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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.
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Dota 2 wins being counted as losses

Last night I won about 4 games on Dota 2. The games were completely unbalanced to our side and I "trolled" a bit, but nothing special. All of the games were added to my loss counter rather than my ...
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How can I improve my last hitting skill?

Last hitting (the act of killing hostile creeps to get gold and experience) is vital in Dota 2 especially for carries. Looking at some "pro" players streaming I see that they almost get all last hits, ...
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DOTA2 keeps forgetting my region

When ever I launch DOTA2 I have to reset the region, however I didn't have to do this on my laptop? Any ideas what maybe causing this? (I don't use any autoexec options)
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Constant minimap markers and colors for dire and radiant

On the minimap, enemies are marked with a X and their HP bars are red. (In opposite of my teams circles and green bars) Because I started the game playing Radiant only, I'm now getting confused when ...
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Stuck with “game in progress” in dota 2 beta

I was playing dota 2 beta today. A game ended and I went afk without returning to the main menu. When I returned I was at the menu with "game in progress" but no buttons to return to or leave the ...
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If I get a Dota 2 beta key, will I get to keep the game after it's released?

Since the recent christmas event, it's become rather easy to find a Dota 2 beta key, if you've got the right things to trade. But, it's somewhat expensive, and it doesn't seem worth it to me if you ...
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Where can I check which difficulty bracket I'm in?

Supposedly DOTA 2 matchmaking is divided into brackets. I want to know which difficulty bracket I'm in. How can I find this information?
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How do you counter Tiny?

I have been in two games now — one with Tiny on my team and one on the opposing team — where he has taken over the game. In both games, he was the sole person in the middle lane and proceeded to gank ...
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Is it possible deny ally heroes?

In Dota 2, you can deny allied creeps and towers, but is it also possible deny an allied hero? If so, how is gold assigned to the enemy team?
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Why do some of the item costs on the wiki show two numbers?

For example, the shadow blade shows 3000 (1000) What is the (1000) supposed to represent?
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Why are items automatically purchased for me?

In every game items are automatically purchased for me throughout the game without me adding them to the quick buy area. The behavior is as follows: Game starts. Items are automatically bought. ...
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How to counter Anti-Mage late game?

We just lost two times in a row because of an unstoppable Anti-Mage in the other team. Both games were very long (50-70 minutes) and even though we paid attention to not feed him or his team nor let ...
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What is the complete list of allowable items for the custom recommended items?

I am making some custom recommended item sets for some heroes in Dota 2. What I want is a complete list of what the code for each item is. If you do not know what I am talking about here is a guide ...
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Any Good Leagues for DOTA2 [closed]

I'm looking for some good leagues to play in for DOTA2? Any good competitive leagues out there?
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How much gold can you gain for a kill/assist in DotA?

As stated in the title, how much gold can you gain for a kill or an assist in DotA/Dota 2? And how much gold can you lose if you die?
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How can I play Dota 2 Beta?

I know DotA 2 is still in its beta phase, but I see more and more streams from DotA 2 players. And I would like to play too, rather than only watching! How can I get a DotA 2 Beta key?
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What are the differences between Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and DOTA 2?

Seeing that The International tournament has finished (and therefore DOTA 2 previewed) are any DOTA users able to list the differences/similarities? -- I'm sure Valve wanted to stay true, but have ...
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Why are characters banned in tournament play for DotA-likes?

Why are characters banned from DotA-likes in tournament play during selection? Are there characters that are actually imbalanced; why not just balance them? If it's just for the sake of another ...
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Who is the guy in the DotA 2 Trailer?

Here is a link to the trailer: DotA 2 Trailer. Does this guy have any relevance to the DotA story line or world, or is he just a character they added into the trailer to put a face to the voice? I ...
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Is Urn of Shadows affected by Magic Resistance?

It's relevant to Maledict, I need to find out whether the damage from Urn is flat HP loss (true/pure damage or if it's reduced by 25% or more. Thanks. =)