Dota 2's largest tournament, The International, is slated to begin next week with the start of the Americas Regional Qualifier on Monday the 12. Today, however, that means Valve has something they need to have in place so the party can get started for the general viewing audience. I'm talking of course about "The Compendium" which is now available for The International 2014 at a cost of $9.99. Just like in 2013, each Compendium bought will add $2.50 to the tournament's overall prize pool.
However, this year's Compendium has many more surprises hidden between its pages than last year's (maybe that's why Valve takes 75% of the cut). In addition to the prizes associated with reaching different prize pool goals, each individual Compendium can gain levels based on participation in a number of activities. Of course, Compendium levels have a reward system of their own, too.
Let's start with simple stuff, first. Valve is putting $1,600,000 of their own money into The International 2014's prize pool. From here on it's up to us to increase that with Compendium purchases. Here are the goals set for the prize pool, as well as the reward associated with each goal:
- $1,800,000 - Evolving Battle Point Booster - Grants a new Battle Point Booster that improves are your Compendium level increases.
- $2,000,000 - Loading Screen Treasure - Grants three treasures that contain loading screens. Extra treasures available as rewards based on Compendium levels.
- $2,200,000 - Arcana Vote - Unlocks the ability to vote on which hero should receive the next Arcana.
- $2,400,000 - Special Edition HUD - Grands a new Compendium-themed HUD.
- $2,600,000 - Solo Championship Vote - Unlocks the ability to vote on the participants of an 8-player Solo Championship at The International.
- $2,900,000 - New Game Mode - Unlocks the All Random Deathmatch game mode (available to all players, not just Compendium owners).
- $3,200,000 - Immortal Treasures - Grants a Treasure containing Valve created Immortal items. Every 10 Compendium levels grants you an extra Treasure.
- $3,500,000 - Chat Emoticons - Grants access to special emoticons that can be used in the Dota 2 chat.
- $4,000,000 - Mini-Pudge Courier - Grants a special Mini-Pudge courier. Level 50 Compendium owners have an alternate skin.
- $4,500,000 - New Music - Grants a new music pack for Dota 2.
- $5,000,000 - New Matchmaking - Unlocks a 1v1 mid-lane-only matchmaking option (available for all players, not just Compendium owners).
- $5,000,000 - Environmental Effects - Grants new environment effects in the Dota 2 map.
- $6,000,000 - Base Customization - Grants an item that allows Compendium owners to customize a building in their base.
Considering that 2013's Compendium didn't even reach $3,200,000 Valve's obviously got something planned to bring in some extra money, don't they? Yes, as I mentioned before that individual Compendiums can be leveled from 1-INFINITY. Some of the rewards are listed above, but there are additional rewards associated solely with leveling.
How does one level? Certain activities definitely grant experience (100 needed for each level), like predicting winners can score some levels. Or, players can straight up buy experience! Ahh, it's all making sense now, right? $2.49 grants 500 points (five levels), $4.99 grants 1100 points (eleven levels) and $9.99 grants 2400 points (24 levels). Like the Compendium itself, 25% of all sales goes straight into the prize pool.
For additional ways to earn Compendium experience, head over to Valve's Compendium website. There you'll also find a few of the other rewards that come with earning Compendium levels (like the Lieutenant Squawkins courier).
The International 2013 starts July 18 and we still have four regional qualifiers to burn through before the big event itself. That's plenty of time to look over the Compendium and decide whether additional experience is worth investing in. Or, if you're a die hard Dota 2 fan, then a level
50 infinity Compendium in really no more than $30 infinity dollars away.