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.
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Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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March 27

Contributor Badges

If you are a contributor who has shipped an item in any Valve title, we would like to invite you to join us at The International. Badges to attend The International will be available free of charge, though you will be responsible for your own transportation and boarding costs.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to customize your Contributor badge to feature your art. If you are interested in attending The International or customizing your Contributor badge, please contact us here: ti-contributors@valvesoftware.com

Like last year, we will have areas for contributors to interact with the community, and your Contributor badge will also give you access to special contributor areas. We will have more information about the Contributor experience soon.

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March 26

The International Tickets FAQ

Tickets to The International will be available to purchase at this link and will be on sale soon. The first wave starts at 10:00am PDT March 27th and followed by the last wave at 10:00pm PDT March 27th.

Q. How many tickets can I buy?
Ticket purchases are limited to 5 per household.

Q. When will tickets go on sale?
Tickets will be sold in two equal waves. The first wave will be sold at 10:00am PDT, and the last wave will be sold at 10:00pm PDT. Use this time zone converter if you are unsure when tickets will be sold in your time zone.

Q. Can I purchase from both waves of tickets?
Yes, however you are still limited to a total of 5 tickets per household across both waves.

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There are no assigned seats. You will be able to sit anywhere.

Q. How can I purchase a VIP Ticket?
All tickets sold will be General Admission. We will not be directly selling VIP tickets.

Q. Can I trade my ticket if I cannot attend?
Yes, but please note that if you are picking up your badge from Will Call, you will have to contact Ticketmaster support and request a badge holder name change.

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Yes. If you contact Ticketmaster support within 48 hours of your purchase, they will help you secure a refund.

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No. Ticketmaster will only ship to the address you supplied at checkout. If you need to adjust the ticket to a Will Call ticket, please contact Ticketmaster support.

Q. I purchased a ticket and I live outside of the US. How will I receive my ticket?
Your ticket will be at the Will Call booth at the event. You will need to provide a picture ID to pick up your ticket. If you will not be the person picking up the ticket, please contact Ticketmaster support to add an additional pick up name to your order.

You can find the purchase page for the tickets here. We recommend going there and creating an account ahead of time so you will be ready when the tickets go on sale.

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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
4,326 of 4,678 people (92%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
446.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
This game taught me about the diversity of cultures that our small little corner of the universe offers.

Then it taught me to hate them all.
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3,927 of 4,277 people (92%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
926.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
It's like roulette; fun until it turns into Russian.
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1,149 of 1,231 people (93%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
11,564.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
And you thought real life was a struggle.
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3,338 of 3,689 people (90%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
5,031.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I only played a little but it was fun.
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2,134 of 2,421 people (88%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
1,116.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
One day, a wise man intoduce me into this game. "it shall protect your virginity, my lad" he said.
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1,409 of 1,596 people (88%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
414.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
still cant figure out how to jump
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1,532 of 1,744 people (88%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
1,751.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Dota 2 is like a black hole. It sucks in your time, energy and chance of getting laid.

But it's fun to spin around in.
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545 of 623 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3,147.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
DotA 2 Will drain you of your will to keep playing, and yet you will always return.
DotA 2 Will make you regret ever playing it, and yet you will always think "Just one more game"
DotA 2 Will take away all your free time, and yet you'll almost feel proud of how many hours you have in DotA 2.

With the time you spend on this game, you could do all sorts. Study on learning a new set of skills to further your career. You could raise money for charity. You could be an aid worker for a foreign country and help improve the lives of others. You could even just play other games, you know, those ones sitting in your backlog, pushed aside by DotA 2.

But you won't.
You will always return to this game. The maximum you will learn from playing this game is how to insult others in various languages (mostly these languages will consist of Russian and Peruvian.). This game will become as much a part of your life as eating or blinking. Half the time you will not even remember having played DotA 2 on a certain day. It just becomes natural to you.

If you start playing this game, you will become addicted.
You will also spend obscene amounts of money on cosmetics. A quick chest purchase here, a few random items on the market there, and boom. Like me you'll have spent far too much on a game which needs no money spent on it. If you start DotA 2, not only will you be subjecting yourself to a motivation-destroying hobby, but also subjecting yourself to a wallet emptying one too.


tl;dr This game will take away your time, money and patience for others. You will become an angry person.

Basically 10/10 GOTY All years
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528 of 619 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,431.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
This game ruined my life

I recommend everyone to play Dota 2 and not LoL nor HoN.
Don't get me wrong, I am not hating or anything. I was from HoN for like 2-3 years before Dota 2 was released and tried LoL and actually enjoyed it for a bit but then went back to HoN.

Dota 2 is a great game, an awesome game. I really should have thought about spending money on a free game but to hell with it I say. Mechanics are well designed, what makes a hero OP is the player behind it and the team that surrounds it. This is a team game people, so team work is a must (unless you are solo queuing, then you have to carry your garbage of a team but it can be the other way around). Monster gamers are real.

Dota 2 has taught me a lot of things, you can only be good at something if you focus on it, learn from mistakes, be aware of your surroundings, trust your instinct, use common sense, trusting on your team to always have your back, believing in your capabilities, always try to be better than you were yesterday, and that..
THE COMEBACKS ARE REAL!!!

This game bought me and my friends together for lan parties and strengthen our bonds. A mere game that brings people together, not just friends but complete strangers too. Dota 2 is a game that will never be forgotten.

All in all, I recommend this game to everyone who wants to experience pain, suffering, and torment because at the end, you will come to a sudden realization that things are always bound to get better.

P.S. Calm down, it's just a game.
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727 of 869 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
538.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Downloaded, played, and learned fluent Portugues and Russian at the same time. 10/10
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806 of 973 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
2,577.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
My captain picked me meepo against earthshaker, lich and ember spirit

10/10 would play again
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667 of 804 people (83%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1,121.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Russia simulator 2014
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258 of 289 people (89%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
988.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
bobos
cykas
noobs
what more could you want?
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862 of 1,054 people (82%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
562.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Free russian dictionary!
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2,351 of 2,968 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,538.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Alright, listen up. Instead of being sarcastic and writing a funny review that jabs at russians, I'm going to tell you how Dota 2 really is at it's core.

In a nutshell Dota 2 is a great game, but a terrible experience at the same time. You want to keep going back to it, but you also hate to go back. Why? One word: community. Dota 2's community is for the most part rude and hateful (and undeniably filled with russians who refuse to speak any other language than that of their own), sapping the joy out of this otherwise polished and addicting MOBA. It's unfriendly to beginners and the basic mindset is to belittle anyone who makes a mistake. Make one wrong move and you are called a noob right away... at the best of times. Often it's much worse and I would prefer not to go into the details. Sometimes you get a crapstorm of hate and blame even if you haven't actually done anything wrong. Occasionally, though, you come across friendly players, and when that happens, the game is a pure joy to play. However, since the game is 5v5, coming across four nice players at the same time (if you're solo queueing) is a rarity.

Why then have I played the game for over 2000 hours? The sensation of winning. Your determination to keep playing, despite of the discouraging community, is fueled by the fantastic sensation of a glorious victory. That sweet moment when you see the enemy Ancient blow up and look back on the match, remembering all the plays and teamwork that lead you to victory is ever so gratifying. But even a victory can come with a grain of salt. Many times you have rude teammates that rage in the chat even when your team is winning. There is a mute option, but that doesn't stop the bad manners that extend outside the chat. People can intentionally feed the enemy team, ignore their own team, teamkill with some abilities and just generally be a bad player. It's really frustrating and the worst part is it happens all the time.

Going ranked doesn't really solve the problem either, at least not completely. Ranked matchmaking is a more serious type of mode in Dota 2 that ranks you based on how well you do and finds opponents of equal skill. It feels much more professional and "tryhardish." Although you meet nice players more often, nothing stops the rude players from jumping over the fence and playing ranked aswell. Having played some matches in ranked, I can say the mode isn't "hate free." I had some of the worst matches in regards to teammates in that mode. Another problem with ranked is that, like I said, it's more "tryhard." Many just want to play the game casually and not have to worry about ranks and the "this is ranked, you better be a damn good player" mentality.

But don't get me wrong, Dota 2 is a great game in itself and that's why I keep going back to it. The core mechanics are spot on and gameplay flows well. No technical issues to speak of (not counting the occasional missing texture bug or so, of which I have had none myself). Graphics are great and have a subtle water painting type feel to them. All the various spells and abilites look great. The game is very deep and complex with tons of items, skill and item builds and strategies to learn. It can be a bit terrifying to beginners, but once you get the hang of things, it's engaging. All the playable heroes are well balanced (although there is always some debate on a couple specific heroes being "OP") and free to play from the start. That's another thing the game does right. All the heroes are free and playable from the start, unlike Dota 2's undeniably very successful competitor, League of Legends. Dota 2's microtransactions focus on purely cosmetic stuff, which means there are zero "pay to win" elements in the game.

It really falls unto you to decide whether if you want to suffer the rude community for the sake of playing this brilliant game. If you're one of those people who can just calmly ignore everything rude being said at you, you have a better chance of not finding Dota 2 so terrible. To put it roughly in perspective: Playing Dota 2 is like playing Skyrim, but having someone stand next to you the whole time yelling at you for every mistake you make, calling you a "fooping idiot" every time you miss an arrow or fail a quest objective. Failed to kill Alduin? "Uninstall Skyrim, noob." Don't know how to make dragonbone armor? "Learn to play, tard." It would just completely sap the fun out of your epic adventures, would it not? Sadly that's how Dota 2's community is.

Having played the game as long as I have, I would say that you are better off not playing Dota 2. The game is fun when you're winning (because people tend to rage less when your team is doing fine), which is 50% of the time (and sometimes not even when you're winning). It isn't the losses that make the game unpleasant, it's the unfriendly people. Often your day will just be worse after playing Dota 2, instead of it cheering you up as games do. People will tell you that Dota 2 is great, but that greatness comes with a price.

Do take in notice that this is all coming from a solo player point of view. This review is meant mainly to those who are likely to play the game alone most of the time and want to know what it's really like, not just the great things. If you have four friends who you can play with on a regular basis, then you're good to go. The game is at it's best when you play with friends and don't have to worry about getting "a stick in the mud" player on your team.

Great game with bad community.
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466 of 564 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,089.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
like skyrim with russians
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460 of 558 people (82%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
1,603.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This game helps you realize the stuggles that were present during the Cold War, and reinforces your fear of Russians, or at least playing with them. Team up with South Americans to battle the Russians and receive more negative feedback from your teammates than your ex girlfriend gave you about your small ♥♥♥♥♥. Once you realize that the South Americans are also your enemies, you can play on their servers to escape them because everyone knows that they only play on the U.S. Servers to slowly damage our mental stability to aid them in their everlasting mission to feel like they don't live in a third world country.

10/10
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335 of 397 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,625.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
i waste my life and money on one map please help me
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145 of 155 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,148.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
In Dota 2,

Not many people speak English.
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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252 of 295 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,706.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Simply the most realistic international relations simulator on the market
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