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This is based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country. The tournament itself may still proceed, but without any involvement of Valve or the Dota Pro Circuit. As a result, we’re talking to tournament organizers to try to find a way to run a Major with the invited and qualifying teams, including the Pro Circuit points that would have been available in Galaxy Battles 7568. For too many seasons have the horrors of The Greeviling and Wraith Night kept our formerly festive heroes huddled near the warmth and safety of an Ancient s glow. But this year a handful of heroes have gathered to ensure the true Frostivus spirit emerges from the traumas of the past. To kick off the season, today s update unveils an all-new Frostivus Treasure, filled with 68 community-created item sets and offering the chance to unlock a Rare Batrider set, Very Rare Wraith King set, or Extremely Rare Puck set. And what would Frostivus be without a return of the Season of Givening? !

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This year, every player has the chance to earn one free Frostivus Treasure gift simply by going about business as usual. It s easy — just win three games of Dota to claim your present. Now to truly foster the holiday spirit and resurrect the tradition of the truce, everyone is invited to partake in the Frostivus Festival Special Event. Queue up to enter the fray and compete against friends and strangers alike in a madcap series of mini-games (randomly selected from a larger pool for each match) that will test your skills but never diminish your holiday cheer. Please join us in offering a hearty congratulations to VicFrank, the Workshop contributor who created this winning entry and has secured the $85,555 grand prize.

Thank you to all of the contributors who worked hard to help make this contest a resounding success. Today s update reworks the Ranked matchmaking system, as our inaugural six-month Ranked Season is ready to begin. Entering the season, all players will be able to earn a new Rank Medal on their profile that represents their highest performance level for the current season. A Seasonal Rank Medal never decreases in rank once you ve achieved it. Initial calibration games will be seeded roughly based on your previous skill.

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There are seven levels of Rank Medals, and within each level are five stars of progress to earn towards the next Medal. These Medals are: Herald, Guardian, Crusader, Archon, Legend, Ancient, and Divine. Your performance in both Party and Solo games is considered when evaluating your skill and determining when your Medal gets upgraded, with Solo games having a bigger impact. In order for players to achieve either the Ancient or Divine Medals, only Solo-game performance is considered.

This update also expands the Leaderboard system to include many more players. Players with 5 stars on the Divine Rank Medal (the highest rank) will now have a leaderboard number listed with the medal that broadcasts their position amongst other players. This leaderboard position will always be displayed alongside the Medal, and will be visible to all players in the game and on your profile. And neither arrives to the fight empty-handed. Each hero has a debut Immortal item available in the, which also contains a Ward set, courier, and taunts for both heroes.

Along with the new heroes, Dueling Fates also introduces the 7. 57 Gameplay Update new ranked seasons for MMR an entirely new game mode and more. For details on each hero and all the other changes we ve made. Looking beyond today s update, we re also currently reworking the Battle Pass system and will have more information on those changes coming in the future. Recently, as we’re preparing to get into the swing of a bunch of great tournaments, there has been a lot of discussion happening around who is allowed to broadcast professional Dota 7 matches.

While there is a tendency to oversimplify issues like these, often times it takes a fair amount of effort to work through what the right outcome is for the community as a whole. With any change to any of our products we tend to start with a framing question of “What is best for our customers”.

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