As hinted at during the recent reveal of the Frankfurt Major for Dota 2, the Fall 2015 Compendium has finally been released. Like those associated with the annual International tournament, the Fall Season Compendium can be purchased from the Dota 2 Store and will provide players with access to exclusive in-game cosmetic items and various other fun mechanics, including wagering on the outcome of a match and completing randomly assigned gameplay challenges.
The Fall Season Compendium is valid from October 1st through November 24th and can be purchased for either $3.99 (£2.55) or $9.99 (£6.30), with both payment methods offering access to varying levels of bonuses and goodies. While it doesn't seem like any of the revenue from compendium sales will be distributed to the Frankfurt Major's $3M prize pool, it seems like it'll still be worth picking up for those looking to grab some exclusive goodies by either redeeming coins or by leveling up their compendium.
More details regarding exactly which prizes are awarded for various actions can be found over on the compendium's announcement page, alongside a number of short previews for most of the items and effects on offer. A closer look at the bug fixes and minor improvements also introduced with today's update can be found over in the update changelog!
It may be a little later than planned (hardly a big surprise), but this week's Round-Up episode is absolutely crammed full of talking points and major headlines. These include the reveal of Valve's recent work on Photogrammetry for virtual reality, the release of Dota 2's latest major balance patch, Valve's recent visits to PAX Prime and EGX 2015, and the future of Team Fortress 2, to name but a few!
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A month ago, Seattle played host to PAX Prime 2015, one of the world's largest gaming and pop culture events. With Valve HQ situated so close to Seattle, it makes perfect sense for their team to wheel out the bandwagon to discuss their on-going hardware endeavors in great detail, with the HTC Vive, Steam Controller, and Steam Machines all being shown off at various booths.
We sent our writer and resident-Canadian Jake down to the event to check out Valve's showings and to report back on the games and hardware on display.
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With the Frankfurt Major qualifiers coming up in just over a week, Valve are getting Dota 2 ready with the release of the 6.85 balance patch, which was released this evening alongside numerous other modifications to the game client. Like all balance patches, 6.85 looks to tweak the game's wide variety of heroes and items in order to limit the effectiveness of overused or abused features (I'm looking at you, Leshrac) while improving those not used quite as much. Major standouts in this update include big nerfs to Leshrac, Techies, and Storm Spirit, while Undying, Terrorblade, and Elder Titan have all received major, potentially beneficial improvements.
As always, there's a whole lot more to read about in the full patch notes, so we'll now move on to talking about the non-gameplay improvements introduced to Dota 2 alongside the 6.85 update. These include "Neighborhood Channels", allowing players to automatically chat with other players in their local regions, and a partially redesigned UI with new support for compendiums, recent game recaps, and spectating. With the Frankfurt Major starting fairly soon, these new improvements and re-balances should help keep the community happy for another few months until 6.86 rolls around towards the end of the year.
With just over a week to go until the start of the qualifiers for the first of Dota 2's "Major" tournaments, Valve have spilled the beans regarding what is now known as "The Frankfurt Major". Here's the basic rundown: The Major will be held at Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt, Germany, it will be produced by ESL, and it will feature an impressive prize pool of $3,000,000.
The six day main event will run from November 16th through the 22nd, and will feature 16 teams from throughout the Dota 2 competitive scene. Unlike The International annual tournament, the event is open to the general public for five of the six days, with visitors only requiring a pre-purchased ticket for the Grand Finals on Saturday, November 21st. Tickets for the final day will be sold for €50 in two waves this Sunday, September 27th, with times currently listed on the Dota 2 blog. The first Seasonal Compendium will be released sometime soon alongside the upcoming 6.85 balance patch, set to drop sometime later this week. While following The International as the next stage of the Dota 2 competitive scene isn't going to be easy, the Majors should prove very interesting in their own right.
The blog post revealing this information also discusses the next few updates for Dota 2. The desert terrain map is brought up once again, with Valve mentioning they are doing some "underlying map rendering tech" to make it easy to iterate on in the future, before then describing the Axe-focused "longform" comic as "much bigger" than their previous comics.
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