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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Is there a way to protect yourself against Naga Siren's ultimate?

Is there a way to prevent your hero from getting asleep from Song of the Siren?
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How does Sven Great Cleave interact with enemy armor?

I was looking at Sven's Greate Cleave on Dota 2 Wiki and its notes it is written: Cleave damage is reduced by armor type but not by armor value. Cleave damage goes through magic immunity. ...
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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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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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Where can I get a high res terrain map for DotA 2?

I am trying to find high resolution DotA 2 terrain maps, but found nothing. Can somebody help me find some similar to this one?
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Kicked out of dota 2 game after 30 seconds

I managed to get an invite to dota 2 on steam and everything downloaded successfully. But now when I start it up and enter a game, I get kicked out while waiting for the match to start. I just have ...
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Do DotA 2 heroes have the same “fun” names as in WC3 DotA?

In WC3 DotA, you would occasionally (1 out of 10 times) get little fun nicknames for your hero instead of their actual name (for instance, Puck!! for Puck, Clinkz Eastwood for Clinkz, YaphetS for ...
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Is there an easy way to remember Invoker's spells?

I've begun to play Invoker more since he's fun to play (I'd probs get a bite to eat with him also). However, it takes some time to learn the combinations for his spells. I believe I will learn them ...
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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 skills can kill a hero effected by Shallow Grave?

In DotA and Dota 2 there is a hero called the Shadow Priest. His Shallow Grave skill is particularly tricksy, as it can render a hero immune to lethal damage for several seconds, effectively capable ...
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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 Furion's ult bounce?

It seems like whenever I will be farming and minding my own business, an enemy Furion's ult will come out of nowhere and hit me on the last bounce, taking a large chunk of my health. When I play ...
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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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When does my hero get experience and when he does not?

Could you explain in detail when does my hero get experience and when not? killing I assume I get experience for everything I kill with my bare hands. Including global skills (like natures prophet) ...
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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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What attacks are considered to be Incoming Projectiles?

On playdota.com I've read that Incoming projectiles before windrun is activated will not be evaded. AM, QOP, etc. can dodge incoming projectiles with blink. So I'm wondering what it actually meant ...
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IO: do Spirits deal damage to hero without releasing its life energy in a burst during initiation?

I've been playing IO (guradian wisp) for a while. Recently I visited playdota.com and I was quite confused when I found out the mechanism behind its skill Spirits: Io summons 5 ancient Spirits over ...
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Can I play Dota 2 on Linux?

I've heard Steam will support Linux, but I can't wait. So I want to know if it is possible to play Dota 2 using wine or something. Has anyone tried? I'm on Ubuntu 12.04, and I have never used Wine, ...
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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 does drop system work in Dota 2?

Valve has recently launched a virtual store in Dota 2 where you can buy various items for your hero. But I heard that is possible to "drop" this items also for free, in game. How does this system ...
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How are the Battle Points you earn calculated?

What in game events affect how many points I earn? Is there a cap to how many I can earn in one match? Do I get points regardless of winning or losing?
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How much data does a game use?

I currently play DotA 2 and in the summer my Internet will be capped at 5GB/month. On average how much data does a game of DotA 2 use?
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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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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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How does performance index work?

In one of Dota 2 recent patches Valve added a new feature called "Performance Index" visible in your own in-game profile. For me is not really clear how does it work. Do you have any info on which ...
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Does Skeleton King's Reincarnation count as an actual death?

Skeleton King's ultimate ability, Reincarnation, is triggered upon death if you have the right amount of mana. Does this count as an actual death, in that it yields experience and gold to the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Where are my custom Dota 2 item builds saved?

I did a custom build for Pudge and I want to backup it so i can try out this custom build manager :D2RIC_1.3.3 I only found the default ones in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 ...
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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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Is possible to change the UI and icons like they were before the last patch?

It's possible to use the user-interface and the icons that I was used to. Or do I need to wait until Valve implements the new customization tool?
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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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What are some good heroes for a beginner?

I've played a bit of LOL here and there but not a lot, never any HoN or dota and was wondering if people could recommend any champions for my first few dota2 games. Its hard to set in step in to a ...
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Dota2 - Commands similar to legacy Dota (like -st to elune acuracy hook acuracy etc)

My question is: I wanted to see flesh heap stats and I typed -st to no avail, and then guessed that it would be -stats, but I could not find it. Is it available at all? Or it is already there exists ...
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Dota 2 matchmaking server priority

In Dota 2 when you select more than one server region and start the matchmaking, the background image has only US West server colored. Is that actually a map bug or does the game really search the US ...
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Is it possible to move the minimap?

As title says, been trying to ask on the Dota-2 ingame chats with no success. Can this be done? For long time League of Legends players like me, one gets used to have the minimap on the lower right ...
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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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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?
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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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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 can I be effective with Krobelus the Death Prophet?

There seems to be a lot of consensus that Korbelus is a really good (high tier) unit to pick in Dota 2, but what makes her so good? All I know is she's rather tanky for an int hero, but other than ...
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Abilities/Items that grant vision

Referring to my previous question and its comments, I want to know which abilities/spells/items supplement hero vision at night, day and both combined?
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Which Hero has the largest vision?

In Dota 1&2, Which heros have the largest vision at : Night Day Both Combined
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What does *Scepter Upgradable* mean?

A lot of skills have different effects under this Scepter Upgradable condition. I'm new to the game, and I don't know what this means. For instance, the Venomancer's Poison Nova reads the following: ...
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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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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 are the Key Gameplay Differences between Valve's DOTA 2 vs League of Legends?

Valve's new game DotA 2 is a sequel to the popular Warcraft 3 map of the same name which is nearing release. The game follows the same paradigm of a similar game, League of Legends which was inspired ...
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How to counter Lycan?

So today Lycan has been released in Dota 2 Beta and I am reading a lot of posts of people that are extremely frightened by him. Many say that the only chance is to pick it first or call "gg" at 20/25 ...
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Similar heroes/champions to Kennen (from League of Legends) in DOTA2?

The character Kennen really agreed with me in League of Legends. Now that I'm starting to play DOTA2, are there any equivalents? Edit I play him usually as AP but very aggressively (harassing)...