Community Announcements - DerrickG™
If you are a contributor who has shipped an item in any Valve title, we would like to invite you to join us at The International. Badges to attend The International will be available free of charge, though you will be responsible for your own transportation and boarding costs.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to customize your Contributor badge to feature your art. If you are interested in attending The International or customizing your Contributor badge, please contact us here: ti-contributors@valvesoftware.com

Like last year, we will have areas for contributors to interact with the community, and your Contributor badge will also give you access to special contributor areas. We will have more information about the Contributor experience soon.
Community Announcements - SZ
Tickets to The International will be available to purchase at this link and will be on sale soon. The first wave starts at 10:00am PDT March 27th and followed by the last wave at 10:00pm PDT March 27th.

Q. How many tickets can I buy?
Ticket purchases are limited to 5 per household.

Q. When will tickets go on sale?
Tickets will be sold in two equal waves. The first wave will be sold at 10:00am PDT, and the last wave will be sold at 10:00pm PDT. Use this time zone converter if you are unsure when tickets will be sold in your time zone.

Q. Can I purchase from both waves of tickets?
Yes, however you are still limited to a total of 5 tickets per household across both waves.

Q. Can I sit anywhere, or will there be preassigned seats?
There are no assigned seats. You will be able to sit anywhere.

Q. How can I purchase a VIP Ticket?
All tickets sold will be General Admission. We will not be directly selling VIP tickets.

Q. Can I trade my ticket if I cannot attend?
Yes, but please note that if you are picking up your badge from Will Call, you will have to contact Ticketmaster support and request a badge holder name change.

Q. Can I get a refund on my ticket?
Yes. If you contact Ticketmaster support within 48 hours of your purchase, they will help you secure a refund.

Q. I purchased a ticket and I live within the US. Can I change my shipping address?
No. Ticketmaster will only ship to the address you supplied at checkout. If you need to adjust the ticket to a Will Call ticket, please contact Ticketmaster support.

Q. I purchased a ticket and I live outside of the US. How will I receive my ticket?
Your ticket will be at the Will Call booth at the event. You will need to provide a picture ID to pick up your ticket. If you will not be the person picking up the ticket, please contact Ticketmaster support to add an additional pick up name to your order.

You can find the purchase page for the tickets here. We recommend going there and creating an account ahead of time so you will be ready when the tickets go on sale.
Community Announcements - SZ
Dota 2 returns to KeyArena in Seattle this summer from August 3rd through August 8th. All tickets will be general admission, which will cost $99 and give you access to all six days of the main event, where the top 16 teams in the world will compete for the Aegis of Champions.We are not directly selling VIP tickets this year, but stay tuned for details on the VIP experience. Tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster at two separate times next Friday, March 27th. The first batch of tickets will be sold at 10:00am PDT, and the last batch will be sold at 10:00pm PDT.Not sure when that is in your time zone? Here's a list of times to help you get ready for when the tickets go on sale:
  • Seattle: March 27th at 10:00 and 22:00
  • Rio de Janeiro: March 27th at 14:00 and March 28th at 02:00
  • London: March 27th at 17:00 and March 28th at 05:00
  • Moscow: March 27th at 20:00 and March 28th at 08:00
  • Beijing: March 28th at 01:00 and 13:00
  • Seoul: March 28th at 02:00 and 14:00
  • Singapore: March 28th at 01:00 and 13:00
  • Sydney: March 28th at 04:00 and 16:00
Still unsure when tickets will go on sale in your area? Check out this handy time zone converter.
Community Announcements - BaronCalico
If you are working on an in-game item, tournament, or merchandise workshop submission that you would like to have considered for release before the end of August, please submit your work to the workshop no later than May 26, 2015.

Additionally, the workshop particle process renovation that we mentioned in December's New Bloom 2015 Call to Arms blog post is still ongoing, so if you are working on an in-game item we ask that your creations avoid using custom particle effects. Finally, any items which depict skulls or gore should also include low-violence versions of all assets (including loading screens) with the initial submission.
Community Announcements - SZ
Destroy the enemy's Ancient with the help of a Year Beast! Increase your pool of Ability Points and make ready. Beginning tomorrow, the Year Beast Brawl will be available during a 10 minute window a few random times each day. You'll have an hour of warning ahead of time so you can gather your friends.In the Brawl, players use their Ability Points to strengthen or command a Year Beast that will spawn for each team every five minutes. Remember to spend all your Ability Points--they are restored after every Brawl. Win a Brawl, and you'll earn item sets and other New Bloom prizes. Lose, and you'll receive a handful of Ability Points to use in the next Brawl. The Year Beast Brawl event ends on March 2nd.
Community Announcements - SZ
Winter Wyvern is coming to blanket the battlefield with her icy shadow, while Crystal Maiden prepares to show off her a new Arcana, the Frost Avalanche, now available for preorder. Learn more about the New Bloom map, reworked item drop system, Item Recycling, and more in Part 3 of our New Bloom Festival update.
Community Announcements - SZ
As the Year Beast stalks toward the battlefield, trouble stirs in the frigid wastes. Stop by Part 2 of the New Bloom Festival update and get to know Crystal Maiden's icy new neighbor.
Community Announcements - SZ
The New Bloom Festival is almost here, and with it the dreaded Year Beast. But there's so much more in store. In case you missed the teaser when it aired before the Dota 2 Asia Championship Grand Finals, head to the update page to check it out, and then make ready for the battles to come.Speaking of DAC, if you missed even a minute of the tournament, be sure to go back and watch all the games on Dota TV. There were really some terrific matches played, featuring plenty of stunning upsets and nail-biting comebacks. Congrats to everyone who played!
Community Announcements - SZ


We wanted to share some information about The International so that you’re able to start making room in your schedules. This year the Main Event in Seattle will include 16 teams and will run for 6 full days, from Monday August 3rd through Saturday August 8th. Ticket availability will be announced on this blog prior to going on sale. Team invitations will occur shortly after May 1st.
Community Announcements - TomB
Once again, we're putting out a call to artists to create items based around the themes of Chinese New Year, Chinese history, and springtime, and submit them to the Dota 2 Workshop to be considered for the next New Bloom Festival. This time around we would like to ask artists to avoid the use of dragons and written Chinese characters, as well any concepts that involve human skulls, blood and gore. Additionally, to have the best chance of having your work make it into the game, please be careful not to mix cultural concepts in your designs, such as traditional divisions between the dress of children and adults, warriors and civilians and upper and lower classes. Also, our workshop particle process is due to be reworked, so please refrain from using custom particles in your submission. Remember to mark your submissions with the "Spring2015" tag when placing your items on the Workshop. All submissions must be on the Dota 2 Workshop by January 19th. To everyone else: remember to visit the workshop and vote through your queue to make sure your voice is heard.Also, the excellent people at WeLoveFine are hosting a contest for Dota 2 merchandise designs for the New Bloom Festival, so if your talents lean toward creating awesome swag, they'll have you covered.
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