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I've only seen this icon in Twitch streams, so assume it's something to do with Twitch, but again have only seen this in DOTA2 streams! Any ideas what it is?

DOTA 2 Twitch Screenshot

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  • @arremer - Yes it is - it's a Pile of Coal! Was so confused as I'd never seen it in game other than Twitch, so was completely unsure as to what it was or did!
    – franglais
    Apr 17, 2014 at 15:37

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This is just the number of charges the streamer's "Pile of Coal" has remaining.

In short, it has nothing to do with Twitch, but it is a consumable item that used to drop from Frostivus Gifts during Greeviling in december 2012. You can use them ingame for a simple animation (coal goes from your hero to the target) with no consequence on gameplay but they have limited use. Most people kept them as a "souvenir" without using charges.

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