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Old 08-01-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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Valve Announces Dota 2 Tournament "The International"


Valve has announced that Dota 2 will be shown to the public for the first time at "The International."

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Dota 2 Championships: First Public Showing at Gamescom

Valve today announced The International. This tournament will be the first time Dota 2 is shown in public, and will take place August 17th -21st at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

The International features the 16 best Dota teams in the world competing in the Dota 2 Championships through a group stage, double elimination playoff format over the course of Cologne’s five-day trade show.

The tournament will be broadcast in four languages (Chinese, German, Russian, and English) free of charge. The winning team will receive $1 million.

“The International is the first public Dota 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game,” said Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve. “I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and the level of play is extraordinary.”

In addition to the cash prizes awarded by Valve, NVidia is providing all the hardware for the event.

Dota 2 will be available for the PC and Mac later this year.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:39 PM   #2
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Some of the most intelligent people I know raved about the first one but I never got into it. This one on the other hand...
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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Some of the most intelligent people I know raved about the first one but I never got into it. This one on the other hand...
I think I played the original for a few matches. Really didn't get into it but my friends really enjoyed it. Now I feel that I missed out on something....

Oh well, I'll try this one out.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:11 PM   #4
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This one will be interesting to see. I already play League of Legends, and enjoy the heck out of it. Valve would have to come up with a take on the DotA gametype that was really new and interesting to pull me away. Not sure their standard levels of polish will be enough...
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:14 PM   #5
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This one will be interesting to see. I already play League of Legends, and enjoy the heck out of it. Valve would have to come up with a take on the DotA gametype that was really new and interesting to pull me away. Not sure their standard levels of polish will be enough...
I'm confused, is valve not known for releasing polished products?
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:40 PM   #6
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As an avid League of Legends player, I fear the arrival of DOTA2, both for its namesake and it's Valve backing. This PR stunt will work like gangbusters, and surely the community shall be torn in two.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:54 PM   #7
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This blows me away. I was talking about DOTA2 last week with a friend of mine and came to the conclusion that its release was a looooong way off since there is only one image of concept art floating around. To find out that they are ready, with teams who have been practicing for a tourney is a pleasantly shocking suprise.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #8
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As an avid League of Legends player, I fear the arrival of DOTA2, both for its namesake and it's Valve backing. This PR stunt will work like gangbusters, and surely the community shall be torn in two.
For sure. This will definitely splinter the LOL community, especially if they expand even further on the DOTA gameplay. Not many companies can just hold $1 million cash prize tournaments.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:28 PM   #9
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Whoever has the better game is where the majority of people will go. Ive been all over LoL since I tried it.

Valve comes with a lot of polish in their games though.

It will be interesting to see what they bring to the table.

More Alien Swarm please... and less flamer Rambos.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:37 PM   #10
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Alot of the russian kiddies that make up the majority of LoL players wont swap. DOTA/HoN is far more advanced then LoL, and the learning curve is steeper. The kids will probably stick to LoL, and the adults will move from HoN to DOTA2.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:55 PM   #11
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I'll be watching the tournament with interest. I've been part of the DotA 2 beta for a little while now. Some of the people who play are ridiculous.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #12
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From a few things i've read DOTA2 looks like pure win. Things like have 4 team maps (essentially a base in each corner) will be amazing and add a lot of different elements into the game. Not to mention some of the other game maps/modes they have been talking about.

I've finally managed to break my HoN addiction, maybe just in time to finish a few games before this comes out
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:20 PM   #13
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Never played DotA, but I'll definitely be watching this.
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> Valve would have to come up with a take on the DotA gametype that was really new and interesting to pull me away. Not sure their standard levels of polish will be enough...
I'm confused, is valve not known for releasing polished products?

SC2 was meh for RTS.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:25 AM   #15
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> Valve would have to come up with a take on the DotA gametype that was really new and interesting to pull me away. Not sure their standard levels of polish will be enough...
I'm confused, is valve not known for releasing polished products?

SC2 was meh for RTS.
What does SC2 have to do with Valve?
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:28 AM   #16
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What does SC2 have to do with Valve?
If you play Six Degrees of Separation:

StarCraft 2>Blizzard>WarCraft 3>DOTA>DOTA2>Valve

Jokes aside, even if they were related, SC2 being "meh" doesn't mean it wasn't a polished game. But then again, Valve didn't release it, so . . .
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What does SC2 have to do with Valve?
He could be referring to Supreme Commander 2. Valve had nothing to do with that game either, aside from making it available on Steam.
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> Valve would have to come up with a take on the DotA gametype that was really new and interesting to pull me away. Not sure their standard levels of polish will be enough...
I'm confused, is valve not known for releasing polished products?

SC2 was meh for RTS.
If you've been following DOTA2 there are quite a few new game modes which sound pretty cool. There were quite a few spin off maps of DOTA changing the gameplay slightly that were a lot of fun and it looks like they have made it into DOTA2...
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:42 AM   #19
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I look forward to Dota 2 because I want to feed on noobs.

Seriously, everyone in LoL seems to be semi-pro now, so I can't be sure to win unless I play with friends on vent to organize who lanes against which player and set up ganks. It seems like PUGing is a recipe for disaster because even if they are decent players, they tend to be timid in group fights. I get so mad when I see players running away who are not going to get free when they could have stayed and dealt damage, or at least have ran to a friendly champion who could have finished off the enemy champ.
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I know of of this type of game, just figured I'd wait for Valve's rendition. Nice to see them continuing to create new IPs. So few developers actually do that nowadays. And though you can argue, that this type of game isn't new, Valve doing this type of game is. Seeing what they do with it has ne excited.
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