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Dota Underlords The Big Update patch notes: New Underlords & game modes

Published: 24/Oct/2019 12:40 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 18:08

by Kamil Malinowski


Valve have announced a huge update to Dota Underlords, finally adding the mysterious Underlords to the game, a reasource called hype, and much more.

Dota Underlords is Valve’s version of the popular auto-battler Dota Autochess. The game was released in June 2019 and has seen a steady stream of updates and improvements, and on October 24 Valve announced the biggest changes yet.

In the new update, the Underlords will finally be stepping into the game, as well as new heroes, alliances, game modes, among other things. Fans have been ever curious about these mysterious characters and they have finally been revealed. 

ValveHobgen was the first Underlord to be revealed.

What are the Underlords?

The Underlords are primary units that players can place on the board, allowing them to use certain abilities and empower their units with talents.

These new characters can use abilities through a resource called ‘Hype’, which varies depending on the Underlord, and each have over 20 different talents to choose from, giving players a variety of options.

So far two Underlords have been revealed, Hobgen and Anessix, the two feature vastly different play styles and abilities, with the former being focused on fire while the latter is centered around demons. 

ValveAnessix is one of two Underlords coming in the Big Update.

What are the duos and freestyle modes? 

Duos and freestyle are two new modes coming to the game with the big update. Duos mode allows players to team up with a friend and play all-new duos only matches, allowing teams to send gold and heroes to each other. 

Meanwhile, freestyle mode is one for creativity, meaning players can set up any board situation and see how it plays out. This is a feature that has long been requested by the community and will undoubtedly put a smile on a lot of fans’ faces.  

ValveMany new alliances have been added with the latest update.

New heroes, alliances, and a jail have been added

New heroes and alliances have been added, with Insects, Healers, Brute, and Champion alliances being introduced, while 12 unique new heroes enter the fray, including some fan favorites like Faceless Void, Io, and Broodmother. 

With so many new heroes being added, a brand new mechanic called the jail has been brought in. Every day 8 to 12 heroes will be detained and unable to be used, freshening up the game regularly. 

With the game having arguably died down after its initial hype, this update may be just what it needs to get back into the spotlight.


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

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


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. 

Moogy from Dota 2
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.

Dota2 on Weibo
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.