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I made a shortcut on the desktop to open Dota: steam://rungameid/570

I found the GameIDs for the betas as follows: 571, 572, 573 and tried them in the launch shortcut but they do not work.

How do I launch Dota 2 straight into Reborn using a shortcut?

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  • Note: As of yesterday, Reborn has been defaulted, Source 1 Dota is not available anymore.
    – Kroltan
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 14:03

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It's quite simple to have Reborn as a non Steam Game in your library. Simply follow those steps :

1) Click on Game > Add a non Steam Game to my Library

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2) Click Browse

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3) Browse to the Reborn client location. By default it should be C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\game\bin\win64

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4) To force 64 bits client instead of 32 : Once the game is in your library, Right Click > Properties

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5) To force 64 bits client instead of 32 : Modify Target with "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\game\bin\win64\dota2.exe" -DX11. Here you can also rename it to DotA2 Reborn.

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6) If you want a custom icon to distinguish it faster you can use this :

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I've been launching reborn like this for the past few weeks without trouble. Final result should look like this :

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Source for the start in 64 bits.

Credit for the Icon.

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