Dota 2 - Ward


Today the Dueling Fates collide, as two new heroes—Dark Willow & Pangolier—join the battle of the Ancients.

And neither arrives to the fight empty-handed. Each hero has a debut Immortal item available in the Emblems of the Dueling Fates bundle, which also contains a Ward set, courier, and taunts for both heroes.

Along with the new heroes, Dueling Fates also introduces the 7.07 Gameplay Update; new ranked seasons for MMR; an entirely new game mode; and more. Visit the update page for details on each hero and all the other changes we've made.

Looking beyond today's update, we're also currently reworking the Battle Pass system and will have more information on those changes coming in the future.
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed an issue with how Flamethrowers were determining range after recent fixes to close-range hit detection
  • Updated the Taunt Unusualifier to draw from a pool of previous years' Halloween Unusual effects during the Scream Fortress IX event
  • Updated War Paints purchased from the Mercenary Park Gift Shop so they use all wear levels
Team Fortress 2
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed an issue with how Flamethrowers were determining range after recent fixes to close-range hit detection
  • Updated the Taunt Unusualifier to draw from a pool of previous years' Halloween Unusual effects during the Scream Fortress IX event
  • Updated War Paints purchased from the Mercenary Park Gift Shop so they use all wear levels
Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

To compile a list of the 25 best horror games on PC is to look into the void for so long that the void not only starts to look back, but shakes you by the hand and takes you out for coffee. It is to fight with monsters until you become a monster and then go on a European railtrip with the other monsters, and really bond over cocktails in Saint-Tropez.

It is also a great way to explore the wide range of possible experiences within horror fiction. Here, there is something for everyone, even the squeamish and the easily-startled. Yes, there are jumpscares, but there are also slow-burn psychological dramas and tongue-in-cheek splatterfests. There are uncanny things and real terrors, but there are smiles and smirks among the shocks.

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Team Fortress 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

scream fortress header

As if the hordes of pyros weren’t scary enough, Team Fortress 2‘s Halloween event launched on Friday. Instead of doing something new, they’ve chosen to make every previous Scream Fortress – going back to 2009 – playable once again. Get your spooks in while you can, because the event ends on November the 8th.

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Dota 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Two brand new heroes have arrived in Dota 2 with the launch of version 7.07, the long-awaited Duelling Fates update. Please welcome to the battle arena Dark Willow, a spoOoky nuker, and the zippy swordsman Pangolier. They’re the first new heroes added since the Monkey King way back in December 2016. The update is far bigger than just this pair, also adding new items, a new model for Ancient Apparition, seasons for ranked play, and oodles of skill changes and balance tweaks. (more…)

Team Fortress 2
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed a client crash related to weapons with effect meters
  • Fixed a bug with the main menu sometimes displaying two character images at the same time
  • Fixed the recharge rate for the Fishcake
  • Fixed being able to buy airblast upgrades for the Phlogistinator in Mann vs. Machine mode
  • Fixed flamethrowers not damaging buildings at close distance
  • Fixed a bug related to the Dragon's Fury projectiles not hitting enemies
  • Changed The Gunslinger contract objective from "Get a kill with a sentry" to "Get a kill with a mini-sentry"
  • Reduced the number of times "Get 5 kills with The Back Scatter in a single life" needs to be scored to 3
  • Updated pl_badwater to improve hit detection around some of the staircases

Notes missed from the previous update:
  • Fixed the new airblast not honoring airblast vulnerability modifiers on Mann vs. Machine bots
  • Fixed the new airblast not benefiting from the airblast force upgrade in Mann vs. Machine
  • Fixed The Mantreads not properly granting airblast resistance
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a client crash related to weapons with effect meters
  • Fixed a bug with the main menu sometimes displaying two character images at the same time
  • Fixed the recharge rate for the Fishcake
  • Fixed being able to buy airblast upgrades for the Phlogistinator in Mann vs. Machine mode
  • Fixed flamethrowers not damaging buildings at close distance
  • Fixed a bug related to the Dragon's Fury projectiles not hitting enemies
  • Changed The Gunslinger contract objective from "Get a kill with a sentry" to "Get a kill with a mini-sentry"
  • Reduced the number of times "Get 5 kills with The Back Scatter in a single life" needs to be scored to 3
  • Updated pl_badwater to improve hit detection around some of the staircases


Notes missed from the previous update:
  • Fixed the new airblast not honoring airblast vulnerability modifiers on Mann vs. Machine bots
  • Fixed the new airblast not benefiting from the airblast force upgrade in Mann vs. Machine
  • Fixed The Mantreads not properly granting airblast resistance
Dota 2

The patch notes for the Dota 2 7.07 update, "Dueling Fates," fully reveals the new Pangolier and Dark Willow heroes who were teased back in August. The update will also make a big change to the matchmaking rating system, updates the Ability Draft, adds a new Dota Turbo game mode and Ping Wheel functionality, and changes the Guide System to make it more accessible and useful. 

Donté Panlin, the Pangolier, is a dashing, Puss in Boots-style swordsman, but instead of a cat he's a sort of anthropomorphic pangolin, with natural scales that provide a handy, always-on defense. "There is no monster he won't slay," Valve said. "No creature he won’t woo. No tyrant he won’t stand against. And no noble immune to his silver tongue." 

The Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, the daughter of a fae merchant, also appears to be a mischievous sort, but of a much darker bent: "While she was quite adept at navigating the etiquette, unspoken laws, and social rituals that permeated every element of her life, she found the whole thing rather boring. So, Mireska did what most rebellious children do: burn down her family estate and set off with her pet wisp Jex to live the life of a wandering grifter." 

To ensure that the matchmaking rating [MMR] system is "recent and accurate" for everyone, MMR for both ranked and unranked players will now work on a six-month seasonal system, the first of which will begin in two weeks. Players will be given a profile medal for each season based on their peak skill during that season, which will be displayed, along with their previous seasonal medal, to all players before each match. 

"At the start of each season all players will recalibrate MMR, seeded by their previous season’s MMR," Valve explained. "Your current historical preseason MMR value will be recorded and selectable in your profile, and ranked players will continue to be able to track their current seasonal MMR value." 

Other changes of note: Turbo Mode keeps the same game rules as All Pick but grants more gold and experience to heroes, weakens defensive towers, and reduces respawn time, all of which will simplify the process of trying out new heroes and strategies; the Ability Draft has been given a new interface; the Guide system is more easily accessible; and new functionality has been added to the Ping Wheel. We'll have a more in-depth analysis of everything that's going on here for you soon, and in the meantime you can dive into the patch notes yourself at dota2.com.

Update: The post originally indicated that the Dueling Fates update was live today, but it will not actually be out until November 1.

Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Updated the Case Global Unusual Effects to draw from a pool of previous years' Halloween Unusual effects during the Scream Fortress IX event. This applies to all cosmetic cases.
  • Fixed all classes doing 3x damage when landing on enemies
  • Fixed the Flare Contract Bonus Objective requiring mini-crit kills instead of crit kills
  • Made it easier to score "defend an objective" style Contract objectives
  • Lowered the requirements for the Amputator Contract's bonus objectives
  • Fixed a case where players standing directly in front of the Pyro would not get burned
  • Fixed a bug related to the Medi Gun and changing class/loadout while being healed
  • Updated Mann vs. Machine
    • Removed the "Faster recharge rate" upgrades from The Dragon's Fury
    • Fixed the missing "Increased Airblast Push Force" upgrade on The Dragon's Fury
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