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What is the Compendium?

What benefits are given if players purchase a Compendium? Is it some kind of subscription or a one time only buy? Does it provides huge benefits in comparison with players that don't have it?

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Do you mean "The International Compendium" or one of the others (ESLOne)? – StingyJack Jun 30 '14 at 16:38
@StingyJack The International Compendium 2014. – vasili111 Jul 1 '14 at 3:56
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Before anything, the Compendium is the way Valve gives the community to participate in the grow of DotA 2. The compendium is a one time purchase and $2.5 of each compendium purchased is added to the prize pool of The International (the biggest yearly DotA 2 tournament), furthermore 25% of the money raised by points you can purchase to level your compendium up is also added to the prize pool.

The DotA 2 Compendium is a Virtual Booklet which bring features to its owner such as :

  • Exclusive cosmetic items (For the hero but also : HUD, Taunt, Base personalization etc.)
  • Lots of reward as more stretch goals are broken (currently the last 10M$ stretch goal was broken a few days ago)
  • The ability to bet on the outcome of The International to compare your result with your friends
  • Collect Pro Players Cards (just Like Pokemon Cards!)
  • Play Challenges to increase your compendium level (Increasing your compendium level gives you even more rewards)
  • XP booster (to drop cosmetic items more frequently when playing DotA)
  • and much more...

This is by no mean mandatory and won't improve your ability to play. You won't play with a disadvantage by not having one but this is a nice feature to participate in the community.

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The (current) compendium is an item related to the 2014 International DOTA 2 tournament.

It is a one time buy and does not provide any gameplay benefits to players.

Buying one raises the International price pool by $2.50, and leveling the compendium (by achieving objectives listed in the compendium) gives you increased battle points per match and new cosmetic items such as loading screens and hero items.

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