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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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Hotkey to send hero back to base

I was thinking if it is possible to quickly send your hero back to the fountain by pressing a hotkey or something. This would be really useful when playing micro heavy heroes like Meepo or Chen.
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Rushing strategy in Dota 2

If the enemy team consists of late game carrys it might be a good winning strategy to push as hard as you can to finish the game as soon as possible. However when the standard laning phase ends, teams ...
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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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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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Multi-kills in Dota2

There appear to be some names for in-game multi kills. "Double Kill" and "Triple Kill" are self explanatory. Can somebody explain what are the numbers behind others, namely: "Ultra Kill" and ...
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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 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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How does the Battle Booster work?

I received the 80% battle point booster. It has 500 minutes on it and says the booster is only consumed when battle points are earned. Does this mean I can play 500 minutes of matches during a week ...
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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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Does leaving a bot game count as an abandon?

I'm unable to access my computer and test this myself now. If I start a dota game up and it's a bot game, are there abandons? If I leave will I receive an abandon?
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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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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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To Town Portal or Not to Town Portal?

In DOTA 2, I find it important to be in my lane to get as much XP as I can in the begining of the game. But it happens, that I get ganked early on now and then. Often due to no warning from the other ...
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WIll a hero with damage over time die if he is banished?

Suppose a hero has a doom casted on it and when he is about to die, I put him in astral imprisonment, so will he continue taking damage even when he is banished? There are more damage over time ...
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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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What's the best way to attack heroes/creeps in Dota 2?

What's the best way to attack : Right click (attack) > walk a few steps in the direction your target is moving > right click (attack) again Just right click (attack) the target? I See people do ...