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Valve selects first six winners of the Dota 2 Polycount Contest

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Dota 2 Deadly Nightshade Polycount Contest

With bajillionsover 180,000 players playing Dota 2 simultaneously on the daily, at least a few of the dedicated will know how to push around a digi-brush. The Dota 2 Polycount Contest collected nearly 75 high-quality entries of custom-designed armors to submit to Valve's judgement with the winners having their works included in the in-game store for purchase. On Dota 2's official blog, Valve revealed the first six lucky winners today and touted gorgeous new player-made duds for Crystal Maiden, Naga Siren, Beastmaster, Templar Assassin, Meepo, and Witch Doctor heroes.

Valve determines each contest entry by readability, design, detail, and character profile, offering thoughts and critiques on each winner through the blog. Though artistic flair always shows off a designer's prowess, Valve warned of the importance of exact attention to detail in color gradients and saturation for texture modeling, an especially critical element considering the model scale and viewpoint of most MOBAs. Still, that Beastmaster set is my favorite pick of the lot. Wow.

Valve will announce four additional winners tomorrow and a final grand winner on Friday. Keep checking Dota 2's blog for the latest announcements. Cyborgmatt's blog also contains images and snapshots of all the contest's entrants for browsing.

Dota 2 Beastmaster Polycount winner

Beastmaster

Dota 2 Crystal Maiden Polycount winner

Crystal Maiden

Dota 2 Meepo Polycount winner

Meepo

Dota 2 Naga Siren Polycount winner

Naga Siren

Dota 2 Templar Assassin Polycount winner

Templar Assassin

Dota 2 Witch Doctor Polycount winner

Witch Doctor