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Hello MaxCheaters, seeing this section so dead and filled with old information, i decided to to create a topic where up-to-date and complete information can be found. Many thanks to reddit from where i took all the content!
What is Dota2?
Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve Corporation for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux. The game is the stand-alone sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a community-created mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
Getting Started
How do I get access to Dota2?
If you haven't already, you'll need to download Steam.
Once you have Steam installed, simply install Dota2.
What are the system hardware requirements?
What are some basic tips when starting to play?
The in-game tutorial (you will be prompted to try it when first joining the game, otherwise found under "Quests") will bring you up to speed on some of the basics on movement, combat, buying items, and more.
Tutorial: How to Play Dota 2 In 4 Minutes
A brief video guide that will get you up to speed on all the basic components of a Dota 2 match. If you like to learn by doing and just get the basics, this is a great guide.
In-game guides for each hero
You can subscribe to guides in the Steam Workshop and they will appear in-game with item and skill build recommendations. Reading the top-rated hero guide is often a good idea when playing a hero for the first time.
Comprehensive Guide to Dota 2
An absolute guide to Dota 2 with a ton of video content, graphics and information. Might be a little overwhelming to a brand-new player.
Welcome to Dota, You Suck
A bit less all-encompassing, but will give you a great balance of the information you need to know. One of the most popular Dota guides.
Reddit's Dota 2 Hero Discussions
Reddit has run multiple discussion threads for every hero in Dota. Look back at them here. There are also item discussions.
Dota for Dummies
Dota for Dummies is an all inclusive video series that prepares you to jump into the world of Dota 2. Starting from the very basics then progressing forward, this series will help you get the foundation you need to become successful.
Interested in spectating Dota 2 and having a slight clue of what's going on? Check this out:
A new spectator's introduction to Dota
Should I start by playing against bots?
Yes. Jumping into a game with other human players probably just means that both you and the other players in the match are in for a bad time. Despite what you may have heard, bots will never judge you and help you learn the game in a stress-free environment. Starting off with a friend never hurts either.
What are some good heroes to start with?
Courtesy of /u/ilovesharkpeople:
(M) indicates the hero is Melee


Carries/Semicarries (Note: Avoid these in real games until you are comfortable last hitting)

NOT recommended


How does Dota 2 differ to LoL? What are some tips for players coming from LoL?
While on the surface the games might seem similar, there are quite a lot of differences. This thread will give you a good idea of some of the major differences and tips specifically tailored towards players with experience in League of Legends.
Why does the game feel slow?
All heroes have turning times and some have significant cast times, this may make the game feel slow compared to say, HoN. Apart from that, any unresponsiveness is likely on your end and would typically come down to your connection speed to the server. Make sure you queue to the closest servers ("-ping" will show your ping to the server in game).
Can I zoom out the camera?
The camera is fixed at a set distance in all regular games. Changing the camera distance to cover more of the map would change a large amount of ability balancing in the game.
Typically however, you will adjust to the camera within a short period of regular play and find the view-port more then large enough to gather all the information you need.
When spectating a game, the camera distance can be changed with the console command "dota_camera_distance 2000".
How do I stop my character from autoattacking?
Options -> Game -> Autoattack OFF.
When does Dota 2 normally update?
Since the end of the beta testing period, Dota2 has switched from smaller weekly patches to the standard Valve updating system for their games. The game is likely to receive major updates every couple of months, with those updates generally containing new heroes, balance changes, features and optimizations. These patches will be announced on the official blog prior to their release, generally 3 days in advance.
Smaller patches that contain bugfixes, minor features and store content happen often and are typically not announced. They typically happen every couple of days.
What does (BKB, Carry, CS, etc.) mean? (Common Dota 2 terms)
Some common Dota phrases include:
A full glossary of Dota 2 terms can be found on the Curse Gamepedia Dota 2 Wiki and theTeam Liquid Dota 2 Liquipedia.

Why do TP Scrolls have different durations?
Teleporting to a non-fountain building takes additional time if any allies have also teleported within a 1100 radius of your target within 25 seconds. Casting time: 3 (5/5.5/6/6.5 for 1/2/3/4 recent allied teleports). The teleport duration for Boots of Travel is always the same.
Is it always good to deny your low HP creeps?
If there are enemy heroes within experience range, it is likely a good idea to deny your low HP creeps. If you are attempting to push the lane however, or a low HP creep is all that stands between you and several angry enemy heroes, you may decide otherwise. On the other hand, if you need to keep the lane near your tower to farm safely or you don't want to allow the enemies on the lane to get to experience range, you want to attack your own creeps whenever you're not last hitting. Like many other aspects of Dota 2, creep denying is a situational skill whose impact is learned and understood with time.
More Advanced


Where can I read up on the history of Dota?

Here are some gathered reading or viewing materials on the subject:




Why is there no concede option in Dota 2?

This has been a largely debated topic since the start of the Dota 2 Beta. While Valve has never officially commented on it, it's a popular community opinion that adding a concede option will make the game worse by encouraging a defeatist attitude and prevent comeback victories which are fairly common in Dota.

To find other discussions of this topic:




What is the console? How do I use it?

You can access the console by right clicking Dota2 in your Steam library, selecting Properties and clicking on Launch Options once you're in the Properties window. Type in "-console" (without ") and you'll be able to use the console once you launch your game. Turn it on or off pressing your tilde key (~) that should be located above the Tab key on your keyboard.



What are the test/cheat console commands?

This thread lists all the commands that you can use in practice lobbies after enabling cheats:


This post contains some of the more useful console commands and a guide to enabling console. These can be used at any time:




How do I cancel my attack or spell?

Pressing ‘S’ (by default) cancels your attack or spell animation. Another key, ‘H’, issues a command for your hero to stop and hold their position.



Where can I see my ranking?

To play in Ranked Matchmaking your profile level needs to be 13. After unlocking Ranked Matchmaking you will need to play 10 calibration games to see your Matchmaking Rating(MMR). After that, your MMR will be displayed on your Dota profile and on the Ranked Matchmaking page.

Your MMR is only visible to you and your friends on your Dota profile, but it's also displayed at the end of every game you play to the players you've played that game with.

If you want to know more about Matchmaking in DotA 2, read about it here.



How is MMR calculated?

The original Dota 2 blog explains ranked matchmaking.

The following links give more detail on how MMR works, although they pre-date ranked match making:



Are custom maps or a map editor coming in the future?

Little official information has been given on this topic, but in an interview with Valve's Erik Johnson, he said:

Q: One of the most enjoyable parts of Warcraft 3 were their custom maps, will there be a way that people can modify DOTA 2 to make all the mini games of old and something new as well?

A: We have a long history supporting the mod community around our own games, so we'd like to continue that with Dota 2.

Previously in one of the first Dota 2 FAQs, Icefrog said:

We’ll also have some specially crafted challenge scenarios, similar to things like Pudge Wars, which I’ll elaborate on in the future.

To find other discussions of this topic:



Due to the recent background changes in the game, it is highly likely that a custom game system is coming in the near future.



Will Dota 2 changes continue to be reflected in DotA?

In one of the Dota 2 FAQs, Icefrog stated that he planned on continuing to update DotA 1 for as long as the community wanted. He also stated that "Dota 2 represents the long-term future," so it is expected that at some point changes in Dota 2 will not be applied to the original DotA, however none of this is officialy confirmed.



How do I queue commands?

The shift key allows you to issue subsequent commands to begin after the previous ones. Watch an example video here:




How can I stop a tower from attacking me?

If a tower attacks you, attack clicking (Default: A) an allied hero or unit within the tower's range will cause the tower to reevaluate its target. See Learn Dota 2 : Creep Aggro for more information on unit aggro.



What is the Game Coordinator

The Game Coordinator (or GC), which is really a number of different servers that all collectively handle the backend work of Dota 2 (with the exception of hosting actual games). This is the server that handles your Dota 2 login, determines who you will play against in matchmaking, keeps track of where all of your items are stored, and many other functions.

We check SteamDB's status page for the status of the Game Coordinator

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dota so bored :(

lol > paragon, hots, and other mobas > dota 2

Well since we are saying words without any argument, dota2 > lol

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Both games are pretty good but if dotas community wasnt like 80% russian , i would have switched to dota long time ago.

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Both games are pretty good but if dotas community wasnt like 80% russian , i would have switched to dota long time ago.

Well, that's like saying that LoL's community is 80% kids.
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