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The International 10 Dota2 Battle Pass: Level 2000, three Arcanas, more

Published: 25/May/2020 22:19

by Alan Bernal

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Valve have released the Dota2 International 10 Battle Pass complete with rewards up to level 2000 and, with the sheer density of rewards and new features, it’s one of the largest updates to hit the MOBA.

As with traditional Dota Battle Passes, a portion of all sales go directly to the International’s lucrative prize pools. For every BP that’s purchased, 25% of the sale will contribute to the overall pot.

With the International 10 being delayed, it’ll give players loads of time to grind through the 2000 levels in order to collect the increasingly impressive rewards – including a chance to receive a replica of the The International 10 Collector’s Aegis of Champions.

New Features in the Battle Pass

Guilds have finally come to Dota2! The community creating feature will let any Battle Pass owner create their own guild to invite players, even if they don’t have the 2020 BP.

Along with the new feature, there will also be Challenges and Daily Contracts that will reward your community with Guild Points that can be used to unlock special Rewards for your group.

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Guilds are going to let players earn rewards and queue up much more efficiently in Dota2.

Meanwhile, the Battle Gauntlet will be a new way for Dota players to mix up the game’s formula. In this mode, players will have to have an entry ticket to participate in the Gauntlet queue.

The goal here is to win three games before losing two in order to win 1500 Battle Points, a Battle Tier upgrade, and 200 Sideshop Gold. While people will start at Tier 1, 2, or 3, only the best will make it to the highest level of 10.

Speaking of, the Sideshop is a new way for players to grind “a host of special rewards on the secret gem market.” Earn gold to recruit heroes, upgrade heroes “Underlords style” for higher payoffs when selling them, and cash in for big prizes.

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Valve are introducing a ton of new features to Dota2.

Battle Pass rewards

Everything from new Arcanas to Hero Personas are packed inside of the 2000-level Battle Pass. The return of the Skeleton King is upon us with the new Wraith King Arcana at level 375.

Similarly, the Windranger also got a new Arcana with the Compass of the Rising Gale level 575 reward, while the Anti-Mage received a persona as players will be able to unlock the character’s disciple named Wei at level 305.

Then there’s the devilish new Queen of Pain arcana for Akasha that players can collect at 445.

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The Anti-Mage got a new persona in the TI 10 Battle Pass.

One of the Battle Passes more animated of surprises are the Living Towers that people can get at level 200. These will provide unique towers for both Radiant and Dire factions and gives the lane an insane new aesthetic.

Throughout the levels, players will be able to unlock Special Seasonal Effects, evolving Couriers, River vials to change the mid-map divide, updated Sprays, and more.

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The ultimate rewards for the extensive Dota2 Battle pass.

But that pales in comparison to the exclusive Collector’s rewards that includes an Aegis of Champions at level 1000. This will come with an in-game glow effect for the fountain Aegis, as well as “an invitation to receive The International 10 Collector’s Aegis, an exclusive 1/5th-scale alloy replica of the famed champion’s prize.”

Then at level 2000, players will get what looks to be a Baby Roshan statuette as well as a replacement for Roshan’s in-game character model.

How much does the Battle Pass cost?

Players will have three different options to buy into this year’s Battle Pass. To just jump in and start chipping away at the various levels, the Battle Pass will cost you $10.

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Different price points for Dota2 players to get into the Battle Pass.

For the level 50 pack, the price will jump up to $30. Finally, the Level 100 Battle Pass bundle will set people back $45.

There are a ton of other features like Bounty Killing, Community Match Predictions, a revamp to the Most Valuable Player screen, Interactive Versus Screens and more, so make sure to check out the full offerings for the International 10 Battle Pass.

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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.