The original WarCraft 3 map, Defense of the Ancients, defined a whole new genre of games from League of Legends to Monday Night Combat.

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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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Is there an easier way to view replays?

I am trying to do some replay viewing practices. Unfortunately, the WC3 replay viewing doesn't offer user friendly controls. I was wondering if there is any application or plugin to improve the ...
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How can my DotA team maximize its practice sessions?

I'm part of a new DotA team that's formed to compete in an e-gaming competition. All the players are OK: they're not noobs and not exactly pros, but everyone knows their last hits and builds, and they ...
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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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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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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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Why does the Scourge creeps always win against the Sentinels?

I tried pitting the sentinels vs scourge without any heroes. Just let the creeps battle on their own. I did this 5 times and on those 5 matches, the scourge always wins the match. Does this gives the ...
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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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Hosting dota on garena using hostbot

Can anyone Please guide me on how to host dota on garena using hostbot along with the settings to reduce lag/delay...Is there another way to host?
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How to counter Riki ?

I am wondering how is it possible to counter Rikimaru? SCENARIO: Farming solo on the upper lane. Gem on me. Get blinked/smoked/purged. I'm dead. For the sake of the argument he has butter/bahser ...
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Is there a way to solo the fountain?

As the title sugests. Is there any hero that could destroy the fountain by himself? I have seen many teams together destroying the fountain but I was just wondering if a solo full-item build hero ...
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What actions does Legion Commander's “Duel” Abillity restrict?

The Legion Commander's ultimate skill "Duel" disables spells and items and 'some' passive abilities during its duration. IE: Supposedly one of these passives is critical strikes. Can anyone break ...
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How exactly does the Gyrocopters Flak Cannon work?

I recently used the Gyrocopter for the first time and I must say, he was an extremely fun play. His Flak Cannon ability seemed to work great for farming, allowing my basic attacks to target ...
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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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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 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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Does the Helm of the Dominator synergize with Gorgons Multi-Shot?

If I'm playing the Gorgon and purchase for her a Helm of the Dominator, does the lifesteal apply to all three of my multishot arrows or just one of them? Kudos if you can explain how multishot does ...
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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 ...
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What determines my respawn time?

As the match goes on, I notice the respawn time increases significantly. Why is that? Is it number of deaths, length of the match, character level, or something else entirely?
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How does the courier work?

I've just gotten into DOTA-2, and never played any similar game before. I realize the courier will bring items out to me, but does every player on my team have their own courier, or is it one per ...
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What are the exact mechanics for Bane's nightmare skill?

Bane's nightmare skill can work on both allies and enemies, and is transferred when the sleeping target is attacked, but what are the conditions for doing so? Does the attack have to be a targeted ...
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DotA 2 Barracks, Which is better to focus and why?

When attacking the barracks on DotA2, which is the better to focus/destroy first, Melee or Ranged, and why? I ask as during games I get conflicting views with people I am playing with.
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Counter-warding: how to know where wards are?

Pro players seem to have some sixth sense when counter-warding, but I always seem to fail. For observer wards, you can try the usual ward spots (runes/rosh/hills).... however, if your five-man push ...
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Not-So-Squishy Slark

Slark being a squishy hero is a known fact. Standing 1v1 against him is quite hard. Even at low levels. I can't be teaming up all the time just to kill him. The following are my rather defensive ...
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Counter for sacred warrior 1V1

Here's the scenario: Huskarr with burning spear in auto cast rushes at me with his ulti. My HP reduces to half of what it was, with his damage constantly increasing with berserker's blood (and me ...
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How to counter Anti-Mage late game?

We just lost two times in a row because of an unstoppable Anti-Mage in the other team. Both games were very long (50-70 minutes) and even though we paid attention to not feed him or his team nor let ...
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How much gold can you gain for a kill/assist in DotA?

As stated in the title, how much gold can you gain for a kill or an assist in DotA/Dota 2? And how much gold can you lose if you die?
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DotA: placing mines by Goblin Techies

I am interested in some good strategies of playing by Techies. Mostly, what is the most profitable place for placing mines in the game beginning ? Such places as near the top/bottom shops work rarely ...
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What are the differences between Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and DOTA 2?

Seeing that The International tournament has finished (and therefore DOTA 2 previewed) are any DOTA users able to list the differences/similarities? -- I'm sure Valve wanted to stay true, but have ...
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Why are characters banned in tournament play for DotA-likes?

Why are characters banned from DotA-likes in tournament play during selection? Are there characters that are actually imbalanced; why not just balance them? If it's just for the sake of another ...
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Who is the guy in the DotA 2 Trailer?

Here is a link to the trailer: DotA 2 Trailer. Does this guy have any relevance to the DotA story line or world, or is he just a character they added into the trailer to put a face to the voice? I ...
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What is the genre of HoN/DotA/LoL?

Some people call it Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Valve is calling the upcoming Dota 2 a Action RTS (Real Time Strategy) and I've seen some using Action RPG. Has the community come to an ...
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Best way to play Defense of the Ancients (Warcraft 3) on a Mac?

I own a Macbook Pro. I want to play a PC game called WarCraft 3 - Defense of the Ancients. I have googled and done some research on how to play DotA on a Mac. Most of resources I found recommended I ...
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What does “unit production” mean in the post-game stats after playing DotA?

I know the main ranking list is the one shown when the game ends, but it's bothering me why some heroes almost always have the most unit production value. Since no one can really create units in DotA, ...
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Is Urn of Shadows affected by Magic Resistance?

It's relevant to Maledict, I need to find out whether the damage from Urn is flat HP loss (true/pure damage or if it's reduced by 25% or more. Thanks. =)
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When is the best time to Farm in DoTA?

I've been playing DoTA like a couple of months ago, and I find the game kinda of amusing (altough the infinite number of douches who plays it), but I'm lacking of some sort of map awareness, ...
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Items help in DoTA

I'm starting to play DoTA, and in order to not get lost in the game, I keep a hero guide open. The other day, I picked the Nerubian Assasin, and when I checked his entry in the guide and started to ...
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Does DOTA work in LAN?

I would like to know if DOTA can be played also in LAN, without an internet connection, or if instead it relies on a permanent network infrastructure?
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What are the differences between Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and Heroes of Newerth (HoN)?

Some days ago I asked about the differences between LoL and DotA. Now, in order to have a clear view of all actors in the so called "DotA Wars", I would like to understand in detail what are the ...
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What are the differences between Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and League of Legends (LoL)?

I played a lot to League of Legends (>1000 hours) and I am going to try DotA now. Speaking about gameplay only, it would be really helpful for a newbie knowing what are the main differences between ...
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How to start playing DotA?

I just read the Valve announcement of DotA 2 and in the meanwhile I would like to try DotA. I have a some questions about it. Where could I buy a digital copy of Warcraft III : Frozen Throne? Is ...
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How to run DotA on Ubuntu?

Can anyone supply me with good links on a step-by-step process to run DotA on Ubuntu?
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How do i kill Aiushtha in DotA?

I'm having trouble with Aiushtha the Enchantress? The build which is really giving me trouble is the one where my opponent rushes the +25 intelligence wand. Then he goes for boots and perseverance. ...
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Nevermore strategies in DotA

I completely suck at DotA (though I am somewhat familiar with Nevermore); I can never kill any enemy heroes even on easy. What strategies can I use to defeat enemy heroes? I do the basics: get last ...