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Talking about the matchmaking 1v1 mode that was implemented:

Do neutrals spawn in that mode?

I could not test it for now.

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All neutrals spawn as normal

Only the mid-lane spawns creeps. All neutral creeps spawn as per usual and so do the runes. There is only you and 1 opponent against each other. (source) (Not an official quote)

However the first rune does not spawn (source).

On Reddit they explain why there are neutrals: consider it a practice mode.

  • Strange. DotA 2 wiki said something else about runes: "First rune does not spawn. " dota2.gamepedia.com/Game_modes – Wandang Jul 6 '14 at 10:41
  • There is nothing for neutrals? Just that the middle lane is spawning – Mathias711 Jul 6 '14 at 10:43
  • @Wandang indeed first rune doesn't spawn to reduce the chances of seeing an early double damage that would be a huge advantage for the person picking it up. For the next runes, it's not so much of a problem because rune control is a technical aspect of the 1v1 matchup – T_O Jul 6 '14 at 11:54
  • @Mathias711 please add that the first rune does not spawn and that the quote is not entirely correct. Then i can upvote and accept :) – Wandang Jul 6 '14 at 11:56

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