Dota 2’s grandest spectacle, The International 2023 (TI12), is on the horizon, and Valve is set to make it unforgettable with the return of the Compendium.
Dota 2 fans are in for a treat as Valve, the company behind the classic MOBA game has just revealed exciting news regarding the upcoming The Internationals. The Dota 2 Compendium will once again be available for this year’s The International 12 (TI12) event, which will be held in Seattle, according to a recent blog post by the company.
While this move deviates from the Battle Pass format that players have grown accustomed to, it signals a return to a cherished feature that has been absent since The International 2015. The Dota 2 Compendium, originally introduced in 2013 ahead of TI3, serves as an in-game resource hub, offering fans an array of updated information about The International while also contributing to the tournament’s prize pool.
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Despite the financial success of the Battle Pass, which reportedly generated nearly $300 million USD for TI11 in 2022, Valve decided to shift gears and reintroduce the Compendium for TI12. Fans have questioned whether this will fill the void left by the Battle Pass, which was known for its cosmetic enhancements and gameplay improvements and drove prize pools to unprecedented heights.
The specifics of what the TI12 Compendium will offer are expected to be unveiled next week, with a pre-TI12 Dota 2 patch set for release on Thursday. Intriguingly, there are hints that the TI12 Compendium might take a unique turn by presenting itself as a visual novel titled “Crownfall.” Dataminers have uncovered references to a new file format called “NOVELDEF” in the game’s backend, hinting at the arrival of novel-style content within Dota.
This could signify an ongoing series rather than a one-time event inclusion. Furthermore, the term “crownfall” suggests the possibility of Arcana items for Skywrath Mage and Vengeful Spirit in this update.
Valve plans to enhance the viewing experience with Pubstomps and more
The return of the Compendium is not the only exciting news from Valve. The company is also gearing up for TI12 pubstomps, providing a platform for Dota 2 enthusiasts to organize and participate in officially recognized live viewing parties
Additionally, this year’s Short Film Contest for TI12 has attracted a record number of submissions. Valve will soon unveil the top 20 selections for a public vote, with the top 10 earning a prestigious spot at The International. The films will be available for viewing on Steam from September 29th to October 9th, and the cosplay contest offers generous prizes, including a $20,000 reward and valuable sponsor rewards.
With the TI12 Compendium’s release just around the corner, Dota 2 fans have a lot to look forward to. Stay tuned for more details as Valve continues to unveil exciting surprises leading up to the tournament.