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Free to Play Collector’s Pack

Free to Play is almost here, so get your pre-load started and be ready the moment it’s out

To commemorate the impending release of our much-anticipated Dota 2 documentary, special items are now available in the Dota store. These items were forged in creative partnership with several pro players and include:

Each hero set is available individually, or as part of “The Free to Play Collector’s Pack” which includes all three item sets in addition to the following bundle exclusives:

  • The “Wide Angle” Ward
  • The “Filmtail” Courier
  • The “Depth of Field” HUD skin

The hero sets will include custom loading screens, custom particles and custom animations. Each item will be available in Genuine quality for a limited time, so purchase and add these items to your Dota armory soon. A portion of each purchase will go toward the players featured in the documentary.

Visit the Free to Play Website to watch the trailer and learn more about the film.


Introducing Fantasy Dota

First available with the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season #1 tournament, Fantasy Dota is an expansion on features originally included in the International 2013 Compendium. In Fantasy Dota, you join up to 5 of your friends to create a Fantasy League, where you’ll each design a Fantasy Team made up of Pro Players. You’ll then compete based on how well your players do in matches played in DreamLeague Season 1.

Buying the ticket for DreamLeague Season 1 makes you eligible to create a Fantasy League, as well as join any Fantasy Leagues that your friends create.

Once you’ve bought your ticket and created a Fantasy League, you can invite friends to join you and set a time for the Live Draft. During the Live Draft, members of your Fantasy League draft Pro Players onto their Fantasy Team, however unlike the International 2013 Compendium, each player can only be owned by one person. After the draft is completed, the Fantasy League will automatically create round-robin weekly head-to-head matchups, where every week you’ll try to earn points to win against one of the other members of the Fantasy League.

Fantasy Team matches will begin on March 3rd, so be sure to form your Fantasy League and complete your draft before then.

Here’s some more info:

General

Q. Can I create more than one Fantasy League?
You can create one Fantasy League for each tournament ticket that you activate. However, after activating a ticket, you can join any number of Fantasy Leagues.

Q. How many members can be in a Fantasy League?
You can have up to six members in a Fantasy League. Each will have their own team.

Q. What if I have an odd number of friends who want to play?
That’s fine! One rotating team each week will get a Bye (basically a free win).

Q. What if two Fantasy Teams have the same number of wins? Are they tied?
Ties are broken by the total number of points scored in the season.

Q. When does a matchup end?
Weekly matchups end on Sunday night at midnight in the time zone of the tournament. At that point, wins and losses are assigned for that week, and the next week’s matchups begin.

Players

Q. Can a player be owned by more than one Fantasy Team?
No, players are exclusively owned by a single team.

Q. What does a player being “Core” or “Support” mean?
Each player has been assigned a role, based on the role they generally play in pro matches. Players that play mid, off-lane, or carry are grouped under “Core”. Players that take more of a support role are classified as “Support”.

Q. Does player role affect scoring?
No, all players are scored based on the same criteria.

Q. How are players scored?

  • 0.3 points per kill
  • -0.3 points per death
  • 0.15 points per assist
  • 0.003 points per last hit
  • 0.002 points per gold per minute
  • 0.002 points per XP per minute
  • 0.07 points per seconds of enemy stuns
  • 0.0004 points per allied healing done
  • 1 point tower kill
  • 1 point per Roshan kill

Player Rosters

Q. How many players can I have on my team?
You can have 8 players on your team. These 8 slots are divided into types.

Active Roster:

  • 2 Core
  • 2 Support
  • 1 Any

Bench:

  • 3 players of any type

Q. What players can I put in each slot type?
Core and Support players can only go into “Core” and “Support” slots. “Any” or “Bench” slots can contain players of any role. Note that a player in a Bench slot will not score points for their team.

Q. How often can I adjust my roster?
You can set your Active Roster for each individual day. Any day you don’t adjust your Active Roster, the settings in place on the previous day will automatically carry over.

Q. When does a day’s roster lock?
A day’s Active Roster becomes locked at midnight in the time zone where the tournament is located. So for a tournament taking place in Europe such as DreamLeague Season 1, the Active Rosters will lock at midnight CET. This lock time is displayed on the roster editing panel.

Q. What does it mean when an roster is locked?
When a roster is locked, you won’t be able to make any changes to it. This is to prevent roster changes happening while matches are being played.

Q. How can I see how Pro Players have done in the past?
The Player tab in the Fantasy section in the Community tab lists all players and their average stats over the last 100 league matches (all leagues) that they’ve played.

Q. What happens if I miss my Fantasy League’s live draft?
The draft system will automatically pick players for you.

Q. Do players get more points if a best-of-three goes to a third game?
No. In a best-of-three series, each player earns points only for their highest-scoring games.

Trading and Free Agents

Q. Can I remove a player from my team?
Yes, you can request to drop a player and pick up another that no other Fantasy Team owns (a “free agent”). These requests are all processed nightly. If multiple Fantasy Teams all attempt to pick up the same Pro Player, priority is given to the Fantasy Team with the worst record.

Q. Can I drop and pick up more than one player at a time?
No, currently you can only have one outstanding drop/add request.

Q. Can I trade players with another Fantasy Team?
Trading players between Fantasy Teams is not yet supported.

Scoring

Q. Do all matches played by a player in my roster count towards my score?
Each Fantasy League is associated with a specific tournament, and only matches played as part of that tournament count towards player scores.

Q. Do all Pro Players have the same scoring criteria?
Yes, all Pro Players, regardless of role, are scored based on the same factors.

Q. Do players in Bench slots earn points?
No, players on your Bench do not earn points towards weekly or daily point totals.

Q. Does it matter if players win or lose their matches?
No, scoring is entirely based on the player’s performance in certain categories (kills, gold per minute, healing, etc). Whether they win or lose their match is not scored, though players that win matches will tend to have better individual performances.

Q. When are scores updated?
Scores are updated after every match completes.

We’ll be expanding on Fantasy Dota as time goes on, and look forward to your feedback and suggestions!


Free to Play Documentary: Coming Soon

Experience the first International through the eyes of players who lived it. Free to Play is Valve’s feature length documentary detailing the efforts of three Dota 2 players as they battle to win the first million dollar grand prize in the history of competitive videogames.

Free to Play will be available for free on Steam March 19th. When the film is out, you’ll be able to show your support for the featured players by purchasing the Free to Play Competitor Pack, which will be available through the Dota 2 Store and Steam. With the Competitor Pack you’ll receive several in-game rewards including pro player item sets for Pudge, Doom, and Sven. You’ll also obtain a Free to Play courier, a special ward, and a custom HUD skin. Plus a portion of each purchase will go toward the players featured in the film: Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, Benedict “HyHy” Lim, and Clinton “Fear” Loomis.

Visit the Free to Play website to watch the trailer and learn more about the film.


New Bloom’s End

With a defiant roar, the Year Beast prepares to make its final stand. This battle will mark the end of the Year Beast’s reign, so spend all your Ingots and show it what you’re made of! After the beast has departed, remember to redeem your Jade Tokens. Next Tuesday (February 25th), unused Ingots will vanish, and all unspent Jade Tokens will automatically be redeemed toward New Bloom rewards. Good luck, and good hunting!


Beasts of New Bloom

At last, true darkness is unleashed! Terrorblade’s Fractal Horns of Inner Abysm are now available for purchase. Equip this Arcana and he’ll have new animations, new spell effects and icons, new death and respawn music, an altered voice, he’ll be able to change the color of his abilities and weapons with gems, and more! If you buy the Fractal Horns during the New Bloom Festival, it will come with an ‘Exalted’ quality.

Meanwhile, as heroes return to their day-to-day grudges and prepare for the Year Beast’s return, a number of changes are being made. First, we’ve significantly increased the number of Flamesalt Ingots you’ll receive after a match, and now you’ll find more Crimson Parcels as well. We’ve also boosted how many Ingots you’ll find in those Parcels.

Additionally, we’re changing how Year Beast teams are formed in order to make sure you’ll be matched up with players investing the same number of Ingots as you. When the Year Beast returns on Friday, you’ll choose from one of several Ingot Tiers. When the match begins, a set amount of Ingots from each player will be collected based on which Tier was selected, ensuring that all players have the same amount of gold to spend on the fight. Jade Token rewards will differ based on which Tier you’re playing.

Speaking of rewards, there will be times when we feel it’s necessary to update the Year Beast battle in the middle of a cycle. When we do so, high scoring players from matches both before and after those changes will be counted and rewarded separately, so you don’t need to worry about competing with players who played a significantly different version of the fight than you.

And for those of you not competing for high damage, but still eager to get your hands on Redhoof, you now have a chance to obtain the Redhoof courier by redeeming Jade Tokens to open a Bloom Harvest or Bloom Bounty.

Prepare yourself: the Year Beast returns on Friday!