All 18 teams are set, and The International is mere weeks away. For those that have earned a chance to compete in Seattle, all thoughts turn to the Aegis of Champions and the opponents that stand in the way of victory. And for a select few, another challenge awaits: The International 2017 All-Star Match.
This year, Battle Pass owners can choose the world’s top players to fill out two All-Star rosters that will clash in a 5v5 Captains Mode match at The International, where the winning All-Star team will walk away with $100,000 in prize money and the prestige that comes with defeating the best of the best. Head to the All-Stars section of the Battle Pass Compendium to create your two strongest All-Star teams. You can select one player per position for each lineup. With 90 players to draft from and just ten roster spots to fill, who will your dream matchups be?
Today’s update also brings Player Card Packs for this year’s Seattle-bound pros. Head to the Battle Pass Compendium to unwrap your card packs and start planning your initial Fantasy Rosters. Slot your favorite pros into Core, Offlane, or Support roles, and earn fantasy points based on their performances in the Group Stage and Main Event of The International.
Complete an entire set of Player Cards for any pro team to be able to set them as your Favorite Team, granting you special TP effects, a profile card, team emoticon, and effigy banner. Collect a full set of either Silver or Gold cards for a team to unlock upgraded versions of each reward.
* Amateur and Professional leagues that are free-to-spectate no longer require a league ticket item to be shipped in the client. Instead, once approved, league information will automatically be downloaded directly from the web.
* Today’s update also includes a change to the format of all Hero Guides. It will take a few minutes to convert your scratch guides before they can be used.
When Pulse launched a few months ago, you could share moments and updates — from hype events in your latest stream to memes from your chat — with all of your followers. Beginning today, on mobile and web, we’re expanding Pulse to also feature personalized recommendations of live streams, VODs, and Clips, so even viewers who don’t yet follow you can discover the content you’re already creating!
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When the team first heard that we would be continuing Jesse’s adventure in a new season of Minecraft: Story Mode I did what I always do: Retreat to my notebooks and start jotting down ideas. Sometimes they’d be ideas for whole episodes or seasons, sometimes they’d just be notions of characters, but what connected all of them were the themes of "growing up" and "changing responsibilities and friendships."
We always knew that we wanted to skip ahead a few years for Season Two; show Jesse a little more mature, now the leader of her own town, and struggling to balance the duties of her job with the fun of adventuring with her friends. The rest of the gang has new responsibilities too: Olivia is a professor in Redstonia, Axel is the new wrangler of Boom Town, and Lukas is enjoying a quiet life working on his novel.
Petra, on the other hand, is still the ever-wandering adventurer. Frustrated by her friends settling down, she thinks they’re wasting their lives and should all be back on the road again. That conflict of Adventure vs. Responsibility and dealing with your friends changing became the pillars around which we built a lot of the season’s themes and character arcs.
These differences in their lives and lifestyles are also reflected in the gang’s new costumes – Axel, Olivia, and Lukas have traded their armor for more casual attire, while Petra’s armor is starting to look a little road-worn and cobbled-together. The art team did an incredible job giving the gang new and exciting looks while also making them instantly recognizable.
Jesse’s home has gone through some huge changes too. Last seen in episode 5, Beacontown has grown into an awesome and eclectic city full of color and tons of crazy builds. Nell has a beach shop. StampyCat and StacyPlays have houses of their own. Ivor (& Harper)’s lab has grown bigger and more elaborate. We knew we wanted to give the player multiple opportunities to explore Beacontown this season, so the team went nuts filling Beacontown to the brim with things to see. I look at it all the time and I feel like I’m still spotting new stuff every time.
And speaking of new stuff! Oh man there are some new characters that I can’t wait for players to meet. Petra’s hero Jack and his best buddy Nurm, Jesse’s plucky new assistant Radar, would-be rival Stella and that sassy llama of hers… We’ve got some really exciting stuff coming down the road this season and I am so excited to hear what people think. Thanks for being along for the ride everyone – I think it’s gonna be a good one. 🙂