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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Hero that can solo Roshan at an early level aside from Ursa

Aside from Ursa, is there any hero that can solo Roshan at an early level, like level 6 or at least below level 10?
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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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Proper Trilane setup

After finally getting 4 friends on my team, we decided to go try those trilane setup commonly seen on tournament matches. After 3 consecutive loss using that setup, makes us wonder what is it that we ...
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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 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 ...