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GamingAmigos, avatar

BLAST, renowned for top-tier CS:GO events, expands into Dota 2!
First major event in Nov 2024, with 4 more planned for 2025.
Can they bring fresh excitement to the scene? @dota2

steffo, avatar

: Well, that’s an useful upgrade 😆

gamingonlinux, avatar
minkiu, avatar

@gamingonlinux looks cool, although the only way I'm going back to dota is if they add an ARAM mode, can't deal with the prevalent toxicity 🥲


The change logs keep delivering subtle sarcastic gems:

Fixed longstanding and game-breaking bug where the chance for hero melee damage block was 49% instead of 50%

Game-breaking, huh? 😏


it's the christmas dota update, everyone who smurfed got a gift box full of coal that permabans them when they get it, tons of streamers who were smurfing got the coal live.
oh fun christmas gift box, full of coal permabanned and vacban

(btw he reads "banned until 1/18?" but fails to read that the ban is until 1/18/2038)

(video source:

Mason opens his gift box in Dota 2 and gets a highly toxic lump of coal, which bans his account from playing until 18th of January 2038, due to smurfing.

bekopharm, avatar

@ridge TIL: Smurfing.

Also: Haha 😂

hypolite, (edited )

This past week-end was my first time going to in Seattle, WA but from the few conversations I had with other attendees on my way home it was the most expensive and disappointing one to date since the yearly tournament started in 2001.

Oh well, I guess I had to try, and the little I saw of a city I had never been to before was nice.


@CenturyAvocado Not sure it's comparable since there's been no audience for the latest DreamLeague seasons, but I get what you're saying.

Gargron, (edited ) avatar

One day hopefully I'll see trend here during The International. Out of curiousity, are you watching ?


@Gargron I hope you get your wish down the line. Amazing platform you've built even if it lacks dota, for now


@Gargron i only wathc 1-2 games

Gargron, avatar

I’m rooting for Team Spirit but I can’t help but feel bad for Gaimin Gladiators being so clearly outmatched so I hope they can win the next match.

#dota2 #ti12 #dota2ti


@Gargron yatoro and collapse are just too good


@Gargron Was hoping GG could win this one since I don’t see them coming this close in the future and Spirit already won one, but Spirit was very clearly the best team this tournament.

darkade, avatar

This one looks a bit more evenly matched

darkade, avatar

@CenturyAvocado at least it ended up leaning on the side of a game 4


3-0 coming up. I really wanted Quinn to take the aegis but Team Spirit are way too strong.

#dota2 #ti


@CenturyAvocado well then let's hope that you won't get to go to bed anytime soon

darkade, avatar

That muerta shot!!!!



@darkade too bad their mid isn't used to his hero...

spacecowboy, avatar

Seems unlikely maybe but let's go GaimingGladiators!



@spacecowboy im with you there!


The atmosphere is energized in the Climate Pledge Arena this morning as we ready up for the semi-finals at TI12


Not sure if staying up late to watch TI games is worth it anymore....most games have the same picks and bans and a lot of them are >50 mins. Not pleasant to watch.


@CenturyAvocado I found that one particularly agonizing.


@CenturyAvocado let's just say there's a lot of room between 20 and 80 mind


OG really peaked at the right time. Winning back-to-back TIs with the 2nd and 3rd highest prize pool in history.

For the past 2 years (TI 2022 and TI 2023), the prize pool has fallen precipitously. It's down to just ~$3M this year, the lowest since TI3 a decade ago.

From a financial point of view, it sucks to win it all this year and get the same prize money as a 5-6th place team from 3 years ago.

#TI #TI2023 #Dota2 #TheInternational


@benhur07b pro or amateur? Because pro doesn't really matter. Dota 2 revenue is 290 million per year, a drop in the bucket for steams 8 billion dollar yearly revenue. If valve decides to drop pro Dota for good (which it looks like they're planning to do), it wouldn't matter for the userbase. Only 0.005% of players are pro (or less, might have the numbers wrong here). That's nothing meaningful in the big picture. Sure there might be some outcry, but that will pass. They might keep updating the game and what not, sell some hats. But that's probably where it's going. And honestly, I don't think it matters too much.

jessuvaleria, avatar

EG vs GG earlier was really exciting. Also Nouns is biting hard this TI wth.


@jessuvaleria yeah, they play the long game...not as fun to watch but definitely playing to win

Gargron, avatar
urda, avatar

@Gargron SEATTLE! :dota2:

wraptile, avatar

@Gargron it's in a cathedral! The production is just so far ahead of many other sports it almost feels like flex.

wraptile, avatar

Anyone on watching this year's ? Who are you rooting for? Very different teams from the last year.

wraptile, avatar

@CenturyAvocado thanks, will keep an eye!

asteroidrainfall, avatar

@CenturyAvocado @wraptile I love the vibe. Feels like a classic late night show with the band. The hosts’ banter and games make me actually want to keep watching between games. I can’t wait for the season this December.

Gargron, avatar

The International 12 group stages have started

mike, avatar

@Gargron Is there a translate button for that?


@Gargron Didn't know you were a fan! 😊

Gargron, avatar

There is like... Nothing of value in the new compendium. Not sure how they thought that was a good idea. It was a gold laying hen every year!

AmiW, avatar

@Gargron Is there now a solution for the missing photos and pictures that are not displayed in my profile and timelines? Since yesterday, only the new ones were gone and now everything old is missing.

ste5e, avatar

@Gargron they did say they were changing things, since it sounded extremely unhealthy for the game to keep doing what they were doing.

gamingonlinux, avatar
luna, avatar

@gamingonlinux This game is running itself into the abyss, so that eventually noone will care about it anymore

gamingonlinux, avatar

@luna it's one of the most popular games on PC...

gamingonlinux, avatar

@gamingonlinux I prefer HotS over Dota. I like that it focuses more on the Teamplay and matches are not as long.

sirmikester, avatar

@gamingonlinux never got into it, but maybe will give it another spin


At a major tournament organized in the United Arab Emirates, invited Eastern European team "BetBoom Team" sponsored by the eponymous online bookmaker had to change their name to "BB Team". I assume it has to do with gambling being illegal in the UAE, but the English casters kept making fun of the name change by coming up with various expansions of the contrived acronym:

  • BeBop Team
  • BoomBoom Team
  • BedBath and Beyond
  • BasketBall Team
  • BoomBox Team
  • BingBong Team
  • BumbleBee Team
  • BeanBlobs Team
  • BlockBuster Team
  • BikiniBottom Team

What UAE-safe name would you have suggested?


@starbreaker Not UAE-safe, probably.


@hypolite Well, my other choice definitely isn't UAE-safe, or safe for anybody.

hypolite, (edited )

While watching a tournament, during a winner's interview with professional player Quinn "Quinn" Callahan, he was asked which was the strongest feeling between the joy of a victory and the disappointment of a defeat. He immediately answered that losing felt worse than winning felt good. If applied to all the contestants, it would mean the net sum of player feelings during this tournament would be crushingly negative.

Maybe this is what I dislike about competition for myself. Even winners don't win as much as what losers lose in the process. Even a zero-sum game would be an improvement over the current state of competition.

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