Defence of the Ancients

Dota 2 patch boosts bots, tweaks attack desire, defend desire, Roshan desire

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There is no desire more potent than Roshan desire as Dota 2's bots learned this weekend with the arrival of a new patch designed to make them smarter. Their eagerness to take on the giant lizard monster deep in Dota 2's jungle will now be dependent on their proximity to said giant lizard monster. If you kill Roshan three times, he drops "cheese." It's best not to contemplate what exactly this "cheese" is, but I like to think that it's a vessel designed to trap Roshan's raging soul in the confines of a highly portable dairy product. A Roshan Babybel, essentially.

Understandably, bots have been reluctant to eat this "cheese," until this latest patch. This is a good change for them, though, as the Roshan Babybel delivers an unrivalled instantaneous boost to health and mana when consumed. Discover more about the tweaks to Dota 2's bots, and scan the latest bug fixes in the latest patch notes below.

Dota 2 update: Nyx Assassin, Keeper of the Light and Visage arrive

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As expected, Dota 2 received a bumper round of hero additions this week! Nyx Assassin, Keeper of the Light and Visage the Necro'lic all caught their buses on time and are settling in nicely with their team mates/mortal enemies, depending on how the picks play out. I like to think the Dota 2 heroes are set up in a small town of lodges akin to the Olympic village, where small dramas and rivalries play out with the melodrama of a long running soap opera.

That makes Nyx Assassin the new big bruiser in town, you know, the one with the dark past and a bad attitude with a hidden sensitive side that's gradually teased out as he forms new friendships, like a flower blooming tentatively for young spring sunshine. Except that last part will never happen because he is a GIANT EVIL SCARAB MONSTER. Want to see what he can really do? Let's get into this.

Dota 2 heroes incoming: Nyx Assassin, Keeper of the Light and Visage

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According to test notes published on the Dota 2 forums by Icefrog, THREE heroes are warming up for combat, which means we can soon look forward to picking vengeful, nuke-tastic zealot scarab Nyx Assassin, man-on-horse who's basically Gandalf, Keeper of the Light and flaming blue gargoyle monster, Visage. They'll likely be added to the main client in this week's Thursday update, but they're rampaging all over the test client right now blinding, spiking and mana-burning all manner of foes.

Dota 2 update adds better bots, new special chests and new hero: Templar Assassin

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This week's Dota 2 update is a chunky one in spite of the addition of just the one hero. Templar Assassin's long range traps and invisibility powers will give gankers an intriguing new skillset to work with, but this week's winners are fans of Dota 2's round blue king of camp, Storm Spirit. His new announcer pack brings a bit of bonus melodrama to Dota's lane battles. Those with a bit more money to burn can make use of a new breed of special chests full of exclusive items. They can be opened with keys bought in the Dota 2 store.

That's not all, though. Bug fixes, better bot behaviour and new items all get a mention in the latest Dota 2 update. Let's get stuck in.

Dota 2 update adds new heroes: Disruptor and Undying

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BWAAAARM. The audacious horn/bong/bwaaarm noise that loudly announces that you've been slotted into a game in Dota 2 is also a fitting one with which to introduce the two new heroes added by the latest weekly patch. Look, an Orc riding a Tauntaun with a backpack made of tesla coils! It must be Thrall the Disruptor, here to mess up your Dota 2 strategies with a combination of electrical strikes and forced teleports. But woah, what's that awful smell? Has that Tauntaun let off a banger again? Oh, no. That's just Dirge the Undying dragging his fetid carcass to the party. Welcome to the party Dirge, just ... try not to touch anything.

But what can these new heroes do, and what changes have been made in the latest patch? Let's find out.

Dota 2 gets Heropedia and new heroes: Wisp and Luna

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Dota 2's expansion gathers pace with the arrival of this week's second update. This one introduces the heropeadia, which presents a breakdown of every character's stats, lore background and skills, with short videos of every ability. You can browse it now on the Dota 2 site, or access it via the "Learn" tab in the Dota 2 client.

The grand roster of heroes has also been expanded with two new characters, Luna the Moonrider, who's much more dangerous than she sounds, and Wisp, a glowing ball of light with some unusual abilities. Find out more about them, and absorb the latest patch notes below.

Dota 2 International 2012 tickets go on sale tomorrow

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The second big International tournament for Dota 2 will take place at PAX Prime in Seattle on August 31. Valve are going to top last year's International tournament with a prize pool of at least $1.6 million. With so much cash on the line, we can look forward to a lively contest. If you'd like to swing by and absorb the ambience of the event first-hand, tickets will go on sale on the Dota 2 store tomorrow at 9am PDT / 5pm GTM.

Get Dota 2 now using paid-for Early Access Pass

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You can buy early access to Dota 2 right now for £25 in the Dota 2 store, contrary to Valve's earlier declaration that Dota 2 is free to play. On the Dota 2 item shop FAQ Valve say that at this stage "we don't really think of Dota 2 as a beta" any more, but haven't completely released it because they're "working on expanding our server infrastructure" first. However, you can circumvent all that with the Dota 2 Early Access Bundle, which costs £25 / $39.99

Dota 2 beta is about to expand, comic book launched

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A new post on the Dota 2 blog announces that Valve are getting ready to start sending out mass beta invites. "We’ve just finished our first significant expansion of Dota 2 server capacity around the world," says the post, "that means it’s time to kick this thing up a notch. Starting this week, we’ll be handing out Dota 2 in increasing volumes."

Blizzard DOTA screenshots introduce Thrall, Arthas and Diablo 3's Witch Doctor

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The Blizzard DOTA Panel that took place earlier today at Blizzcon 2011 dropped a ton of interesting info on the features that will set the free StarCraft 2 mod apart from competitors like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and Dota 2. There was news of mounts, winnable boss monsters that live in the jungles between lanes, and the disposal of the traditional last hit method of earning experience. That's all well and good, but what does it actually look like? Find out in the many screenshots that have emerged from the conference today.

Blizzard DOTA to be free with StarCraft 2 Starter Edition, mounts and boss monsters added

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Blizzard have revealed some of the major changes they're making to the classic defence of the ancients format for Blizzard DOTA. They've mentioned mounts, major changes to the vital last-hit system, spectacular capturable boss monsters, and the steps they're taking to try and make Blizzard DOTA's battles faster and more friendly. They also confirmed that Blizzard DOTA will be added to the free StarCraft 2 Starter Edition.

Dota 2 site launches with IceFrog Q&A

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The official site has launched for Dota 2, and it features a long Q&A with IceFrog, the game's main developer and creator of DotA Allstars. Read on for the latest info on Valve's remake of the classic Warcraft 3 mod.

Valve to announce new game later today

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There's something afoot over at Valve headquarters. Last year, Valve hired IceFrog, the brain behind Defence of the Ancients Allstars. Yesterday IceFrog posted on the Defence of the Ancients forums to say that Valve will be announcing a new game later today. Combine this with the fact that a few months ago Valve filed a trademark for 'DotA', and shortly after that, Duke Nukem voice actor John St. John tweeted that he had a great time at Valve "recording for DotA" and we can't help but conclude that Valve's new game might have something to do with the classic Warcraft 3 mod, Defence of the Ancients. We'll be bringing you more information as soon as we have it.