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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How do I play against BloodSeeker?

I usually play with weak heroes like Sniper, Drow Ranger or Nature Prophet. I really hate BloodSeeker's ultimate, He can use it and I die so easily even if I am not moving. Thus I find it really ...
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How do Morphling's replicants work?

I know that he can replicate another hero, and that the skills of that hero are available to you. What I don't understand is (and I've tried googling this but I can't find definitive answers for this ...
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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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Does that Critical Damage you get from items, passive skills or DD also increase your lifesteal?

For example my hero currently does a 15% lifesteal from it's basic attack of 50. When it trigger a critical strike doubling my damage to 100, does my lifesteal also doubles the amount? Is it the same ...
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Hero that can SOLO Roshan at an early level aside from Ursa

Aside from Ursa, is there any other hero that can SOLO Roshan at an early level like L-6 or at least below L-10.
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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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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 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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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 do I safely farm mid while Pudge is missing?

Here's the situation, I like playing QE Invoker mid, but I have troubles when I play against Pudge. I will always crush him in lane. I always harrass him so he never comes in for any last hits. I will ...
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Watching 'Purge Plays' videos, he denies creeps even if nobody is nearby, why?

I've been playing Dota 2 for a while now. I'm a level 6, so I'm still a noob, but I do have an idea of what's going on. Anyway, I've been watching some Purge Plays videos. In these, I see him denying ...
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Why no trilane in pubs?

The question is simple. I play a lot of pubgames and i have almost never seen a trilane. If you think that all pro teams form trilanes and it is the best strategy to get a lot of farm for your carry ...
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How many times Artificer's Chisel can be used?

Artificer's Chisel is a tool used to create sockets in dota2. I was just wondering how many times it can be used ? In dota2 community market some of the Artificer's Chisels have the number of use ...
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How can I add multiple items to the Quick Buy menu?

For example; I want to have Phase Boots + Bracers in the quick buy menu, but when I add bracers, the phase boots disappear.
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Iron branches versus circlet to start the game

Why get iron branches (+1 to all attributes for 50 gold) when you plan to get a circlet (+2 to all attributes for 185 gold)? Obviously cost might go into it a little bit, but you're saving gold and a ...
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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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Dota2 crashing from time to time

I am using latest nvidia drivers 334.89 (tried every driver starting from 320) and after patch (approx at the end of november 2013) i am getting sometimes crashes to desktop without any error ...
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Which control action is used to deny creeps in Dota 2?

Googling for how to deny creeps in Dota 2 will quickly let you know the magic key is "a". However, I've had the "wasd" keys bound to move around the map. I'm trying to figure out how to bind denying ...
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How do I talk in all chat while drafting?

While drafting there's a built-in chat box, so I can't hit Shift+Enter to bring up all chat. I've seen people still use all chat somehow though. How does one use all chat during drafting?
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At what levels do you unlock game modes?

In DOTA2 you no longer start with all the game modes unlocked. Is there a chart somewhere that indicates at which levels you unlock Ability Draft, All Random, Random Draft, etc? I've googled around ...
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Where does a new DotA 2 player start?

I recently received DotA 2 as a gift from a friend. It was very generous of him, but I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. It seems like it is even harder than Team Fortress 2 (which is actually ...
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How do I jungle with Ursa?

I asked a similar question some time back, about how to Jungle with Natures Prophet, which turned out great. But I recently started to jungle with Ursa, as I read that he becomes very powerful later ...
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How to use courier to refill bottle/ bottle crow

I have seen people using the courier to replenish their bottle without having to leave their lane, how do I do this?
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How should couriers be used in Dota 2?

I've noticed Dota 2 has a courier unit which I suppose is made for delivering items from the stash/backpack to the hero on the battlefield. How should they be used and in what situations? Sometimes ...
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Does Bristleback's passive block Huskar's Burning Spear?

Does it? And what type of damage does it block?
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Does Silencer's ultimate reveal Riki?

I haven't had a successful opportunity to try and cast Silencer's global silence in a game with an enemy Riki yet but I have silenced in an area with Death Prophet where I managed to hit Riki and it ...
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What self-spells or allied-spells can break riki's invisibility

Riki is an effective hero to play against new players. My problem is that sometimes I'm afraid to use some spells because I'm not sure if I will get visible. Examples: magic stick changing attribute ...
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Best counter to Viper?

What hero can counter Viper best? We're talking about 1v1 middle lane (or any lane).
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Is there an easy way of knowing which tournaments are free to watch in-game?

I watched The International 3 having recently got to DOTA2 and loved it. I'd like to watch free past (and future, when available) tournaments in-game. Is there anywhere I can get a list of free to ...
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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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People can see me when I should be invisible! What do I do?

Frequently, while playing as a hero that relies on invisibility (such as Broodmother), there comes a point in the game where I should be invisible, yet people walk right up to me and attack me anyway. ...
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How do you counter Bristleback?

Last night, me (naix) and my friend (Phantom Assassin) were against Bristleback on the bottom lane. We tried to take him down multiple times, but every single time we ended up with either me or PA ...
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How to report people terrorizing the lobby

The lobby of Dota2 is one big pile of vomit, i always see someone get flamed or extremely sick comments. I rarely participate in the chat but whenever i do feel the need of saying something in the ...
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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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Are there any stats about skill ratings in Dota 2? [duplicate]

I just got told that if you search for recent games, your games are organized into skill brackets. Since all my solo matches are in "very high" and I dont consider myself very skilled, and i do a lot ...
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How do I call a specific hero missing?

I know that there's a "Missing" command in the Chat Wheel that will report your lane missing, but that only does "Missing Top!" or "Missing Middle!" messages it seems. I've seen people call specific ...
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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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Why do I always fall behind in levels with experienced players?

I have around 150 hours in Dota 2. I know most characters move sets and skills, and I last hit rather efficiently. (Around 85% of the time when not near any tower). I usually play carry, and I do ...
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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 to protect my carry?

When I play support for a band of friends whose MMR is dramatically above mine (Difference of 2000), I never seem to be able to care for my carry well, as our lane mostly ends up lost, with myself ...
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How do dota 2 bots pick their heroes?

Since the game is in beta phase and I'm a total noob at the game I find it natural to play with bots. My bot match consists of 3 hard bots on my team and 4 easy bots on the opposite team, plus me of ...
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What determines the amount of battle points awarded at the end of the match? [duplicate]

Is it based on duration of the match, stats, who won or something else?
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How do I enable the console without it popping up on startup?

I wanted to enable the console, so I Googled how to do it and found that I could do it by putting -console in the launch options of the game. I did that, but now the console opens every time I start ...
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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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What does killing Roshan do?

At the start of a game, I noticed that some of my team-mates were heading towards a spot on the map marked with a monster. I followed them to a monster which when I clicked was called "Roshan". I ...
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Proper Trilane setup

After finally getting 4 friends on my team, we decided to go try those trilane setup commonly seen on tournament matches. After 3 consecutive loss using that setup, makes us wonder what is it that we ...
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How do I make signals in dota? [duplicate]

I often see signals like this: nickname > heroname is missing nickname > heroname is back To make call heroname is missing I click on hero icon. How to make call heroname is back? Are there ...
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Always show packet loss metric

In Dota 2 if you input the command -ping you'll get an more accurate ping measure and also a packet loss percentage. Is possible within the source engine to always display the packet loss just like ...
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If I leave during the pick phase will I be penalized?

Today I just opened my console and used the disconnect command then left the game because my Team had picked 4 carries and it would surely be a loss. If I do this frequently, will I be penalized?
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How to make hold attacking nobody

I do not like the way DotA2 has implemented the hold function. I would like to have stop as a button to cancel attacks and spells but keep autoattacking activated. On the other hand i would like ...