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The International 2016 Collector’s Cache

Available exclusively to Battle Pass owners for $1.99, The International 2016 Collector’s Cache has arrived, and with it multiple community-created item sets for heroes previously unrepresented in the offerings of the Dota 2 Workshop.

With each purchase contributing directly to The International prize pool, this year’s Collector’s Cache contains 16 new sets—including the full set debuts for Arc Warden, Bane, Shadow Fiend, Tinker, Undying, Winter Wyvern, and Zeus—and also offers the chance to receive a Rare Skitterwing courier, Very Rare Pudge set, or Ultra Rare Hakobi and Tenneko courier. The more treasures you open the higher the chance the rare items will drop.

This treasure is only available for sale until The International concludes. As with last year’s International Collector’s Cache, the items in this treasure are exclusive and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Each set can, however, be gifted once, and the Ultra Rare is marketable.

Getting all of the non-rare items in the Collector’s Cache will also net you 27 Battle Pass Levels earned through the treasure achievements. Additionally, each set in the Cache can be recycled for 2 Battle Pass Levels.

You can find the patch notes for other changes in this update here.


The Manila Major Group Stage

With the players and talent already arrived, and the production crew making their final preparations, it’s nearly time to kick off The Manila Major.

The first day of Group Stage will commence this Friday, June 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Philippines time when the first eight teams march into the lanes to face down their group opponents, each aiming to secure a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event and avoid the added pressure of a Lower Bracket berth.

For more details on the competing teams, broadcast talent, and tournament schedule, head over to The Manila Major homepage, or check out the Featured section in the Watch tab of the Dota 2 client. Battle Pass owners should also make sure to lock in their Manila Major predictions as today is the final chance to do so.

Those fans interested in attending the matches at Mall of Asia Arena can still purchase weekday tickets to the Main Event here. For industrious attendees who have crafted a costume, there will also be a Dota 2 cosplay competition open to anyone and offering a chance for 10 finalists to take the stage on the final day of the Main Event to perform in front of a packed arena crowd and a multitude of Dota fans watching from around the world.

In Battle Pass news, all Rare and Very Rare items in the Immortal Treasures now use escalating chances whereas previously only the Ultra Rare items operated along that mechanic. Rarity rolls will be backfilled to users who have already opened Immortal Treasure I, and those with successful rolls will find the respective items waiting in their Armories.


Dota 2 Short Film Contest

It’s time to raise the curtain on the 2016 Dota 2 Short Film Contest.

From now until the morning of July 26th, 2016, filmmakers are invited to submit their short film creations to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate ten entries to be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. The winning films will then be announced and showcased as part of The International 2016 broadcast, and while each nominee is guaranteed to win $500, the top three will take home prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for their efforts.

More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site.

Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2016.


The International 2016 Battle Pass

The International 2016 Battle Pass has arrived. Loaded full of objectives, features, and exclusive rewards, this Battle Pass celebrates the journey through The International season, and the Dota 2 community that makes it all possible.

Battle Pass owners can undertake in-game Quests, stake Wagering Tokens to score Battle Points, and pitch in on a series of Community Challenges, all while pushing your Battle Level along a path of rewards to unlock a digital trove of items. With an initial bundle of myriad items and Immortal Treasures to open, loads of Level Rewards to earn, and two different terrains to explore, the gallery of rewards is nearly endless.

Head over to The International 2016 Battle Pass page for more information, including details on the first Weekend Battle Cup, The International 2016 Compendium, a Peak MMR Challenge, The Manila Major Predictions, and much more. As in years past, 25% of all sales will go directly to The International 2016 prize pool.


The Manila Major Qualifiers

The Manila Major Qualifiers are just around the corner and by next week the final four qualifying teams will take their places alongside the 12 invites. Running May 3rd – 6th, the Regional Qualifiers will determine which remaining team in each region will earn a chance to do battle on the main stage of The Manila Major from June 7th – 12th.

As the regional teams battle for the coveted final spots, we would like to take the opportunity to give a larger group of casters the chance to cast higher profile games and join the established talents across the Russian, English, and Chinese languages for every qualifier match in both DotaTV and on stream. The schedule and streams for each game will be available here before the start of the qualifiers.

If you are interested in attending The Manila Major, weekday tickets are still available for purchase here.


Warhammer Comes to the Dota 2 Workshop

Blood for the Bloodseeker!

Today, the Dota 2 Workshop will begin accepting submissions for inclusion in a new Warhammer treasure, designed according to the visual themes of Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy Battles universe. Because Warhammer’s aesthetics are similar in spirit to much of the Dota universe, we are looking forward to seeing all the content that Dota 2 Workshop artists create for fans in both communities. Submissions will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on August 22nd, 2016, and the treasure will be available for purchase on September 1st, 2016.

Total War: WARHAMMER is shipping May 24th on Steam. To celebrate the release, everyone who pre-purchases the game on Steam will receive a special version of the new Dota 2 treasure on September 1st. This special version will contain visually-unique pre-order-only versions of the treasure’s Warhammer themed items.

Visit the Dota 2 Workshop to submit and vote on entries. Use the “Warhammer” tag in the Dota 2 Workshop when making your submissions.