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The DotA 2 Images That Valve Didn't Want You To See


It is well known that Valve are bringing DotA 2 to Gamescom with a competition between the top 16 DotA teams named 'The International', now comes images of one of the teams practicing.

The DotA 2 Images That Valve Didn't Want You To See
The WarCraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients, became a huge hit for its competitive play and so it is logical that Valve would ignite the excitement around the sequel with a big competition at its announcement. Gabe Newell himself sent out the invitations to the members of the top 16 DotA teams around the world, with all expenses paid. One of the letters can be seen in the popup to the left.

Now like any developer, Valve want to keep a tight lid over any of their projects and will be very strict with any unofficial materials that may leak through. However, to make sure the competition at Gamescom is something you want to watch, they seem to have allowed the 16 teams to have a play on DotA 2 in order to practice. Unfortunately for Valve, the team from Thailand known as MiTH-Trust put some images of themselves practicing on the game on their official site. Most of the images are still up there and understandably blurred out as can be seen at: mithesports.com

But there were some additional images that were taken down only minutes after being uploaded, predictably due to an outcry by Valve. But the internet is a tricky place, and nothing escapes us. The images are very low-res and do not really show much of anything, but Valve really did not want anyone to see them, so here we go:

Here is the whole team gathered in what can be assumed as there lounge and gaming area:
The DotA 2 Images That Valve Didn't Want You To See


A zoomed shot of the guy on the PC shows what is presumably the DotA 2 UI and some shadow rendering.
The DotA 2 Images That Valve Didn't Want You To See


This next image was taken down very abruptly as it shows the DotA 2 logo on a monitor and clarifies what they are playing:
The DotA 2 Images That Valve Didn't Want You To See



So there we have it, that is how protective Valve are over their materials. How excited are you for DotA at Gamescom? Stick with Hooked Gamers as we make our way over to Germany next week to bring you as much information as possible!