Valve’s latest update for Dota 2 which is scheduled to launch this coming Monday, September 23rd will add an unexpected “new” feature to the MOBA, LAN support. The addition marks the first major MOBA to add support since the original Dota, which used the built in LAN functionality provided by the Warcraft 3 engine.

Players will now be able to socialize with nine other friends in person as they play Dota 2 without the need to be connected to the internet. While the necessity for dedicated LAN support has indeed dwindled over the past decade due to increased availability of the Internet, the addition will primarily benefit tournament organizers. Organizers will now be able to orchestrate tournaments without the need for a robust internet connection to facilitate the matches.

In the past, major tournaments for games like Starcraft 2 have been hampered due to unstable connections and the inheerent complexities of connectying multiple clients to an off site server through a small group of IP addresses. Long story short, it’s no picnic. The addition of LAN could also pave the way for custom map modes rumored to be an upcoming feature for Dota 2, although no official details have been announced. More on that here.

The First Blood update will also add Captain’s Draft which lets a dedicated player on each team pick their teams heroes from a randomized pool of twenty-four. Player levels, which previously seemed irrelevant now have a purpose as the quality of item drops you are eligible for is now tied to your Dota profile level. Other new additions include an improved Backpack (now called Armory), UI updates, bug fixes and my personal favorite, the Portal Pack which adds a Glados announcer among other Portal themed items.

Below is a video of the Glados announcer pack because I couldn’t resist.

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  1. bryam on October 8, 2013

    is RYZE

  2. R41D3R on September 21, 2013

    EPIC announcer!

  3. Idranel on September 20, 2013

    Balance the game and I will play it. Untill then: LoL, Bloodline Champions, Strife, other.

    • extasist on September 20, 2013

      that game is balanced, its just that its not for noobs you know lol players.

      • iluvgamez on September 20, 2013

        lols. If u think the game is balanced, you better stick to Tetris. Damn normal draft players.

        • dagudman on September 20, 2013

          The game is not balanced, but it is rather made so that if you let a hero get kills and if you feed, then that hero will snowball and will be able to 1 v 3 you without any help. I played with a phantom assassin a while ago that was able to go 1 v 5 with my (I played as omniknight) and an ogre magi’s help, but we didn’t attack the enemy… they would kill us, all we did was stay behind and give the phantom assassin some buffs when needed.

          • Mystika on September 21, 2013

            In other words, it is balanced. Not around the heroes themselves, but the game mechanics.

  4. iluvgamez on September 20, 2013

    They should start to balance the game and do something about those queue times that takes forever -.-

    • Murakei on September 20, 2013

      If you think 3 mins are the infinity then you should think about that once again ;D

  5. Reavermyst on September 20, 2013

    Oh man……. now I wanna play just to hear some witty remarks from GLADOS =D

  6. Mystika on September 20, 2013

    I wouldn’t say that LAN support is primarily for tournaments (though it is important, as I’ve seen tournament matches such as the TI3 qualifiers where people drop out), but it’s most important in the Asian scene, where most people do not play games at home, and instead play at internet cafes. I suspect with this update (or within a few updates after this), Dota 2 will be added to the Valve Cybercafe game list –

  7. Pretzels on September 19, 2013