As The International 2017 draws closer, the Dota 2 scene gets busier. The qualifiers span across an entire week and all regions play simultaneously, making it rather difficult to follow the progress of each one. TI itself is no different story, with a large group stage and 4 simultaneous streams it is difficult to follow every team, let alone all the best games. Outside of TI, things don't look better either, with tournaments around the world occurring at different times of the day, it can be very easy to miss out on an entire tournament, unless you have the convenience to adjust your sleep schedule. Personal recommendations from friends and strangers can be nice, or even highlight compilations, but these are usually scattered across multiple different websites and often times those highlights alone aren’t enough to show how a game progressed.
This is why we at Dotabuff are proud to announce the launch of our newest feature, Clips. Instead of manually searching for the best highlights of every game, Clips automatically compiles highlights of every relevant match for you, in real time. Did you just get up to grab a drink from the kitchen and missed a teamfight? Clips will have it within seconds.
Our new Clips page has a variety of browsing options. You can watch the most recent Clips or the most viewed ones, but more importantly: You can browse by tournament, team or player! Can’t get enough of Miracle- Triple Kills? Then check out our Clips page, or head to the player’s Esports Profile! From today onwards, you can find Clips virtually anywhere on our site. Every pro player, every pro match and every hero will have a Clips tab from now on.
Now, we wouldn’t be a stats site if we didn’t make use of our statistics. Once a match has finished and it has been parsed by TrueSight, every Clip will feature detailed statistics on what happens inside the Clip. Similar to the in-game’s teamfight recap, you can see gold and xp changes neatly organized on the right side. Clicking on an event also lets you watch that specific event itself, so you don’t have to manually browse for that Drow Ranger death. You can also click on the little hero icons at the bottom of the video player to jump to specific hero deaths.
As mentioned in the beginning though, these highlights are only as useful as the context provided. What does a certain Rampage mean in the grand scheme of this game? Was it a turning point or was it the icing on the cake? This is why Clips feature a timeline just at the top, which displays networth advantages and more importantly: it shows other Clips! A marker just before a huge change in networth? Must’ve been a big teamfight! This way, you can follow the game’s progress more detailed than ever before, without manually browsing through a VOD or replay.
With Clips, we hope to bridge the complex competitive scene and the not so hardcore audience. As much as we enjoy Dota, we realize that not everyone has the luxury to be able to watch every game they want to. LAN events start early in the morning and last well into the night, often during the week as well. Clips will hopefully help these fans not miss out on crucial moments at events. Even hardcore fans will find it difficult to follow Dota across the globe at any time. Now they won't have to.
As much as Clips is for the users, it is also for the broadcasters. By highlighting who is casting what, we hope to support casters who are just breaking into the scene. On the bottom right of every clip, you'll see who was casting, statsing or observing a game, granted they are inside the lobby with their actual account. With Clips, casters can build their own portfolio of highlights on their own profiles. No more patience from Zhou as you browse through games to find that one memorable phrase. It's right here in their Clips page.
Right now, the open qualifiers for TI7 are in full swing. You don't usually follow the Open Qualifiers, because there are a seemingly infinite number of games and streams? Check out some of the best Clips of the Open Qualifier right now! And as the qualifiers for this year's International will run rampant from Monday onward, with up to six games scheduled to take place at once. This is the perfect opportunity for both you and us to play around with Clips. We hope that Clips can alleviate some of the pressure of having to watch as many games as possible and perhaps even make following competitive Dota 2 more enjoyable.