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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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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

After a week packed with phenomenal Dota 2 [official site] plays, combacks and upsets the winners of The International 2016 (and a casual NINE MILLION DOLLARS?????!!!!) are:

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (James Archer)

This is it! The grand final of The International 2016, Dota 2’s [official site] ultimate world championship, is mere hours away. Two matches and three teams remain so if you’re still catching up with Friday’s action BEWARE SPOILERS!

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

With the upcoming release of Underlord (The Artist Formerly Known As Pit Lord) there was more than a smattering of “What next for Dota 2 [official site]? Is that it for the hero roster?” Answering those questions at The International 2016 was Valve’s teaser trailer for new hero Monkey King! The simian sovereign will be coming in an update this autumn/fall called The New Journey. OBSERVE:

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

The All-Star match at The International 2016 saw the reveal of new Dota 2 [official site] hero, Underlord. We wrote about it in our TI6 daily recap but he’s been so long anticipated that he deserves his own post.

Vrogos, the Underlord – formerly known as Azgalor, the Pit Lord in DotA and Warcraft thanks to DotA’s origins as a mod – will be added to the game from 23 August. Underlord completes the Dota 2 roster in terms of heroes also present in DotA so from then on we’re entering uncharted territory in terms of the Dota 2 roster and whether/when further heroes will be added*.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (James Archer)

Day four of The International 2016 main event was all about underdogs (and one Underlord, but we ll get to that in a bit) the incredible rise of one, the heart-wrenching fall of another. And, as fate and lower bracket scheduling would have it, these two young Dota 2 [official site] teams would have to face each other in the very first series of the day.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (James Archer)

Much exciting Dota 2 [official site] occurred during the night, and now not only do we have our last eight teams left fighting at The International 2016, but we know two of the guaranteed top three finishers.

SPOILERS AND HEART-STOPPING COMEBACKS AHEAD!

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

This is what hackers REALLY look like

All right folks, you know the drill. The forums of Dota 2 s official website have been hacked, compromising details from almost 2 million user accounts, including usernames, emails and passwords. A database of 1,923,972 records has been exposed, according to Leaked Source, a search engine that lets internet users see if their details have been leaked. So get those keyboards ready, it’s time for a password change!

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (James Archer)

Dota 2 s International 2016 is almost halfway done, and good grief, what a digital sportstorm it s been so far. Champions have been slain, underdogs have dominated, and panels have turned into hand puppets for completely unstated reasons. Here s everything you need to know (besides a puppet explanation) ahead of today’s upper bracket semi-finals.

Obviously HERE BE SPOILERS:

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