• dota_disable_range_finder
  • dota_range_display

Are those safe to use or are they considered to be cheats?

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    Offtopic because we cannot answer this, since this is up to the developer to define.
    – user57112
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 17:24
  • @JohnDoeSanta I disagree. I'm assuming some DotA 2 console commands are considered cheats, while others are not. "Cheats" in this case preventing acquisition of achievements / whatever else. (Though someone with more familiarity with the game may be able to correct me) Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 17:26
  • Isn't this game online-only? Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 17:51
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    @JohnDoeSanta We can't start judging what's a bug and what's not and base our close votes on that.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 18:41
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    @JohnDoeSanta On the contrary; if it requires sv_cheats 1, I'd call it a cheat, same as any Source game (see: L4D and TF2). Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 18:53

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dota_range_display requires sv_cheats 1. You can use it in custom bot games or other games with cheats enabled, but not in matchmaking. This was not always true, but was changed in a patch a few months ago. Many professional offlaners used this, most notably Admiral Bulldog.

dota_disable_range_finder is not currently considered a cheat and is also used by many professional players, most notably rtz.

  • dota2.com/news/updates/10786 seems to indicate that dota_range_display requires sv_cheats 1. I could not find anything for dota_disable_range_finder though; maybe you mixed up the commands?
    – tengfred
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:55
  • Yep, reversed. :D
    – Decency
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 21:15
  • Told you guys..
    – user57112
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 22:42

It's all good to use these two commands, you can even set them within the game options (or used to be able). Even better, pro's and advanced players have this put off since they know the range by hearth and the circle just adds more stuff going on on the screen.

I can also say with 99% certainty that when you play on the dota servers there are no console command considered cheating. They are just there to debug and set some stuff manually.

  • Valve clearly considers it cheating; they removed the ability to have the range indicator displayed in public games and any game with cheats disabled months ago. Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 18:03
  • @PWhite Well i can turn it on and off in the options menu. Currently displaying the range indicator since i am trying out some new heroes. If a user is able to use any cheats within the game, with or without use of the console, on there server then it is up to them to fix this. The game is not beta anymore, if a player does find a leak it should obviously be reported and not abused but the matter in question is neither a cheat nor can it be abused.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 13:39
  • The circle radius around your hero cannot be enabled in public games. If you can do so congratulations; please report it. Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 15:12

In general any command in the console that requires sv_cheats 1 to work, is considered a cheat. Modifying the game files is considered a cheat.

Other than that you can bind macros to any commands, or use any commands that you wish. VAC only checks for modified files or other apps running in the background that affect the game and/or Steam, and sv_cheats 1 is simply not allowed on servers.

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