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 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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How to stop Meepo's Poof?

Watching Dota 2 videos I keep seeing people starting Poof with Meepo and then stopping it. For example, this video (at 2:45): ...
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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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Which items to buy at All Random Deathmatch?

In a All Random Deathmatch mode at Dota2 you get a new random hero each time you die, but keep all items you have bought before. Which items is it worth to buy at All Random Deathmatch? Which items ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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Pipe of Insight mechanics

Pipe of Insights is an item that grant to the owner a passive magic resistance of 30% and if activated it creates a shield that blocks 400 spell damage. When the hero that carry the Pipe of ...
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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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Abandon leads to invulnerable hero

In a recent game, a player on the opposing team abandoned in the first few minutes. Their hero was WK and he became invulnerable. The WK would follow us and attack, but we couldn't attack him. It was ...
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How does Batrider's tether-break and napalm work WRT his firefly ability?

Two questions in one here guys, let me know if better to split them out: If Batrider has ult'd someone and lasso'd them, under what circumstances does the lasso break? I ask as on various occasions ...
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How does Stun (stun extradamage) and battlefury stack?

Imagine the following situation. Faceless Void having his stun skilled which stuns at a percentage rate and does extra damage. If he now buys a Battlefury and hits a direct target and stuns it, do the ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Dota 2 Faceless Void Tier

I was looking through a Dota 2 Competitive Hero Tier List - August 2012 and I found Void in the Tier 4: Rarely banned or picked. I thought it was one of the most overpowered heroes in the game. Was I ...
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Does a Negative armor gives you an additional attack damage?

Dazzle(Shadow Priest) and Razor(Lightning Revenant) ultimate are one of the few skills I knew that can render an enemy heroes' armor into a negative value. Supposedly a enemy heroes armor is -10 and ...
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Greevil consumable items: usage and meaning?

What is the Greevil items used for? I'm talking about current Greevil common consumable items: Kindler's Kit Pile of Coil Fistful of Snowballs
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How do you get recipes or combine two items into 1 in dota 2?

I've noticed people buy certain started items in dota 2 to upgrade them later on after they earn the money, I've also read about recipes but I've never found out where you can get them or how to use ...
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What is the complete list of allowable items for the custom recommended items?

I am making some custom recommended item sets for some heroes in Dota 2. What I want is a complete list of what the code for each item is. If you do not know what I am talking about here is a guide ...
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Dota 2 keep items from being crafted?

When I buy items that can be crafted, they are crafted immediately. Sometimes they are crafted too soon, into things I don't actually want. For example, I sometimes end up with power treads or a ...