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What is “Tread Switching” and how can lower ranked players utilize it?

Power treads give +9 to either Strength, Agility, or Intelligence. You can switch between the "active" attribute. When buying them for my hero, the default thing I'd do is set them to my hero's ...
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Are match outcomes fixed?

In Dota 2, if the players were to leave the Radiant and Dire creeps to play the game out without doing anything in game, is the fate of the match set (favored towards Dire/Radiant), or is it entirely ...
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Error in offline console game - Captain's Mode

I used the following commands for starting a captain's mode game : sv_lan 1 sv_cheats 1 dota_force_gamemode 2 map dota I usually play all pick games with my friends, but in Captains mode, there are ...
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How is credit for hero kills by allied towers and creeps determined?

Often in-game I will see an enemy hero be killed by an allied tower (usually due to a failed gank), and a nearby hero will be credited with the kill, getting gold and (presumably) experience for the ...
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Is it possible to make steam detect that I've copy-pasted the dlc into the game folder?

I'm trying to install the DoTA 2 reborn beta by flashdrive from another computer with the beta installed. I copied the "steamapps/common/dota 2 beta" folder, but the DLC did not get detected. How can ...
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How to work with assisted directed camera?

I've been watching a lot of tournament games lately, and I'm especially impressed with the camera work by Weppas. I heard somewhere that you can use the built in function of directed camera to ...
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Are there two different huntling courier skins?

Right now, you can see listings for the huntling: http://steamcommunity.com/market/listings/570/Huntling There seems to be two different images that associate with it right now. Everything I've ...
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Downloading restarts every time after restarting Steam

I've been downloading DoTA 2 for the past 2 weeks. When I first started downloading, my electricity was cut and my computer got shut down. The next day, when I restarted my PC, the progress has jumped ...
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How to color names?

How can I recolor my name in DotA2? For example: The radiant team has coloring in their names. Outside of the game their names appear like this: <font color="#cc... the rest of the name is cut ...
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Item build not saving in DotA 2

I edit my custom item build/abilities for Riki, and it is marked as "saved", but in-game the standard item build appears. What's the problem?
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Does critical strike multiply the damage from items or only base damage?

Does a critical strike multiply the whole player damage (including +damage from items) or only the base damage from stats ? e.g. My hero has a base damage of 100 and a monkey king bar that gives +88 ...
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How the Arcane Boots + Soul Ring trick works?

I've been playing Techies quite a bit, and in all the video guides I see on YT I see them doing this trick with the Arcane Boots and the Soul Ring that's never fully explained. It looks like they're ...
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What will happen if i wear 2 different Legendaries? (hook and beard)

If you wear "Hook of the Basilisk" AND "Crazed Tassels of the Black Death", what custom icons will you have? Because the hook and the beard provides ability custom icons (as they are Legendary).
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How do I counter Phantom Lancer?

I am tired of losing every game to Phantom Lancer in Dota 2. What are some hard counters to beat him? I have tried Legion Commander, but late game her Q has no relevance and it seems like the only ...
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How does Animation Canceling work? Is it a valid technique?

I'm not a veteran DOTA2 player but I want to improve my gaming techniques. I've recently heard about Animation Canceling, used mostly by pro-gamers, in order to have better chances to last hit. How ...
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How long does it take to create a team in Dota 2

I recently tried to create a team in dota 2, uploaded all banners and stuff from omij's guide, but I got nothing after a modal came up daying Creating Team with an OK button which I clicked. I'm not ...
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How are the Battle Points you earn calculated?

What in game events affect how many points I earn? Is there a cap to how many I can earn in one match? Do I get points regardless of winning or losing?
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How to play against Bloodseeker in 6.84c?

In the current patch (6.84c) Bloodseeker is getting picked in 26% of the matches. In the matches I had he seems to be pretty damn overpowered, just running around with haste-rune speed and ...
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How to quickly select Necronomicon Archer to use mana burn

When I use necronomicon it summons two units, warrior and archer. How do I quickly switch to archer to use mana burn before my target gets out of range? Using tab switch it can be slow (especially if ...
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Why does the DotA2 Treasure Key sell for more than $2.50 on the Community Market?

The DotA2 Treasure Key costs $2.49 / £1.49 (~$2.48) / 1.79€ (~$2.45) at "retail". However, most of the listings on the first few pages of the Steam Community Market entry are around $2.60. It's not ...
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Do I lose out on anything buying the International 2013 Interactive Compendium from the Community Market?

Will I get the same perks from buying the International 2013 Interactive Compendium from the Steam Community Market as I would buying it new?
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DotA 2 Barracks, Which is better to focus and why?

When attacking the barracks on DotA2, which is the better to focus/destroy first, Melee or Ranged, and why? I ask as during games I get conflicting views with people I am playing with.
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Are Dota Teams very well Balanced?

Peers often tell me that Dota is more about skill of the player, and not really on the heroes themselves. This talk happened after the epic win of Alliance versus Na'Vi, with me agreeing that Na'Vi ...
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Can you turn off denying?

In the original dota there was many game modes that could be activated using commands at the start of the game. Among these I remember one that basically made it so you either couldn't deny, or so ...
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How to change dota 2 map visiblity

I want to change map visibility in Dota 2 offline mode. E.g. "explored," "all visible," etc. How can I do it in the console?
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How do you leave a game in Dota 2?

I need help to leave a Dota 2 game. Someone left and never came back and therefore everyone left except me. It also says its safe to leave the game? How can I leave a Dota 2 game?
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Can I make my HUD take up less space?

The HUD takes up too much space and, as a result, the game looks like it's running 640x480 because of the huge default HUD while it's actually running at 1080p. Is there a way to make the HUD smaller? ...
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What hero abilities can kill illusion heroes instantly (or close to instakilling)?

My question is similar to this one, except that I'm looking for heroes with skills that can kill illusions easily without physical/AoE damage. I played a game where opposite team had both Naga Siren ...
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How is a hero's Net Worth calculated?

From what I understand so far, a hero's net worth grows over the time of a game. The value seems to include the hero's inventory and its current gold. Therefore I get that position 1 and 2 players ...
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How to get Golden Trove Carafe 2015

I have purchased 5 Lockless Luckvase 2015 and 1 trove carafe but did not get any rare courier or golden trove carafe so is there any way to get these change or it just a cheap way to spent money as ...
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How do I launch Dota 2 straight into Reborn using a shortcut?

I made a shortcut on the desktop to open Dota: steam://rungameid/570 I found the GameIDs for the betas as follows: 571, 572, 573 and tried them in the launch shortcut but they do not work. How do ...
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What does fully modded mean in terms of Dota 2 Items?

Can someone explain me what it means if an Item is fully modified in Dota 2 ? Like Odachi full mod for example.
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How does the courier work?

I've just gotten into DOTA-2, and never played any similar game before. I realize the courier will bring items out to me, but does every player on my team have their own courier, or is it one per ...
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Gaining items after a match

Are there any condition to when or what items will be given to a player at the end of a match? Or is this pure luck base, or in my case un-luck based, since i played about 20 matches i often see 4 or ...
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What item's effects or heroes' skills goes through Black King Bar?

Someone told me that Bane's ultimate goes through Black King Bar. Are there other item effects or hero skills that can disable thorough it and that can be used to counter heroes that heavily rely on ...
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Looking for a specific type of dual lane

TL;DR : I'm looking for two heroes that go well together in a lane, and will be able to gang other lanes fast. I have a problem when I play most of my games, I feel like my team is way too passive. ...
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Which heroes can jungle, even in special circumstances?

I know that there are a category of heroes that are junglers and can do it very well, but as I was learning one of the newly released heroes (Medusa), I discovered that under specific circumstances, ...
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Does Skywrath Mage Ulti stack?

Skywrath Mage has a heavy damage ultimate, and after reaching level 16 its damage is further increased to 1400. If Aganhim's Scepter is purchased for him, his ultimate's cooldown reduces to 0. With ...
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Can I see Dota 2 game info online?

My brother just played Dota 2. For once he's done well, and I want to see if the team carried him. ID: 184114837 Can anyone show me how to pull up match info based on the ID without having to launch ...
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How to identify the real Phantom Lancer from the clones?

The three or four times I've played against a well managed PL, my team always got destroyed and no one really knew how to handle him. Is there a way to pick out the real one from the phantoms?
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What determines my respawn time?

As the match goes on, I notice the respawn time increases significantly. Why is that? Is it number of deaths, length of the match, character level, or something else entirely?
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When should I choose Daedalus over Butterfly (or vice versa) when playing as Sniper?

I am playing Sniper with: Mask of Madness Shadow Blade Manta Style Which grants me a kill in the midgame. As I scale into the lategame, I go for Eye of Skadi since it gives me everything, in ...
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How might I successfully solo gank at level 1 with Phantom Assassin?

I'm interested in solo ganking at level 1 with Phantom Assassin, at the very beginning of the match. Is it possible to do so reliably? What would be the best starting items and ability choice to ...
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Do mutes persist between games?

If I mute someone in a public matchmaking game in DotA 2 (from the in-game menu, clicking the microphone button to make it red), will this persist into other DotA 2 games?
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Why no-one MoM+Battlefury Spectre?

Spectre has low damage, low mobility (the first skill can't really be popped just for movement) and low attack speed during laning phase, and normally people would be ganking spectre all the time to ...
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Is Octarine Core worth it on Kunkka?

There was a Kunkka player in my team today. He was sporting an Octarine Core as his first major item after Shadowblade. I'm aware that Tidebringer damage does heal him, but is that really worth it? ...
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Steam beta shortcuts

Dota 2 recently release the option to start your game in the Reborn Beta. Usually, to do this you have to go to your library and hit the play button in the Steam client for it to give you the option. ...
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Early disconnect from all 5 team members (before first blood / 5 minutes)

I have some questions regarding the abandon system in Dota 2: scenario: A player disconnects (not abandons!) the game before first blood / 5 minutes, then all his team members disconnect shortly ...
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Setting the camera in Starcraft 2 to be like Warcraft 3 or Dota 2

In SC2, the WC3/DotA 2 Mouse3 dragging has been removed. Instead, when you hold Mouse3 and move the screen, the mouse reappears where you started dragging from. On WC3 and DotA 2, it started from ...
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How does the Performance Index work?

In one of Dota2's recent patches, Valve has added a new feature called "Performance Index" visible in your own in-game profile. It is not clear how it works. Is there any information available, what ...