Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players.
User reviews: Very Positive (375,762 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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May 28

New Compendium Rewards & Spectator Effigies



Immortal Treasure II has been released, bringing exclusive new items to Compendium owners. The Immortal Treasure II contains items for Anti-Mage, Disruptor, Faceless Void, Leshrac, Shadow Fiend, Sven, and Tinker. Increase your Compendium level to earn more treasures and complete the set.



Compendium owners will also receive the Wyvern Hatchling courier. You can give it a new look by increasing your Compendium level, with the Fire Style unlocking at Compendium Level 25, and the Gold Style unlocking at Level 200.

Head over to the Compendium site to see everything in action.

Meanwhile, you may have noticed that we've rolled out a special drop system for The International matches, including the Qualifiers. Major events in a match where we would have previously dropped a normal item will now drop an effigy featuring the triumphant hero, or a random team member in the case of a group accomplishment. The effigies will be built from a random material (including the rare Solid Gold material), and will come ready to be posed using the preset hero and equipped items the player was using at the time.

Live spectators will also have a chance to earn coins, coin charms, and Compendium points toward levels. Additionally, every Compendium owner will have a chance to receive an effigy celebrating the victorious team whenever a live match ends, even if they weren't watching. The higher your Compendium Level, the higher your chance to receive one of these effigies.

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May 11

Compendium Progress



The International prize pool is already halfway to the 15 million dollar mark in just 10 days, with 90 days to go. We're still working on building the second set of Immortal items, but they're not quite ready yet. We know the most important aspect of these Immortals is their quality level, so we are also planning on spending some extra time polishing them rather than releasing them quickly.

You'll still see an update to the Compendium this week though. Included in that update you'll find new challenges, the Item Recycling system, and new ways to earn Compendium Points.

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About This Game

Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control a gorgeous fantasy landscape, waging campaigns of cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

Irresistibly colorful on the surface, Dota is a game of infinite depth and complexity. Every hero has an array of skills and abilities that combine with the skills of their allies in unexpected ways, to ensure that no game is ever remotely alike. This is one of the reasons that the Dota phenomenon has continued to grow. Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with the level of polish that only Valve can provide.

Get a taste of the game that has enthralled millions.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Lion 10.7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
4,564 of 5,111 people (89%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
5,478.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I only played a little but it was fun.
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983 of 1,076 people (91%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
1,357.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
In Dota 2,

Not many people speak your language.
Not many people play well.
Not many people talk nicely.
Not many people work as a team.

But if you find people that do...
You'll have the most fun you've ever had.
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647 of 730 people (89%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
3,126.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Things I gave to DotA:
1. Money
2. Time
3. Love

Things DotA gave me:
1. Arthritis
2. Carpal tunnel syndrome
3, Hatred of Russians, Mexicans, Spanish, Finnish, and Russians
4. Broken keyboard
5. Broken mouse
6. 9/10 ready
7. Server crashes
8. 4 stacks of Russians in EUW servers on English prefrence settings
9. Ranked matches
10. Free to play but Pay to win games (I.E. - Foreseer's contract, New Bloom 2015)
11. "It's in the bag" spam (especially Skywrath)
12. Multilingual cursing - I guess this is a good thing?
13. Split second math - Reliable/Unreliable gold and gold loss on death vs. Buyback availability - This is good too

Essentially - DotA is a greedy woman, but I love her all the same.

11 / 10 would play again
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287 of 328 people (88%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
10,179.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Game is okay but I still haven't done all the quests!
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319 of 370 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1,312.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
while the rest of you picked carry
my eyes became teary
i bought that donkey
i bought those wards
4 tangos and 3 branches are all i got

i did those pull
i did those deny
but wth you just died

the mid pudge wants me to ward the runes
but the donkey is still crawling

they call me noob for not buying wards
but a gold per second is all i get
and i dont even have my boots yet
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220 of 245 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
753.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Support died because trying to save carry.
Carry: "Please no feed, support."

Carry: "0/7 lol, noob"

Neither they know, support stunned the enemies for their kill, slow them, silence them. All for them. Support is the guy who is behind the carry, doing stuffs. Without a support, where will the courrier and the wards be?

Support is love, support is life.
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409 of 489 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
5,455.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
It took me awhile to realize how much time I have wasted.

10/10 would recommend
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253 of 305 people (83%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
4,684.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
help me
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310 of 387 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
5,626.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I played this game a little and found it decent. 10/10
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141 of 163 people (87%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
997.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Blame simulator 2014

10/10
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169 of 202 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1,787.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Very fun game! Highly recommended.

Pros:
-Very Fun
-Makes Friends
-Learn Foreign Languages

Cons:
-Makes you Racist
-Sucks up your Time
-Makes you angry
-Get High Blood Pressure
-Infinite Toilet you Throw Monies in
-Makes you a Hateful Person
-Possibility of Carpal Tunnel

10/10 Highly Recommended
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670 of 904 people (74%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
664.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Homemade Tortilla (for 8 servings)

Prep : 30 mins
Cook : 25 mins

Ingredients :
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup hot water

Directions :
1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening and work into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
2. Form a well in the middle of flour mixture and mix in hot water. Work flour and water mixture together with a fork and transfer to a cutting board.
3. Knead until a smooth, soft dough is formed, about 3 minutes. Add more flour if dough is too sticky.
4. Place more flour on cutting board, cover dough with bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
5. Cut ball of dough into eight equal parts and cover until needed.
6. Roll out balls of dough either by hand or with a tortilla press.
7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place flattened tortilla in skillet and cook until it begins to bubble, about 1 minute. Flip tortilla over and cook for an additional minute. Flip again and cook for 1 more minute. Repeat with remaining dough.
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319 of 417 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,422.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
After wasting my +1250 hours on it, i think i can say something about this game.

First of all, this review is not a humorous one. I'm writing it seriously to give information about this game. Because it is so popular and too many people want to learn something about it including who has never played it and starters. I think this review will be informative for these people, gamers who has spent couple of hours like me, knows everything i am going to try to tell.

After this short introduction, we can start:

-Russians' problem is not about being Russian. Due to the game's popularity among Russian players, there are too many bad (always swears, doesnt play as its a team game, doesnt speak english in eu servers etc.) Russian players. But there are also too many nice Russian players. Briefly, the problem is not about being Russian, if there are 10 gamers in dota, 4 of them will be bad players, if there are 1000, 400 of them. Thats the point.

-If you want to play this game to get relaxed, dont do it. After few matches you will find yourself more depressed, angry or sick instead of relaxed or enjoyed. The bad players are the reason for it. As an illustriation; you started a game to get enjoyed, looked the picks, someone rushed carry heroes without saying anything and suddenly said "me mid" or "me solo" etc., ok thats right you are still relax, you picked a support for your team, they somehow fed the enemies, ok still you are relaxed, they started to argue with each other, they started to swear and fed the enemy team on purpose just because of their arguement, ok you are still trying to convince them to stop it but you feel angry, and then you will lose the game. This type of games are not so rare in dota. 3 over 10 games are being played according to this nutshell. Therefore, it is highly possible that you will find yourself in a very bad mood instead of enjoyed after playing dota.

-Then, why people still playing it too much? Why there is not just bad players in the community now? Because it is addictive. You can not get rid of it. If someone trolls your game, you want to play again and wish to play with better players, if you win the game, you want to win again and increase your mmr, if you lose the game you want to play again to get your mmr back. Shortly, you will want to play again after every game. However, if you are sure that you can stop playing whenever you want, this reason is pointless for you.

-Meaningless mmr system. When i first heard about mmr system i was quite excited. Because it ideally provides an environment that includes less trolls and bad players. However, the system is completely meaningless. Player profile and skills are same at 1k,2k and 3k mmr. Once you get your mmr, it is very hard to increase it too much since every win increase it 25, every lose decrease it 25 and as i said before, player profile is same at 1k 2k and 3k, when you have a bad player in your team it is nearly impossible to win that game etc. It is completely up to your team. So, how people get too high mmr's? They have this mmr at the begining. And how they did it? There is no clear information about it. Valve does not announce how it is being calculated. For example, i played 10 first ranked games with 8 wins, i played support and carries, buy wards and couriers when i was support, i carried the game almost on my own when i was carry, but my mmr was 2200 when some people get 4k starting mmr. This system also a fact about this game's addiction but doesn't help kind players about creating a better environment.

-All in all, i dont recommend this game just because of its community. The game is a master piece, master of MOBAs, it is a great thing that only you can spend your money on cosmetic items in the game, it has great graphics etc. However, it has a really bad community and you will find yourself as one of those bad players when you play more and more and it becomes impossible to get rid of it. On the other hand, if you have a great mental power and patience, play it, i completely recommend it. This review was written for normal patience leveled people. I dont say "Dont waste your time, go and do some social activities", if u want to play video games, dont play it go and play more enjoying games.

-Lastly, i have an advice for valve, it would be better if there will be an administrator system in dota. People who works professionally and for money for this administrator job would examine players' matches who get reports too much and if they see that they are bad players (as defined at the beginning) they should be banned from game for few days or their mmrs should be decreased. Now, it is done completely automatic and so after some low priority matches bad players can continue trolling.

I hope it would be helpful for people who hasnt spent too much time on dota and it would be read by people except from my friends :D

************************Some Suggestions************************

I wrote this review when this game made me feel so bad and desperate. I lost my will to play dota. However then, thanks to some sensitive comments, I started to play dota only with my friends. Now I have some suggestions for people who have similar feelings about dota as I mentioned in my review months ago.

-As some people say in comments of this review, play this game with your friends. After writing this review I have rarely played solo games and it feels better.

-Participate in some tournaments. After lots of bad pub match experiences, that tournament atmosphere offers a great dota experience. You can participate in ESL's or other platforms' open tournaments for free.

-Finally,never give up! You can encounter very kind players as well. After a bad pub game performance, your teammates maybe say "uninstall dota" etc. but after then you can participate in tournaments with your friends. Just do not give any importance what they say. You can see similar things in this review's comments section. There are very kind, sensitive and suggestive comments which try to help me and lots of depressing, offensive comments. Same is true for the player profile in dota, just dont give any importance what the haters say!

GOOD LUCK & HAVE FUN :D


ONE LAST THING TO SAY:

ALL COMPENDIUM OWNERS, PLEASE VOTE FOR IO ARCANA!

Edited: Game hours are updated and some grammar mistakes are corrected. "Some Suggestions" section added. Thank you all for suggestions, comments and rate ups.
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107 of 120 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,118.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game is really great. Bots perform extremely realistic, almost eliminating the point in playing vs real humans.

-Bots will ignore you when you ping a hero. Just like humans.
-Bots will steal your farm. Just like humans.
-Bots will 1v5 the enemy. Just like humans.
-Bots will ignore enemies taking Roshan. Just like humans.
-Bots will not ward. Just like humans.

11/10

Additions by others:

Depy the Pie-Ro - Bots will ignore when you get ganked, just like humans.
Enlightened one - Bots will also go into rosh alone and sit there until they die not even hitting him (just like humans).
DrewTylerJ - Bots will miss skillshots. Just like humans.
MasterJonah - Bots will forget that runes exist. Just like humans.
ivanleow2000 - Bots can't speak russian or indonesian and don't need to be muted (Possibly a pro)
low. Top Hat - Bots will always pick the same heroes. Just like humans.
ϢϊϨħṃῐ - Bots will always troll. Just like humans.
Stinkyboy - Bots will buy divine and throw game. Just like humans.
Kotaro Minami - Bots only pick carries. Just like humans.
Dingbat - Bots use healing items on themselves when you're nearby at 5 health. Just like humans.
SYN | Chaotic - Bots will never say anything helpful. Just like humans.
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124 of 144 people (86%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
2,436.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Got A+ on my Russian exam.
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73 of 90 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,635.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Learn any language spoken in South America in less than a month, guaranteed!

21/10 Better than Rosetta Stone
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135 of 186 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
924.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I hope the russians get nuked and never play dota again
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59 of 71 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4,043.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
>do presentation in school
>topic is "what inspires you most"
>pick memes
>do a passionate speech about how memes inspire my dota play
>my voice is shaking
>nobody says a word when i finish
>feel extremely awkward
>nobody really talks to me after class, some girls giggle
>when i leave teacher holds me back and just quickly whispers "i love memes too"
>we just smile at each other for some seconds before i leave
i feel so alive right now
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124 of 173 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,588.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I wanted to quit smoking so I started playing Dota (again) , but thanks to awesome community I'm smoking even more
10/10 would never play ranked again
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55 of 67 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,198.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I think many good game. My favorite is d2tidehunter, he is p cool. He can spit water and summon tentacle army. And enemy so afraid they jump into the air while you kill them all. But teammatees always steal kills and do nothing. Never give donkey wings or buy vision sticks. And Joffy always scream I noob, but otherwise p nice game of nice. 4/5 meatballs.
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