Valve Rejects DOTA 2 Character, Player Makes It Anyway

I'm not sure Valve was serious about their rejected redesigns for DOTA 2 hero Faceless Void, but that hasn't stopped a fan from painstakingly modeling one for use in the game. » 3/23/15 5:18pm 3/23/15 5:18pm

One Small Thing I Love About Heroes Of The Storm

I recently added Heroes of the Storm to the growing pile of MOBAs that I've become hopelessly addicted to. And while I find the characters in Blizzard's new game lacking in some ways (like their skins), one thing really impresses me about it in comparison to League of Legends: the way the heroes talk to one another. » 3/23/15 4:30pm 3/23/15 4:30pm

Rejected DOTA 2 Character Redesigns Are... Interesting

DOTA 2 hero Faceless Void is getting a visual overhaul. Today, Valve took the wraps off the final design. They also revealed a few other candidates that didn't quite make the cut. Prepare to be amused. » 3/19/15 9:17pm 3/19/15 9:17pm

Tell Us Your Best Toxic MOBA Player Stories

Toxicity is a fact of life in popular MOBA games like League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, and Dota 2. No two toxic players are exactly the same, though. Encountering toxicity can even lead to genuinely heartfelt moments between people who've never met before. What's your most memorable run-in with MOBA toxicity? » 3/18/15 3:30pm 3/18/15 3:30pm

The Goat From Goat Simulator Would Make An Excellent Dota 2 Courier

The "courier" is a specific type of ally minion in Dota 2: one that carries stuff to you when you're too busy fighting in lane to make that tiresome trek back to your base. » 3/16/15 7:00pm 3/16/15 7:00pm

Pro DOTA Player Controls Three Heroes At Once, Helps Win Match

On March 11, a pro DOTA 2 game in the Star Ladder Europe tournament (between Team Secret and DUZA Gaming) suffered from connectivity issues, so much so that two of Team Secret's five players were disconnected. Rather than pause the game and wait it out, though, one of Secret's players put da team on his back. » 3/12/15 9:30pm 3/12/15 9:30pm

Yes, Valve Knows They're Terrible At Talking To Fans

Valve does a lot of things right, but they also have a reputation for leaving fans in the dark. What's going on with Counter-Strike updates or Steam Greenlight's brokenness or Half-Life 3? We rarely find out until release day. This leads to fans who are confused at best, pissed at worst. Valve knows, and they agree… » 3/09/15 9:00pm 3/09/15 9:00pm

DeviantArt's biggreenpepper re-imagines some of Dota 2's cast as mob bosses, made men, and just criminals in general—and it works surprisingly well, even with the whole coming in all shapes and sizes and colors thing. Full-size pic below. » 3/04/15 8:30am 3/04/15 8:30am

Why Some Dota 2 Players Are Mad At Valve Right Now

Last weekend, a special event themed after the Chinese New Year was released for Dota 2. Called "Year Beast," the new mode was so popular, that Dota 2 hit a new record for number of people playing a Steam game at the same time. But the number of players trying to get into the Year Beast proved to be one of the many… » 2/16/15 3:00pm 2/16/15 3:00pm

Dota 2's New Puppy Sidekick Is Cute, But Expensive As Hell

Meet Aurora. Aurora is a wolf-pup that comes packaged with an upcoming skin for a Dota 2 character called Crystal Maiden. Aurora costs twenty eight dollars. » 2/11/15 8:00pm 2/11/15 8:00pm

One Of StarCraft's Biggest Players Is Leaving For Dota 2

One of StarCraft II's most accomplished and well-known esports players is retiring from the game after two and half years at the very top of its competitive scene. Sasha Hostyn, or "Scarlett" to her many fans, recently revealed that she's stepping away to try playing Dota 2 instead. » 2/06/15 1:15pm 2/06/15 1:15pm

DOTA's Early Days Were Rough

DOTA 2 is one of the biggest games on Steam. It's also the centerpiece of one of the biggest annual tournaments in all of eSports. And yet, once upon a time its most dedicated players resigned themselves to the idea that they'd probably never make a cent off it. » 2/02/15 7:48pm 2/02/15 7:48pm

Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

A small village in the Philippines will no longer allow residents to play Defense of the Ancients following a series of violent incidents that culminated in two deadly stabbings. » 1/22/15 12:15pm 1/22/15 12:15pm

Gaben Makes for a Glorious Dota 2 Shopkeeper

Dota 2's New Bloom Festival will soon be underway, and the Dota team has invited players to participate by submitting items with a Chinese New Year theme to the Dota 2 workshop. That theme requirement obviously didn't stop Down Limit, the man behind the Gaben shopkeeper skin, from putting his creation forward. » 1/05/15 8:00am 1/05/15 8:00am

The Year In Dota 2: A Game That Kept Changing

Dota 2 is the staple of millions of players' gaming nights, a rising star in the eSports scene for a new generation of competitive players and spectators. It's also a lucrative vehicle for Valve to sell hats. From how it changed, to how people played it, to how Valve talked about it, here is the story of Dota 2 in… » 12/19/14 1:45pm 12/19/14 1:45pm

The Year In eSports

In 2014, eSports and competitive video games were everywhere. Some games and their finals invaded regular sports channels on TV, filled huge stadiums, and the streams pulled hundreds of thousands of viewers. At this point, it doesn't look like the eSports craze will end anytime soon. » 12/18/14 10:00am 12/18/14 10:00am

Cheating eSports Team Now Officially Called "We Are Sorry"

An esports team formerly known as Arrow Gaming, successful in South-East Asian DOTA 2 tournaments before a match-fixing and betting scandal undid them in October, is returning to competition. Only with a more repentant name. » 12/17/14 8:30pm 12/17/14 8:30pm

YouPorn Now Has An eSports Team

Spanish eSports team Play2Win, who play DOTA 2, League of Legends and Hearthstone, will no longer be known as Play2Win. Instead, they'll be known as Team YP. Or, Team YouPorn. » 12/03/14 5:31pm 12/03/14 5:31pm