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Overwatch Arrives in Dota

Today’s update introduces a powerful tool to help the community regulate negative behavior amongst its ranks — Overwatch.

THE BASICS
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Much like in CS:GO, Overwatch for Dota 2 provides a system that allows good-standing members of the community to verify the validity of reports flagging disruptive actions within games.

If a player chooses to review a case, they’ll watch a replay with pre-marked sections indicating possible negative behavior by a specific player. After reviewing the replay, they can choose: guilty, not guilty, or insufficient evidence for either.

Eligible players will occasionally be notified below their profile pictures that they have the option to review a case. Reviewers will earn an accuracy score for their efforts, and those who falsely convict will receive a lower score, eventually losing the ability to participate in Overwatch at all. To gather a pool of reliable reviewers, we’ll be enabling a growing number of accounts for participation over the next week or so.

REPORTING
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Reports can now be made directly in a match via the scoreboard, or by selecting a player and clicking the flag on their hero portrait. Placing markers in the match will indicate to future reviewers where to look for negative behavior, and you can report the same player as many times as needed — meaning the more reports you file that are accurate, the more evidence the reviewers will have to make a case.

To accommodate the new system, players now have a distinct pool of reports for Overwatch separate from communication reports. Reporting a player for Overwatch consumes one Overwatch report regardless of how many times you report that player in the game. As before, communication reports are still issued at the end of the game.

COMMUNICATION BANS
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As noted above, communication reports are distinct from Overwatch reports and are still issued in the post-game screen. However, instead of preventing users from typing or using voice chat during a match, communication bans will now mute deserving players by default. As a result, other players can choose for themselves whether to unmute a chat-banned teammate or not. When a chat-banned player uses communications during a match, they’ll receive a reminder of their status in the chat window.


The Dota Pro Circuit Winter 2021 Season

This week begins the Winter 2021 season of the Dota Pro Circuit and with it kicks off six straight weeks of daily pro Dota action; all day, every day.

In preparation for this season we’ve revamped the in-client watching experience and you’ll find a ton of new ways to watch and follow along with the scene. The “Watch” tab now has a comprehensive schedule and shows you the the current team standings. You’ll quickly get a snapshot of where things stand and what games are happening in the moment and where to watch. You’ll also be able to follow your favorite teams to make sure you never miss one of their matches. We’ve also updated the DPC app (iOS and Android) so you can follow along and track the new leagues and teams there as well.

If you’ve been following professional Dota for a while you’ll know we’ve explored a few ways for you to cheer on your favorite teams. In the coming weeks you’ll be able to back your favorites by purchasing content packages featuring in-game effects, sprays, emotes, loading screens and (of course) chat-wheel lines from your favorite teams. This content is coming straight from the teams themselves and they are submitting some great stuff for you to equip across your account. 

We’re excited for the next two months of competitive Dota and we know you are too. The games are live and you can jump in and watch right now right here:

Southeast Asia

EN: https://www.twitch.tv/pgl_dota2 
CN: https://www.douyu.com/19002
RU: https://www.twitch.tv/dota2mc_ru
PT: https://www.twitch.tv/dpclive_pt
ES: https://www.twitch.tv/dpclive_es

West Europe

EN: https://www.twitch.tv/dreamleague 
CN: https://www.huya.com/660118
RU: https://www.twitch.tv/dota2mc_ru
PT: https://twitch.tv/btsbrasiltv
ES: https://www.twitch.tv/esblatam

East Europe

EN: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_dota2
CN: https://www.huya.com/476318
RU: https://www.twitch.tv/dota2mc_ru
PT: https://twitch.tv/btsbrasiltv
ES: https://www.twitch.tv/esblatam

North America

EN: https://twitch.tv/beyondthesummit
CN: https://douyu.com/1701512
RU: https://twitch.tv/dota2ruhub
PT: https://www.twitch.tv/btsbrasiltv
ES: https://www.facebook.com/4DEsports

South America

EN: https://www.twitch.tv/ogadotapit
CN: https://www.douyu.com/3987014
RU: https://www.twitch.tv/dota2ruhub2
PT: https://www.twitch.tv/btsbrasiltv
ES: https://www.facebook.com/liveesports.gg

China

EN: https://www.twitch.tv/pwrdesports1
CN: https://dpc.pwesports.cn/
RU: https://www.twitch.tv/dota2mc_ru
PT: https://www.twitch.tv/pwrdesports4
ES: https://www.twitch.tv/pwrdesports3


The 2021 Dota Pro Circuit


As we start a new year amidst positive news regarding the vaccine for COVID-19, we wanted to share with you our plans for the Dota Pro Circuit season 2021. 

This year’s competition is slated to start on January 18th, and will consist of 2 seasons, leading up to The International 10. As previously announced, each season, will consist of a six week League portion leading up to a Major. After two seasons, there will be qualifiers for the remaining slots for The International 10 happening in Stockholm in August. The calendar for the two seasons is as follows:

Season 1: January 18th – February 28th. (March 14th for China with a break in the middle)
Major 1: March 25th – April 4th

Season 2: April 13th  – May 23rd
Major 2: June 2nd – June 13th

Given that several teams experienced a lot of roster changes throughout the year and performance has varied among teams from the previous DPC season, we will not be using previous season’s DPC points as a way to seed teams into the leagues but rather selecting the top 4 teams in best form from each region to be directly qualified to the Upper division, while a series of qualifiers, closed and open, will determine the remaining 12 teams in both divisions.

At the end of the league, the top teams from each region’s upper division will qualify to the Major. For the first major, the distribution of the 18 slots will be as follows:

EU: Top 4
China: Top 4
SEA: Top 3
CIS: Top 3
NA: Top 2
SA: Top 2

The bottom two teams of the Upper Division in each Region will be relegated to the Lower Division, while the top two teams of the Lower Division will be promoted. The bottom two teams of the lower division will be eliminated from the league and open qualifiers will decide which are the two teams that will occupy those slots on the next season.

Due to feedback from fans and players, the schedule has been revisited to make sure all match times fit the regions play and watch times as best as possible. The new schedule is as follows (All times Pacific Time):

Schedule:

Upper Division
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12AM China SEA China SEA China
3AM China SEA SEA SEA China
6AM CIS CIS
9AM Europe Europe CIS CIS Europe CIS
12PM Europe SA NA SA Europe NA
3PM NA SA NA SA SA NA
6PM
Lower Division
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12AM China SEA
3AM SEA CIS CIS CIS
6AM CIS Europe Europe CIS Europe
9AM Europe SA SA SA
12PM SA NA Europe SA NA
3PM NA NA NA
6PM
9PM China SEA SEA China SEA China China

The six regional leagues will be operated by the following tournament organizers, who will in the following days share more information on qualifiers, broadcasting, show and talent information:

Europe: Dreamhack
CIS: ESL
China: Perfect World
SEA: PGL
NA: BTS
SA: Dotapit

In an upcoming update, by the end of January, the DPC circuit will become integrated with the client, featuring Standings, Schedule and Tournament Information, as well as making it easy for people to follow their favorite teams and support them through purchasing seasonal Fan Support bundles.


The Mistwoods Update

Deep in the outlands, beyond the deserts of Nanarak and north of the coal fires of Krimwohl, a treacherous expanse of woodland awaits — where a stash of precious Aghanim’s shards has been discovered and a cunning new hero runs wild.

Head over to The Mistwoods Update page to learn all about this new warrior in the battle for the Ancients and the trove of all-new powers that Aghanim’s magnanimity has bestowed upon us all.


Dota Plus Update – Winter 2020

Winter gloom may shadow the lands, but for those battling over mastery of the lanes and destruction of an Ancient, nothing stops the action. And for the most dedicated, whose mastery is no longer in question, today’s update unveils a new level of greatness — Grandmaster — along with other seasonal updates for Dota Plus.

Dota Plus Grandmaster Tier
Dota Plus members can now level up heroes to a brand-new Grandmaster tier at level 30. In addition to the inherent intimidation factor, players who earn the title of Grandmaster have access to a new chat wheel voice line for that hero. Any hero challenges completed as a Grandmaster will also grant shards as a reward instead of hero XP.

Dota Plus Seasonal Treasure
To accompany the debut of Grandmaster, the Winter 2020 Seasonal Treasure is now available for purchase with shards. Exclusive to Dota Plus members, this treasure features all new sets for Dragon Knight, Puck, Spirit Breaker, Templar Assassin, Earth Spirit, Vengeful Spirit, Luna, Necrophos, Undying, Ember Spirit, and Centaur Warrunner. There’s also a chance to receive the Very Rare Hermid the Crab courier, which comes preloaded with random prismatic and kinetic gems.

Updated Seasonal Quests & Guild Rewards
Today’s update also comes with a new set of Dota Plus quests to haul in some extra shards for the Seasonal Treasure, helping you earn up to 115,200 shards over the course of the season.

Not to be left out, the guild rewards for silver, gold, and platinum tier guilds have been switched out for the season.

Guild Tier Rewards
Silver
  • :guildbanner: emoticon
  • :dazzle_shrug: emoticon
  • :pump_glad: emoticon
Gold
  • “Happy Tree” spray
  • “Earthshaker Dunk” spray
  • “Chicken” spray
Platinum
  • “The next level play!” chat wheel
  • “啊,队友呢?队友呢?队友呢?! 队友呢?!?!” chat wheel
  • “Ай-ай-ай-ай-ай, что сейчас произошло” chat wheel

Upcoming Updates

With Thanksgiving coming around the corner, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your continued support during the year and wish you stay safe and healthy during this time. Additionally, we wanted to give you another quick update about some of the upcoming things we’re working on.

As we mentioned in the previous Dota Plus update, the new season will be starting December 1st and it will feature a seasonal quest reset, a new seasonal treasure and more. We have also started rolling in backend changes to gather data for the upcoming Overwatch features. When fully implemented, this tool will allow users to review suspicious matches and help identify bad actors, in addition to our existing systems.

On the gameplay front, our original plan for the new hero was November 30th, however she needs a bit more time to cozy up for the winter. We will be releasing her, along with the 7.28 gameplay update, in mid December.

Finally we are excited to announce that the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit will start on January 18th. 16 teams within two divisions will compete in each of the six Regional Leagues. The best from each region will also qualify to the first Major of the season. More information on schedule and details will be available soon.