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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September 23

The Rekindling Soul Update

The long awaited metamorphosis of Shadow Fiend arrives at last. In addition to a completely new look for his form and effects, the update also contains the Demon Eater Arcana. This Arcana provides a fiery reimagining of Shadow Fiend, complete with new effects, sounds, animations, icons, and an altered voice. We also thought it'd be fun to allow you to show off your skill at triple-razing enemies to the ground, so with the Arcana equipped you'll be see a fiery celebration of your skill. Finally, if you buy the Demon Eater set before October 31st, it will come with an 'Exalted' quality.

Yet Shadow Fiend isn't the only one receiving special treatment - this update also contains the much-anticipated 6.82 balance update, which introduces an arsenal of additions and tweaks affecting every part of the game. Major systems have been overhauled, and heroes have been retooled and reworked. Bloodseeker and Phantom Lancer both now sport new abilities, you'll find a new rune in the river, a new item in the shop - the list goes on and on. And for the first time in years, the Dota 2 map itself has changed, with significant layout changes to Roshan's lair, base fountains, and more.

What are you waiting for? Head over to <a href="">The Rekindling Soul Update Page</a>.

One more thing: we on the Dota 2 team have a number of updates in the works right now that we're really excited about, some for the rest of this year, and a big update for early next year. But we're pretty sure we won't be able to make enough progress on the larger update if we put it down to work on Diretide - so we've decided that we're not going to ship a Diretide event this year. We know that last year we weren't clear enough in our communication about this, so this year we wanted to be up front about it early. Next year will bring monumental changes to Dota 2, and we're confident that when you've seen what we've been working on, you'll agree it was worth it.

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July 3

It's Happening

The International draws near! All around the world players and spectators are preparing themselves for the battles to come. It all begins next Tuesday the 8th with the start of the Playoffs. To help you get the most out of the biggest event in Dota history, visit The International Tournament Website, where you can review the entire tournament schedule, find spoiler-free streams of each day's games, learn about the new Multicast and Newcomer's Broadcast streams, locate a local Pubstomp, read up on the latest TI4 news, discover what this year's champions stand to win, and more.

Need more ways to keep track of The International? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter (#TI4), Flickr, and Instagram.

Once the dust has settled and the new champions have emerged, everyone who owns a Compendium will discover a new gem in their inventory to show off their dedication to The International by displaying their Compendium level, as well as a new emoticon to match. The types of gem and emoticon received will change based on the owner's Compendium level when the tournament ends:

  • Copper (Level 1)
  • Bronze (Level 10)
  • Silver (Level 25)
  • Gold (Level 50)
  • Platinum (Level 100)
  • Diamond (Level 500)

Finally, we're launching a new batch of treasures on the store, all of which feature sets and items from pro players and teams. Open a Treasure of the Elemental Trophy, Tangled Keepsake, and Cannon's Fuse to claim items from a variety of pro teams and players, or purchase a Treasure of the Eternal Alliance to earn one of several new items from last year's grand champions, Alliance.

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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

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
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253 of 285 people (89%) found this review helpful
791.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's like roulette; fun until it turns into Russian.
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152 of 164 people (93%) found this review helpful
859.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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+ detailed heroes
+ nice animation and effects
+ living setting
- blured textures

+ very good hero balance
+ video tutorials for beginners
+ train with KI
- very hard for beginners

Game Size:
+ currently 108 heroes
+ over 120 items
+ many tactics
- only 1 map

+ diverse hero sounds
+ nice music
+ nice battle sounds
+ 7.1 surround

+ learn easy different languages (russian, spain etc.) :)

“Welcome to Dota 2!” They say, before concluding with, “You suck.” They're not wrong: for the first dozen hours or so, you'll be bombarded with too much information and an often unforgiving community of extremely competitive players. But if you persevere, Dota 2 becomes one of the most rewarding and tense team-based multiplayer experiences anywhere in gaming. A fantastic free-to-play model.
Dota 2 has become notorious even among its MOBA peers for its difficulty – and that’s totally justified. It’s a double-edged sword that leads to both a terrifying introduction and a world-class game at the highest levels.

You should not expect to have fun your first day playing... or even your first week, maybe months. Dota 2 is a deeply layered construct of systems, and to survive you need to understand every single one and how they interact with one another. Everything from learning to work as a member of a coordinated team to the counter-intuitive practice of killing your own AI units to deny the enemy experience points and gold they’d get from doing it themselves, and understanding the effects of hundreds of abilities like Bloodseeker’s Rupture (which deals huge damage with every step you take) is a big barrier to entry. Even figuring out which of the 108 heroes fits you best is a time-consuming challenge.
Your learning has just begun when you've settled on what roles, heroes, and builds suit you best – you also have to adapt based on what other players choose. If the other team plays a Riki, you need to compensate with an emphasis on detection. Go up against Bloodseeker and his hideously powerful Rupture will force you to carry around a Town Portal Scroll to get home.

Shop System:
Only cosmetic enhancements, almost all of which are created by the community. Tournament goodies (such as tickets for viewing live events) are for sale. There’s not a single paid on the in-game balance, and that’s great!

In short words:
Dota 2 pits two teams of five players against each other. mix of strategy and RPG, skill management and tactical gameplay.
108 heroes, each with their own style and combat abilities.
most heroes have 4 skills that can be increased in power by levelling up by killing enemys.
there are over 120 items to choose from within each game, each with their own ways to power up your stats and active abilities.
creeps that charge down the game's three lanes, and the player controlled heroes on the opposite team.
There’s a huge time investment before you can enjoy a game. it creates a playing field where skill and teamplay is top priority.

the best DotA game. many heroes, items and a great balance.

Thanks for reading! If you Like my Review, give me a Thumbs up in Steam (not the youtube video).
I make this for the Community and your help is greatly appreciated :)
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137 of 154 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,570.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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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106 of 118 people (90%) found this review helpful
2,097.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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..

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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71 of 79 people (90%) found this review helpful
2,732.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,301.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
So, here are some limericks about Dota 2 that may help you decide whether to play or not... Sorry in advance

There once was a man named zeus
His team put him mid on the loose
He could totally ♥♥♥♥
But had no escape
and so he got ganked like a moose

One time Pugna I tried to play
But forgot that there is no way
To get more than five health
Without massive wealth
And bounty hunter stuck his peepee in my bum over and over and over and I cried

Sometimes if there is a dragon
You need to purchase a dagon
And then you go ZAP
And all 'cross the map
People made the excuse they were laggin'

Nyx nyxnyx nyx nyxnyx nyx
Nyxnyx nyx nyxnyx nyx nyx nyx
Nyx nyx nyx nyx
Nyx nyx nyx nyx nyx
Nyxnyx nyx nyxnyx nyx nyx nyx

There once was a brave little feller
Who wanted to be the best speller
But he was russian
And people are ♥♥♥♥'s
So now he lives in a cellar

There once was a brave little a bear
Who smoked into Roshan's lair
So hard he tried
But he got bashed and died
And now his team is giving him the glare

If you play dota beware
Because it's sometimes a pit of dispair
Advice you will heed
But your teem will still feed
And then you will switch to solitair

So I just wasted a solid 25 minutes making jenky limericks about dota... Just play the game, it's awesome
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
202.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Downloaded, played, and learned fluent Portugues and Russian at the same time. 10/10
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51 of 61 people (84%) found this review helpful
2,229.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
It's okay
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
3,379.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
In-depth, competitive, scientifically proven, approved by Church of England and American Monster Truck foundation,
true MLG review on award-winning game: Heroes of League Of Autists 2.

Alright, guys, listen. My name is [IG] D[andi] SingSing aka Wild♥♥♥♥♥Digger1998UA and i will throw some of my wild gameplay suggestions in a game that is totally not corrupted by trends, pro leagues where people play like lobsters on acid (denying your own aegis because you click like a frenzied ape when nothing around is happening) and totally not toxic community where every Ivan, George and PingPongClingClong is a distinguished pro gamer with 200 years of training at Icefrog's monastery of enlightement somewhere inbetween Tibet's asscheeks.

Okay, let's go: This riding on cat Mirana chick with face that looks like she just seen a dolphin putting on a condom. Her ultimate allows teammates to get invisibility for given time. Which can, for instance, save your carry+ support who is getting dived by frenzied Bristleback and enemy mid hero with 2 runes up his butt. So just press r - and since they didnt have any dusts - your carry is safe. Haha, no! We can't have any of that! I need more damage on my arrow that i will miss anyway. Plus if my allies are dying, i can just blame them instead of doing anything. If they are russians - just double your blame output.

Okay, so we have that hero, Spector, but it doesnt look like this gay guy from Bioware game. So she has ability to move through obstacles and units, has free tons of pure damage (can't be reduced by armor) on every illusion, and map presense with her ultimate that allows her to fight at any given time without leaving her farming spots until necessary, and with high enough agility her illusions can just inflict enough damage so your team can fight freely while you patiently taking your farm. SO WHAT DO WE DO? OF COURSE WE AINT GONNA DO ANY OF THAT: we will get her phase boots because spectral dagger is clearly not enough, we will never ever get free damage on carry, and we get a bloody skill that blocks and returns damage instead (when enemy team has like. ugh, same damage output as yours?and you have no hp yet anyway?). Get vanguard that just doesn't work because of dota 2's RNG programming and then will farm radiance till 50' timemark because expensive aura with item's green damage that doesnt work on illusions (even though aura does work and can do a lot of good things, like blocking enemy's blink dagger that will be blocked by your ult in a second anyway) is clearly better than stat-gain or mana-burn.

Okay, so we have that orange bird guy, that can hold solo lane against 2 or 3 people with minimum deaths (except some specific combos that just screw up his escape) and set of abilities that allows to eviscerate enemy team if your allies have at least ANYTHING to hold them in place. What are we gonna do with this hero, you may ask. Of course we will put him on a support role and make him buy mekansm, so he would never have any mana for his high damage dots that also have ridicilous slow debuff and ult that is easily countered only like by ten heroes out of 150. We have Mirana without ultimate to go get all this exp, remember?

Alright, these situations are obviously too situative, so we will talk about global scale meta:
Let's get to most obvious question: what hero should we pick? The answer is - PUDGE.
You need mid - you pick PUDGE. You need support - you pick PUDGE. You need offlane, jungler, roamer, carry, social worker, girlfriend, president of the united states of 'Murrica? - Just pick Pudge. Why? Because someone did that on, you silly noob cheekyscrublord.
You, of course, have same skill as pro players so you can just mimic them and game will be magically won! You don't need to think about anything, just buy recommended items and blame your teammates if something is wrong. You got a motherflipping DRAGONCLAW HOOK afterall. If you bought an item that is worth of 3 years of your school lunchboxes - nobody will have enough guts to argue with your divine skill in pressing q button at cursor location to lasthit a creep (mute everyone at the start of the game just in case tho).

Next important issue is map presense, lane control, creep control, ability to analyze situation, counter-warding and all that important elements of this pseudo-strategical map game. For all of that just remember these two lines:
"WHERE THE GANG" (it is important that you will never type "gank" properly).

This is basically all you need to know about this game. Remember: its not important to win! It's the whole competetive spirit and sportsmanship that matters! Everyone has around 50% winrate anyway because of matchmaking, and ELO system in rankeds is based on wizard-science and tarot-fortunetelling (it's supposed to work only in chess anyway). Yeah, developers may tell you their rating system is not based on elo, but can Volvo really pull off their own mathematic rating model for the game that after all these years still lags when someone is picking a hero, armor rating still doesnt work properly, and hero with 320 movespeed can chase down and kill hero with 350 because of model animation? Oooh i think not.

Anyway i give this game 100 dirty apes out of 100 and encourage you to start playing as fast as possible, to join in most viral addiction the world ever saw since taking heroin rectally, poping polyethylene packages or throwing water filled condoms out of the window became a thing.
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
1,430.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I wanna be a pro-player,
so ♥♥♥♥ing bad
Buy all of the games I never had
I wanna be on the cover of
Dota Magazine
Smiling next to Sing and Kuroky

But everytime I close my eyes
I see Bloodseeker in his tights,
uhuu yeheehe
A different hero every night, alright,
I swear, there goes my MMR
When I'll be a pro-player...
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51 of 65 people (78%) found this review helpful
346.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Butthurt Simulator 2014!
-Raging kids!
-Raging Russians!
-And finally, RAGING RUSSIAN KIDS (Oh god!)

And no, i do not hate Russians in any way. They are actually awesome!
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
1,037.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Dota 2 is a very highly skilled game, don't expect to walk in and expect you being very good. You are going to die alot and probably yell at your team mates but that's just the nature of this game. Dota 2 takes place in an arena where you will fight to destory the enemies Anicent if you destory it; you win.

The Ancient is protected by 11 stuctures called towers that protect it. Each of these towers are found in each of the three lanes bottom, middle and top. You take control of a unit that is a hero, many of them are diverse and have a lot of pros and cons such as Crystal Maiden who is really good at locking down heros early game with her stun but she is also the slowest hero in the game.

You are accompanied by 4 other players including yourself to fight against another 5 players. You need to push lanes to be able to destory the enemy towers in each lane but the catch is the enemy team is doing the same thing, so you need to not only push to your victory but to stop the enemy team from pushing aswell.

There is 107 heros in Dota 2 out of the 112 heroes that are in the Warcraft III. They are categorised into 3 groups. Strenght, which are usually the tanky guys. Agility, most carries are found in this category and Intelligence which most of the supports are usually found. All these heroes have different skill levels, such as Invoker who is an intelligence hero with 14 spells. He is able to create spells with 4 of his spells, creating the other 10. He is able to create tornados which disable enemies, meteors which looks epic and burns enemies that stand in front of it. Just an all round crazy hero. Viper is arguably the easiest hero which as 2 passive spells (Passive spells are spells that work all the time, you don't need to activate them) and 2 other spells which are targetable.

You can customise your Dota experience with annoucer packs which change the voice of the annoucer which include Glados and the narrator from the Stanley Parable. You can change your HUD to different themes.

The game allows you to buy tickets where you can support tournments, some of these tournments allowing you to directly contribute to the prize pool. Most of the time it is 25%. In 2014, The International is a annual tournment created by Valve for Dota 2. In 2014, the prize pool for this tournment became 10.9M dollars. First place got 5M dollars! If you are into ESports then this game will be up your ally.
Dota 2 is a hard game, but if you look in the right places you are able to learn a lot, if you aren't sure you want to play this game, you can PM me and I can teach you how to play. I honestly don't mind.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
518.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I speak Phillipines fluently after 2 weeks of playing it. 20/10.
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
1,248.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Dota II is a fun free to play game, I have been playing its precursor since it was released as a mod for warcraft III years ago. I have sunk more than a 1000 hours as it never gets boring. It's a incredibly deep game which intergrates complex gameplay and mechanics, its a very popular game when you notice the international competitive scene. however be warned that this game has a steep learning curve and I still consider myself a casual gamer type for this game and as most multiplayer game, you will encounter abrasive players in the community which could ruin the experience, though that can bes fixed by muting or reporting the player(s).
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
402.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
One day, a wise man intoduce me into this game. "it shall protect your virginity he said".
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
150.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Switched to Dota 2 after 3 years of League of Legends. Best decision in my life.

P.S.: Riki is a ♥♥♥♥.
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Someone teach me how to stop dying when I'm going for a kill. Then play with me, and win with me.

It's a fun game! :3 私はそれを愛する!
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
735.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I like this game. It's more exciting and challenging than other online games.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,251.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Great game! Tons of fun to burn time and fantastic at forging friendships. 12/10 would play
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153 of 261 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Opened Game.
Found Match.
Picked Sniper.
Was told to uninstall.

2/10 Would not pick Sniper again.
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