As promised during the All-Star match back at The International 2016, this evening has seen Valve release a new major patch for Dota 2. Dubbed "Dark Rift", the update introduces the long-awaited Underlord hero, who uses his powerful area of effect spells to devastate team fights while also being able to teleport himself and multiple allies across the map to a friendly unit's location. As the last hero to be ported from Dota: All Stars, Underlord's arrival is well overdue, and his abilities will undoubtedly shake up the Dota 2 scene rather substantially.
Also promised in the interim between Underlord's reveal and today's update is the arrival of a new post-game summary. The summary, as shown in the Dark Rift update announcement page, features three distinct pages showing varying levels of detail and statistics regarding the chosen game. These include "Overview", which shows heroes played, basic scores, and overall playstyle; "Scoreboard", which features in-depth stats from kills and deaths to gold and experience gained per minute; and "Graphs", which shows visual representations of game-wide trends regarding how a match and players progressed.
Even though there isn't really a whole lot more to this update than those two changes, they are definitely sizable enough to warrant their own themed update, and we're extremely happy to see Underlord finally make his arrival in Dota 2. Next up: Monkey King and the New Journey!
Suuure, we might have let our Round-Up schedule slip once again, but it's not like we haven't been busy - just check out our front page! The past few weeks have seen Valve announce major new talking points for all of their currently active projects and hardware. News featured in this week's Round-Up includes Valve's upcoming studio move, the conclusion of The International 2016, the announcement of two new Dota 2 heroes, the end of Team Fortress 2's latest class-war, and much more!
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After over a month of competition, the Meat vs. Match class war started with the Meet Your Match update for Team Fortress 2 back in early July suddenly came to a close earlier this evening. In a 56% to 44% split, the Pyro has beaten out the Heavy to become the first in line to receive the first of a whole new line-up of class themed updates.
The contents of the update and the balance changes set to be made within have yet to be properly be revealed, but new hats, weapons, and abilities are likely all on the table. A small reference linked in the Pyro's victory blog post appears to show Valve have taken notice of an open letter written by the community a while back. The letter, written largely by professional Team Fortress 2 players, outlines a series of major and long-standing concerns regarding inconsistencies and balance problems facing Pyro players. Given the extremely obvious reference to this letter, it would seem Valve has taken this feedback on board, and will begin targeting these issues directly in the upcoming unnamed Pyro update.
It'll probably be some time before we hear anything more out of the TF2 development team, so let's all just sit tight and relax while we wait for more news about everyone's favourite pyromaniac.
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?
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