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We wouldn't be called ValveTime without the odd delayed Round-Up episode, now would we? In this week's episode, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 fight for dominance with their "Operation Vanguard" and "Foreseer's Contract" updates, Steam Workshop pages receive a sizable overhaul, and we celebrate Half-Life 2's 10th anniversary with a new episode of A Minute With and our first ever livestream on our new TwitchTV channel!
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After two days of reveals across the course of about a week, the third and likely final day of the new Foreseer's Contract update for Dota 2 has finally been unveiled. As shown by the comic released back on Day 1, Phantom Assassin and the newly introduced Oracle are teaming up for the "Nemesis Assassin Event", a mini-game activated once a player with the new Manifold Paradox arcana set equipped enters the match.
From the time of the update's release until December 7th 2014, heroes will be selected on a daily basis as nemeses for Phantom Assassin, who is then provided an in-game contract ordering them to kill the selected hero(es). If Phantom Assassin is able to kill any of the selected heroes a contract will be "Fulfilled", and it will be "Denied" should she fail. Should the winning team receive the most Fulfilled or Denied contracts at the end of a match, they will be awarded one of two trophies and the potential for a "cluster-drop" of items.
As more heroes are killed continuously each day, they will be placed into the Graveyard, where they can no longer be selected as targets, likely whittling down weaker opponents, such as supports, while creating stronger and stronger opponents, such as Offlaners or Carries. There's a lot more information about the Nemesis Assassin Event over on the Day 3 announcement page, including a full FAQ regarding how to participate and play this new mini-game. Happy Hunting!
The latest major update for Dota 2 has arrived in the form of the "Foreseer's Contract". The patch focuses on the introduction of a new hero, Oracle, who is capable of removing buffs, providing powerful magic resistance, and, most importantly, delaying damage and healing taken for a short duration with his ultimate, "False Promise". Oracle was previously revealed within the update's comic, released this past Friday.
A bunch of other features are also set to be introduced, including a new "Arsenal of the Defender's Vision" treasure chest, a "Charm of the Defender's Vision" item used to predict game victories, new mega-creep models, "Heroic Effigies" which can be used to decorate a player's base, and the release of Compendium Gems and Emoticons used to show off the final level of a purchased Compendium.
There are plenty more improvements and fixes set to be introduced over in the update changelog at the base of the Foreseer's Contract announcement page, so be sure to head on over to check those out if you're interested in finding out more.
To celebrate the 10th birthday of Valve's own magnum opus, Half-Life 2, come join us as we take a quick look back and spend "A Minute With" just a few of the game's very best bits. Happy 10th Birthday, Half-Life 2!
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It's not very often Steam Workshop updates are big or significant enough to make news, but today's update is a little different, introducing a bunch of useful new features and ways to view community-created content.
The new queues were introduced alongside new, uniquely themed homepages which are able to more intelligently list different types of content, such as items uploaded under certain criteria, items recently officially accepted into a game, popular merchandise, and popular custom gamemodes. While most pages share similar options, such as friend favourited items or those from followed authors, each workshop has its own specific layout dedicated to the kinds of content specific for that game, such as maps for CS:GO, custom gamemodes and item sets for Dota 2, weapons for Team Fortress 2, and mods and campaigns for Left 4 Dead 2.
Other smaller changes made with the update include more robust viewing options for popular items over three-month, six-month and twelve-month periods, and extra tags for viewing "Most Subscribed" content, so check out the update announcement post for more details. Be sure to take a look at the Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Left 4 Dead 2 workshop pages to see these new changes for yourself.
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