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After seven days of competition and three different stages, the Playoffs for The International 2014 concluded earlier today. The eight final teams have been selected and two more have gone home, so be warned if you have yet to catch up as spoilers will follow!
This means Team Liquid and Titan were both eliminated from the tournament, leaving Phase Three with just under $50,000 each. With only eight teams remaining, The International 2014 will now be taking a short three day break prior to the main event at KeyArena, where all competing teams will fight throughout the Upper and Lower Bracket to find out which two will reach the grand final on Monday, July 21st. It should be noted that every remaining team is now guaranteed at least $510,000 in prize money, a figure which grows substantially the more they approach the grand prize of $4,945,000 (at time of writing).
Be sure to check out the main event of The International 2014 Dota 2 tournament on Friday, July 18th, to find out which of the eight impressive teams will be taking home the coveted Aegis of Champions. If you're not quite up to date with the tournament or its format, be sure to check out our own TI4 Spotlight Guide video or Valve's own hub over on the Dota 2 website.
With The International 2014 steadily approaching its finale and a pair of new work-in-progress Team Fortress 2 maps hanging out in the wild, this week's ValveTime News Round-Up is of course instead focused on videos and Source Filmmaker shorts...for some reason.
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After a hectic and rather unpredictable four day Round-robin event during Phase Two of The International 2014, six teams have been eliminated as the remaining top ten split into two separate groups. Be warned, as major spoilers for the tournament lurk below.
ViCi Gaming and Evil Geniuses, who scored 12-3 and 11-4, respectively, will be skipping Phase Three all together and heading straight into the upper bracket of the main event, securing both teams a minimum of over $500,000 in prize money. On Sunday 13th and Monday 14th, Phase Three of the tournament will play out, after which two more teams will be eliminated before the remaining eight progress into either the upper or lower bracket of the main event at KeyArena on July 18th.
If you're looking to stay up to date with the tournament or if you want to learn more about how it is playing out, be sure to check up on the TI4 Overview page on the Dota 2 blog or our very own International 2014 Spotlight Guide! Good luck to all the remaining teams!
Late last night, Valve revealed the "Mann Co. Beta Maps" program, a new early access system for Team Fortress 2 which allows the community to test unfinished or unpolished maps to send gameplay feedback straight back to the developers. This effectively allows for large scale map testing, something which should provide more detailed feedback to help Valve perfect the design and visuals of new levels and gamemodes in a shorter period of time.
"pl_cactuscanyon" and a space-themed map known as "rd_asteroid", the first of a new gamemode by the name of "Robot Destruction". Cactus Canyon stands as a two-stage Payload map with a large focus on vertical gameplay, while Asteroid features two symmetrical bases filled with team-coloured robots which need to be destroyed in order to build up enough points to win the round.
Cactus Canyon (left) and Asteroid (right).
The update released to TF2 last night also introduce two new songs from the Expiration Date short released last month, entitled "Red Bread", and "Night of the Living Bread", both of which you can find within the game files and across YouTube. For a closer look at yesterday's update and the new Early Access map testing program, be sure to check out the official changelog and the announcement blog post.
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