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It's a little later than planned, but this week's edition of the ValveTime News is finally here. In this episode, we're recapping all the latest Dota 2 and International 2014 news alongside a variety of community headlines and SFM crossovers!
With all of the Compendium rewards for Dota 2 now unlocked, Valve are working hard to introduce as many of them into the game as possible ahead of The International 2014 tournament later this month. Today's update, known as the "Overflowing Compendium", has introduced 4 previously unlocked rewards alongside a new "Live Rewind" feature.
The introduced rewards include additional styles for the Lieutenant Squawkins courier, the Mini-Pudge courier, Chat Emoticons, and Weather Effects. It would appear Valve are also looking to further incentivise leveling up the compendium as most of these rewards feature alternate styles which are unlocked as more levels are reached. All of the level requirements for the included items are listed below:Owning a Compendium: Mini-Pudge CourierOwning a Compendium: All 25 Chat EmoticonsOwning a Compendium: Snow Weather EffectOwning a Compendium: Moonlight Weather EffectOwning a Compendium: Rain Weather EffectLevel 4: Standard Lieutenant SquawkinsLevel 24: Green-Feathered Row Boat Lieutenant SquawkinsLevel 41: Red-Feathered Sail Boat Lieutenant SquawkinsLevel 50: Golden Hook Mini-Pudge CourierLevel 65: Moonlight Weather Effect (Previous requirement, now removed)Level 120: Rain Weather Effect (Previous requirement, now removed)The "Live Rewind" feature introduced with the update allows spectators to dynamically pause, rewind, and replay within live matches, making it easier than ever to keep up to date with competitive games. A number of important assets for the Techies have also been found in the game files, including all of the hero's voice lines, but it looks like the hero isn't quite ready to go just yet. Expect to see them arrive in the game sometime after the conclusion of The International 2014.
After 48 days of crowd funding, the prize pool for The International 2014 surpassed the $10,000,000 mark earlier today.
After the original ultimate goal of $6,000,000 was passed in late May, Valve expanded the list of stretch goals with a bunch of new incentives to promote continued support given the significant two month long time gap between the goal's completion and The International 2014 tournament next month.
Since there is still three weeks to go before the start of the event on July 18th 2014, it remains to be seen whether Valve will introduce any additional stretch goals to push additional donations. We don't think it's entirely likely given how slow the prize pool's growth has become in recent weeks, dropping to around $30,000 per day over the past week or so.
While it is pretty unlikely that the prize pool will rise much further, the recording breaking $10,000,000 amount is already unprecedented for an eSporting event, eclipsing the previous top tournaments, including all three previous Internationals, by a substantial amount.
With so much money on the line, The International 2014 is going to be quite the exciting event, and we can't wait for things to get underway.
Like with cinema, music helps define some of the greatest moments in gaming. In this episode, we'll be taking a look at what we feel are Valve's Top 5 Best Soundtracks!
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It's been an extremely busy week for Valve fans. From 15 minute TF2 shorts to fully fledged game updates, important anniversaries to Summer Sales, this week's Round-Up really does have it all!
Thanks to everyone who subscribed our channel this past week, we were pretty amazed at how fast things managed to grow. To celebrate, we're going to be releasing a trio of new videos this coming week, including a guide to The International 2014, an all-new Top 5, and something we can't talk about just yet.
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