Guilds bring a new level of community to Dota 2.
Valve, the developers of Dota 2, are constantly updating the free-to-play MOBA with new features in preparation for its summer release. The game's latest update offers a number of bug fixes, a new look for the Sniper Hero, and the introduction of the Guild system.
The Guild System is a new addition to Dota 2. Guilds are basically ways for friends to communicate easier with one another. They're made up of a Leader, Officers, and Members. Guild Leaders can set messages for their members to see, but the main feature of a Guild is how easily it allows members to party up for a match together.
With the Guild Party Finder, members can scout out and join in a party for matchmaking games with other members. You can even begin your own party and open it up for Guild members to join. Guild parties can also have a description, so you can explain the type of players you're looking for.
Dota began as a user-made modification for Warcraft 3 and has grown into one of the most played online games in the world. Following in the tradition of Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Portal, and Alien Swarm, Dota 2 is the result of Valve hiring the community developers who built the mod and giving them the chance to finally build a full product out of their idea with the help of a professional team of developers and artists at Valve.
As for the gameplay, it's a little hard to describe. The camera is set in the traditional RTS perspective, but it wouldn't be fair to call Dota an RTS. And while each hero starts at level 1, and many times hits the level cap of 25, it wouldn't be fair to call it an RPG.
Lots of people have tried to assign various genre names to Dota, but we think Action RTS is probably the most descriptive. And while we don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out what genre the game is inventing, we can't stop playing it internally!
Along with Guilds, the latest Dota 2 update brought some changes to Sniper's character model. The model itself, according to Valve, was completely reworked to improve the quality. It does look a lot better, but don't fear Sniper fans, he still looks pretty much the same. Only now he's got some extra detail.
The update also brought a new batch of International Compendium updates. The International Compendium is Valve's interactive e-book companion for The International annual Dota 2 tournament. The updates include a new page for the unreleased Player Card system and a template for the new team pages. Player Cards are trade-able item drops with differing rarities that will drop in regular and Compendium matchmaking games. If you choose to stamp your Compendium and get a full set, you can earn rewards.
Speaking of The International Compendium, its fifth stretch goal has recently been achieved. Each compendium costs $10, and Valve decided to donate $2.50 to the International's prize pool for every Compendium purchased. The pool, which originally started at $1.6 million, is now over $2.4 million.
There have been already been four rewards for hitting certain previous milestone amounts. Now, for hitting the $2.4 million mark, Compendium owners get to vote on participants in an 8 player Solo Championship tournament at The International. Valve will release more details on the voting soon, but the tournament is sure to be epic.
For those interested in trying Dota 2, you won't have to wait much longer. Valve has said they're transitioning the game over to a full free-to-play model in the next few months, so you'll get the opportunity soon.
Source: Cyborg Matt