Dota 2 recently release the option to start your game in the Reborn Beta. Usually, to do this you have to go to your library and hit the play button in the Steam client for it to give you the option. When I run my desktop shortcut it doesn't give me an option and automatically opens plain Dota 2.

Is there a way to either make a new icon for the Beta, make the Beta default, or let me choose when I click the icon?

P.S: Shortcuts to launch game with different launch options in Steam does not quite answer my question. Also, I'm running Win8 if it matters.

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You have to create a shortcut to (PathToSteamFolder)\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\game\bin\win64\dota2.exe if you are running a 64 bit OS or (PathToSteamFolder)\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\game\bin\win32\dota2.exe if running 32 bit OS.

  • This should work, but let me know if it doesn't, as I can't test it myself.
    – Elise
    Jun 27, 2015 at 19:40

open dota2 in library > right click dota2 in game list on the left side > click "create desktop shortcut"

  • 2
    The asker already said that he tried this, but it did not work.
    – user79446
    Oct 19, 2015 at 11:40

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