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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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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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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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 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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Bind a key for multiple units to use the same spell

Is there a way for me to bind a key that will allow multiple units in my control group to all use the same spell at once? For example, if I have 3 centaurs as chen, and I have them all selected. Can ...
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Can the primary attribute names be hidden in a custom hero layout?

A friend told me about the "Customize Grid" feature in the hero picker of Dota 2, and about a great website (Dota2Layout.com) to edit those grids. However, that website became incompatible with latest ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I counter Phantom Lancer?

I am tired of losing every game to Phantom Lancer in Dota 2. What are some hard counters to beat him? I have tried Legion Commander, but late game her Q has no relevance and it seems like the only ...
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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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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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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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Is there a console command that grants invincibility on a target?

I want to practice a combo skill on a hero. Is there a cheat that makes the target immortal? I just want to be able to cast my skills on him, then refresh, over and over until I can do it properly.
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Can disconnecting be used as a legit strategy in Dota 2 to aid your team?

To give more xp and gold to the remaining players, are there any cases of a player disconnecting as a deliberate strategy? That is, a strategy that is planned beforehand, not a rage quit or fulfilling ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I find the default controls for Dota 2?

Can someone give a link to or explanation of the basic controls used in dota 2? For example: push to talk key for microphone, team chat vs all chat, if there is a town portal hot key?
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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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Where is the variable hero damage in DOTA2?

In Dota, heroes had variable base damage. I particularly loved CK's starting damage (49-79). Though it was tough in last hitting creeps, it was very useful while fighting heroes 1 on 1 early game. ...
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Calculating the constant C in Dota 2 pseudo-random distribution

The probability of a modifier occurring on the Nth attack since the last successful modifier is given as P(N) = C * N. C is a constant derived from the expected probability of the modifier ...
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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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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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Is Quelling Blade's bonus damage stackable?

Is Quelling Blade's bonus damage to creeps and neutrals stackable?
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What passives abilities does Doom disable?

It is said in the description of Doom that "Unlike other silences, Doom prevents the target from using items and disables some passive abilities." I know it disables feast from lifestealer however I ...
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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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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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How to script autobuy of specific items

i was told / i read that it was possible to buy from shop via hotkeys. (not quickbuy) i tried to build a script: bind KP_8 shop_nav_to_search //with the shop open, makes the search box active ...
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Is it possible deny ally heroes?

In Dota 2, you can deny allied creeps and towers, but is it also possible deny an allied hero? If so, how is gold assigned to the enemy team?
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Are Techies' Mines triggered by invisible units?

This is a pretty straightforward question: When an invisible hero (or other unit) gets within the trigger radius of a Land Mine or Stasis Trap placed by Goblin Techies, will the mine be triggered?
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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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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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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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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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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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Does a gem / a sentry ward or dust reveal Slark's Shadow Dance?

I wonder if a gem / a sentry ward or dust reveals Slark's Ultimate "Shadow Dance".