Product Update - Valve
- Added rebinding the Alt modifier to the settings dialog.
- Added the Directional Move hotkey to the settings dialog.
- Added the Hold Select to Follow Hero option to the settings dialog.
- Arc Warden's Tempest Double no longer copies Tomes of Experience.
Product Update - Valve
* A key input can no longer be bound to multiple console commands, except when cheats are on or spectating.
* Arcana vote totals are now never shown in active matches, instead, only the current leader is shown
* You can now select Quests up until the wager timer
* Fixed Eul's Cyclone not working while your hero is Spell Immune
* Fixed Shadow Word not working on Spell Immune allies
* Fixed some Quests not considering contributions from non-hero controlled units
* Fixed some Quests not considering contributions from modifiers without durations
* Fixed bug where battle point log didn't display the Commendable Notion achievement correctly
* Fixed bug where shadows rendered incorrectly in the dire base when using the spring weather
* Fixed bug where you could not select a team in ranked matchmaking
* Fixed bug where match details would show Dire winner when matches were not scored (due to leavers, poor network conditions, etc)
* Fixed bug that was preventing creating or editing a team
* Fixed X Marks The Spot not working on Spell Immune allies
* Vulkan: Fixed brightness slider in Exclusive Fullscreen mode on Windows
* Vulkan: Fixed memory leak in Scaleform
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alice O'Connor)

This doesn't illustrate anything in particular. I didn't want to use any of our older Dota 2 screens so I spectated a random match. Look at all those wizards.

Vulkan is the new big exciting Thing That Might Make Your Games Run Faster Without You Having To Buy A New Graphics Card Or Anything, Jeremy recently explained in slightly more technical detail, and now Dota 2 [official site] supports the new graphics API too. In beta. And it might not make a difference for you. Or may be worse. If you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology (a phrase which always makes me think of eXistenZ> and meatcomputers), you can now download and try Dota 2’s Vulkan beta.

… [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alec Meer)

Phew: we have nine different names in the top ten sellers on Steam last week, rather than the recent trend for various pre-orders and season passes splitting the vote excessively. Question is, has Joe/Jo Public responded as rapturously to DOOM as Ian/Iana Critic has?

… [visit site to read more]

Product Update - Valve
* The beta version of Vulkan support for Dota 2 is now available via DLC. Vulkan is a high-efficiency cross-platform graphics API for modern GPUs. For more information on Vulkan visit

Technical notes:
* Please make sure to opt-in to the Steam Client Beta for the latest Steam Vulkan Overlay (fixes performance issue with Steam Overlay).
* Enable with the -vulkan launch option after downloading the Vulkan Beta DLC. Remove -dx9/-dx11/-gl (if present) from any previous launch options.

Minimum requirements:
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit: NVIDIA 600-series+ (365.19+ driver), AMD 7700+ (Crimson driver)
- Linux 64-bit: NVIDIA 600-series+ (364.16+ driver), AMD GCN 1.2 (16.20.3 driver)
- 2GB of GPU memory required - may experience crashes with < 2GB of GPU memory.

* The first time you run with Vulkan you may experience short stutters while the engine caches shaders on disk. After playing through or watching a match, these stutters should go away.

* There is a known issue on Linux with NVIDIA GPUs where tearing can be observed even when vertical sync is enabled. NVIDIA is aware of the issue and it will be fixed in the future through a driver update.

* Please file any bugs with the Vulkan version at
Product Update - Valve
* Doom cooldown increased from 125 to 140
* Armlet health drain increased from 40 to 45 per second
* Sun Ray cooldown increased from 20 to 26
* Beastmaster Boar Attack Damage reduced from 15/30/45/60 to 10/25/40/55
* Call of the Wild Hawk/Boar manacost increased from 15 to 25
* Rolling Boulder slow duration reduced from 2 to 1.4/1.6/1.8/2.0
* Lion's base intelligence reduced by 2
* Track self bonus gold reduced from 200/275/350 to 170/260/350
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Graham Smith)

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>

I did and I didn’t like it. To me, Team Fortress Classic was unfairly dumped in a bin called “a team-based multiplayer shooter like Counter-Strike only messy and guff.”

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - Ward

It's time to raise the curtain on the 2016 Dota 2 Short Film Contest.

From now until the morning of July 26th, 2016, filmmakers are invited to submit their short film creations to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate ten entries to be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. The winning films will then be announced and showcased as part of The International 2016 broadcast, and while each nominee is guaranteed to win $500, the top three will take home prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for their efforts.

More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site.

Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2016.
Product Update - Valve
- Fixed a server problem which occasionally delayed recording match results and quest completion.
- Fixed animations on Shadow Shaman's and Venomancer's wards.
- Fixed a rare case where Winter Wyvern would not get kill credit with Winter's Curse.
- The Clearcut Challenger Helper is rate limited to reasonable human values on the server and always has been. Excessive scripting does not contribute to the overall total.
PC Gamer

There s loads happening in all sorts of scenes across the world this weekend, from international CS:GO to Dota 2 in Sweden to top-tier StarCraft in Korea. There s also one of the biggest-ever Rocket League prize pots on the line and a massive Street Fighter V tournament underway in Paris. GL HF!

Dota 2: Dreamleague Season 5 PlayoffsAnother long-running Dota 2 league reaches its final stages, this time in Sweden. Top-tier teams including OG will be playing throughout the weekend. Matches begin at 10:00 BST/02:00 PDT on Saturday and at 11:00 BST/03:00 PDT on Sunday. The stakes aren t quite as high as they were at Epicenter, but it s bound to be great Dota nonetheless. You can find the stream here.

CSGO: StarLadder i-League Invitational

There s a lot of great CS:GO happening this weekend, including StarLadder s i-League Invitational in Kiev. Luminosity, Na Vi and are taking part. Strangely, it s hard to find a definite schedule for this one, but the playoffs are due to conclude on Sunday. Your best bet is to check GosuGamers hub page on European time for the livestream (check the sidebar for info on upcoming matches.)

CSGO: Esports Championship Series

More CS:GO, this time on the other side of the world. A similarly impressive lineup of teams including Astralis, NiP and Fnatic go head-to-head in the USA for a slice of a massive $1,750,000 prize pool. Games begin at 00:00 BST/16:00 PDT (the previous day) on both Saturday and Sunday. Find the livestream here.

StarCraft II: WCS Korea Season 1 Cross Finals 2016

Four of the best SCII players in Korea (and therefore the world) fight to determine a final champion for the region. There s $17,000 at stake for first place as well as 1,000 WCS points. Games begin at 10:00 BST/02:00 PDT on Sunday. Find more information, as well as the stream, on the official site.

Hearthstone: Americas Spring Preliminary

This massive qualifier for the Americas Spring Championship is open to all, but expect to see a lot of well-known faces too. The top 128 in the region will duke it out across the weekend, starting at 18:00 BST/10:00 PDT each day. It ll be streamed on Twitch.

Rocket League: Qualifier 1 Online Final

One guy in last week s comments asked, and we ve delivered! Rocket League s inaugural esports, er, league has reached its first moneyed final, with the conclusion of qualifier 1 in Europe and North America playing out over the next few days. The $5000 pot might seem modest by modern standards, but this is early days for an exciting new esport. Find more information, and the livestream, on the official Rocket League esports site.

Capcom Pro Tour: StunFest

France has produced some impressive Street Fighter V players of late, so it s only appropriate that Paris is the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour. Andi Hamilton looked forward to StunFest in his most recent column, and anticipates great things for the event. Play begins at 19:00 BST/11:00 PDT on Saturday and at 18:00 BST/10:00 PDT on Sunday. A word of warning: the initial livestream has been a bit flaky, particularly when it comes to SFV. Hopefully they ll have sorted it out by the time the top 8 rolls around. In either case, you can find more info and the livestream here.

Smite: Spring Split

Smite s European and North American Spring Split enters week eight with another round of play this weekend. You ll find matches starting at 18:00 BST/10:00 PDT on both Saturday and Sunday, with Europe leading the charge on Saturday followed by NA on Sunday. Schedule and livestream details can be found on the HiRezTV site.


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