Cloud9 to "invest in the future of NA Dota" with 1437, Brax and MSS

As promised Cloud9 have decided to stay in the Dota 2 scene despite bigger success in other titles. The organisation chose to pick up Dark Horse, one of the winners of the ESL ONE New York open qualifiers featuring Theeban '1437 / I love you forever' Siva and Braxton 'Brax' Paulson. According to new captain 1437 Cloud9 'understands what it is I am looking to do and are enthusiastic to invest in the future of NA Dota'.

Tickets still available for ESL One New York at Madison Square Garden!

Tickets for ESL One New York are selling fast and with the event just over a month away we advise anyone interested in the event hosted in the world-famous Madison Square Gardens to get their tickets early! The ESL One Frankfurt 2015 was immense on the Dota 2 calendar, and with ESL One New York fortunately falling just before the first Major, it will be the first major competition of the post-TI5 era. Ticket details inside.

Reminder: Immortals from TI5 Compendium are now tradeable

If like myself you found yourself rewarded with an Immortal item that you were not particularly fond of, you will be happy to know that those items are now tradeable! However, approach the market with caution as it may be flooded and the best bet may be to simply start hunting through your Compendium-junkie friends for who has the Immortals you want.

Virtus Pro invited to ESL One New York 2015

Virtus Pro become the second team to receive a direct invite to the ESL One New York. The team finished top 6 at last month's International and in the aftermath of the event are one of the only teams so far to appear to be sticking with the exact same roster. The event will take place at the beginning of October, and should be the first major LAN event of the new competitive season.

See the new Secret roster compete alongside NiP, VP, and SingSing in Gaming Paradise next month

After knowing we'd be treated to some quality beachside Dota in the beautiful Portorož, Slovenia for some time, we can finally reveal which teams will be competing, and the format they'll play through as they battle for their share of $50,000. This will be the first LAN we see lots of fresh teams compete in, making it a good judge of team's strength for the upcoming season of Dota.

Just like old times: Zai to return to EG as a substitute

Despite previously announcing his temporary retirement from the competitive scene, Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg has stated that he will be playing for Evil Geniuses as their offical substitute for the upcoming major tournaments. Whilst it is not known how many tournaments Zai will be substituting for, he has cited his wish to attend university as a reason for his temporary withdrawal from the competitive scene.

RESHUFFLE: ... 1437 Announces new Cloud 9 Roster

With TI5 solidly in the past now, Dota fans everywhere turn their attentions to the future, and with future comes change. The Post-TI roster shuffle is always one of the most eventful times in the Dota calendar, as we saw last year with the birth of Team Secret, a new Cloud 9 G2A* roster amongst much more. Keep an eye out here for all the rumours, transfers, and finalised team rosters.

Hotbid to work full-time for ESL and calls time on career as interviewer

Prolific TI interviewer and one of the brains behind ESEX, Ken 'Hot_Bid' Chen, posted a blog earlier today announcing that he will be moving to California to work full-time for ESL starting from September. HotBid, who has worked for Valve as their interviewer at the last two Internationals as well as at numerous other events including DAC and The Summit, will unfortunately be stepping back from interviewing in the future.