Congratulations to the twelve teams that battled through the Open and Regional Qualifiers to earn invitations to The International 2016. While eight of those squads have placed safely into the Main Event alongside the six direct invites, the four Wild Card teams still must face off in Seattle for the final two tournament spots, each one aiming to replicate CDEC's amazing wildcard-to-finals run from last year's tournament. With the Group Stage set to kick off in five short weeks, preparations are in full swing, and now that the qualifiers have concluded, all of the pieces are nearly in place.
Immortal Treasure II is now available, and includes items for Windranger, Undying, Riki, Morphling, Lich, Earthshaker, Mirana, and Invoker. All Battle Pass owners can find their unlocked treasure ready to open in the Armory. This treasure features escalating odds—each one you open increases your chances to receive a bonus rare Mirana item, a very rare golden version of the Riki item, or an ultra rare Invoker Immortal bundle, each with their own independent escalating odds chance. Level up your Battle Pass to unlock more treasures. 25% of all level sales will go directly to The International 2016 prize pool. Head over to the Battle Pass website for a preview of the custom spell effects contained in the new Immortal Treasure.
As another bonus for Battle Pass owners, we have also added new in-game Battle Predictions, which will allow in-client spectators of the Regional Qualifiers to make predictions based on in-game events. Correctly guess the number of Roshan kills, the hero with the highest net worth, which team will destroy the first barracks, and much more—the available predictions will differ each game. Make enough correct calls to earn up to three Achievements and their accompanying Battle Point rewards. Each correct prediction will be added to your overall tally and can be tracked in the Achievement tab until all three are completed.
For a chance at more Battle Points, click over to the Compendium section of your Battle Pass to predict which teams will win the four Regional Qualifiers and punch their tickets to Seattle. With the Open Qualifiers wrapping up on June 24, and the Regionals set to run June 25 - 28, make sure to get your predictions in before 7:00 p.m. PDT on June 24.
This update also includes added support for resizing the mouse cursor in the Options menu, a change to reduce hitching when watching replays, and some improvements to bot behavior. Additionally, the inaugural Battle Cup is almost here, and details on the beta tournament will be available soon.
Congratulations to OG for their Manila Major Championship. They had an impressive run through the Upper Bracket, taking down Natus Vincere, MVP Phoenix and Newbee. Team Liquid defeated five different teams in the Lower Bracket as they climbed their way back up to face OG in the Grand Finals. OG secured the victory by defeating Team Liquid 3-1, earning them an impressive second Major Championship title.
With The Manila Major behind us, teams set their sights on The International taking place this August. The Open Qualifiers will be kicking off June 21st, with the Regional Qualifiers right afterwards on June 25th.
In preparation for The International, a balance focused patch will be released today. In the 6.88 update you will find various minor balance tweaks geared towards ironing out some rough edges as we head into ESL Frankfurt next weekend and The International Qualifiers the following week. Head over to the patch notes page to read up on the changes in the 6.88 gameplay update.
Available exclusively to Battle Pass owners for $1.99, The International 2016 Collector's Cache has arrived, and with it multiple community-created item sets for heroes previously unrepresented in the offerings of the Dota 2 Workshop.
With each purchase contributing directly to The International prize pool, this year's Collector's Cache contains 16 new sets—including the full set debuts for Arc Warden, Bane, Shadow Fiend, Tinker, Undying, Winter Wyvern, and Zeus—and also offers the chance to receive a Rare Skitterwing courier, Very Rare Pudge set, or Ultra Rare Hakobi and Tenneko courier. The more treasures you open the higher the chance the rare items will drop.
This treasure is only available for sale until The International concludes. As with last year's International Collector's Cache, the items in this treasure are exclusive and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Each set can, however, be gifted once, and the Ultra Rare is marketable.
Getting all of the non-rare items in the Collector's Cache will also net you 27 Battle Pass Levels earned through the treasure achievements. Additionally, each set in the Cache can be recycled for 2 Battle Pass Levels.
You can find the patch notes for other changes in this update here.
With the players and talent already arrived, and the production crew making their final preparations, it's nearly time to kick off The Manila Major.
The first day of Group Stage will commence this Friday, June 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Philippines time when the first eight teams march into the lanes to face down their group opponents, each aiming to secure a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event and avoid the added pressure of a Lower Bracket berth.
For more details on the competing teams, broadcast talent, and tournament schedule, head over to The Manila Major homepage, or check out the Featured section in the Watch tab of the Dota 2 client. Battle Pass owners should also make sure to lock in their Manila Major predictions as today is the final chance to do so.
Those fans interested in attending the matches at Mall of Asia Arena can still purchase weekday tickets to the Main Event here. For industrious attendees who have crafted a costume, there will also be a Dota 2 cosplay competition open to anyone and offering a chance for 10 finalists to take the stage on the final day of the Main Event to perform in front of a packed arena crowd and a multitude of Dota fans watching from around the world.
In Battle Pass news, all Rare and Very Rare items in the Immortal Treasures now use escalating chances whereas previously only the Ultra Rare items operated along that mechanic. Rarity rolls will be backfilled to users who have already opened Immortal Treasure I, and those with successful rolls will find the respective items waiting in their Armories.
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.
The International 2016 Battle Pass has arrived. Stuffed full of objectives, features, and exclusive rewards, this Battle Pass celebrates the journey through The International season, and the Dota 2 community that makes it all possible.
Battle Pass owners can undertake in-game Quests, stake Wagering Tokens to score Battle Points, and pitch in on a series of Community Challenges, all while pushing your Battle Level along a path of rewards to unlock a digital trove of items. With an initial bundle of myriad items and Immortal Treasures to open, loads of Level Rewards to earn, and two different terrains to explore, the gallery of rewards is nearly endless.
Head over to The International 2016 Battle Pass pagefor more information, including details on the first Weekend Battle Cup, The International 2016 Compendium, a Peak MMR Challenge, The Manila Major Predictions, and much more. As in years past, 25% of all sales will go directly to The International 2016 prize pool.
The Manila Major Qualifiers are just around the corner and by next week the final four qualifying teams will take their places alongside the 12 invites.Running May 3rd - 6th, the Regional Qualifiers will determine which remaining team in each region will earn a chance to do battle on the main stage of The Manila Major from June 7th - 12th.
As the regional teams battle for the coveted final spots, we would like to take the opportunity to give a larger group of casters the chance to cast higher profile games and join the established talents across the Russian, English, and Chinese languages for every qualifier match in both DotaTV and on stream. The schedule and streams for each game will be available herebefore the start of the qualifiers.
If you are interested in attending The Manila Major, weekday tickets are still available for purchase here.