Per usual, another week and another group of new Dota 2 features. Aren’t we beta players lucky? The first major inclusion of a workshop submitted item hits the Dota 2 servers today, as the first user-submitted announcer is available: The Pirate Cap’n.
This is also the prime time for the Dota 2 staff to announce a brand new in-game feature: the ability to listen in on another player’s custom Announcer. This action is selectable through the Announcer Selection panel, and is basically an opt-in to share in another player’s announcer choice. And even though the Pirate Cap’n is the only option, it would still be considered the most disgusting mutiny if you don’t select him as your in-game announcer.
Co-op bot matchmaking is being changed to more closely mirror normal matchmaking, as it will now be host to the same rules and rewards as normals. Players who leave or afk will still on the receiving end of an ‘Abandon’ tag, but those who stick to the end of the new bot games will get their just xp and items. The Dota 2 staff knows a good chunk of players enjoy playing bots for a bit of practice or a less serious game, and those players will now be getting the same xp and chance at items as if they were playing against other humans.
The spectator experience is getting a facelift, as it is now host to a new selection of panels depicting some of the most requested states in the game.
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