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Dota Underlords “Big Update” – new alliances, characters and more

Published: 19/Oct/2019 21:10 Updated: 19/Oct/2019 22:43

by Scott Robertson

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Valve’s auto-battler Dota Underlords is gearing up for its official release from Beta, and the developers are releasing daily updates showcasing the newest additions.

Dota Underlords is growing up right before our eyes. After a few months in beta, the Underlords team is planning for a full release very soon, and are celebrating that with a big update that they have creatively titled “The Big Update.”

Starting on October 18, the development team is releasing daily updates with details of The Big Update. To be clear, the Underlords beta does not end with the patch, but the team said that it “marks the beginning of the end of the Underlords Beta.”

With that, they have already announced several new alliances and characters. For those unfamiliar, alliances are groups of units who have a matching trait, and provide a bonus when played together. Certain bonuses require specific amounts of characters from a single alliance.

On day one, they revealed the Healer alliance, who amplifies healing when grouped together. Joining that group and the Troll alliance is Dazzle, a tier-two unit that sends out a Shadow Wave that heals allies and hurts enemies.

ValveThe new Healer alliance, with new hero Dazzle front and center

The Insects alliance was also revealed, with units that cause spiderlings to swarm in from the board edges, and can bite enemies to cause them to miss attacks. The additions of Weaver, Nyx Assassin, and Broodmother all bolster the new Insect alliance.

On day two, they revealed the lone Champion, Legion Commander. Champions receive all alliance bonuses, and Legion Commander (also a Human) can earn a bonus by targeting and defeating the lowest health enemy on the board.

Brutes were also debuted on day two, who can deal additional damage and apply a damage rebuff. Joining the Brutes alliance are new additions Lifestealer (heals while attacking) and Magnus (can empower an ally’s damage and grant them the Cleave ability).

Released on June 20 this past summer, Underlords was the latest in a trio of autobattlers games inspired by the Autochess mod in Dota 2. The developers of that mod went on to form their own standalone game called Autochess, Riot jumped in with Teamfight Tactics, and Valve went ahead with Dota Underlords.

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Dota Underlords is also available on mobile devices, and features crossplay and the ability to start a game on PC and switch over your phone mid-game, as well as vice-versa.

With the new additional alliances and heroes, Valve is putting plenty of heroes on the board that is Dota Underlords, and it’ll be interesting to see what else the team has planned for The Big Update.

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Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven

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Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

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Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

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Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.