Valve Will Explain Dota 2 to Newcomers in a Dedicated Broadcast of Its $10 Million Championship

Interested in Dota 2’s $10 Million championship but don’t know much about the game? Valve has you covered

The prize pool for the Dota 2 world championship tournament The International is now greater than $10 million thanks to sales of its digital program, The Compendium. With that much money on the line, you might be curious about the eSports event, but no sporting event is fun to watch if you don’t understand what’s going on.

That’s exactly why Valve will have a “Dota Newcomers Broadcast,” dedicated to introducing new players and viewers to the basic rules. Valve says the Dota Newcomers Broadcast is “an English stream happening alongside the main stream, and will feature commentary aimed at easing people into understanding the exciting world of BKBs, tri-lanes, and counter-picks.”

Dedicated Dota 2 fans will probably want to stick to the International Multicast, which will consolidate all the simultaneous matches into one stream, or the Spoiler-Free DVR Broadcast, which allows you to catch up with matches or moments you missed with pause and rewind features.

You can find out more about how, when, and where to watch the event on Dota 2’s website.

The International’s $10 million in prizes marks the world record for biggest reward in history for an eSports tournament. It crushes last year's mark of $2.8 million, which was the biggest eSports prize to date. When the Compendium launched in May, its proceeds raised the prize from its initial $1.6 million to $2.2 million in its first night. In case you’re wondering, the first place will win more than $4.7 million.

The International 2014 takes place between July 18-21 in Seattle. It will be held in Seattle's Key Arena, with a seating capacity of 17,000.

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Rakou
Rakou

Riot will probably steal this Compendium idea soon.

vadagar1
vadagar1

dota 2 is not for the faint of heart


also if ur really new just explain to ur team that YOUR NEW so they should expect noobness 


also ignore the Aholes with the nice mute button :D

gta5onlinefunny
gta5onlinefunny


This broadcast would be helpful for newbies.They dont need to post any queries aboiut game in forums.. lol..

DarkZxion
DarkZxion

Is there something like this for starcraft?

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Cool, finally a broadcast that's useful for me :-p

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

And people who don't play/have no interest in DOTA2 will be watching because......?

bakasora
bakasora

You need to play at least 500 hours of Dota to appreciate Dota. Those who got intimated by the first 10 hours of Dota and never touched it again, I don't blame you.

omar_q
omar_q

I've tried both Dota 2 and LoL and without being a fanboy, LoL is the much better game. It's a lot more cohesive and structured, a lot more clearer, and it doesn't go over the top with the disgusting amount of cosmetics Dota 2 has. 

megakick
megakick

I know that Dota 2 is a DotA lite...

So a Simpler version of DotA is still too complicated for it's audience, fail?

jharring
jharring

I've watched enough games of Dota and LoL to understand how the match is going, which side is winning, etc.  LoL in particular is fairly simple to understand.


But like Tom McShea said, "when a teamfight happens, I have absolutely no idea what's going on.  A bunch of particle effects go off, and then three people are dead."  Even after all of the games I've watched, I still only know a handful of heroes and what they do....the fact that there's millions of possible combinations of heroes/items/etc and the team is supposed to know and react right away is just impossible to me.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

No thanks any game where it is required to watch a lecture on how to play the game isn't worth it. If the game was any good it would be intuitive to pick up and play but complex enough to be an e-sport. I guess that is the price you pay when it is free-to-play and made to an extreme low budget.

Though they get millions now so maybe they should try changing the game somewhat to make it more accommodating to new comers? And maybe add more than just the one map.

You know it is funny I know a Chemistry researcher at my University who will outright refuse to buy a piece of equipment for his lab if it isn't intuitive enough to set up and use without a manual. Think on that DOTA there is no excuse.

_planet
_planet

What's to explain, it's a terrible, boring as hell, soul-destroying piece of crap game.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

10 million...thats like..unreal. The winners of this competition will never have to work again. That 2million each.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Will Valve explain the world championship assholes that play these games?  Seriously, if you're new, expect the internet verbal equivalent of being assaulted and mugged by 15 guys before even getting into the game... it'll start the moment you pick a character that doesn't fit the rest of the team's roles.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Valve to explain Dota 2? Half-life 3 confirmed.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Still don't understand why this game is so popular, personally I want more maps, they only have one... was bored of it after a few hours and wanted to play on something different.

xxprowerxx
xxprowerxx

@omar_q HAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHA... oh wait... your serious... 


Good thing is that i can say that you are stupid, and you cant DENY it.

GalaxyAurora
GalaxyAurora

@omar_q While I understand your view, I would advise you to refrain from posting such a comment here. Simply put, this place is starting to get filled with Dota fanboys (I am one) and some of them do not have any sympathy for the LoL players, who we call "heathens". A sad thing of Dota, but it is the same for LoL. In fact, LoL and Dota are very similar. Anything great about Dota, LoL has them; everything bad about LoL, Dota has them. It is pointless to compare.

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

@megakick What are you talking about? Both DotA and Dota 2 are EXACTLY the same game with Dota 2 having more features and graphic improvements

GalaxyAurora
GalaxyAurora

@jharring To me, I just need to remember what hero can do what. And yeah, for Dota, it is 400+ skills that need to be remembered, not to mention items. But after about 200+hours into the game, most people can grasp a basic of who can do what and to what extent.

skyke101
skyke101

@Dannystaples14 any strategy e-sports game need time to learn, eg. SC2, LoL, HoN, Dota2, etc, unlike CS/Quake/FPS/any other genre which you could understand quite easily. If someone have no interest on watching/playing that particular game, then they wouldn't understand


Dota is well known for its steep learning curve, and if they tried to "dumb down" the game then it would feel like they have to start from scratch

Nanu-
Nanu-

@Dannystaples14 You actually dont need to do that in order to play the game. You can learn the game by playing it, and its pretty understandable. What valve is triying to do, is helping people that has never touch the game, understand it. It happens with a lot of the strategies games, where you need to know some stuff, in order to understand what is happening when they engage into huge teamfights. Pro players are in a whole other level and they use some obscure mechanincs that the game has, that is pretty hard to understand for a player that has never touch the game. But as i said, if you are new, you dont need to know that stuff to play the game. You will be matched against other people that are learning to play the game too.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@jinzo9988 pleasethere more j e r k s and t r o l l s in LoL than dota.There t r o l l s in every game. smh

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

@steaminpotatoes @SerOlmy I either keep getting modded even though I am not using any profanity or the edit system keeps losing my posts.  WTF

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

@gajbutler With over 100 heroes, 400+ abilities/skills, 100+ items (passive/active), destructible environments, 5+ roles and more, that is where the varieties come from, not to mention all the nooks and crannies inside the trees and geographies that you can take advantage on.


Mastering this map which is made more than a decade ago is near impossible or at all. Hell, DotA is the name of the said map, the biggest character of the game is the map. 


You want different ones? Valve hosts multiple events that features unique maps on the holidays if that counts and there are also 3rd party mods available (d2modd.in)


Like any other sport, the 'map' are kept the same throughout their whole life, what makes it exciting and addicting are the players and the plays. No two games are exactly the same, that is why one map is enough to hold millions of people for that long.

stalker_san
stalker_san

@gajbutler And I don't understand why casual pay2win crap like LoL is even more popular.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Jestersmiles There are tr0lls in all games, but in DOTA and LoL they are like 90% of the population.

gajbutler
gajbutler

@hellknight40000 @gajbutler MOBA doesn't mean "one map" ...


I'm looking forward to Blizzard's new efforts more than any other, at least they're doing more than one map and one gameplay mode. I expected Valve to bring DOTA to the masses, all they've done is recreated DOTA for the same audience, a mostly Asian one too.

uberjannie
uberjannie

@DarkSaber2k @uberjannie Eh. No. I do not play nor do I have any interests in MOBAs. But I do enjoy looking at the skill professional gamers have. Who have comprehension fail now?

Nanu-
Nanu-

@gajbutler @hellknight40000 Valve is really doing it. They are making custom maps available soon, and you will no longer use DOTA 2 to only play DOTA but more like some other stuff like (if you have played those custom maps on wc3 you will understand) Pudge Wards, Enfos, Vampirism, etc

GalaxyAurora
GalaxyAurora

@jinzo9988 @bldgirsh @gajbutler Your argument is comparable to saying football, like the World Cup, needs to have something other than a rectangular field of grass with 2 goals in opposite sides because of "variety".


A true sport does not need variety in its form. A true sport has its variety in the players, the strategies, luck, decisions during the match, and all other human related aspects. A sport's rules do not need to change. The players themselves will make their changes.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@uberjannie @DarkSaber2k If you enjoy looking at it then you have interest in it. Hence the comprehension fail.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@GalaxyAurora @jinzo9988 @bldgirsh @gajbutler ...no it isn't.  Other than actual sports games, this seems to be the only genre where people seem to not mind that there's only one map.  In every other type of game a developer would be crucified for doing that, and it makes no sense as this is not a sport.  Are you telling me that every shooter should have the same one map in multiplayer just because CS is played competitively?  That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

uberjannie
uberjannie

@DarkSaber2k No. I have interests in watching professionals playing. You said DOTA2 explicit. So either you cannot write what you mean or you are failing at comprehending what you yourself are writing. Do not know what scares me the most. And I speak four languages with English being my tertiary language. 

IJONOI
IJONOI

@uberjannie @DarkSaber2k The answer to your question is nobody. Whats the point of it though? Any other event in the history of ever. People don't watch if they have no interest in. 

uberjannie
uberjannie

@IJONOI Thats not true. How many people watch the Olympics? Heck, even I watched a game or two of the football WC this year because I wanted to socialize with friends. And I have no interests in any sports that does not include some sort of lifting iron. 

You are concluding that nobody would take notice or watch something, of which they do not have it as an interest. This it is total bullocks.

Lets say somebody does not care about science. They do not watch or read scientific journals. By your reasoning, they must be religious.

You can continue down that path until you reason that somebody does something, because they have an interest in life. It is a flawed logic. 


Your reasoning:

Somebody stabs a poor fella on the streets. People flock around watching, not doing anything particular to help. Clearly these people must be bloody sociopaths for watching this bloke die in agony, CLEARLY they have an interest in the matter. Maybe the once who are helping them help because they can, not because they know how or have an interest in first aid. 


Or that the people called bronies, must have a sickly interest when it comes to ponies. 


OR maybe it is called being human..