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 to show extra info about skills and items

I was watching a VOD (I can't recall which one) and Luminous showed some extra information about skills like range, type of damage and etc. Things that the interface don't really say. I think the text ...
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What does Quirt's Summer Stash in Dota 2 contain?

I recently got a Quirt's Summer Stash Treasure Box in Dota 2, but when I select 'Peek Inside', it doesn't show me what I'll get! So the question is, does anyone know what does 'Quirt's Summer ...
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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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Does Blade Mail really returns damage from all sources or are there some skills whose damage it wont return?

Does Blade Mail really returns all damage like in its description, or are there any skills whose damage wont be returned? This is what i want to know: Will it return: magical damage from AoE ...
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Is there “optimized” screen aspect ratio in Dota 2?

In StarCraft 2 the aspect ratio of 16:9 gives a noticeable advantage over 16:10 because the visibility is always 'fixed' between the top and bottom frame of the screen. Therefore the wider the screen ...
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I can see enemy wards disintegrate when they timeout, is that a bug? [closed]

When an enemy ward disintegrates, I can see the "Carcass" of the ward disintegrating. Is this a bug or a feature? Doesn't matter a lot, but I guess it may help deward future wards.
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Should I report players who lie about their language preference? [closed]

Despite selecting "EU West" as home server and only selecting "English" in the matchmaking options I still end up in teams consisting of me and 4 non-English speakers. Should I report those players ...
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Non-squishy hero

I am rather new to Dota 2, and so far found that Sniper and Death Prophet are the easiest heroes for me to play with, but the moment I play against humans, they fall horribly short - one of the guys I ...
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Is Riki viable in competitive play?

I havent seen Riki in team battles (Captain mode). Is it possible to play it in the top teams?
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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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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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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 do I ping the map?

Some frineds of mine and I started to play DOTA 2 this weekend. Since we are some friends (not full team), we have some randoms with us. But when we want to tell them to go some place, or to be ...
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Which heroes can jungle, even in special circumstances?

I know that there are a category of heroes that are junglers and can do it very well, but as I was learning one of the newly released heroes (Medusa), I discovered that under specific circumstances, ...
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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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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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Can you make steam not take dumps when Dota 2 crashes?

Everytime Dota 2 crashes steam makes memory dumps and they're placed in the C:\Program Files\Steam\dumps. Now my problem is that my HDD space is pretty low now, and each "dump" file is a bit over 1 ...
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Is there any way to know if a hero is ranged or melee?

I have just started playing DOTA 2, and as with any other game, I feel I am best with ranged heroes. However, I don't know which heroes are ranged or melee. Is there any way to find out?
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What does fully modded mean in terms of Dota 2 Items?

Can someone explain me what it means if an Item is fully modified in Dota 2 ? Like Odachi full mod for example.
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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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Does the Bounty Hunter Track ability grant true sight of the affected unit to all allies?

Does the Bounty Hunter Track ability grant true sight of the affected unit to all allies or is the Bounty Hunter the only one that can see it?
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How do I counter a hard hitter who has lifesteal?

I recently played an all random 3 vs 3. I was Centaur, and became primarily responsible for stopping Wraith King, which I failed at. (My teammates were Tusk and Witch Doctor) We quickly dispatched ...
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Which HUD has the smallest map?

I always die from accidentally clicking on the map while trying to get back, and running the wrong way, into certain death. Which HUD has the smallest map, so I can have more world-space?
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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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Can you still use single-attacks in dota 2 to avoid creeps?

In DotA, you can avoid the aggro of the creeps by single-casing attack-based skills, e.g. Blades of Wisdom from Silencer or Frost Arrows from Drow. Can you still do that in DotA 2?
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What does Unusual Essence in Dota 2 do?

I know its a bit late, but what does the Unusual Essence in Dota 2 do? Unusual Essence A ball of swirling magical energy, pulsing with power. I understand that the 3 basic Essences - Quas, Wex, ...
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Lone Druid True Form

Lone Druid's ultimate is called True Form and allow morphing himself into a raging bear, losing his ranged advantage but gaining melee power as well as the Battle Cry ability. This skill has no ...
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Why would a tower change target from a hero to creeps?

In some games there were cases when a tower was attacking a hero, and the hero would stop attacking and face a creep that's nearby, the tower would change target and start attacking the creep. How ...
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Launch option -novid not working for Dota2

The title does explain my question quite well, but here is some more details about the option itself. The -novid launch option for Dota2 can be set through the Steam Library page. It disables Valve's ...
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How to swap items quickly with stash (6-slotted Tinker)?

Late game Tinker has more than 6 items but still needs to keep bottle and soul ring in Stash in order to heal quicker in Fountain. However, to do this I need to swap out my current items with the ...
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Bristleback interaction with abilities and effects that doesn't have explicit direction

How does Bristleback (ability) of Bristleback (hero) interacts with such damage sources: Cleave damage from attacks Damage-over-time (Venomancer's poison string, Viper's Corrosive Armor, Jakiro's ...
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How to set custom status inside dota2 (Which shows in the friends' section)

I have seen one of my friends with a custom status in the area (it switches from "Main Menu" to "Looking to play" every few seconds). How to do this? (I dont care about the switching part much, just ...
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Does razor's static link reduce damage from Ursa's Fury Swipes?

So say Ursa has 100 basic physical damage, and level 4 Fury Swipes (so adding 30 damage per attack), and say Razor uses his static link on Ursa for a few seconds and drains, for the sake of this ...
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How to handle Axe when he has Blink dagger / invis + blademail?

Recently I played sniper, and since I was the only carry in team I went for a nearly glasscanon build. Mjol., Mask of Madness, Deadalus something like this. I could snipe nearly all Enemy Heroes ...
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Does denying creeps earns XP for opposing team?

Is it true that denied creeps still give XP to heroes?
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Details of attack mechanics and hero figures

Abbadon has 0.68 attacks per second, a base attack time of 1.7 and attack duration of 0.56+0.41. How is 0.56+0.41 related to 0.68 or 1.7 and what happens when in the course of say 2 attacks?
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Why can't Kunkka equip a Quelling Blade?

What is the reason behind this? Does giving Kunkka a Quelling Blade makes the game unbalanced? Also, does this same rule carry-over in Dota2?
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Is Searing Arrows affected by Strafe?

If I use Clinckz's Strafe ability, which dramatically increases attack speed for a short time, can I cast Searing Arrows faster? Or Strafe only affects the normal attack?
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Does Rikimaru's backstab and critical damage from items stack?

Does Rikimaru's passive Backstab stack with critical damage? Is there a chance that my damage will be equal to this Normal attack + backstab + critical damage
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Countering Morphling in the mid to late game

I'm having problems winning a game if the opponent's team has a good morphling player. The problem starts as soon as their morphling acquires one of his core items, Linken Sphere. The situation gets ...
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Playing Riki: how to counter a Spirit Breaker with dust?

Last game I played Riki for the first time (yeah, I know! :D). The opposing team had a smart Spirit Breaker who knew how to counter me: charge with dust in his pocket. Due to his superior movement ...
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Do multikills give money

As far as I know several kills in a row (killing spree, dominating etc) gives only higher bounties for the hero who did it but I was wonder do several quick kills (double/triple kill, ultra kill or ...
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Does using a non-tradable tool on an item make it also non-tradable in Dota 2?

I have a non-tradable Artificer's Chisel that I got in one of those level present. I want to use it on an Immortal item that I have. However I'm not sure if it will make the Immortal item non-tradable ...
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Does Sven's ult stack with double damage?

Does Sven's ult stack with double damage? If it does, does the order of activating ult and double damage make any difference?
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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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Most effective hero against Roshan?

Toward the end of "Diretide" games of Dota 2, both teams have to call a truce to battle Roshan, who is massively more powerful than in normal games, and is invincible-merely leveling up, on death. ...
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How does Lifestealer's Feast work?

How does this passive work? It says: " Regenerates a portion of the attacked enemy's current HP and deals the same portion of damage per attack. " Life Leech: 4%/5%/6%/7% So does that mean ...
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How can you train for blind hooks with Pudge

I have witnessed a few games where a Pudge would manage to hit a non negligible numbers of blind hooks. At first I thought it was a bit of luck but then I noticed some players are quite good at blind ...
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How do I zoom in?

Is there any way to zoom in the camera in DotA 2? The characters are really small on my screen and I cannot enjoy the special items for cosmetics. I have found a zoomed-in screenshot, however, there ...
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What's an initiator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the playstyles of the different roles? I've just started to play Dota 2, and I'm still struggling to understand the terms used in game. I think I can make a ...