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The Wild Cards

The Wild Cards begin this Sunday at 9am PDT, where four teams will battle it out to decide who will claim the final two invites to The International. Following that will be the Group Stage games, which will determine the seeding for the Main Event, and will run through the week beginning Monday, July 27th at 9am PDT. Finally, the The International’s Main Event begins on Monday, August 3rd and culminates with the Grand Finals on Saturday, August 8th, beginning at 10am PDT each day. You’ll be able to watch every moment streamed live at The International site.

If you’ll be attending The International in person, the doors to KeyArena open at 9am. Pre-orders for Secret Shop merchandise can be made until midnight PDT this Saturday night, July 25th. They will be available for pickup at the Secret Shop, located just outside of KeyArena at Fisher Pavilion, begining Friday, July 31st, at 8am PDT until 2pm PDT on August 8th.


deadmau5 dieback music pack

Get ready to wage war to some mau5 sounds. deadmau5 has been working on a way to bring his iconic sounds to the battles of Dota 2. Presenting the deadmau5 dieback music pack, now available on the Dota store.


The Road to The International

The Wild Card brackets, which will decide which two teams will claim the final two invites to The International, have been set. This Sunday, July 26th at 9am PDT, be sure to watch Team Archon, CDEC Gaming, Vega Squadron, and MVP.Phoenix battle for the last two slots in the tournament.

The team distribution for the Group Stage games has also been revealed. These games will determine the seeding for the Main Event. This year, Group Stage will be played over four days, with three games being played simultaneously, each viewable on its own stream. The Primary Stream will provide full coverage of Series A games, and between games we’ll keep you up to date on the overall state of the Group Stage. Streams will start at 9am PDT each day beginning on Monday, July 27th through July 30th.

It all leads up to the Main Event, which starts at 10am PDT on Monday, August 3rd, with the Grand Finals being played on Saturday, August 8th.

Full coverage of all stages of the event will be available at The International site.


Dota 2 Reborn: Ranked Matchmaking

With today’s update, we’ve enabled Ranked Matchmaking in the Dota 2 Reborn beta. You can now complete Compendium Challenges as well, and doing so in the Reborn beta gives you 50% more coins. While we were at it, we also imported a number of items, including everything from the recently released Immortal Treasure III. Plus, we’ve made a number of other improvements and fixed long list of bugs, which you can check out on our beta updates page. Don’t forget to send us your feedback as you explore the beta.


The International Approaches

Today we’re launching The International website where you can find info about the dates and this year’s format. We’ll be updating the site throughout the event, starting with the Group Stage team distribution on July 22nd after the players arrive in Seattle.

We’re also launching the beta of DotaTV’s Live Streaming, which you can find in the new Watch section on Dota2.com. Games are broadcast at up to 1080p at 60 frames per second and feature real-time stats, graphs and match data. The Watch section gives you quick access to the most-viewed Dota matches currently being streamed through Steam Broadcasting. The full broadcast for The International will also be available for viewing on this new platform.


Secret Shop Pre-Orders & Pubstomps

If you’re attending The International, we’re happy to announce that this year you’ll be able to pre-order all the new Dota 2 merchandise that will be available at the Secret Shop, and then claim your order at KeyArena. You can view the catalog now at WeLoveFine, and preorder purchasing will begin on July 16th. Order pick-up will become available July 31st. If you won’t be attending, you’ll be able to purchase Secret Shop merchandise online shortly after The International.

There’s nothing like watching a thrilling game of Dota with a crowd of excited fans. We know that not everyone can make it to KeyArena to see The International live, so we have the next-best thing: local events in your area. Registration for this year’s Pubstomps for The International are open. Head over to our Pubstomps page to sign up to host your own Pubstomp event, or sign up to attend one of the many others that will be happening around the world, then get ready to cheer for your favorite teams with your fellow fans.

In the meantime, be sure to vote for your favorite submissions to the Dota 2 Short Film Contest. The voting period ends this Friday, July 17th.