Tickets are now on sale for The Frankfurt Major. The main event will take place over 6 days featuring the top 16 teams in the world competing for their share of the $3,000,000 prize pool.
Tickets to The Frankfurt Major Finals cost €50, and are now available here.
Gameplay Update 6.85 is here, bringing various balance changes to heroes and items ahead of the Frankfurt Major. You can read the Gameplay Update notes here.
We’ve also reorganized the home page to incorporate several new features.
Neighborhood Channels are a new feature in the chat panel, providing an easy way for you to join the Dota community in your area, find new teammates, and make new friends. Neighborhood Channels are joined automatically whenever you launch Dota. They are currently enabled in select regions, and will be rolling out to rest of the world over the next few days.
The chat panel is also now embedded directly into the home page, and will remain open whenever you’re in a lobby. Additionally, two new panels have been added to the home page: the first showing a recap of your most recent game, while the other highlights the most-spectated match currently being played.
There are a number of other features and fixes included with today’s update. Head over to the patch notes to learn all about them.
Over the last five years, The International has become the pinnacle moment for the world of professional Dota. Now the excitement of the biggest event in esports is coming to the Majors, a series of seasonal marquee tournaments, which will take place throughout the year and around the globe. Dota’s newest tradition begins this fall with the Frankfurt Major.
The first Dota Major will take place over six days at Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt, Germany from November 16 through the 21st. It will feature 16 teams all competing at the main event for a total prize pool of $3,000,000, and will be produced by ESL.
Attendance to the Frankfurt Major will be open to the public and will not require a ticket for any day except for the day of the finals, which will take place on Saturday, November 21st. Tickets to the Frankfurt Major Finals will be sold in two separate waves this Sunday, September 27, the first at 11:00am CEST and the last at 7:00pm CEST. Each ticket will cost €50, and will be available here.
The teams that will be directly invited to the Frankfurt Major and its Regional Qualifiers will be revealed on October 5th. The Open Qualifiers will be hosted by FaceIt and Perfect World and will take place October 6 – 9, with the Regional Qualifiers occurring October 10 – 13. Open Qualifier registration will open to any Dota players who wish to compete on October 1st.
In other Dota news, we are doing some work on the underlying map rendering tech for the desert map terrain in order to make sure it is built in a compatible way for future iterations. Our first longform comic, which will come with the release of the Axe Immortal, is going to be much bigger than our previous comics.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be working on UI improvements based on the feedback we’ve received and releasing our first seasonal Compendium. You can also expect to see the 6.85 game balance update later this week.
As of yesterday, all Dota 2 players are now running the Reborn update, which includes the Source 2 engine, a rebuilt UI, and Custom Games. Over the coming weeks we’ll be updating the game frequently to fix issues and refine the experience based on your feedback. You’ll be able to find patch notes in the usual place once again.
In today’s update we’ve included a design-related change to the Dashboard. We’ve integrated the friends list in the Home screen, while still having it be available globally. We debated making this change during the earlier part of the beta, but we didn’t have enough confidence that it was correct until we got more feedback following yesterday’s release.
Click here to read up on all the other fixes and improvements that are part of this update.
As part of today’s update we’re unveiling Dota Levels, the culmination of all of your accomplishments in Dota. Dota Levels are displayed as a badge on your Dota Profile based on your level, and are gained by earning trophies and playing matches. You can learn more about Dota Levels here.
We’re also releasing the new Treasury and enabling the Tournaments area of the Watch section. The Treasury can be found in the Heroes section, and allows you to quickly browse, explore, and purchase treasures. The Tournaments area is where you’ll be able to view matches and tournament details. We’ve also made a number of other small adjustments and bug fixes, which you can read about here.
Today we are rolling out a preload of the Reborn Update to all players that have not previously downloaded it. The Reborn Update will be coming to the main client for all Dota 2 players in the next day or two.
Additionally, if you purchased a Compendium for The International 2015, today you will receive the exclusive Harvest, Pestilence, and Sirocco Weather Effect items. We are still working on the Axe Comic/Immortal, as well as doing some tech work needed to support the Desert Terrain item. They will be granted to all Compendium owners as soon as they are ready.
With The International behind us and the Majors just around the corner, we are excited to have the world start playing Dota in the brand-new Source 2 engine. Within the coming weeks, the main client will receive the Reborn Update. Moving away from the Source 1 engine soon will allow us to better focus our efforts entirely on Source 2 in preparation for various upcoming tournaments. There are still a few features that will need some work when the update is released, but we plan to finish them quickly. Expect the weeks that follow to focus on ironing out issues, refining the dashboard and iterating based on your feedback. Afterwards, we’ll begin shifting our attention toward the in-game UI, where we plan to redesign the HUD and work on a variety of other in-game features.
Today’s update to Reborn contains various bug fixes and improvements, as well as a large number of backend changes that result in a very large one-time download. Now would be a good time for everyone to start downloading the Reborn update, as you will not need to download it again when the main client receives the update in the coming weeks.
If you do not have the Reborn update installed and would like to get a head start on it now, launch the Dota client and head over to the Play Tab to get set up. All of your items are now in the Reborn client, and after today any new content will be added directly to Source 2 only.