Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

A rash of hacks in the past two months has left the usernames, emails and passwords from at least twelve gaming forums compromised, including those of Unreal creator Epic Games and Secret World developer Funcom. Other breaches include a GTA fansite and, as previously reported, the official forums of Dota 2. All the attacks involved an exploit in the forum’s software, which the hackers used to hoover up details of members. And while the passwords are encrypted, they can often be easily cracked. In total, over 9 million user accounts have had their details stolen.

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Product Update - Valve
* A new server cluster in Peru has been added with improved connectivity and capacity.
* Fix bugs related to new game end sequence and battle cup.
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Photo credit: Riot Games.

League of Legends takes the spotlight this weekend for its EU and NA Summer Finals (which just might draw the spotlight away from the recent controversies rocking the scene.) That s not your only option, however: there s plenty of fighting game tournaments taking place all over the world, Dota 2, CS:GO, and the return of PC pro Smite. Have fun!

League of Legends: 2016 NA and EU LCS Summer Finals

There's a lot of high-stakes LoL taking place over a short period of time over the next few days. On Saturday, the third place matches in both the NA and EU LCS Summer Finals will take place, with Unicorns of Love vs. H2K taking place in Europe at 08:00 PDT/17:00 CEST and Immortals vs. CounterLogic Gaming taking place in the US at 12:00 PDT/21:00 CEST. The timing for the grand finals on Sunday are the same. Find more information, and the livestream, at LoLesports.

Dota 2: World Cyber Arena EU Qualifier

You'll forgive me for not having too many precise schedule details for this one, as... well, beyond the matches that have already been played, they seem a little hard to come by. Nonetheless, there is some top-tier Dota happening this weekend even as the majority of the scene wrestles with the inevitable but still-spectacular roster drama that follows the International. This is the EU qualifier for the next WCA. The previous one was, by all accounts, a gigantic shambles that people only forgot about because the Shanghai Major was a higher profile shambles. But at least there's Dota to watch. Check Gosugamers for up to date stream and schedule info.

CSGO: ESEA Season 22, Power-LAN 2016, CyberPowerPC Summer 2016 Pro Series

There's a lot of mid-tier CS:GO taking place across the world this weekend, from North America to Denmark to Poland. On Saturday, check out the playoffs for Power-LAN 2016 starting at 02:00 PDT/11:00 CEST here's the official site for more info (it's in Danish, mind.) CyberPowerPC Summer 2016 will be running throughout the weekend, starting at 09:00 PDT/18:00 CEST on Saturday and 11:30 PDT/20:30 CEST on Sunday (more info here). Finally, ESEA Season 22 concludes on Sunday with $50,000 on the line. Tune to the livestream from 01:00 PDT/10:00 CEST.

Smite Pro League: Fall Split

PC Smite is back for another season and this weekend is your chance to get in on the ground floor. Matches began yesterday and continue through to Sunday, starting at 11:00 PDT/19:00 CEST each day in both North America and Europe. You can find out more information on the teams on the official Smite Pro League site and find the livestream here.

Capcom Pro Tour: Lots of Ranking tournaments

Look, we've got limited header space here, alright? Ranking Capcom Pro Tour tournaments this weekend range from Absolute Battle in Dallas, USA to Argentina Pro Gaming Series in Argentina to an Online Ranking Event in Europe to OzHadou Nationals 14 in Sydney to Fight in Rio: Olympia in Rio de Janeiro. As such, you can expect a decent standard of fighting game play regardless of when you tune in: check each official site, listed above, for further details. Keep an eye on Twitch s Street Fighter V section if that s the game you re after.

Product Update - Valve
- Fixed the interaction of Underlord’s Abyssal Aura and Illusions.
- Improved texture memory usage.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

It’s taken three years but Valve have now brought the full DotA hero lineup into Dota 2 [official site]. Underlord (formerly known as Pitlord) was the final hero, arriving in an update last night. He’s a four-legged fella loosely styled after Mannoroth from Warcraft 3 (shh! no one tell Blizzard’s lawyers), a strength hero with some nasty area of effect spells and the ability to teleport his whole dang team. Enjoy these few days when Underlord is picked in every game but no one knows how to play him or play against him. Next up for Dota 2, all-new heroes!

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PC Gamer

The Dark Rift has opened, and Vrogros the Underlord, the support hero who was revealed to the world earlier this month at The International 2016, has taken his place in the Dota 2 lineup.

Conjure waves of abyssal flame to immolate enemies held paralyzed in your spiteful grip. Feast upon the carnage of battle, gaining strength as foes perish around you, their attacks diminished by your very presence, the Dark Rift update page says. Tear a rift in reality to teleport yourself and your teammates across the map, delivering bloody retribution to any who would defy the will of Vrogros the Underlord.

I guess that's one way to put it. Described a bit more prosaically, the Underlord's abilities include Firestorm, an area-of-effect fire spell; Pit of Malice, which traps and damages enemy units; Atrophy Aura, which weakens nearby enemies and grants bonus damage to the Underlord; and his ultimate, Dark Rift, a teleport that carries the Underlord and all nearby friendly heroes to a selected friendly unit's position.

The update also brings a new post-game summary to Dota 2 that will provide detailed reports on different aspects of player and team performance that will help break down game flow and visualize critical turning points. Scoreboards, graphs, teammate stats, and other relevant information will all be at your fingertips and because statistics aren't much good if they can't be viewed over time, summaries of past matches will be saved for later viewing.

Community Announcements - Ward


The ethereal rift has opened, and the new hero Underlord is now playable in Dota 2. Bringing with him a new Post-Game Summary feature filled with detailed match info, and the addition of Teammate Stats to your profile, the leader of the Abyssal Horde stomps his way into the lanes in today's update to complete the roster of established heroes. Head over to The Dark Rift Update page to learn more.
Community Announcements - Ward


The online Dota 2 Secret Shop is open for business. Featuring merchandise launched at The International 2016, as well as a host of other original and community-created designs, the Valve Store powered by WeLoveFine is now taking orders for shipments of this year's Dota 2 collection to fans almost anywhere in the world.

To celebrate the shop launch and the release of our Anti-Mage and Windranger Dota 2 figurines produced in cooperation with Good Smile Company, we've also worked with Good Smile to create a manga-style comic featuring both heroes as their journeys intersect on the trail of the necromancer Balimar Oakrot.

Find out more in: A DARK PURPOSE SERVED
Community Announcements - Ward


As the dust settles on The International, and thoughts turn towards the next cycle of the competitive Dota 2 season, it's time for teams and players to select their battle companions for the next Dota 2 Major. With that in mind, we've updated the Dota 2 Major Registration process to adjust several aspects of the roster lock system.

We'll introduce a few of the main points below, but be sure to check out the full Dota 2 Majors Registration FAQ for more information.

This year, players are not automatically dropped from teams as they were in the past. This means existing teams will remain intact until managers or players actively make changes.

The first phase of roster locks—the drop period—will allow a team admin to drop a player, or allow a player to leave a team, and will be open until September 4, 2016. After this first phase is complete, any players that remain on a team's roster are bound to that team. Because players are not automatically dropped from rosters, teams and players who do not wish to continue with their current rosters will need to actively change roster status before the drop period concludes.

The second phase of roster locks—the invitation period—allows teams to issue Primary Member invites to players they wish to add to their rosters, and will remain open from September 4 - 18, 2016. Team admins can issue invites to any players not locked to another team's roster, including new players or players that were previously dropped from the team. One thing to note is that teams will no longer need to issue Substitute Player invites during the invitation period. Any team that qualifies for a Major event will be able to issue a Substitute Player invite to any player not participating in the Major once the qualifiers for that event are done.

We've included an "Updated" tag on revised sections of the Dota 2 Majors Registration FAQ, so head over there to see the full list of revisions.
Product Update - Valve
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* Disruption illusion damage taken increased from 150% to 200%
* Echo Stomped units no longer get targeted by towers or creeps (like nightmare)
* Echo Stomp damage decreased from 85/110/135/160 to 70/100/130/160
* Starstorm Aghanim upgrade no longer releases a second meteor
* Reactive Armor duration decreased from 14/16/18/20 to 10/13/16/19
* Gust cooldown increased from 13 to 16/15/14/13
* Chronosphere cooldown increased from 130/115/100 to 140/125/110
* False Promise cooldown increased from 90/60/30 to 100/65/30
* Lina's Base Attack Time improved from 1.7 to 1.6
* Rupture damage increased from 26/42/60% to 30/45/60%
* Leshrac's movement speed increased from 320 to 325
* Living Armor regeneration bonus increased from 4/7/10/13 to 4/8/12/16
* Stone Form stun delay reduced from 0.85 to 0.55
* Lane creeps now give 35% of experience when denied by neutrals rather than 20% (normal player denies give 50% experience).
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