It’s not necessarily stuff that’s worth getting overly excited about, mind you. Compendium owners should now have a gem in their Dota 2 inventory which will “awaken” when the tournament ends, and depending on their Compendium level, it will be a certain type and will unlock a certain emoticon. Because we really need more emoticons.
For what it’s worth, the Compendium level thresholds are level 1 (Copper), level 10 (Bronze), level 25 (Silver), level 50 (Gold), level 100 (Platinum), and level 500 (Diamond). Earlier tonight, I saw a player who had a level 635 Compendium, which I cannot describe without typing out a string of expletives followed by the word “mental.” And that’s coming from someone who’s not far off the Platinum tier.
In slightly more give-us-your-money news, Valve have also added a bunch more treasures to Dota 2. £1.49 will net you one of the new chests, each of which will grant you a cosmetic set (and, possibly, a rarer set and/or courier) associated with one of the teams battling it out in the International. Sadly, most of them look really nice, so I will probably be dropping some money on these chests before long. Despite her being one of my signature heroes I’m not that keen on the Lina set, but a few of the others are really quite neat. Like the Phantom Lancer set. And yes, I vomited in my mouth a little bit when I typed that.
Unless I’ve missed one, there are four sets of Dota 2 treasures on offer. Treasure of the Tangled Keepsake (sets for Storm Spirit, Queen of Pain, Elder Titan, Lina, and Nyx Assassin); Treasure of the Eternal Alliance (sets for Templar Assassin, Gyrocopter, Puck, and Phantom Lancer); Treasure of the Elemental Trophy (sets for Queen of Pain, Bounty Hunter, Naga Siren, Nature’s Prophet, and Disruptor); and Treasure of the Cannon’s Fuse (sets for Meepo, Anti-Mage, Slark, and Invoker). They have their own random bonus rewards, too – a mix of wards, sets, and couriers – which I haven’t bothered typing out.
Dota 2‘s The International 4 tournament is set to take place in Seattle’s KeyArena between 18 July and 21 July. Its current prize pool is at $10,298,239 USD, which means that the first-place team will be taking home a whopping $4.7 million USD. Not accounting for coaches and the like, that means each player of a five-man team stands to win around $947,000 USD. While that pales in comparison to what players of physical sports tend to earn, it’s still a hell of a lot of money.
Pick your jaws up off the floor before you leave, please. You’re making the place look untidy.