Dota 2 players can now purchase the Compendium for the International 2014. The all-in-one, virtual guide to this year's world championship provides several in-game bonuses.
The 2014 Compendium allows players to track the teams battling in the International. You can collect cards of each player, build your own fantasy team, and make predictions on matches. These activities and others will level up your Compendium, giving you access to new rewards.
"You’ll receive extra immortal treasures, obtain new custom in-game effects, get bonus Loading Screens and increase your Battle Point Booster percentage as you progress," Valve says on the Compendium's website. "Higher level Compendium owners will receive various custom visuals, including modified teleport effects, base healing effects, and even new appearances for Bottle, Blink Dagger, and Dagon. These level up Custom Effects last until July 28th."
"As an added bonus, if you reach level 50, you’ll receive a special alternate version of the Mini-Pudge courier when the stretch goal is reached."
Once your Compendium hits level 4, you'll unlock this year's International Courier: Lieutenant Squawkins. This brave parrot will ferry gear to you when you're out on the battlefield. Additional outfits for Squawkins will be unlocked at Level 24 and Level 41.
The Battle Point Booster included with the Compendium will scale with your level as well. This bonus stacks with any other boosters you use. Furthermore, it lasts until July 28th regardless of how many matches you play so it's a great opportunity for you to rank up.
Sales of the Compendium go toward the International 2014's prize pool, which started at $1.6 million. As the prize pool hits other milestones, new rewards are unlocked for the community. For example, when the pool reaches $3.2 milliom, players will receive randomized Immortal Treasures every time they gain 10 levels with their Compendium. Stretch goals that haven't been achieved yet include a 1v1, mid-lane-only mode, a new music pack and base customization.
The Compendium is $9.99, with $2.50 of that total being contributed toward the prize pool. Players can also spend additional money for points to level up their Compendium. Valve will put 25% of the money from these point sales toward the prize pool as well.
Last year, Compendium sales raised the International's prize pool from $1.6 million to $2.8 million. So far players have pushed the pool up to $2.5 million for International 2014. At this rate, it seems like they'll easily top the total from 2013.
The International 2014 is a 16-team tournament featuring teams from the Americas, Europe, China and Southeast Asia. Only 11 teams have been given bids for the tournament so far, though. The other 5 spots will be earned through regional qualifiers throughout the month of May. The world championships will be held in Seattle in July. The full schedule for this year's competition and list of participating teams can be found here.