Valve has announced a new update for its hideously popular free-to-play game, Dota 2.

The First Blood update looks to bring in a number of new things that fans have been clamoring for, including support for local play, a new game mod, and a far superior backpack…

Dota 2 Will Now Provide Full Support For LAN Play

Support for playing over a LAN is something which many people have been looking forward to for a long time, and in this age of always online it’s good to see someone go back and remember the basics. It will enable you do battlefield with nine of nearest and dearest friends/enemies.

The intriguing new game-type added is called Captain’s Draft and has you assembling a squad from a team of 24 randomised heroes. Each team takes turns to ban two of the available heroes while picking picking their lineup before facing off in battle. It sounds like it’s just like being back at school.

Many people have had issues with the organisation of backpacks but this latest update from Valve seeks to remedy that with a backpack that is now your Armory. You can navigate your armory by item type, rarity, quality and more, using a build-in filter system. Hopefully this should negate some of those needless deaths as you fumble through your backpack, knowing you put a sword in there somewhere…

As an aside, a Portal Pack will also be going on sale in the Dota 2 store, which is sure to be hit for those who love to be belittled by GLaDOS as their barracks are being destroyed, just to rub salt into the wounds.

The update is scheduled to go live on the 23nd so you’ve only got a few days to lug around that rubbish old backpack of yours before the new swag arrives.

Anything in here appealing to you?

Are you glad that Valve has remembered us LANers?