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Valve teases latest DotA 2 hero, The Oracle‏

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DotA 2 is going to receive a new update soon, and all signs point to it including a brand new hero - the powerful wizard and seer known as The Oracle.

So technically Valve hasn't actually confirmed his addition yet, but they have released a mini comic starring him. His details, including his various powers, were also leaked some time ago.

DotA 2 gets Rekindling Soul update, with map changes and Shadow Fiend makeover

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DotA 2's new Rekindling Soul update not only adds a fire-themed makeover for ranged hero Shadow Fiend, but also makes a few changes to the map.

Oh, and there's also the usual raft of tweaks, buffs, nerfs, reworks and extended tinkering with each hero's stats and powers.

Did Valve just soft launch Source Engine 2?

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It looks like Valve may have sneakily launched Source Engine 2. DotA 2 users have been digging through the game's files after the alpha version of its modding tools were added last night, and it looks like it's been almost entirely shifted over to the new engine.

"Everything in this package is a new game," one post on Reddit reads. "It's all the Dota assets and code ported over to Source 2. That's why Hammer is different. That's why the console is different."

The International 2014 attracted more than 20 million unique viewers

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Valve's huge Dota 2 tournament The International 2014 reached a pretty impressive audience - over 20 million people watched the grand finals, which were eventually won by team Newbee.

That's something, but it's more impressive when you consider that a Valve representative told IGN that the figure "does not include ESPN, MTG Europe, or CCTV China TV coverage."

Chinese team Newbee win The International 2014

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Chinese team Newbee netted themselves a tidy $5 million after winning Valve's flagship Dota 2 tournament, The International 2014.

They defeated Vici Gaming in the final, with the runners-up also claiming a not inconsiderable $1.4 million from the crowd-funded prize pool.

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