Problems: v1.24 patch and DotA v6.61

Rumors about the new patch 1.24 and its incompatibilities with other maps are all around the internet, forums and etc. In this case, nothing better than a word from IceFrog about what is really going on with the new patch and DotA.

Those who were waiting for the stable version of the actual DotA map 6.61b will have to wait a little. Now, IceFrog is concentrating his efforts on fixing the map to work properly on the 1.24 patch and the first step is done: he launched the version 6.61c of DotA as a "fast solution" for the incompatibility. There is no difference between 6.61b and 6.61c.

The problem is that 1.24 may not be the last patch. Probably, 1.24b and 1.24c will come too and even if IceFrog is able to fix the DotA map in the near future, we will have to wait until Blizzard fixes the WarCraft. For example, some people are facing problems using the WarCraft Editor with the 1.24 version.

Now you are asking "Why 1.24?". Well, the most important thing to be fixed is the possibility of downloading viruses intead of downloading maps when you join a host with an unknown map. But one thing is good: the new patch gives the opportunity of building custom maps up to 8MB size (instead of the actual 4MB limit). Who knows what IceFrog will develop for the future versions...

As of right now, 1.24 still has various bugs in it's functions that prevent most 1.24 maps from running properly on it. As these issues get fixed in coming 1.24b/1.24c patches, 6.62 beta will be updated alongside them. As soon as the new patch is stable and 6.62 is tested on it sufficiently, it will be released. Hopefully the map will return to a stable code state in the very near future.

To finish the discussion, there is nothing we can do but report to IceFrog any bugs that you face when playing DotA and wait for him to fix everything. He is really giving his best to go through this problem as fast as he can.

getdota.com - v6.61c
PlayDotA - Source
Blizzard - 1.24 patch


IceFrog's Blog | 6.61 Development

After the thrilling release of 6.60 (& 6.60b), Icefrog has instantly started working on the next version (6.61) and this time he looks to you for YOUR suggestions!

The recent release of 6.60 introduced the community to lots of game play changes as well as new heroes and items. Unfortunately, changes are always accompanied with balance issues. So now Icefrog aims at a "fast patch aimed at balance improvements". Thus he has called out to the whole community for suggestions and ideas. So if you feel a need for any change be sure to to let him know!

Note: Try to keep your suggestions concise with adequate detail. Also, remember the new version is aimed at balancing etc thus suggestions regarding new heroes and items etc are irrelevant and unlikely to be entertained.

Icefrog.com - Source
Playdota.com - Post suggestions here


Infernal Cry League's DotA Division

The Infernal Cry League is now accepting team applications for their sixth season. This North America-only league has been a successful WarCraft 3 League for a while now and has decided to add DotA to its lineup. There's only one problem. They are only accepting 8-10 teams! So all of you NA teams that have been itching for competition, go apply fast!

Below is the link to the ICL site.

ICL - Homepage

Lacoste Joins Serious Gaming

The former Xeo player has decided to leave Xeo and join up with Serious.DotA due to language and proximity issues. Here is a statement from

Serbia Marko "Silentcat" Kovacevic:
The main reasons behind his clan changing after such a long time in xeo (and the organizations they were in before), besides him being a great player and an excellent carry, is that we speak the same language and we are able to communicate on a much higher level than when you talk english as he was in xeo. Also his location will help us a lot in bootcamping, croatia is a neighbour country and when we feel like bootcamping we can do it easily.

His character will for sure add a lot to the team, he is a great person and has a great sense of humour. His role will be diverse, something between a carry and ganker, to give me and the rest more space to play a ganker role which some of us always wanted to play. I think with lacoste, g0g1 and bane as our main carries, baja, zep, rio and fill as our support and gankers, and me at the ganker role, I`m sure we can achive a lot.

Current Serbia Serious.DotA Roster:

Serbia Marko `Silentcat` Kovacevic
Serbia Gordan `Gordan` Prosic
Serbia Marko `Baja` Jovanovic
Serbia Branco `Bane` Boskovic
Serbia Igor `Zep` Radovanovic
Serbia Filip `BiGFiLL` Trajkovic
Serbia Mario `Riki` Scepanovic
Croatia Dominik `Lacoste` Stipic

Dota-league.com - Source
Serious-gaming.com - srs.DotA Team Page


WCG 2009 Asian Championship

World Cyber Games Asian Championships are set to take place on July 4th and 5th. This year, the games to be played are DotA, FIFA 09, and Guitar Hero. But we only care about the DotA part, don't we?

Here is the list of the competing countries that were invited this year:
New ZealandNew Zealand
Sri LankaSri Lanka
Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei

With such a huge following, WCG has acquired many sponsors this year that include Samsung, Dell, and Intel among many others. Dell and Intel are bringing their quad-core processors for the use of all the gamers participating in this Championship and with the quad-core processors comes the new line of Alienware PC's that Dell is unveiling for the first time in this region.

Link to the WCG Asian Championship below. Good luck to all the teams going through qualifiers right now.

WCG.com - WCG Asian Championship Site


ADC Championship 2009!

After the success of ADC08 Garena is proud to present you with Asia DotA Championship 09! Registrations will open on June 1st and end on June 15th. The registration is free and every team has the opportunity to play against some of the best Asian DotA teams. All teams will be required to play a qualifiers to win a spot in the regular season.

Prize Distribution for Season II: $4350 USD to be won

Champion: $1,200
Runner-up: $800
2nd Runner-up: $600
4th Place: $400
5th Place: $350
6th Place: $300
7th Place: $250
8th Place: $200
9th Place: $150
10th Place: $100

There are three phases in ADC09, the qualifier, regular season, and the playoffs.


Qualifiers will be held in 10 regions. All teams can participate in this largest Asia DotA online tournament. Qualifier format will be Best of 1, Single Elimination until 4 teams are remaining. Semi Final and Final matches are in Best of 3, Single Elimination mode. The winner of each region will advance to Regular Season Stage.

The 10 Qualifier Regions:
1. Singapore Singapore
2. China China
3. Malaysia Malaysia
4. Thailand Thailand
5. Indonesia Indonesia
6. Philippines Philippines
7. Vietnam Vietnam
8. South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh)
9. East Asia (Japan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea)
10. Australia & New Zealand

Regular Season
Regular season consists of 10 teams and is played in Round Robin format. Each team is required to play 9 matches per season, once against each of the other teams. In regular season, games will be played in best of 3 format.

Matches are to be played between Thursday 0:01 am GMT+8 and Wednesday 11:59 pm GMT+8 once a week. This period is being referred to as "Playday". There will be 9 Playdays in totally. 1 Playday per week and the regular season will last for 9 weeks.

The teams with the ranks #1 and #2 will directly enter Playoff. The clans with the ranks 3 - 6 will have to play a playup match, consisting of #3 vs #6 and #4 vs #5. Winners will be qualified for the Playoff.

Season Final
Season Final will be played after regular season. Games will be in Best of 3, Double Elimination format.

Registration Information

Sign-ups will be open on June 1st! ADC 2009 will be using the Garena Tournament System together with Garena forum. Please register a team on the system first to get ready for sign-up!
Sign-up threads will be created for each region. Teams are to signup on the Garena Tournament System first, then post the player list as well as leader contact information in the respective sign-up thread. If the player list in the sign-up thread differs from the GTS team list, forum thread will be the indicator.

More details of registration will be released on June 1st upon opening of registration.

Guide on How to Create a Team -
Link to Qualifier Rule -
Garena ADC Championship -

Updates on 6.60 and Dota-Allstars.com

IceFrog and Dota-Allstars no more?

The following statements were released on IceFrog’s personal blog, he stated the following information regarding himself and the future of Dota-Allstars.com website, along with the not too distant release of Dota version 6.60

“As a result of some differences, I am no longer affiliated with the dota-allstars.com website. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone over there the best of luck in the future“.
- Submitted by IceFrog on Thu, 05/14/2009

According to IceFrog he is looking for contributors for his brand new DotA community website. He plans on continuing his work on developing and improving DotA considering his disagreements with DotA-Allstars.com. If you are interested in being involved in any way you can send IceFrog an email here IceFrog@gmail.com

The following statement was recently released on IceFrog’s personal blog regarding the very soon release of 6.60!

"First, I want to thank everyone for their emails in the past week or so. Things have been kind of hectic lately. Even though I usually don't like to give a schedule, you guys have been very patient. My plan is to release 6.60 in early June and I am doing my best to make sure that there are no further delays. If a feature or change still needs more work, I'll try to save it for the next version instead so I can get this in your hands asap".
Submitted by IceFrog on Thu, 05/28/2009

Some things to look forward to from the 6.60 release according to IceFrog.

-Many new items (at least 5)
-Ability changes on old heroes
-Hero remakes and a new hero or two
-A new regeneration system for structures will be active only when they are attacked without creeps/corpses nearby

"That is just a brief summary; there are a lot more interesting miscellaneous changes and features, but I'll save the rest for the changelog". - IceFrog

I myself am very excited to hear of a new community site for DotA, and the soon release of 6.60 that everyone has long awaited for. We at DotaGamers would like to wish IceFrog the best of luck in the future, as he strives to advance the world of DotA even further.

IceFrog - IceFrog's Blog
IceFrog@Gmail.com - IceFrog's Email


ESL Major Series Season IV

The next step on EMS IV is defined, eight teams will fight the relegation. These matches will decide which teams will continue in the competition and the ones which will be knocked out. Take a look at how it's going to happen:

Romania neXtPlease Gaming vs. Germany Team Thermaltake.DoTa

Ukraine DTS Chatrix vs. Bulgaria RetireD fRoM DotA Scene

United States Team Teen Titans vs. Romania I Got Game

Europe Xeo Divine.Dota vs. Poland Low HP Gaming

The games are scheduled to May, 31th and, of course, we are covering them.

ESL IV - Source


Another New team: Reality.DotA

Last Wednesday, Fragster announced that a new team was formed. The name of the moment is Reality.DotA and it comes with a strong line-up formed by European players. They are:

Germany Mirsad 'DeMeNt' Djokovic
Germany Alec 'v1ctOry' Güre
Denmark Amel 'PlaymatE' Barudzija
Sweden Erik 'zoN-' Falk
Sweden Tim 'XoYnoZnU' Lundell Johansson
Sweden Misha 'UnPapayaCoconut' Kisch

As you know, some of these players were out of the DotA scene for a while. zoN, for example, was from SK-Gaming long time ago, while PlaymatE was without a team for some time after MYM finished. But everyone knows their strength, what they did for their old teams and what they can do for Reality.DotA now.

Statement by DeMeNt
It was more or less a spontaneously decision to form that team, since my clan disband and went inactive for a period of time, i was bored to scrim with other teams and thats the reason i formed Reality.DotA with some friends.
We dont know yet, which player will take what role, we are currently trying out some gamestyles and to be honest, evem PlaymatE had to play some supporter heroes as well :p!
The main goal right now is to win the playoffs through the division 2b in the dota-league. We want to practice a bit in the division 1 and gather some experience as a new formed team.
Its always hard to find a sponsor, when you dont have the neeeded credits with the team, but there are big chances we can earn them in division 1 and show the sponsors out there, how strong this team can be.
I am glad, that everything is running perfectly at the moment, but the time will tell!

Best regards

We at DotaGamers wish them the best on their way to success, and we hope to see them in action soon.

Fragster.de - Source


DTS-CUP ready for action

After weeks and weeks of qualifying stage, the 16 available slots are now filled with the best of best. Once more, DTS-CUP shows everyone it deserves the status of an important event on international DotA scene. All battles set by the non-invited teams were really hard and thrilling, and the efforts were rewarded at the end to the winners.

The event is increasing it's prizes every year. DTS-CUP 2008 gave to the finalists the amount of $1000 to the first place, $600 to the second, $400 to the third and $200 to the fourth. This year, the prizes are much better: $3000 to the winner and a cup, $2000 to the second and $1000 to the third placed. Big prizes equals to big rivalry, that means players with more than enough motivation to give their best on each game, and that's what everyone wants to see.

The only thing everyone will dislike is the absence of some high-level teams. Because of different reasons, many teams denied the invitation, but it doesn't mean the tournament will have it's quality lowered: as said before, the qualifying stages were really good, maybe these will surprise the tops.

See below the list of the participating teams.

01. Ukraine DTS.chatrix - invited team
02. Ukraine GZ
03. Ukraine HardTeam - invited team
04. Ukraine iron^Balls
05. Ukraine MyR.Ua
06. Ukraine UaStyle
07. Russia Top Gun
09. Denmark Ravens - invited team
10. Germany Ks.Int - invited team
11. Romania nExt!please Dota - invited team
12. Belarus CosmosTV
13. Kazakhstan Os|One
14. Europe z.69
15. Ukraine HellRaisers
16. Ukraine MVP

The finals are set to May 16-17th and the winners rewarding, on the end of the day.

Dota Gamers wish the best for all participants of DTS-CUP, hope you enjoy the event.

DTS-CUP - Source

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