Why The Dota 2 International Finals Were A Blowout

Monday’s grand final match in the $US10 million Dota 2 tournament, The International 4, was so lop-sided — so shocking — that forum conspiracy theorists briefly postulated that the contest must have been rigged. No way, of course. I can explain what happened: why one team was able to crush the other so convincingly and why the changes developer Valve has made to Dota 2 in the past year deserve some of the blame for the International 4′s disappointing final clash.

You Probably Shouldn't Pay To Unlock Counter-Strike Weapon Cases

Hey, you just won a Counterstrike: Global Offensive match! Time to shell out a few bucks, unlock that weapon case and see what’s inside, right? Not so fast! You might be better off just buying that ultra-rare knife in the in-game store. Here’s proof.

Up Close With Valve's First, Unfinished Game

The inner workings of Valve are shrouded in mystery, particularly when it comes to game development. Consider the unfinished game that Valve was working on at the same time as the original Half-Life: Prospero.

Watch The $5 Million Dota 2 International Grand Finals Right Here

What does $US5 million worth of Dota 2 look like? Find out today, as team Newbee faces off against team ViCi in the grand finals of The International.

DOTA 2's Biggest Tournament Of The Year Continues. Watch It Here

Now that we’ve gotten that upper bracket nonsense out of the way, it’s time to get low with day two of The International, Valve’s massive DOTA 2 tournament, where more than $US10 million in prize money is at stake. No pressure.

What An Escape

Video: Watch as Team DK’s Mushi manages flee an impossible situation against a few players from Evil Geniuses. One of my favourite moments of The International today thus far.

Paintball Can Be Badass With A Counter-Strike Sniper Rifle

The Asiimov skin for the AWP sniper rifle in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can be a pricey one, $30 or a lot more if you’re not lucky. So buying one might not be the best idea. But modifying a generic paintball marker to match the one in CS:GO? That’s much better.

Watch Dota 2's Biggest Tournament Of The Year, Right Here

The main event for The International starts today, with ViCi Gaming facing NewBee in the first upper bracket match, followed by Evil Geniuses versus Team DK. You can watch it all go down here.

Fan Video Justifies All The Hype For The Big Dota Tournament

Compared to Team Fortress 2, Dota 2 doesn’t have that many Source Filmmaker shorts. Too bad, because Dota Cinema’s and Lozeng3r’s SFM serves as proof that these things really have potential. They have made the clip to hype us all for the finals of The International and, well, it’s safe to say that it works.

Emergency Eye Wash And Other Strange Things At Valve's Offices

For many people, touring a video game studio is like taking a trip to nerd heaven. Valve let the winners of its 2013 Saxxy Awards film contest peek behind the curtain in this way.