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 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?
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How do I enable the console without it popping up on startup?

I wanted to enable the console, so I Googled how to do it and found that I could do it by putting -console in the launch options of the game. I did that, but now the console opens every time I start ...
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What does killing Roshan do?

At the start of a game, I noticed that some of my team-mates were heading towards a spot on the map marked with a monster. I followed them to a monster which when I clicked was called "Roshan". I ...
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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 do I make signals in dota? [duplicate]

I often see signals like this: nickname > heroname is missing nickname > heroname is back To make call heroname is missing I click on hero icon. How to make call heroname is back? Are there ...
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Always show packet loss metric

In Dota 2 if you input the command -ping you'll get an more accurate ping measure and also a packet loss percentage. Is possible within the source engine to always display the packet loss just like ...
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If I leave during the pick phase will I be penalized?

Today I just opened my console and used the disconnect command then left the game because my Team had picked 4 carries and it would surely be a loss. If I do this frequently, will I be penalized?
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How to make hold attacking nobody

I do not like the way DotA2 has implemented the hold function. I would like to have stop as a button to cancel attacks and spells but keep autoattacking activated. On the other hand i would like ...
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Nature's Prophet: Stygian Desolator vs Assault Cuirass

Situation-independently, which of these items are better suited for Nature's Prophet, and why? Stygian Desolator Assault Cuirass
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Why can't I send messages to my friends?

I have friends, they're online but I just cannot message them. When I click on someone and select "Send message...", nothing happens. I checked the options already but I cannot seem to find any ...
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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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Can I make my HUD take up less space?

The HUD takes up too much space and, as a result, the game looks like it's running 640x480 because of the huge default HUD while it's actually running at 1080p. Is there a way to make the HUD smaller? ...
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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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What causes the tower to target your hero?

I am playing dota2 (100h+) and I still do not get what are the circumstances which lead to be targeted by the enemy tower. What causes the tower to attack the hero instead of the creeps?
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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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What does this icon do in dota 2?

What is the Icon above Spell Steal? And how come I don't have that on my DotA?
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How do I slow down the creep wave in Dota 2?

I watch higher level games, and I see heroes slow down the creep wave to place it more on their side of the map. When I try it, I can't get the creeps to get caught on my hero. What am I missing here? ...
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Can I transfer my dota2 account invite to another account?

Now I have two steam account, bombess and bombless. I received a dota2 account invite email and click the link I received when I was using my steam account bombess. So now bombess got the gift. But I ...
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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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How do I ward properly in DotA 2?

I finally got my DotA 2 Beta invite. Now to learn the game I read it's a good start to play support heros (like I already loved to do in League of Legends). Even though I'm still pretty new to the ...
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How does party matchmaking work?

If I queue with 4 friends (making us a full 5 people team), do we get matchmade (?) with another 5 people team, or is it possible to fight 5 people that do not know each other?
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How does Bristleback's Quill Spray actually work?

What is the max bonus damage bristleback can deal with his "quill spray" and "bristleback" abilities?
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Sockets and items

I have a couple of questions about item socketing. What is the effect of Bloodstone in the process of socketing? I have Bloodstone of the Founder,does it have any other effects compared to the other ...
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Can I suppress the level up popup menu during fights?

Sometimes during a team fight I get a lvl up, and the interface wants me to learn some ability. This is very frustrating as I'm trying to use some specific skill that may already be at top lvl, or ...
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How do sleep and passive damaging abilities interact?

Sleep is typically broken by any attacks. How do passive damaging abilities like necrophos's or radiance burn affect sleeping units? Do they cause them to wake up or not?
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Scripting a pause in steam

Is there a way to make a steamscript wait/hold for a certain time before the next action/command gets executed? I found the wait command and apparently it was used in TF2 scripts. I tried using it ...
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Do passives triggers during a duel? [duplicate]

When Legion Commander starts dueling against an enemy hero, do passives triggers during combat? And what about illusions (Manta Style, Chaos Knight, Phantom Lancer, etc.) and wards (Venomancer, Shadow ...
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Does smoke make spells invisible too?

I was wondering if enemies can see all spells casted in smoke or its active parts. For example. Wisps spirits on a smoked Wisp, Abbadons Shield, Lich Shield, etc. Which spells are visible/readable ...
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About rune/neutral creep/roshan spawn time

How long does it take to spawn a rune/any neutral creeps/roshan? Does the spawn timer start after a rune has been taken/any neutral creeps have been slained/roshan has been slained or immediately ...
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How to counter Earth Spirit

I would like to know which heroes, items and gameplay decisions counter Earth Spirit As far as i am concerned good counter are silence and Disruptor but since Earth Spirit can silence himself he ...
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How to use Dota 2 courier? [duplicate]

I am searching the internet for hours but I can't find a step by step guide on how to use the dota 2 courier. All guides begin without showing its usage for a newcomer to the game. Any ideas or links? ...
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Dota 2 character counters [closed]

As per the title, which characters in Dota 2 are considered to be hard counters to other characters? This is in the sense that Slardar is considered to be a hard counter to Anti-Mage. (This has the ...
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Are the damage numbers above heroes the real damage?

Is the number, which is shown above a hero's head when he receives damage, calculated with armor and magic resistance, or is it the damage before any calculations?
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Ladder website for creating brackets and tournaments [closed]

There was a really sweet free website that allowed me to create a tournament with brackets of a few types. I can't remember it now. Can anyone recommend a good bracket/ladder creation site?
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Is it possible to make DotA 2 skills to behave like HoN?

I like the solution Heroes of Newerth provided for heroes like Bubbles (Puck in DotA). Using his first skill (Shell Surf) will override it with a subability which does the second part of the ability ...