The latest update to Dota 2 added a new feature called Supporters Clubs to the MOBA, but more importantly, it also revealed the date for The International 10 in 2021. With the whole world battling a global pandemic, Valve had no choice but to postpone The International 10 last year. Now, the Aegis of Champions is back in play.
The International will be held during August in Stockholm, Sweden. The group stages will run from August 5 to 8. The main event will follow this from August 10 to 15. There are no details about fans being able to attend the event yet, but Valve hopes to be able to release more information during June.
The prize pool for The International 10 has already been raised, reaching a massive $40,018,795 USD. Of note, Dota 2 will not do any more crowdfunding in 2021 to increase this prize pool for The International. Instead, it has introduced the Supporters Club feature.
Join the club
Supporters Clubs will allow Dota 2 players to purchase bundles of badges and seasonal items representing their favorite teams. These badges and items will be developed by the teams and 50% of each sale will go directly to the teams you choose. The first edition of Supporters Club content will last until The International begins. In the future, it will last through each Major.
Each team will have three bundles of different tiers – Bronze, Silver, and Gold Club. Bronze will get you a badge representing the team. Silver includes sprays and emoticons. Gold gets you the whole shebang, plus an in-game health bar badge, loading screens, and voice lines.
The latest update to Dota 2 adds Supporters Club content for 17 teams. More content will be added for other teams as it is submitted and approved by Valve. You can purchase Supporters Club content on the team profiles in the DPC tab.
Valve also reiterated its commitment to having more regular events in Dota 2. The first of these will arrive in mid-to-late June. The next will take place after The International 10. While you’re wishing away the rest of May, you should check out the Dota 2 Dragon’s Blood anime on Netflix.