The search engine on SteamPowered.com is so much more open to revealing information when compared to Valve itself. While nothing can be said for certain, some very interesting facts about DotA 2 have been revealed today in an unexpected search by an enthusiastic user.
DotA 2 related searches on SteamPowered lead to some unlisted DotA 2 articles and they give out quite a lot of interesting information.
From what we can see above, 5 unlisted posts pop up in the search all related to DotA 2 content.
The very first one dated back to 18th of November welcoming people to the DotA 2 Beta!
18 November 2010
Welcome to the Dota 2 Beta!
This was soon followed by a post in November which talks about Lich. This could be a confirmation that Lich will be ported to the game and is probably one of the first few heroes to have been tested. Also something about couriers being fixed is mentioned.
17 December 2010
Dota 2 Beta updated
Bugfixes – Fixed Lich’s Frost Nova not applying the slow debuff to the target. – Fixed Lich’s Frost Armor proccing on ranged attacks. – Fixed crash when using Morphling’s ultimate. – Fixed couriers …
This more recent one from back in April talks about a dashboard being implemented and also talks about sync with DotA 6.72 which was released just 2 days before this post was made.
30 April 2011
Hey it’s an Update
… * Partial Dota 6.72 parity. Please wait on reporting missing ones until the next update. * New Dashboard has been enabled. * Hooked up Dire version of the Couriers. * Fixed Mask of Madness adding …
The next update made on 27 May, 2011 talks about DotA TV. This could very well be an inbuilt streaming facility for the game. Vengeful Spirit gets a coloring.
27 May 2011
Ah Fresh Meat (welcome new testers)!
… * Fixed DOTA TV clients connecting and not having any client side tree info. This also means that trees being destroyed/spawned will now properly work. * New Vengeful Spirit color pass. * Fixed …
The latest post from just 2 days ago mentions DotA TV getting a fix and in a working condition with replays. Death Prophet has been mentioned. She seems to be being worked on too.
3 June 2011
Update. Rearm. Update.
… games. * DOTA TV works on replays now. * Fixed first-ability-randomly-firing-off bug that was caused by errant clicks on the action panel (ttocs found a repro /highfive). * Fixed Death Prophet’s …
While all of this could mean anything, so many indications towards DotA 2 and them being unlisted on Steam itself gives us all the more reasons to believe it’s authenticity. But for factual information, we still ask you to wait for an update by Valve itself.