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Dota 2 Kuku Issue and Valve’s Eventual Response

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In the past month, the Dota 2 community has seen more hardship and turmoil than all of last year combined. Dota 2 is no stranger to issues of professionalism. In fact, we've covered several instances of unprofessional behaviour in...

How to Achieve Victory in Dota 2 Solo Queue

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Let's be honest with one another - Dota 2 solo queue can be an absolute nightmare. It doesn't matter if you solo queue in ranked or causal play, solo queue is just the worst. How is a player suppose...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Dota 2

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We're almost ready for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season to start, with the first tournament of the season starting on October 29. Before you tune in to the DreamLeague Season 10, let's catch up on everything that's happened in...
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A Future of Semi-Professional Players

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In the month leading up to the International, Peter "ppd" Dager announced that he would be creating a league designed to bridge the gap between semi-amateur players and the competitive scene. Noting a lack of support and opportunity for...

How Do Roster Changes Impact the Dota 2 Competitive Scene?

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After the International ended in August, we knew the worse part of the Dota 2 industry was coming — the inevitable roster changes. Every year, without fail, organizations critically examine their team's performance at the International with the intent...
Ability draft is an alternate game mode for Dota 2 that lets you combine skills to create a "new" hero.

The Not-so-Complicated Ability Draft Guide

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Ability draft is one of Dota's alternate game modes. At the start of an Ability Draft game, players are assigned a Hero and take turns selecting three regular abilities and one Ultimate from a pool of randomly selected abilities. For...
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Balancing Fame & Professionalism: Accountability in Esports

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We're living in an age of esports where each title is fighting for their place in the spotlight. Valve's popular title Dota 2 has been changing their tournament format to allow for more second and third tiered production companies...
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Streaming Rights and Choices for ESL Tournaments

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ESL vs. Dota 2 Viewers In case you've been out of the loop, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Dota 2 viewers just had an epic face-off. What a way for the Dota 2 community to kick off 2018. In the...
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How Does Dota 2’s New Seasonal Ranked Matchmaking Work?

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As of November 22nd, Dota 2 has officially introduced Seasonal Ranked Matchmaking. This new system will force every Dota 2 player to recalibrate their matchmaking rank at the beginning of every six-month season. According to Valve, these "nitial calibration games will...
de_lite is far from delightful, and de_thrill is anything but exciting.

The Best (and Worst) Operation Hydra Maps

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Operation Hydra added a handful of community-made new maps to both competitive and casual play. With Valve announcing that they plan on permanently adding the two most popular maps to CS:GO's map pool, let's take a look at the...
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What Happens to CS:GO’s Map Pool after Operation Hydra Ends?

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Operation Hydra will go down in CS:GO history as the longest operation to date. With an end date of November 13th, the operation will have run for just under six months, launching on May 23rd, 2017. This won't be...
The Dota tutorial leaves a lot to be desired, but that doesn't mean Valve can't fix it.

Trial by Fire: How Valve Could Improve Dota 2’s Tutorial

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Dota is a punishing game for newcomers, and the lackluster tutorial doesn't make learning the basics of the game any easier. The current tutorial is an improvement from the pre-7.00 version, which used an outdated version of the map...