a Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator. Get it now and take advantage of a sale in the Community Market. Plus, you’ll be able to avoid the new trade holds on unprotected accounts which are being put in place beginning Dec 9th. Learn more about the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator for iOS and Android.


The Frankfurt Major Champions

Congratulations to OG for winning the first Dota 2 Major Championship. They came from the Regional Qualifiers, and went through a seemingly impossible road starting in the Lower Bracket and going through all the way to the Grand Finals. On their way to victory they took down Fnatic, Mineski, Virtus Pro, CDEC Gaming, EHOME and Evil Geniuses. In the Grand Finals they faced off against Team Secret and took the series 3-1.

Following the success of the Dota 2 Asia Championships (DAC) last year, Perfect World will be hosting The Shanghai Major which will take place at the Mercedes Benz Arena from March 2-6, 2016. We’ll be announcing more details such as ticketing information as the event approaches. All roster changes will be locked on December 8th for teams looking forward to participating in the Major.

In other Dota news, we are putting the finishing touches on the Desert Map and the underlying technology, and we’re hoping to have it ready around the middle of December when our next update will be released.


The Frankfurt Major Grand Finals

After five days of amazing play only three teams remain. Team Secret secured their place in the Grand Finals by winning an intense back-and-forth series against Evil Geniuses. EG now finds themselves in the Lower Bracket Finals facing OG, a team that has had an impressive run fighting their way through the Lower Bracket. The winner will move on to battle Team Secret in the best-of-five Grand Finals showdown, with the champions taking home over one million dollars. The broadcast begins at 10:30am CET, watch it live to see who will be the first team ever to have their name engraved on the Eaglesong trophy.


The Last Castle

He’s big. He’s red. He’s got an Axe. Also his name’s Axe. His hobbies? Most of them involve axes and the act of axing things with an axe. Plus he’s now in his very own sixty-page comic. Is an axe involved somehow? Will Axe use it? Is Luke Skywalker a villain now? Is that why he’s not in the trailers? Get the answers to all but those last two questions in The Last Castle Axe Comic. Along with the comic, all owners of The International 2015 Compendium will receive the Axe Immortal item today with the added bonus of a Soaring Cache treasure.

Also be sure to check out some of the Dota community’s Dota-inspired Saxxy contest shorts, Together We Stand and A Game of Roles.