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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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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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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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 ...
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Longest illusion in Dota2

I have somewhat idea that illusions from runes last for around a minute. But apart from that which heroes/items illusions live the longest?
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In DOTA 2 how do you create a “level up ability” hotkey

I'm new to dota but have played quite a bit of league of legends and I'm very much used to using ctrl-qwer to level up my abilities. Is there a way to do this in dota 2?
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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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How to prevent camera zooming with mouse wheel?

My mouse is incredibly busted and my scroll wheel fires off 'scroll' events randomly. It's really bad for games like Dota 2. How can I prevent the camera from zooming with the mouse wheel? I'd prefer ...
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How does Slark's autoattacks go trough Pugna's Decrepify?

I've just played a match (62958817) with Pugna which had a enemy Slark. In multiple occasions, when he was about to attack me, I'd use Decrepify (immunity to autoattacks + can't autoattack + 40% more ...
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Can people see if they are affected by negative aura from invisible enemies?

For example, if a bounty hunter carrying an assault cuirass turns invisible and roams near an enemy hero, will the enemy hero see the assault cuirass debuff in their buff section (just above the HP ...
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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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What does *Scepter Upgradable* mean?

A lot of skills have different effects under this Scepter Upgradable condition. I'm new to the game, and I don't know what this means. For instance, the Venomancer's Poison Nova reads the following: ...
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Do people see my losses in Dota 2?

I have been playing Dota 2 for awhile. I checked some of my friend's profile and I only see the Wins. Is there a option to let others see my losses ?
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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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Is Quelling Blade's bonus damage stackable?

Is Quelling Blade's bonus damage to creeps and neutrals stackable?
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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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Are these commands considered legal or cheats?

dota_disable_range_finder dota_range_display Are those safe to use or are they considered to be cheats? ...
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Does Skeleton King's Reincarnation count as an actual death?

Skeleton King's ultimate ability, Reincarnation, is triggered upon death if you have the right amount of mana. Does this count as an actual death, in that it yields experience and gold to the ...
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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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Does extra damage chance improve Lifesteal output?

Does extra damage from chance based abilities (e.g. Sniper's Headshot, Slardar's Bash) give Lifesteal if you have respective item or is Lifesteal calculated only from raw damage? Does the same apply ...
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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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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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Do neutral creeps behave differently at different times of day?

Today I heard someone talking about creeps' aggro in the day and night, implying that it changes. I've never heard of this before. What's different about how neutrals react in the day and night? Does ...
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Where are my custom Dota 2 item builds saved?

I did a custom build for Pudge and I want to backup it so i can try out this custom build manager :D2RIC_1.3.3 I only found the default ones in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 ...
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Is it possible to move the minimap?

As title says, been trying to ask on the Dota-2 ingame chats with no success. Can this be done? For long time League of Legends players like me, one gets used to have the minimap on the lower right ...
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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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There is a way to auto upgrade skills using a pre-made build?

I created a pre-made build and the UI shows me what to upgrade next, can this be automatically done?
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Does Spirit Bear give reliable or unreliable gold?

With the upcoming changes to Lone Druid's Spirit Bear (i.e. gold bounty from 100 to 300) it's more important to know now - if you get the last hit on an enemy Lone Druid's Spirit Bear, is the gold ...
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What is the cause of so many people disconnecting at the beginning?

In nearly every game i play someone disconnects at the very beginning. Is this caused by someone leaving the game already? I would find that very hard to believe because it just happens too often.
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Who gets the money if a player randoms and swaps their hero?

When you random someone and trade with someone who hasn't randomed, who gets the extra money from the randoming? When someone on my team has randomed and then wanted to trade, they often say to ...
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How does performance index work?

In one of Dota 2 recent patches Valve added a new feature called "Performance Index" visible in your own in-game profile. For me is not really clear how does it work. Do you have any info on which ...
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Which projectiles and/or AoE's can be dodged by going invis?

As a Templar Assassin, Bounty and Weaver player (among others), I'm never sure which projectiles I should be running/blinking away from, and which I could just dodge by becoming invisble. Furthemore, ...
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Cycling through attack modifiers in Dota 2

I understand that attack modifiers do not stack with each other. And I also want to know how multiple picking up more than one attack modifier changes behaviour in Dota 2. In HoN, you can cycle ...
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Can I watch a DotA 2 replay “as a broadcaster”?

I'd like to be able to watch a replay as a broadcaster, allowing me draw on the screen (not just the minimap) as casters do. Is there a way to do this, or can you only do this in a live game where ...
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Do Dota 2 battle point boosters stack? [duplicate]

I have this battle point booster that is 80% already activated ,but I want to buy the 400% one to activate it at the same time. Do they stack?
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Setting Lineups for The International 4 Fantasy Leagues

This is my first day playing and am a bit confused. For example, if looked at my lineup yesterday I would have probably started Puppey because of the "Scheduled" label, even though I didn't expect his ...
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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 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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Axe culling blades instant kill Damage?

I Read somewhere that axe does 100000000 physical damage (killing blow). So if someone uses blademail during the killing blow, Will it kill axe??
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Hero that can solo Roshan at an early level aside from Ursa

Aside from Ursa, is there any hero that can solo Roshan at an early level, like level 6 or at least below level 10?
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Can you disassemble items?

In DOTA 2, I usually aim to get better items throughout the game, which is logical. But sometimes I want to get another item which uses the same "underlying" item as a component to get to the prime ...
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Which Hero has the largest vision?

In Dota 1&2, Which heros have the largest vision at : Night Day Both Combined
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Support: When to be offensive or defensive as a support?

While playing as a position 4 or 5, usually I am not sure whether to play safe or go ganking. It is even more confusing when supporting in the hard-lane. How to calculate the risk of whether to be ...
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When is the best time to activate Glyph of Fortification on T3 Buildings?

I was in a game where we got team wiped on the last team fight, and the enemy team was trying to take down mid Tier 3 Towers and Barracks. I proceeded to activate glyphs when the tower was about 1/3 ...
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What is the difference between Support and Lane Support?

When I read the role descriptions here, http://dota2.gamepedia.com/Role, it seems unclear to me as to what the difference is between a Lane Support and Support. Support "Can focus less on ...
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Is there a way to use higher resolution models in DOTA 2?

Is there any way to increase the detail of the in-game character models in DOTA 2?
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How do I come back after falling behind in levels?

Over the last few days, I have had games, where I fall behind in Hero levels, due to teammates playing badly and feeding the enemy heroes. This outcome makes it difficult to get back into the game. ...
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How to move the cam with the mouse in dota2?

I have started playing dota 2 and I cant control camera with mouse, I have to use arows or to press scroll button on mouse.. I can change that and move it with mouse?
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Best way to Micro/split push with Phantom Lancer

So, if you're playing with a bunch of minions (Don't know what the term is) [i.e. treants, spiderlings, phantoms] in DOTA 2 and you have 4-5 you want to push up one lane while you go somewhere else, ...
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Can I play Dota 2 on Linux?

I've heard Steam will support Linux, but I can't wait. So I want to know if it is possible to play Dota 2 using wine or something. Has anyone tried? I'm on Ubuntu 12.04, and I have never used Wine, ...