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 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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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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Language change to English

My Steam installation is in Danish, which is no problem. But my DOTA 2 installation is in Danish. How can I change the language from Danish (or any other language) to English in DOTA 2? It is so ...
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What tutorials does Dota 2 have except those via training available?

I just encountered someone doing a last hit tutorial match, and now I wonder what other commands exist, since I was not able to find them. Current I have - open console, enter dota_tutorial_start ...
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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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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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When does my hero get experience and when he does not?

Could you explain in detail when does my hero get experience and when not? killing I assume I get experience for everything I kill with my bare hands. Including global skills (like natures prophet) ...
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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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Is there a way to protect yourself against Naga Siren's ultimate?

Is there a way to prevent your hero from getting asleep from Song of the Siren?
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Does silence affect hero passives?

For example - if sniper if silenced, can his (very irritating :P) headshot still proc? Or does Shadow Friend still capture souls when last hitting? Etc. I ask because when I'm playing with an Orchid, ...
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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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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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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 does Furion's ult bounce?

It seems like whenever I will be farming and minding my own business, an enemy Furion's ult will come out of nowhere and hit me on the last bounce, taking a large chunk of my health. When I play ...
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Why do pro players make these little sidesteps when fighting creeps?

Pro players always make these little circular steps when fighting creeps. Why is that?
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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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How does the directed camera choose what to show?

How does the directed camera working in Dota 2? Particularly, how does it choose what to show to the spectators?
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Which heroes can backdoor easily?

Dota 2 has backdooring protection which makes it very hard to backdoor sometimes, unless you bring your whole team or best carries. I did however see that some heroes can backdoor very easily, Meepo ...
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Is there any use for the beta Bloodstones?

Some said that the item is given to those who participate in DOTA 2 Beta. There are 3 kind of blood stones Tier 1 - Bloodstone of the Ancestor (Rare) Tier 2 - Bloodstone of the Precursor ...
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How does 'auto purchase items' work in dota 2?

There's an option in settings that toggles auto purchase items on and off. How does it work? Does it automatically buy the next item in my selected build when I have the gold? Does it buy whatever it ...
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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 to bring back the game in Dota 2?

In League of Legends if the early game is messed up and the enemy heroes are fed up, every additional kill costs less for them. Also killed heroes does not lose gold. This allows them to buy equipment ...
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Does last hitting provide more experience?

I know last hitting gives you the gold for the kill, but what about experience? Is there any difference between last hitting a creep or standing next to it, in regards of experience? What about ...
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Do items in Dota 2 have individual cooldowns?

If I buy 2 Quelling Blades, does that I mean I can hack down trees twice as fast? Similarly, if I buy two Linken's Spheres, can I block two spells?
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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 do I see my dota 2 MMR?

Is there a way to see my MMR? The simpler, the better.
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How to ban/report offensive players in Dota2?

Playing Dota2 on low skill level I often face offensive comments and would like to do something with it. So I have few questions: On gamepedia it is written that I can "give a negative feedback to ...
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Who is Crystal Maiden's favorite poet?

Who is Crystal Maiden's favorite poet ? She keep saying that when i'm provoking her rare voice phrases.
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Being the only support , should I ward top and bot lanes at the same time?

I'm not sure where to ward when I end up being the only support in my team. I usually buy them at the start and every time I can after that, only putting them in my lane, both on the rune (top or bot) ...
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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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Best counter to Viper?

What hero can counter Viper best? We're talking about 1v1 middle lane (or any lane).
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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 do Oracle's skills combo with his other spells?

I've tried to play the recently added Oracle hero. However I have a hard time understanding how his skills synergize together and how they synergize with spell from other heroes. Any tips would be ...
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Is there a way to reset my battle points?

This may seem like an odd question, but after almost 300 hours of playing, I still suck horribly and find myself getting matched up with/against people who are way above my head. Both sides will ...
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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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How often do siege creeps spawn?

In Dota 2, you have creeps come out in waves that fight against the other team's creeps. Sometimes siege creeps (a.k.a. catapults) will also be spawned. How often do siege creeps spawn as part of a ...
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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 find out who controls the courier?

So today, someone in my team decided to have fun by sending the courier to it's death every time it re spawned. is there any way we can find out who is doing that ?
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Blademail damage return type

What is the damage return type of blademail? Does it matches the type of the damage source or has a fixed damage type(chaos,hero, magical or pure)?
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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 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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What are the timings for double pulling in safe lane, and pulling from offlane?

So I know the timing for pulling the safelane with the easy camps is XX:12 or XX:42, but if you want to double pull to one of the hard camps, then is there a best time to do this? Or does it depend on ...
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Dota-2 Profile on Shared PC

My brother and I share a PC for Dota2, but we have separate Steam accounts. The Dota2 settings are same for both of us, including hot-keys, chat-wheel, auto-attack and others. If one of us changes the ...
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How to deal with an offlane Darkseer early game?

My teammate and I were playing Lina (support) and Phantom Assassin together recently, facing a solo Darkseer in his offlane. This is around 3k MMR, so nothing too fancy. We handled it decently, but ...
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Which game modes in DotA2 allow repicking?

I just had a game of Random Draft and wanted to repick Phantom Lancer after Earthshaker and Bloodseeker were picked against us. I know that in some game modes such as All Random you can repick. I am ...
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Does reporting someone automatically mute them?

In Dota 2, I've noticed that whenever I report someone, I (happily) never see any messages from them for the rest of the game. As I highly doubt trolls of the nature I've encountered would just ...
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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 ...
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How to stop Dota 2 Workshop tools download?

I have mistakenly clicked the download Dota 2 workshop tools button inside the game. Now it is downloading 5GB of content. I don't want to download this. So I canceled the download from Steam. But ...
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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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How do you make custom item/skill builds in Dota 2 Reborn?

The title pretty much says it all. In the previous client, I was able to make custom item/skill builds for my heroes and save them to load in games. How can I do this in reborn? Also is there ...