A 2013 action RTS video game by Valve Corporation for PC, Linux and Mac. It is the stand-alone sequel to the popular Warcraft III mod "Defense of the Ancients" (aka DotA).

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What causes the tower to target your hero?

I am playing dota2 (100h+) and I still do not get what are the circumstances which lead to be targeted by the enemy tower. What causes the tower to attack the hero instead of the creeps?
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What attacks are considered to be Incoming Projectiles?

On playdota.com I've read that Incoming projectiles before windrun is activated will not be evaded. AM, QOP, etc. can dodge incoming projectiles with blink. So I'm wondering what it actually meant ...
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IO: do Spirits deal damage to hero without releasing its life energy in a burst during initiation?

I've been playing IO (guradian wisp) for a while. Recently I visited playdota.com and I was quite confused when I found out the mechanism behind its skill Spirits: Io summons 5 ancient Spirits over ...
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Can I play Dota 2 on Linux?

I've heard Steam will support Linux, but I can't wait. So I want to know if it is possible to play Dota 2 using wine or something. Has anyone tried? I'm on Ubuntu 12.04, and I have never used Wine, ...
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In 2v2 DotA 2, what combination is the best against these heroes?

So, I'm somewhat new at DotA 2, and I'm looking to learn of the counter-combination of these two heroes: Anti-Mage and Shadow Shaman Previously I have been playing a lot of Storm Spirit (And ...
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How does drop system work in Dota 2?

Valve has recently launched a virtual store in Dota 2 where you can buy various items for your hero. But I heard that is possible to "drop" this items also for free, in game. How does this system ...
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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 much data does a game use?

I currently play DotA 2 and in the summer my Internet will be capped at 5GB/month. On average how much data does a game of DotA 2 use?
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How do I slow down the creep wave in Dota 2?

I watch higher level games, and I see heroes slow down the creep wave to place it more on their side of the map. When I try it, I can't get the creeps to get caught on my hero. What am I missing here? ...
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How long is StarCraft 2's typical input delay compared to other competitive games?

Battle.net 2.0 seems to have severe netcode issues, meaning that commands take longer to be executed than they should. This is likely a result of preventing lag and dropped connections, but it comes ...
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How does performance index work?

In one of Dota 2 recent patches Valve added a new feature called "Performance Index" visible in your own in-game profile. For me is not really clear how does it work. Do you have any info on which ...
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Does Skeleton King's Reincarnation count as an actual death?

Skeleton King's ultimate ability, Reincarnation, is triggered upon death if you have the right amount of mana. Does this count as an actual death, in that it yields experience and gold to the ...
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What makes a good mid-lane hero?

Reading various guides and doing my first multiplayer bot games, I've seen that there are champions more suited to mid-laning(usually solo). What characteristics should have a good mid-laner? Is their ...
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What's the difference between a carry and a half-carry?

I understand what a carry does(being carried at first, then carry its team to victory). What I don't understand is what a half-carry (or semy-carry) does. What are the main differences between the ...
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What's an initiator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the playstyles of the different roles? I've just started to play Dota 2, and I'm still struggling to understand the terms used in game. I think I can make a ...
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Where are my custom Dota 2 item builds saved?

I did a custom build for Pudge and I want to backup it so i can try out this custom build manager :D2RIC_1.3.3 I only found the default ones in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 ...
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How to check Win/Loss for each hero in Dota 2?

Before one of the last patches it was possible but after the introduction of "Performance Index" I don't see anymore the possibility to check the number of Wins and Losses for each hero. Only 3 most ...
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Is possible to change the UI and icons like they were before the last patch?

It's possible to use the user-interface and the icons that I was used to. Or do I need to wait until Valve implements the new customization tool?
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Is there “optimized” screen aspect ratio in Dota 2?

In StarCraft 2 the aspect ratio of 16:9 gives a noticeable advantage over 16:10 because the visibility is always 'fixed' between the top and bottom frame of the screen. Therefore the wider the screen ...
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What are some good heroes for a beginner?

I've played a bit of LOL here and there but not a lot, never any HoN or dota and was wondering if people could recommend any champions for my first few dota2 games. Its hard to set in step in to a ...
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Dota2 - Commands similar to legacy Dota (like -st to elune acuracy hook acuracy etc)

My question is: I wanted to see flesh heap stats and I typed -st to no avail, and then guessed that it would be -stats, but I could not find it. Is it available at all? Or it is already there exists ...
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Dota 2 matchmaking server priority

In Dota 2 when you select more than one server region and start the matchmaking, the background image has only US West server colored. Is that actually a map bug or does the game really search the US ...
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Is it possible to move the minimap?

As title says, been trying to ask on the Dota-2 ingame chats with no success. Can this be done? For long time League of Legends players like me, one gets used to have the minimap on the lower right ...
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Pipe of Insight mechanics

Pipe of Insights is an item that grant to the owner a passive magic resistance of 30% and if activated it creates a shield that blocks 400 spell damage. When the hero that carry the Pipe of ...
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Do orb effects stack?

Orb effect items in Dota 2 do not indicate that they have an Orb effect. Does this mean that I can stack them? If so, can I stack the same item with exactly the same Orb effect?
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Lone Druid True Form

Lone Druid's ultimate is called True Form and allow morphing himself into a raging bear, losing his ranged advantage but gaining melee power as well as the Battle Cry ability. This skill has no ...
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As Morphling, how do I decide when to morph?

One reason why I avoid Morphling is because I can never tell when (if at all) I should begin to use his morph ability to transfer stats between strength and agility. What are some typical situations ...
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How can I be effective with Krobelus the Death Prophet?

There seems to be a lot of consensus that Korbelus is a really good (high tier) unit to pick in Dota 2, but what makes her so good? All I know is she's rather tanky for an int hero, but other than ...
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Abilities/Items that grant vision

Referring to my previous question and its comments, I want to know which abilities/spells/items supplement hero vision at night, day and both combined?
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Which Hero has the largest vision?

In Dota 1&2, Which heros have the largest vision at : Night Day Both Combined
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What does *Scepter Upgradable* mean?

A lot of skills have different effects under this Scepter Upgradable condition. I'm new to the game, and I don't know what this means. For instance, the Venomancer's Poison Nova reads the following: ...
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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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Why do some heroes fit some lanes better than others?

What makes some heroes work better in a certain lane than any other? I've heard in some casts where the commentator predicts which lanes which heroes will pick even before the game has started. I'm ...
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What are the Key Gameplay Differences between Valve's DOTA 2 vs League of Legends?

Valve's new game DotA 2 is a sequel to the popular Warcraft 3 map of the same name which is nearing release. The game follows the same paradigm of a similar game, League of Legends which was inspired ...
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How to counter Lycan?

So today Lycan has been released in Dota 2 Beta and I am reading a lot of posts of people that are extremely frightened by him. Many say that the only chance is to pick it first or call "gg" at 20/25 ...
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Similar heroes/champions to Kennen (from League of Legends) in DOTA2?

The character Kennen really agreed with me in League of Legends. Now that I'm starting to play DOTA2, are there any equivalents? Edit I play him usually as AP but very aggressively (harassing)...
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Is it possible to automatically buy (bind, alias) items in DotA 2's configurable 'recommended' area of the Shop?

I know that it is possible to create an alias to buy things directly from the shop, as in: dota_shop_force_hotkeys 1 toggleshoppanel shop_nav_to_tab 1 shop_select_itemrow 2 And that's very nice. ...
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What does the 'man in the hole with two arrows' icon in the top left do?

In Dota 2, in the top bar, the fifth icon from the left is a man in a hole. Clicking it seems to do nothing. What is it supposed to do?
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Are the damage numbers above heroes the real damage?

Is the number, which is shown above a hero's head when he receives damage, calculated with armor and magic resistance, or is it the damage before any calculations?
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Why are dual-lanes mid so rarely seen?

In over 300 games of Dota 2, I have yet to see a dual lane mid. I've seen a few competitively, but it seems the default for matchmaking games is 2-1-2, 2-1-1+J or the occasional trilane. Dual lane mid ...
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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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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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How to script autobuy of specific items

i was told / i read that it was possible to buy from shop via hotkeys. (not quickbuy) i tried to build a script: bind KP_8 shop_nav_to_search //with the shop open, makes the search box active ...
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What are the exact mechanics for Bane's nightmare skill?

Bane's nightmare skill can work on both allies and enemies, and is transferred when the sleeping target is attacked, but what are the conditions for doing so? Does the attack have to be a targeted ...
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Alternative item hotkeys

I have played just about every MOBA game to date. Using numpad 789456 simply doesn't work for item hotkeys. I like the way LoL uses 1-6 for item hotkeys, and I like the way SC/War3/DotA uses 1-6+ for ...
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What kind of a team setup is required to kill Roshan before the match begins?

In the latest Dota 2 update notes, I noticed this line: Fixed Roshan not respawning at the correct time if he was killed before creep spawn. So now I'm curious, which heros and what items does ...
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How do you zoom out?

Is there any way to zoom out the camera in DotA 2? I've found my ideal aspect ratio - and holy crap, is the resolution terrible if you're not on the right one! Even with the right ratio, I feel like ...
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How can you hotkey items in DotA 2?

I'd like to be able to activate items (ideally) with the keyboard numbers, but 1-6 are reserved for unit groups, correct? I assume those cannot be assigned to items.
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What does the green diamond beneath the character mean?

Sometimes they are lit, sometimes they aren't. What does that represent?
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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.