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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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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Is Quelling Blade's bonus damage stackable?

Is Quelling Blade's bonus damage to creeps and neutrals stackable?
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How does Damage over Time (DoT) interact with Centaur Warrunner's return skill?

Centaur Warrunner has a passive ability, "Return": Centaur Warrunner immediately counters every attack, damaging the attacker based on a percentage of Centaur's strength. Base Damage: ...
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How can I avoid damage from Sniper's Ultimate?

What are the ways we can avoid getting hit by Sniper's Ultimate ability, Assassinate? Which items and/or hero abilities can be used to escape it once it has locked on to a hero?
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Why is pure damage especially dangerous to strength heroes?

While watching a couple of pro matches, I heard the commentators say that Timbersaw's pure damage is especially effective against strength heroes. Can anybody explain why?
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Blink on squishy heroes

In a lot of guides I see blink dagger described as a core item for heroes like Lion or Shadow Shaman, for initiating a fight. However these heroes don't have an AOE spell like Sand King, Enigma, ...
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How do I counter Bloodseeker mid?

I've been playing Dota for at least a year and always seem to run into trouble laning mid against a good Bloodseeker (one that can last-hit/deny well). Even if I try to harass him, he will STILL ...
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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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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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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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Does Windrunners combo of windrun+bkb make her invulnerable?

Does Windrunner's Windrun + BKB (Black King Bar) make her invulnerable ? If so, then what should be the order: BKB and Windrun (my guess) Windrun and BKB
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How to test mechanics

How can I test certain mechanics (for example whether Manta Style gets you out of Treant Protector's ultimate). Currently what I do is host a game, get a friend to play the other side, set to ...
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Can I choose how many bots are on each team in DotA 2?

The only way I know to play with bots is to check the "Fill empty slots with bots", or use the new "Practice Match vs Bots" option. Can I play a game with say only 1 bot on my team, versus only 3 ...
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How does pub player-matching work in dota 2?

Let me preface by saying that I know people say playing pubs is a good way to collect losses. That being said I typically play by myself because I don't know a lot of people that play DoTA2 and the ...
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Does your team's faction limit affect hero choice?

In recent months, I've started playing Dota-2. However, when playing match-made, un-ranked games, I've been able to choose any character, even though, according to the in-game lore and the wiki page, ...
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Gaining items after a match

Are there any condition to when or what items will be given to a player at the end of a match? Or is this pure luck base, or in my case un-luck based, since i played about 20 matches i often see 4 or ...
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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 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 do Morphling's replicants work?

I know that he can replicate another hero, and that the skills of that hero are available to you. What I don't understand is (and I've tried googling this but I can't find definitive answers for this ...
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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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Does that Critical Damage you get from items, passive skills or DD also increase your lifesteal?

For example my hero currently does a 15% lifesteal from it's basic attack of 50. When it trigger a critical strike doubling my damage to 100, does my lifesteal also doubles the amount? Is it the same ...
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Why do some heroes fit some lanes better than others?

What makes some heroes work better in a certain lane than any other? I've heard in some casts where the commentator predicts which lanes which heroes will pick even before the game has started. I'm ...
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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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In 2v2 DotA 2, what combination is the best against these heroes?

So, I'm somewhat new at DotA 2, and I'm looking to learn of the counter-combination of these two heroes: Anti-Mage and Shadow Shaman Previously I have been playing a lot of Storm Spirit (And ...
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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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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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Why no trilane in pubs?

The question is simple. I play a lot of pubgames and i have almost never seen a trilane. If you think that all pro teams form trilanes and it is the best strategy to get a lot of farm for your carry ...
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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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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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Dota2 crashing from time to time

I am using latest nvidia drivers 334.89 (tried every driver starting from 320) and after patch (approx at the end of november 2013) i am getting sometimes crashes to desktop without any error ...
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Which control action is used to deny creeps in Dota 2?

Googling for how to deny creeps in Dota 2 will quickly let you know the magic key is "a". However, I've had the "wasd" keys bound to move around the map. I'm trying to figure out how to bind denying ...
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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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Where does a new DotA 2 player start?

I recently received DotA 2 as a gift from a friend. It was very generous of him, but I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. It seems like it is even harder than Team Fortress 2 (which is actually ...
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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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How should couriers be used in Dota 2?

I've noticed Dota 2 has a courier unit which I suppose is made for delivering items from the stash/backpack to the hero on the battlefield. How should they be used and in what situations? Sometimes ...
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Does Bristleback's passive block Huskar's Burning Spear?

Does it? And what type of damage does it block?
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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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What self-spells or allied-spells can break riki's invisibility

Riki is an effective hero to play against new players. My problem is that sometimes I'm afraid to use some spells because I'm not sure if I will get visible. Examples: magic stick changing attribute ...
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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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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 to check Win/Loss for each hero in Dota 2?

Before one of the last patches it was possible but after the introduction of "Performance Index" I don't see anymore the possibility to check the number of Wins and Losses for each hero. Only 3 most ...
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People can see me when I should be invisible! What do I do?

Frequently, while playing as a hero that relies on invisibility (such as Broodmother), there comes a point in the game where I should be invisible, yet people walk right up to me and attack me anyway. ...
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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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Where can I check which difficulty bracket I'm in?

Supposedly DOTA 2 matchmaking is divided into brackets. I want to know which difficulty bracket I'm in. How can I find this information?
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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 do I call a specific hero missing?

I know that there's a "Missing" command in the Chat Wheel that will report your lane missing, but that only does "Missing Top!" or "Missing Middle!" messages it seems. I've seen people call specific ...
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How long is StarCraft 2's typical input delay compared to other competitive games?

Battle.net 2.0 seems to have severe netcode issues, meaning that commands take longer to be executed than they should. This is likely a result of preventing lag and dropped connections, but it comes ...
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As Morphling, how do I decide when to morph?

One reason why I avoid Morphling is because I can never tell when (if at all) I should begin to use his morph ability to transfer stats between strength and agility. What are some typical situations ...
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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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What determines the amount of battle points awarded at the end of the match? [duplicate]

Is it based on duration of the match, stats, who won or something else?