Today's update focuses on improvements to the in-game interface with various modifications to the Shop layout and Hero Control Console. For a full list of changes, read our patch notes here.
Shop Interface The in-game Shop interface has been reworked to restore the item grid to the right-side orientation with hero guides extending to the left, and popular items are now highlighted directly in the item grid. Popular items are dynamically created and updated based on the top items purchased by players with an MMR of 5,000 and higher. Additionally, all players have a row of global customizable pinned items under the grid that can be set to match personal item preferences for quicker access.
Hero Control Console We've made adjustments to the Hero Control Console layout to accommodate several changes, including making hero attributes always visible and showing both the base and bonus values for damage, armor, and attributes by default. We've also increased the size of HP/Mana bars, increased the area for multi-unit selection, and introduced multi-unit icons that scale dynamically based on the initial number of units selected.
Hotkey Support We've restored the option to activate the Learn Ability mode with a hotkey. In addition, hotkey support is now available for opening the Hero Talent Tree to select the left or right Talent branch.
Today we invite the Dota community to embark upon The New Journey Update, now available to everyone in the Dota 2 client.
This release marks the debut of the new hero Monkey King, who is joined by a custom Arcana item and an all-new themed terrain to celebrate his arrival.
Also introducing new Hero Talent Trees which allow you to augment your hero's capabilities with powerful new innate Talent choices, a redesigned in-game interface, extensive map changes, and more, this update launches Dota into the next stage of its constant evolution.
Visit the 7.00 Update page for details on all of the changes The New Journey has in store.
Once you get your bearings, prepare to join your fellow adventurers out in the lanes. The battle for the Ancients may have changed, but a hero's call to glory never fades.
Tomorrow we'll release the 7.00 Update web page detailing all of the changes coming to the world of Dota, giving you a head start on learning all the info you'll need to adjust to the new shape of battle.
The new update will be available on the Dota 2 Test client once the web page has launched, and on Monday, December 12, the 7.00 Update will go live to the world. Your clash for the Ancients will never be the same.
Congratulations to OG for successfully defending their hold on the Eaglesong trophy to emerge as champions of The Boston Major.
After securing top seed in Group D, the green machine rolled through the Main Event Bracket while dropping only two matches en route to their return to the winner's circle.
With a 2-0 win over MVP Phoenix to start the tournament, a 2-1 comeback against WG.Unity in the Quarterfinals, a dominating 2-0 series win against EG in the Semifinals, and a 3-1 triumph over Ad Finem in the Finals, OG claimed their third Dota 2 Major Championship title to cement their status as a major threat to the tournament hopes of all the rest of Dota's elite teams.
We also extend our congratulations to newcomers Ad Finem for an amazing run to the Finals at their first Dota 2 Major Championship. Their spirited performances garnered the support and respect of many in the Dota community.
With The Boston Major now in the books, we would like to thank all of the participating teams and fans in Boston, and all of the fans around the world who tuned in to watch the action unfold. We look forward to welcoming you to The Kiev Major, produced by PGL, on April 20 – 23, 2017.
Fall 2016 Treasure IV is now available, featuring new item sets for Wraith King, Meepo, Invoker, Nature's Prophet, and Luna, as well as escalating odds to unlock a Rare Lycan item set or Extremely Rare Alchemist item set that includes a new Unstable Concoction spell effect.
Now, with less than two weeks left until our next tournament champion is crowned, the focus of the Dota community turns to The Boston Major with Group Stage starting this Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Fans can find the Group Stage brackets and complete tournament schedule in the Featured section of the Dota 2 Watch menu, and the broadcast stream will be available live in the main menu of the Dota 2 client once each day's games begin.
We wish all competitors the best of luck, and look forward to welcoming attendees to the Wang Theatre for the Main Event Wednesday, December 7 - Saturday, December 10. For fans looking to go home with some Dota 2 swag, the Secret Shop will be open to all members of the public at the W Hotel next to the venue each day of the Main Event.
Missed the previous episode, or just want a refresher? You can catch up on Episode 1 at any time in your Steam Library. For those of you unable to watch the live stream, Episode 2 will also be available in your Steam Library once the broadcast is over.
With three weekend tournaments remaining in the Fall 2016 Battle Cup regular season, aspiring post-season contenders still have time to make a final push and raise their Battle Cup Scores high enough to qualify for the inaugural Champions Cup.
Any player with a Battle Cup Score of 110 or higher by the end of play on Sunday, December 11 will earn a golden ticket inviting them to compete against other top performers in the season-ending Champions Cup on Saturday, December 17.
For those who have already battled past the qualifying score, look for golden tickets to start appearing in your Armories next week. A special chat room will be available for ticket holders to help you put together a squad that has what it takes to have the last Ancient standing.
Champions Cup winners will retain their prestige status until the start of the next Battle Cup season, and winners in Tier 8 will even be eligible to compete in one of four Spring Major Battle Cup Qualifiers, with a shot at claiming a spot in their Regional Qualifier for the Spring 2017 Major. More details on the Tier 8 Qualifiers will come in the spring.
As a reminder, due to The Boston Major Main Event schedule, the final regular season Battle Cup will played on Sunday, December 11. You can find the complete Fall 2016 schedule in the Battle Cup FAQ. Please note that the registration window for the Battle Cup on November 26 will remain open for 60 minutes.
With the fall season now upon us, it's time once again to turn the focus of the Dota 2 Workshop to thoughts of the upcoming Lunar New Year that kicks off the Year of the Rooster in Dota 2. To that effect, we are now officially accepting submissions from Community artists based around the themes of the Lunar New Year and the renewal of spring to be considered for inclusion in a new treasure to mark the occasion.
As before, we would like to ask artists to avoid the use of 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.
Make sure to mark your submissions with the "Spring2017" tag when tendering items to the Workshop. All submissions must be on the Dota 2 Workshop by January 7, 2017. All Dota fans should remember to regularly visit the Workshop and vote through the Queue to ensure your voices are heard in the selection process.
Also returning for the Year of the Rooster, the Valve Store powered by WeLoveFine is again accepting Dota 2 merchandise designs to launch in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Submit your swag ideas to the Workshop and you could join the growing number of artists with retail merchandise designs available through the online Valve Store.
The Fantasy Challenge returns for The Boston Major. Head into the Compendium section of your Battle Pass to unwrap your 12 Player Card Packs and start assembling your daily Fantasy Rosters. Slot your favorite pros into Core, Offlane, or Support roles, and earn fantasy points based on their performances in the Group Stage and Main Event.
Complete an entire set of Player Cards for any pro team, and you can select to use that team's in-game TP effects and team logo emoticon. Collecting a full set of either Silver or Gold cards for a team will unlock upgrades to the TP effects and emoticon. Show off the favorites in your collection by adding Player Cards to your Dota 2 profile.
Fantasy play kicks off on December 3 with the start of the Group Stage in Boston, and daily rosters will lock at 10:00 a.m. EST on each day of the tournament. Score in the top 50% of all players to earn 2 Battle Levels, reach the top 25% to get 4 Battle Levels, or captain yourself to the top 10% to collect 8 Battle Levels. With the best pro players in the world at your disposal, you might even crack the Global Top 100 Leaderboard, or at least place first amongst friends.
Today's update also includes the addition of The International 2016 Battle Pass Summary to your player profile. Now you can survey the records of your Battle Level, Quest progress, Wagering and Battle Cup performance, Player Card collection, and more.