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.
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.
The teams have been invited, and the Qualifiers have ended. All that remains is to prepare for the battles to come. Now, we can reveal what form those battles will take. Head over to The Path to The Dota 2 Championship page and learn about each stage of the tournament, from the phases within the Playoffs all the way to the Grand Finals at the Main Event in KeyArena.
The eleven Immortal Compendium rewards have been released.
Compendium owners will find Immortal Strongboxes in their Armory. Strongboxes work just like our new Treasures, granting no duplicate items for the nine primary Immortals. Each Treasure also has a chance of granting up to two bonus Immortals.
Each Compendium comes with one Immortal Strongbox and about every ten levels you are awarded an extra Treasure. You can level up your Compendium by performing tasks and by purchasing extra points.
It’s been only twelve days since the Compendium launched, and already the prize pool for The International has risen to astonishing heights, rocketing beyond the $6,000,000 stretch goal. Now we’re introducing several new stretch goals to aim for. Head over to the Compendium website to learn more.
Haven’t bought a Compendium? Now’s the time make your mark on the biggest Dota 2 event of the year. Activate your Compendium to get the Evolving Battle Point Booster, Couriers, Loading Screens, HUD, a vote for which hero will receive the next Arcana item, upcoming Immortal items, and much more.
In tournament news, congratulations to NAR and Arrow Gaming for conquering their region’s qualifiers and earning their way to Seattle! The China and Europe qualifiers are happening this week, so be sure to tune in and catch some incredible games.