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).

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

3
votes
4answers
1k views

Will solo matchmaking match you solo players from the main queue?

In Dota 2, solo matchmaking will look up only players who aren't in a party. Will it match this condition only with other players in the solo matchmaking queue, or will it get people from the common ...
3
votes
1answer
539 views

Dota 2 Minimap in DotA

I know there are many mods available to make DotA UI similar to Dota 2. However, I'm in need of a very simple change. I just need the minimap of Dota 2 to be imported into DotA. I'm not interested in ...
3
votes
1answer
156 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
196 views

Does Moment of Courage trigger on evaded attacks?

Does the Legion Commander passive Moment of Courage trigger on an evaded attack?
3
votes
0answers
42 views

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?
3
votes
0answers
514 views

Fatal assert failed - error

It has happened a few times so I thought I should ask what this is and how to fix it.. Often happens when I try to Watch Game of a friend.. I click Watch Game, it goes to the Loading.. screen with ...
3
votes
0answers
2k views

How can you view your skill level? [duplicate]

After a recent Dota 2 patch it is no longer possible to search by player name. They have also removed the "skill level" function from their API, which means that you can't really see your skill level ...
3
votes
0answers
64 views

How can I map a key for my hero to start walking towards the fountain? [duplicate]

In particular when I play Puck and I need to escape, I phase shift, wait for my blink dagger to get out of cooldown, and blink away (usually double tapping it which makes me blink in the direction of ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Why do I lose items that are with the courier when I die in Dota 2?

Hi I recently started playing Dota 2 and I've had an issue with items disappearing when I die. I played 2 games last night and for both games I noticed this occurring. Basically I will buy items, get ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I jungle with Ursa?

I asked a similar question some time back, about how to Jungle with Natures Prophet, which turned out great. But I recently started to jungle with Ursa, as I read that he becomes very powerful later ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Why Huskar isn't popular in the competitive scene?

This hero along with Drow Ranger is very popular and strong in public matches. How come this hero isn't being picked or even banned in tournament matches?
2
votes
1answer
16k views

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, ...
2
votes
3answers
309 views

Do auto-cast abilities count as magic or physical damage?

Some heroes such as Clinkz or Outworld Devourer can use auto-cast abilities that add damage to your hero's auto attack, My question is: does this extra damage count as physical or magical damage? ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I counter Abaddon late game?

His ult, "Borrowed Time", seems unbelievably powerful. I've seen an allied Abaddon charge into the enemy fountain on purpose, to heal (while killing stuff, of course). Recently, Abaddon was ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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? ...
2
votes
2answers
561 views

Will a hero take damage from rupture if he was hooked by pudge?

I've seen some matches where a hero under the effect of rupture take damages when pushed by force staff. Will it also take damage when the hero is hooked by pudge?
2
votes
2answers
395 views

Are there any heroes skills that can pass through fissure?

Taking blinks aside, are there any heroes skills that can pass through Earthshaker's *road block* from Fissure?
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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
2
votes
4answers
10k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
800 views

Is it possible to set a list of items to purchase, then purchase them one by one with 1 key?

Let's explain with a quick example : I would like (if I'm playing Pudge for example) to be able to set a list of the items I will buy (Bottle > Boots > Urn of shadows > etc.) and then by pressing a ...
2
votes
2answers
8k views

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. ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

How do I upgrade items such as the DAGON that say Upgradable

Some items such as the Dagon (pictured) are upgradeable. How do I upgrade it? I tried purchasing another one, but then I just had 2.
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Why is the Team button on Dota 2 unclickable?

I have a team but the Team button on the profile seems grayed out and cannot be clicked but when I checked my teammate's profile I can click the Team button and I can see myself there.
2
votes
3answers
4k views

In Captain's Mode Matchmaking, how is the Captain chosen?

Yesterday, while in a party of four, we chose to test out Captain's Mode - we made the person who wanted to draft and pick leader of the party. When the game started though, the 5th member of our ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
212 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

How can I tell what server I am on?

So when you queue up, you can select what servers you'd like to search in. I keep ending up playing with people who just don't speak english, which takes away from the game a lot. It would help if I ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
2
votes
1answer
512 views

Set 2 buttons to same action

I wanted to use two buttons for the same action (Stop - S and Mouse 4), but I cannot find any setting to do so. Can someone point me on how to do so?
2
votes
2answers
6k views

How to delete old DotA 2 item builds created before the guide system?

With the patch from 20 February the new guide system is online which provides skill builds and item builds. I have been using the online tool to create those builds, but my old itembuilds saved in ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

How do I view my profile?

To view someone else's profile, I can click them and select "View Dota 2 Profile". My own profile doesn't show up in my friend's list though so I can't find a way to view it. I've tried clicking my ...
2
votes
1answer
914 views

Does the Orchid's Soul Burn amplifies magic damage?

Does casting magic damaging spells on a unit under Soul Burn of Orchid of Malevolence will add up on the amplified damage on the end of it's duration?
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Do orb effects stack?

Orb effect items in Dota 2 do not indicate that they have an Orb effect. Does this mean that I can stack them? If so, can I stack the same item with exactly the same Orb effect?
2
votes
2answers
77 views

Timbersaw's Whirling Death and Timber Chain interaction

I sometimes see Timbersaw doing Whirling Death right before Timber Chain started to move Timbersaw to a tree. How does this mechanic work? Does Whirling Death do damage in the area of the start ...
2
votes
4answers
117 views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
416 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
199 views

Are Dota Teams very well Balanced?

Peers often tell me that Dota is more about skill of the player, and not really on the heroes themselves. This talk happened after the epic win of Alliance versus Na'Vi, with me agreeing that Na'Vi ...
2
votes
2answers
242 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
456 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How to bind middle mouse to attack ground

I want to save typing 'A' and left click, is it possible to bind to mouse3?
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How do you harass early game as Warlock

I often read that Warlock is a good early babysitter and harasser. Can anyone explain how to build and play a Warlock in early game to harass an enemy carry such as Anti-Mage ? What skills/items ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Phantom Lancer illusions use auras?

Does Phantom Lancer's illusions use aura's, like from Vladamir's? Does the lifesteal contribute to PL's health? Do they use aura armor reduction? I'm also curious about Desolation armor reduction, or ...
2
votes
1answer
504 views

Is multiple Aegis of Immortal possible in Dota2?

In the Warcraft3 DotA, it is possible to have multiple Aegis of Immortality by having killed Roshan and nobody picking up the Aegis, thus when Roshan respawns after 10mins it will still be there and ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

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
2
votes
1answer
4k views

What's the difference between a carry and a half-carry?

I understand what a carry does(being carried at first, then carry its team to victory). What I don't understand is what a half-carry (or semy-carry) does. What are the main differences between the ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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?
2
votes
4answers
3k views

Why are dual-lanes mid so rarely seen?

In over 300 games of Dota 2, I have yet to see a dual lane mid. I've seen a few competitively, but it seems the default for matchmaking games is 2-1-2, 2-1-1+J or the occasional trilane. Dual lane mid ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Constant minimap markers and colors for dire and radiant

On the minimap, enemies are marked with a X and their HP bars are red. (In opposite of my teams circles and green bars) Because I started the game playing Radiant only, I'm now getting confused when ...