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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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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What is Armlet toggling?

I've watched a few live games where Lifestealer's health appears to drop fairly significantly after a fight, without him taking damage. People in chat have called this "Armlet toggling", and while 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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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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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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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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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 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 big is the area/radius that prevents neutral creep spawns?

It is a known fact that putting wards inside the neutral spawn camps prevents them from spawning but recently, I see our neutrals camps not spawning any creeps. I checked the replay and saw that the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Do Illusions have all passive abilities as my hero has? Even from items?

I am a long time Dota Player, but still this question I can't answer. I know that your Illus always get the lifereg of your hero and attack speed etc. But what happes if I buy a basher ? Do my Illus ...
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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 ...
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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 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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What Dota 2 heroes are like LoL's Master Yi or Teemo?

I am starting to play Dota 2, and I play a lot of League. Which Dota 2 character is similar to either Master Yi or Teemo?
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What happens when you pick up rune, when you already have one bottled

I'm specifically refering to such situation: Dota 2 Purge plays Bounty Hunter at (from 24:22 to 24:32) He basically picks up Double Damage, waits a bit as he notices rune spawn time is near, then ...
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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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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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What happened to immortal item of Dota 2's sixth compendium goal?

The compendium says that users will receive an immortal item after the compendium reaches the sixth goal, but it looks like we haven't received it yet. Does anyone know if it is delayed, or are some ...
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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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What is Compendium?

What is the Compendium? What benefits are given if players purchase a Compendium? Is it some kind of subscription or a one time only buy? Does it provides huge benefits in comparison with players ...
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Why would I want to turn off the Ring of Basilius?

The active ability of the ring is Toggle controls only whether armor bonus applies to non-Hero units. I tried turning it off and on, but it did not affect its effect on my hero. Is there a ...