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Dota 2 26th February Patch – Content Analysis

The long awaited Fantasy League system is now live with the introduction of the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season One Dota TV ticket.

Front End Changes

Fantasy Dota

First available with the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season #1 tournament, Fantasy Dota is an expansion on features originally included in the International 2013 Compendium. In Fantasy Dota, you join up to 5 of your friends to create a Fantasy League, where you’ll each design a Fantasy Team made up of Pro Players. You’ll then compete based on how well your players do in matches played in DreamLeague Season 1.

Buying the ticket for DreamLeague Season 1 makes you eligible to create a Fantasy League, as well as join any Fantasy Leagues that your friends create.

Once you’ve bought your ticket and created a Fantasy League, you can invite friends to join you and set a time for the Live Draft. During the Live Draft, members of your Fantasy League draft Pro Players onto their Fantasy Team, however unlike the International 2013 Compendium, each player can only be owned by one person. After the draft is completed, the Fantasy League will automatically create round-robin weekly head-to-head matchups, where every week you’ll try to earn points to win against one of the other members of the Fantasy League.

Fantasy Team matches will begin on March 3rd, so be sure to form your Fantasy League and complete your draft before then.

Fantasy Dota FAQ


Q. Can I create more than one Fantasy League?

You can create one Fantasy League for each tournament ticket that you activate. However, after activating a ticket, you can join any number of Fantasy Leagues.

Q. How many members can be in a Fantasy League?

You can have up to six members in a Fantasy League. Each will have their own team.

Q. What if I have an odd number of friends who want to play?

That’s fine! One rotating team each week will get a Bye (basically a free win).

Q. What if two Fantasy Teams have the same number of wins? Are they tied?

Ties are broken by the total number of points scored in the season.

Q. When does a matchup end?

Weekly matchups end on Sunday night at midnight in the time zone of the tournament. At that point, wins and losses are assigned for that week, and the next week’s matchups begin.


Q. Can a player be owned by more than one Fantasy Team?

No, players are exclusively owned by a single team.

Q. What does a player being “Core” or “Support” mean?

Each player has been assigned a role, based on the role they generally play in pro matches. Players that play mid, off-lane, or carry are grouped under “Core”. Players that take more of a support role are classified as “Support”.

Q. Does player role affect scoring?

No, all players are scored based on the same criteria.

Q. How are players scored?

  • 0.3 points per kill
  • -0.3 points per death
  • 0.15 points per assist
  • 0.003 points per last hit
  • 0.002 points per gold per minute
  • 0.002 points per XP per minute
  • 0.07 points per seconds of enemy stuns
  • 0.0004 points per allied healing done
  • 1 point tower kill
  • 1 point per Roshan kill

Player Rosters

Q. How many players can I have on my team?

You can have 8 players on your team. These 8 slots are divided into types.

Active Roster:

  • 2 Core
  • 2 Support
  • 1 Any


  • 3 players of any type

Q. What players can I put in each slot type?

Core and Support players can only go into “Core” and “Support” slots. “Any” or “Bench” slots can contain players of any role. Note that a player in a Bench slot will not score points for their team.

Q. How often can I adjust my roster?

You can set your Active Roster for each individual day. Any day you don’t adjust your Active Roster, the settings in place on the previous day will automatically carry over.

Q. When does a day’s roster lock?

A day’s Active Roster becomes locked at midnight in the time zone where the tournament is located. So for a tournament taking place in Europe such as DreamLeague Season 1, the Active Rosters will lock at midnight CET. This lock time is displayed on the roster editing panel.

Q. What does it mean when an roster is locked?

When a roster is locked, you won’t be able to make any changes to it. This is to prevent roster changes happening while matches are being played.

Q. How can I see how Pro Players have done in the past?

The Player tab in the Fantasy section in the Community tab lists all players and their average stats over the last 100 league matches (all leagues) that they’ve played.

Q. What happens if I miss my Fantasy League’s live draft?

The draft system will automatically pick players for you.

Q. Do players get more points if a best-of-three goes to a third game?

No. In a best-of-three series, each player earns points only for their highest-scoring games.

Trading and Free Agents

Q. Can I remove a player from my team?

Yes, you can request to drop a player and pick up another that no other Fantasy Team owns (a “free agent”). These requests are all processed nightly. If multiple Fantasy Teams all attempt to pick up the same Pro Player, priority is given to the Fantasy Team with the worst record.

Q. Can I drop and pick up more than one player at a time?

No, currently you can only have one outstanding drop/add request.

Q. Can I trade players with another Fantasy Team?

Trading players between Fantasy Teams is not yet supported.


Q. Do all matches played by a player in my roster count towards my score?

Each Fantasy League is associated with a specific tournament, and only matches played as part of that tournament count towards player scores.

Q. Do all Pro Players have the same scoring criteria?

Yes, all Pro Players, regardless of role, are scored based on the same factors.

Q. Do players in Bench slots earn points?

No, players on your Bench do not earn points towards weekly or daily point totals.

Q. Does it matter if players win or lose their matches?

No, scoring is entirely based on the player’s performance in certain categories (kills, gold per minute, healing, etc). Whether they win or lose their match is not scored, though players that win matches will tend to have better individual performances.

Q. When are scores updated?

Scores are updated after every match completes.

We’ll be expanding on Fantasy Dota as time goes on, and look forward to your feedback and suggestions!

Fantasy Dota In Action

Once you have bought and activated a DreamLeague ticket you will receive a new notification telling you that you are now eligible to join and create Fantasy Leagues for that tournament.

In order to create or accept an invite to a fantasy league you will need to visit the "Community" tab and click on the "Create/Join League" button.

The Notification UI will also display when you have received an invite to a new fantasy league.

Once you have created or joined a league you will need to enter a name for your fantasy team and optionally set a team logo. The team logo requires a PNG file.

You will be unable to change the team name once you have joined the league so make sure you are happy with your selection. You can update your team logo at any stage during the league if you need to.

The first screen you will be greeted with is a general overview of the league which will display the standings and team list. If the league has not yet started it will display the schedule for when the draft is scheduled to start.

The next tab is for match ups, once the league has started annd the teams have drafted you will be able to see a schedule of when your team is due to match up against another one from the league.

The fantasy league system also has a built-in message board system allowing you to leave digital banter for your league mates.

All transactions in the league will be logged under the transaction tab so you will be able to trace back the blackmailing that occurred to acquire Dendi.

The fantasy league supports a total of six teams so make sure you send out some invites before the draft starts via the invite button at the top of the leagues page.

Next to the invites button is a settings button which for the league commissioner will give them access to tweaking all of the rules until the draft starts. Members of the league will be able to see the settings but will be unable to change them.

It is important for the league commissioner to set a time for the drafting before the tournament's start date of March 2nd. Five minutes prior to the time you select here will lock all of the settings and teams so make sure your invites are sorted before then.

Once a draft time has been scheduled this information will be displayed on the main league page and will also send a notification out to all of the teams in the league.

The first option the commissioner can control is the amount of time each team gets per draft pick.

Next is the option for the maximum amount of teams. Either a total of four or six teams are the options available here.

Each team has a total of five player slots and then a custom amount of bench slots. The league commissioner can control what kind of player can be used in each slot either selecting any, core or support. Any allows both types of players, core allows the position one, two and three players whilst support covers the position four and five players.

A maximum of three bench slots can be assigned or they can disable all together.

As well as the league tab you can also access a team rosters tab to quickly see the team rosters of every player in the league.

You can also update your team logo from this page.

The final tab is the players tab which will display every player that is part of this fantasy league. This list is controlled by which teams are taking part in the tournament in this case it is made up from the twelve teams taking part in DreamLeague. You can filter between the two different roles, apply a filter to see which players belong a team in the league and more.

There is also an option to find players by their name. On this page you can also find all the average stats for the player which takes into account their performance across all of the other Dota 2 leagues.

New League Passes

Pro Dota 2 Solo Ranked League Season 3 Bundle

"Season 3 returns in the Pro Dota 2 Solo Ranked League where 240 players fight in 2 different leagues (Amateur and Semi-Pro) non-stop for 2 weeks to claim the prize up to $200! Includes the Bramble Watch Ward!"

Includes the Bramble Watch Ward

CEVO Season 4

"CEVO Season 4 is a North American Pro-Am event where teams compete in an 8-week regular season, followed by playoffs for over $5,000 and the chance to advance to higher skill divisions in future seasons."

Donbass Cup

"32 teams compete in four groups for the Donbass Cup and a grand prize of 20,000 UAH!"

ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1

"ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1 is sponsored by ASUS ROG, ROCCAT & TV6. Starting on March 3rd, 2014 of the world's best teams will compete in 84 league matches and the playoffs at DreamHack Summer 2014 for a $100,000 prize pool. Purchase the Compendium, increase the prize pool, and play the Fantasy League!"

DreamLeague Compendium

The ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season #1 tournament ticket that is currently in the store will be soon be transformed into a new League Compendium. Purchasing it right now will give you early access into the Fantasy Dota system for the DreamLeague.

Once the Compendium arrives you will receive access to a constantly updating Compendium, a new DreamLeague Gem that will track any dream spells casted (eg Dream Coil, Nightmare etc) and new cosmetic items from Danidem & Hunter.

Back End Changes

Other Changes

Cosmetic Item Updates

Skywrath has received a couple of updates to his existing cosmetic items in order to attach some new particle effects to them.

Staff of Retribution

Staff of Divine Ascension

Bane's Physics

Bane has had his cloth physics updated for his front two legs which should improve their interaction with his general idle and movement animations.

Item Rarity Updates

Iceforged Spirit

  • This item has gone from a rarity of Rare to Mythical.

Outland Witch's Horns

  • This item has gone from a rarity of Uncommon to Rare.

Carapace of Buki'vak the Corrupted

  • This item has gone from a rarity of Uncommon to Rare.

Nether Grandmaster's Points

  • This item has gone from a rarity of Uncommon to Rare.

Forged in Demons' Blood Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

Rider of the Storm Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Legendary to Mythical.

Garments of the Nightsilver Sentinel Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Legendary to Mythical.

The Third Insight Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

Dead Winter Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

Dark Ruin Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

Form of the Great Grey Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Legendary to Mythical.

The Atniw's Fury Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

The Exiled Demonologist Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

Golden Reel Guardian Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Mythical to Rare.

Iceforged Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Rare to Mythical.

Shadow Hunter Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Rare to Mythical.

Ember Crane Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Rare to Mythical.

Commander of the Dragon Guard Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Rare to Mythical.

Wandering Demon of the Plains Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Rare to Mythical.

Witch of the Outlands Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of Uncommon to Rare.

The Nether Grandmaster's Robes Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of N/A to Rare.

Curse of the Malignant Corruption Set

  • This set has gone from a rarity of N/A to Rare.

Item Drop List Updates

Common Item’s Drop List

Items Added

  • Band Of Summoning

Items Removed

  • Cloak of the Master Thief
  • Gloves of the Master Thief
  • Quiver of the Master Thief

Uncommon Item’s Drop List

Items Added

  • Bonedress of the Yuwipi
  • Headdress Of The Yuwipi

Items Removed

  • Boots of the Master Thief
  • Carapace of Buki'vak the Corrupted

Rare Item’s Drop List

Items Added

  • Staff of the Yuwipi

Items Removed

  • Bow of the Master Thief
  • Corset of the Master Thief
  • Hood of the Master Thief

Mythical Item’s Drop List

Items Added

  • Iceforged Spirit

Predictions For The Next Hero