After over a week of competition in Seattle and months of build-up, this year's iteration of The International Dota 2 tournament has finally concluded following a 3:1 match-up between Digital Chaos and Wings Gaming at the Main Event. This makes the five Chinese players of Wings Gaming the most recent winners of The Aegis of Champions, taking home a total first place prize of $9,123,681.
Congratulations to the latest winners of The International!
The International is always the most exciting Dota 2 event of the year, and we're already looking forward to the next year of great content and competitions!
With The International always standing as the biggest annual event for Dota 2, it shouldn't really be a surprise that Valve are using it as a platform to reveal new heroes and content - they've done it plenty of times before. However, while we all sort of expected the long-awaited arrival of Underlord (previously known as Pit Lord) during the All-Star match on Thursday, the community was recently surprised by the reveal of a brand new hero known as Monkey King.
Seemingly associated to the game's Monkey King Bar item, this mysterious new hero can seemingly use his extreme agility to overwhelm opponents before spawning hordes of rampant monkey duplicates to finish them off. Check out his teaser trailer below!
While Monkey King may be the truly new kid on the block, let's not allow him to overshadow the importance of Underlord's addition to the cast. As the update's name suggests, Underlord marks the final Dota 1 hero to be ported into Dota 2, allowing Valve to now focus all of their attention on adding fresh and original new members to the extensive Dota line-up, including Monkey King. As highlighted during this year's All-Star match, the Underlord is able to dramatically change the flow of a game using his ultimate, which can theoretically teleport an entire team across the map to a chosen location. Here's a full replay of the All-Star match.
It's not quite confirmed that The New Journey update will introduce both Underlord and Monkey King, it seems extremely likely given Valve announced both new heroes only one day apart and scheduled them for "Fall 2016". This would mean the update and all of the other features it will introduce will be released on August 23rd 2016, 10 days after the conclusion of The International 2016 later this evening. We're looking forward to the new patch, are you?
Do you remember Half-Life: Uplink? No, the film, not the demo with the exact same title. Well, we've covered the subject in detail in a previous ValveTime Database episode, which you can watch at the bottom of this post if you're interested.
We recently received never-before-seen production photos of the film from an individual who worked at Sierra's UK division, revealing a greater behind the scenes look of the filming and its shooting location. We'd like to thank our source for letting us share and preserve these photos.
Here is the ValveTime Database episode where we talk about the film in detail:
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In typical August fashion, Valve have recently announced the Sixth Annual Saxxy Awards, the annual TF2 and Valve-themed film making competition. This year's event is basically identical to the one held last year, featuring a total of six categories and the same exciting prizes. This year's categories are listed below:
- Best Action
- Best Drama
- Best Comedy
- Best Short
- Best Extended
- Best Overall
Voting for this year's competition begins on November 11th and lasts 5 days until November 16th. Winning videos will then be revealed by Valve on November 18th. Only video submissions made between November 4th and 11th will be eligible, so make sure you pay attention to this rule alongside several other important ones if you're looking to take part! Happy Filmmaking.
Under construction just two blocks away from Valve's current digs at Skyline Tower, the Lincoln Square Expansion project will feature a new tower with 710,000 square-feet of office space.
Valve is scheduled to move into the new space May, 2017.
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