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The Stream Team: Dota 2's 6.82 madness

The last few months in Dota 2 have come with a sense of stagnation. The professional and high-tier play meta, on display most prominently in this year's $11 million International championship, was in a rut. Something had to change before players grew bored or frustrated with facing the same three...

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Hear snippets of Chance Thomas' Dota 2 score

Composer Chance Thomas has revealed his latest project: creating a Compendium score for Dota 2. In a new behind-the-scenes video, you can see Thomas conducting a choir and orchestra as they perform snippets of various tracks for the popular MOBA. Thomas previously worked on MMOs such as Lord of...

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The Stream Team: Seeking chaos with Dota 2's ability draft

One of the most important steps in mastering a MOBA like Dota 2 is developing a deep understanding of every hero's skills. When you know what a hero can and cannot do, you can play effectively both as that hero and against him/her. But what happens when you take hero abilities, stick them in a...

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The Stream Team: Random drafting in Dota 2

Newcomers to Dota 2 often stick to the game's All-Pick mode when searching for matches. In All-Pick, every hero currently in the game's hero pool is available for selection. This makes character selection more manageable for new players (since you can pick heroes you know), but it also leads to an...

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Dota 2's 10 million dollar e-sports tourney will stream on ESPN

Whether or not you believe e-sports are real sports, Dota 2 is at least big enough for sports TV. Valve today publicized a deal that will bring streaming coverage of its MOBA's The International tournament to ESPN. Well, ESPN3, which is sort of like ESPN in the same way Dota 2 is like a sport....

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Valve adding Stanley Parable announcer pack to Dota 2 store

Valve wants you to know that it's adding a Stanley Parable Announcer Pack to its Dota 2 cash shop this afternoon. The content inserts a narrator with a "particular blend of sardonic meta-commentary" into the MOBA, "rendering the game not only understandable but even downright accessible to the...

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Dota 2's playerbase tops World of Warcraft's subscribership

In the world of online gaming, there's been a longstanding perception that's not actually been true: that World of Warcraft has the most players. Today we can add another title to the "Greater Than WoW" Club, as the official site displays a counter showing that Dota 2 has a larger playerbase. ...

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NBA's Jeremy Lin: 'Dota is a way of life'

NBA player Jeremy Lin recently expanded upon his remarks in the documentary Free to Play that "Dota [2] is a way of life." Talking to OnGamer, Lin said that the MOBA brought him, his family, and his friends closer together. "When I say it's a way of life, it's more than just a game, it's a...

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The Stream Team: Grand finale edition, February 24 - March 2, 2014

Like two-hour movie specials that end a favorite series or the final fireworks on the Fourth of July, wouldn't it be neat if everything in life had a grand finale? You know, something really special to wrap everything up neatly before you have to move on? Granted, grand finales are by their very...

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The Stream Team: Saturday afternoon Dotas

There's no better way to recover from a crazy (or lazy) Friday than by jumping in for a little MOBA action. Today's brunch menu includes last-hitting creeps, stunning enemy players, building powerful items, and of course, buying lots of wards. Join Massively's Mike Foster in Dota 2's three-lane...

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