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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May 20

Dota 2 Short Film Contest



It's time to raise the curtain on the 2016 Dota 2 Short Film Contest.

From now until the morning of July 26th, 2016, filmmakers are invited to submit their short film creations to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate ten entries to be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. The winning films will then be announced and showcased as part of The International 2016 broadcast, and while each nominee is guaranteed to win $500, the top three will take home prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for their efforts.

More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site.

Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2016.

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May 16

The International 2016 Battle Pass



The International 2016 Battle Pass has arrived. Stuffed full of objectives, features, and exclusive rewards, this Battle Pass celebrates the journey through The International season, and the Dota 2 community that makes it all possible.

Battle Pass owners can undertake in-game Quests, stake Wagering Tokens to score Battle Points, and pitch in on a series of Community Challenges, all while pushing your Battle Level along a path of rewards to unlock a digital trove of items. With an initial bundle of myriad items and Immortal Treasures to open, loads of Level Rewards to earn, and two different terrains to explore, the gallery of rewards is nearly endless.

Head over to The International 2016 Battle Pass pagefor more information, including details on the first Weekend Battle Cup, The International 2016 Compendium, a Peak MMR Challenge, The Manila Major Predictions, and much more. As in years past, 25% of all sales will go directly to The International 2016 prize pool.

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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

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • 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
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Mavericks 10.9
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon HD 2400 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 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 (Driver v331), AMD HD 2xxx-4xxx (Driver mesa 10.5.9), AMD HD 5xxx+ (Driver mesa 10.5.9 or Catalyst 15.7), Intel HD 3000 (Driver mesa 10.6)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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Cookie Crisp
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
League of Legends is better :O
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kyliejennertypebeat
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HolyHandGrenade
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
the community is rude, vulger and not worth the effort to interact with
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N00BSlayer30
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game is absolutely amazing. The sequel of the Warcraft III mod back in the day improves everything from its predecessor. The UI suits both the veteran and the newcomers to the MOBA genre. But, this game has challenge. Your first match will give you a bad K/D ratio. But as you learn through playing the game or watching helpful videos in the internet, you will get better. You will find your character that suits your playstyle then you can play the game getting that sweet sounds of godlike and Holy ♥♥♥♥ (Classic sounds!). But you will get your ♥♥♥ kicked from time to time. Best Free-2-Play game ever without spending a single dime on microtransactions.
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Hodor
( 426.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
this game seems pretty good, remember to only play with a positive mental attitude. don't trigger others or they'll ask u to kill yourself.
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Melonie Mac
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Putang ina mo bobo noob team.
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No See No Hear No Talk
( 396.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
It's a good game. Even i can' t play all Herpes but males me to learn all of heroes..try it and u 'll feel to play again and again and again.
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300.Raise Of Baka
( 2,825.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Кто там стучит в мое окно?
Сова и мертвый мальчик
Этой ночью шепчет мое имя
Все умирающие дети

Целине под моими ногами
Картина мира в белом
Я топтать путь
Собираюсь получить себе в сказку

Что бы то ни было
Мой поиск будет продолжаться
Играть мальчик
Путешествие без конца

Соловей в золотой клетке
Это я заперт в лабиринте Реальности
Не может кто-то сделать мой тяжелый сердечный свет?
развертываться
Верни меня обратно к жизни

Соловей в золотой клетке
Это я заперт в лабиринте Реальности
Не может кто-то сделать мой тяжелый сердечный свет?
Все начинается с колыбельной
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SUPP♥
( 412.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
I LOVE IT.
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wierdestaverage
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
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i still dont know how to play
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Noober's
( 375.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
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Wow. this is amazing game. i can't stop play it
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Gera(Caguama En Bolsita)
( 597.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game made me hate spanish speaker.
My native language is spanish.
10/10
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Prepare Your Anus!
( 288.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Match ID: 2399363189, 2394336636

Game kept freezing. And I got disconnected several times. I always reconnect but now it says that I abandoned!? ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME GABEN!?
I'm pretty sure it's not because of my internet connection because I've been playing other online games without issues! This freezing issue has been happening the whole week!

REMOVE MY LOW PRIORITY AND FIX THIS F*CKING MESS!
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'Princess'
( 42.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This is the best game ever but i can't buy on market can you help me
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Shadow Link
( 3,443.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Dota 2. After 3 years of playing this game, 3000+ hours ingame and 2900 games played, i think I've had my fair share of playtime enough to write in my opinion a good review of the game. Dota is primarily a 5v5 MOBA where 2 team compete against each other for momentum in the ultimate goal of destroying the enemy teams Ancient. Dota 2 has infinite complexity depth as people develop their skills and learn new tips and tricks and experiment with new items and hero combinations. That being the case no 2 games are ever the same and allows for a high replayability level.

Other popular MOBAs including League of Legends, SMITE, and Heroes of the Storm in my opinion are very roughly comparable if you can compare them at all. ALL of these games shine very brightly in their own way but side by side they're to different to really compare. League of Legends and Dota 2, often the most contested of the MOBA genre, have similar general mechanics like leveling, creeps pushing to the opponets base, Ancient/Nexus, but in the end League of Legends is a very simple game on its surface. Its players shine when they master basic mechanics of the game, but it's how well you can master the basic mechanics of League of Legends is how you become the big players of the game. Dota 2 is just the opposite, it has a very complex system which takes much practice to master everything. Thats where the pros shine at this point in time, they're the masters of the game to their degree of skill right now. Both games are difficult to master in their own ways. League is simpler but requires much more fine tuned basic mechanics to be top level. Dota is more complex, requiring high skill in all areas of the game inorder to become the best. League is simpler but it does not make it more difficult. Playing League beforehand if you're interesting in this game will help somewhat, but you can't expect to be a master walking in.

The community of this game is generally reactionary to how you are. A lot of people say how players online are toxic and such and believe me those players very much exist in Dota 2 but if you enter the game with a poor attitude then other players are gonna have a poor attitude towards you. This is not always the case though, sometimes you'll get the flamer who is so toxic and will never accept reason that even being positive won't help them. Thats why Valve gave us all the great "Mute" function. Ignoring these types of players will generally improve your game experience and overall your game performance. Players who never accept reasoning or thinking logically and just flame will never get better at the game because they don't accept a different look on a situation. That's how i made my way through the great MMR(Multiplayer Matchmaking Rating) trenches of Dota 2 in both Solo and Party MMR. Just always keep in mind, if you're toxic to other players, they'll be toxic back, so do the community a favor and be the upbeat guy in the team.

Ranked. Oh lord ranked. probably a lot of the cause of the toxicity comes from those numbers, and I've been in the trenches struggling to get out for so long. Eventually I pulled free from it and achieved an MMR I aspired to a long time ago. All in all though, ranked just displays your mmr, unranked still has an mmr, it just isn't displayed.

I've met a great deal of friends playing Dota 2. Some of these friends I hope will last my lifeftime. With that in mind not every player out there will be your friend in Dota 2, but some that are are truly great people. You can find great friends in any game you play, just gotta find them.

To me Dota 2 is more of a sport. It fills a great amount of competitveness that a lot of people have within them. Theres nothing wrong with trying to become better at the sport you play, and this is no different.

Overall this game has a lot of positives with its fair share of negatives. It does consume a lot of time in your life, at averaging 45 minutes a game and 2900+ games, I've clocked 3000+ hours. 45 minute games also don't include load times, drafting and pregame, so a good hour time slot is recommended before starting a match. The community CAN be toxic, but when you yourself are toxic how can that ever help. If YOU don't want a toxic community, then YOU yourself have to be positive. This game with its time will most likely fill your competitive needs of sports, it did for me and I don't regret any of it.

Getting better at this game takes patience and the ability to say "This is what I can do better next time". I've risen from the 2K MMR bracket when ranked first came out to the 4K bracket today. Play more and you'll improve yes, but if you don't look at your mistakes and say "here's what I can do better" then you'll never truly improve or improve at the rate you want too. Having a mentor who'll teach and explain higher level plays and tactics to you is always a plus. I'd never be where I am today without my mentors.

If you're going to play Dota 2 always remember: Be positive and other will be positive back, being toxic never solved anything, looking and learning from mistakes is part of getting better, mentors are very helpful, this game consumes time but fulfills competitive needs of many people, you will meet great friends playing, and always give every game your all.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far :)
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Nova
( 1,148.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
DotA! Mother of all MOBA! hahaha
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177 of 262 people (68%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,887.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
-READ THIS IF YOU HAVE PLAYED DOTA 2 BEFORE-

-this game has good sides too, but i'm just focusing on the bad side of it-

i used to love Dota 2, and both Dota 1, as you can see in my play time which is about 1900 hrs,
so why would i not recommend this title?
here is why:
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-Community-
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*this game has a big lack of good community, you set your language preference in English, u find a game in EU then all you see is some people saying some weird alien things...
*there are actually no consequences due to getting reported or reporting someone the worst case scenario is that person must play 6 games or more with his own type of people.
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-Ranking systems-
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*i know some people and that has happened to me too, some one can win games in a mmr of like +3800 but that person keeps losing in the mmr of less than 3000, so its like even if you can play like a pro, if you have bad teammates and even n00b enemies, you cant play the game after all and you are always depress cause you cant reach what you actually are better than it,
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-Updates-
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*the updates this game does, are not actually balancing things, there is always some heroes unbalanced and OP in the patches, i remember it even from dota 1 of Huskar and Slark beeing OP, later came to Troll , Necrophos, gyro, Omni,OD, and now that im writing this Axe as the most OP hero, the game just insists to have OP heroes in it, so here is the result :
some hero like Omni or necro has about 60% winrate, and some hero like vissage and Oracle has around 30-40% winrate that's about twice of it!
no matter how good you are with a weak hero, u mostly lose with it, unless you are some kinda god with that hero,
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-Stress and focus-
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*when you are playing Dota 2 you must pay your whole attention to it, even if some one calls you or say something to you while you are in game you don't even notice or understand what they say!
failure causes a LOT of stress in this game, even if you win but have a rough game, its like you have done something really tense and that suffers you,
*because of this thing mentioned, when you lose, you want to play more dota 2 until you win and get satisfied but because you are tense and stressful you can't concentrate and you keep on losing and that cause a major depression on you,
*even if you say you don't care about stresses and you play for fun, yet you can not deny the effects of it on yourself.
*Dota 2 can affect your whole life, all you can think about all day is dota 2, when u study, when with family, when at job, anytime and anywhere, focusing or concentrating on a subject would be really hard for you.
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-Friendships-
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*this game make friends for you, and take them from you too.
i have been playing this game with my brother from the beginning and there were a lot of times we yelled and insulted each other, i don't think a game worth of becoming a secluded and isolated person from family and friends,
*there were several of times that Dota 2 gave me friends, and then it took them away from me.
*if you have a friend which is not good as you, you might feel to get away from them, this goes for you too, so this will make you a horrible materialist person, who only prefer to be friend with "The cool guy"
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-the Results-
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*from playing other games, you learn things, you feel things you get emotional and its like you watched a movie directed by yourself, but games like Dota 2, have no purpose in it, you are just playing it for the game play
it has nothing to present to you after all, you get nothing by playing this game, but you get a lot of moments playing other good games,
*you learn to abuse,blame and insult everyone easily and you forget that you are just a human as everyone are.
*Racism: i don't think i have to explain much about this..."stupid Russian", "damned Pinnoy","noob turk" ................( no offence btw i'm actually against this. read bellow )
well, the fact is my friend, there are actually a lot of great and good Gamers and persons in those countries tbh, we always pretend we are against racists and yet we spread the racism,
*this game just take your time away,you run away from your problems to this game instead of facing with them, its like an addiction, its actually totally an addiction to video games, once you got in, its hard to leave.
you always think about it, you always need to play this game, well my friend, this is an addiction!!
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i hope my review was useful

Edit: 5/22/2016 added some more things.
Edit: 5/25/2016 added columns for easier reading.
Edit: 5/28/2016 the discussions between me and Pure in the comments its somehow a review too read them also. :D
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136 of 197 people (69%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
102.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
First game of LoL Easy, First game of Smite easy, first game of Dota 0/21/0. You want a challenge that is more interesting than LoL then this is your game. I plan on playing this for a long time to come.
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74 of 108 people (69%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,397.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Life is short and this game is a waste of time. A game with potential that teases you and lures you in only for you to experience a miserable 60 minute match of abusive players or people who don't communicate or work together in a game that depends entirely on team work. If it's all too stressful, you also cannot leave the match due to the punishment system which tends to punish more benign players than abusive. Despite the game being marketed as competitive and stressing against abandoning matches, the devs don't seem to care that majority of the players don't know what they are doing & matchmaking doesn't take this into consideration, so often times one team gets all the good players. So you'll either be experiencing a miserable match you can never win, or a match you win so easily and unfairly that it doesn't feel like a win.
Basically playing DOTA 2 is like gambling or playing the lottery. Sometimes personally knowing how to play is good enough, but the majority of the time it is just the luck of the draw. There are plenty of other games you can play if you like that though, that don't require you to sit in a 60 minute match or recieve punishment if you don't.
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54 of 78 people (69%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,379.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Product received for free
Good game with a terrible community. In fact I liked this game itself since the original mod in wc3. It has many interesting mechanics allowing many ways to play and many strats. Furthermore some mods in the game may be interesting for you too.
But if you are looking for fun time in this game you better only play with premade teams who don't take themselves too serious. Else you will spend 50 mins of your lifetime feeling like you're back in preschool with people whining, chat and ping abuse. You can also mute your teammates but why playing a teamgame if you need to mute your mates?
So if you think you're pro no matter how much you suck, can't take losses, if you would ♥♥♥♥ up your team because you think that might bring you the win and finally if your verbal skills only consists of "noobz", "ez", "♥♥♥♥ this team" than this game might be the game you always dreamed of.
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68 of 102 people (67%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3,711.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
It's honestly the absolute worst piece of ♥♥♥♥ I've ever played in my life.
I regret every single second I've spent on it, and I would more readily recommend stomach cancer than this game.
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81 of 125 people (65%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
697.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
10/10 Would pay to avoid playing with non-english speakers

This game is awesome, this is why I almost feel bad about don't recommending it, but has what is easily the worst community in all online games, the main problem of this game is that is free.

This causes people who can't afford a decent PC and internet connection to come to this game and start playing it although they can't barely see the screen refreshing 4 times per-sec, and start playing a.k.a. (spamming them in every f*king game) "easy" heroes like Ursa and Riki because they pretty much can't play other "real" ones due the "lag".

If you are American forget about playing with other americans, because you will be matched with russians and peruvians who can't even spell the name of the hero they are playing, and yes, if you are wondering they have their own servers but somehow they all are on US servers.

I'm mexican so I didn't knew I could be racist with other latinos, but with this game I managed to achieve it, the fact I speak spanish is the thing that made me realise I could tell how the game was going to end just looking at the profiles at the loading page.

Let me give you an advise, if you are playing with southamericans disconnect from the game, it only takes 5 minutes of your time instead the 40 minutes you were going to waste anyway.

So this is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
You take the blue pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and keep becoming a "pro" Call of Duty player.
You take the red pill -- you install the game and I show you why Trump wants to build that wall...




Update: Due to recent comments I would like to clear some things than a few people may have misunderstood, because among other things some of them; I cite, "just read the first paragraph of it."...

-I do NOT really think this should be a paid game,
-I DO think this game should have some kind of regional/language/ping/hardware lock
because it sucks to play with someone who has a 500ms ping in your team and doesn't even speak the same language as you.

And YES ,you like it or not, having a person like this in your team increases the possibility of you losing the game, once I got matched with 4 southamericans in a party, this is what happened:

::Join the game, chose Juggernaut.
::Minute 16, Global 7-21 , me 5-1
::Tell my team that I got tired of their ♥♥♥♥ and I was going to feed if they didn't came and push mid like a team.
::Lose the game, I get 8/2/5
::My team reported me for feeding, literally a guy with 9 deads and 0 kills reported me for intentional feeding...
::At least enemy team had some compassion for me.
::Result??, 3-4 reports from my team, 2 commends and 50pts from enemy team.
That's the day I became racist...
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119 of 191 people (62%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,741.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Never play this game. Stay away from it as much as you can.
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43 of 65 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
107.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
Dota 2 is hard, but there's a huge reward for those who commit. On the surface, the game is a like-for-like reproduction of the genre-creating (and still updated) Defense of the Ancients modification for Warcraft III, now transferred into Valve's Source engine. The game's punishing design is sometimes enough to drive you up the wall, but it's worth sticking the hours in: success in Dota 2 is about learning to effectively juggle both the broad strokes and finer details.
If you're not aware of the basics of the burgeoning MOBA genre, two teams of five players spawn on corners of a map.

Each team needs to work together with the goal of ultimately destroying a central structure--in Dota 2's case, the Ancient--in the opposing team's base. With most games lasting around the 40-minute mark, and occasionally edging past an hour, watching the enemy fortress dramatically crumble and sink to the ground feels like an exhilarating payoff.
Aiding these two teams, named the Radiant and the Dire, are waves of AI assistants, called creeps. Batches of creeps spawn at 30-second intervals and charge merrily up the map's three pathways. In the clumps of remaining land lies a jungle, where numerous AI opponents spawn, offering lucrative benefits to players who take them on successfully. Finally, and in a bid to stop both teams from simply marching into one another's base, each team gets three powerful towers on each lane that easily shred through enemy players at the start of the game.

Your individual ability to control and affect the rhythm of the game comes from how well you handle your hero. You mostly control a single unit in Dota 2, though there are exceptions: some heroes can summon controllable allies, such as bears, gargoyle babies, or wolves; one exceptionally versatile hero can split into three; and one item lets you take control of certain creeps. For each rule in Dota 2's impressive house-of-cards design, there's usually at least one character who completely ignores it, or finds a way around it via one of 130-odd items available from the in-match shop. For instance, try negating magic attacks with the black king bar, returning damage with the blade mail, or pounding out two ultimate abilities in quick succession with a refresher orb.

The aim for most players is to accumulate as much gold and experience as possible, with income being delivered mostly by scoring the killing blow on enemy creeps and players. It's almost always easier to gang up on stray enemies as a group, which is why it's rarely a good idea to run about on your own. Then it's a case of splashing all your hard-earned money on some ultra-powerful items from the shop, while levelling up your base stats and abilities, and then clobbering the enemy team into submission via a few five-versus-five team fights. Rarely does it feel that simple, however.

At the time of writing, 102 of the original Dota's 112 heroes have made their way into the sequel. Each hero has a handful of unique abilities and generally works best in a specific role, such as supporting other players as Omniknight, roaming around the map looking for opportunistic kills as Spirit Breaker, or evolving throughout the course of the game into an all-powerful vehicle of carnage and destruction as Phantom Assassin.

There's only one map, unlike in many other MOBA titles, although Valve has not ruled out the addition of more over time, and has previously offered game-changing modes with seasonal events at Halloween and Christmas. But Dota 2's single sprawling map sets itself apart from the competition by being larger, more intricate, and packed with greater detail than the rest of the genre. Unlike in League of Legends, the jungle area is riddled with far more tangling pathways, the lanes feature additional shops selling exclusive items, and savvy players are given more opportunities to use the environment to hide, flee, and ambush their opponents.

There are multiple layers of additional information that become increasingly relevant as you invest more time in the game. How do you effectively divide your forces? When should your team attempt to vanquish Roshan, the map's most powerful creep? What are runes? What's the significance of the fact that creeps get slightly stronger every seven and a half minutes?

Often the game's dizzying scale is seen as off-putting or simply too complex, but the truth of Dota is that it can be entertaining as a new player to just sit down and let all those extraneous factors play out around you. Getting down to the brass tacks of the game with a group of like-minded friends is a lot of fun: start by buying your characters' recommended items, try your best not to get caught out of position, and get into the habit of buying observer wards. And watch out for Riki.

As you'd expect from Valve, this is a beautifully presented game, with the Half-Life and Portal maker running victory laps around its competition in terms of UI, voice acting, and showing how to deftly add real personality to its characters. Only recently has the developer turned its attention to gently easing new players into the proceedings, however, and even now, mastering the basics feels like learning to swim by jumping in at the deep end. Efforts are being made to remedy this, though: right now there are a couple of tutorial levels, some well-designed AI bots, and a newbie playlist that restricts hero selection to just 20 of the most frequently picked characters. And with community-created hero guides now built directly into the game itself, Dota 2 is much easier to get started with than it has been in the past.

Play a match every evening for a couple of weeks, and you start to see how Dota 2's wealth of disparate systems and mechanics combine into their own harmony, and you begin to understand how there are hundreds of elements that affect the game. Dota 2 is a tense war of accumulation and attrition. The biggest problem, which is coincidentally where the real excitement of the game lies, comes from struggling to process and interpret dozens upon dozens of mitigating circumstances while simultaneously trying to keep your cool.

It is a complicated and exhausting game, and for the first few weeks, it's challenging just keeping up with the general rhythm of a match. But invest enough time into Dota 2, and you develop an almost unconscious ability to keep up with the game--performing actions such as sending the slightly fiddly in-game courier over to the faraway "secret" shop to get some rare items, for instance. After a couple of hundred hours of Dota 2, what once felt like spinning plates just happens automatically.

While Dota 2 has transferred the core of the original Dota into a cleaner, modern engine, the fact remains that losing is uniquely painful. Death in Dota 2 not only gives your opponent money, but robs you of some of your own and leaves you waiting up to a minute to respawn. By the time you've trudged back across the game's massive map--or spent money on a teleportation scroll--your opponent is now stronger and richer. Die two or three times in quick succession, which is easily done, and a match of Dota becomes a painful experience where you spend the next half hour getting bullied by an increasingly superior enemy. Other games in the genre have tried to mitigate this punishment, but Dota 2 positively revels in its complexities. The rich just get richer.

Give it a go!
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
3,481.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Amount of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ increasing everyday.

I miss the old closed beta days :(
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57 of 94 people (61%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
3,509.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
it was ok (source 1)....... now it's ♥♥♥♥ (source 2)
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3,753.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Played the game countless of hours, not really 3753 hours but the game is amazingly fun if played with friends!! but when it comes to solo queue you will enter new world of Salt, Hate, Trash people. generally all MOBA's Has the samething but what makes this game so unique is that you will discover new regions for example you will find (EU Russia, NA Russia, SE Russia, etc). i also found it pretty good tool for learning new languages especially "Russian Language" which will help you communicate with your team mates. I recommend this game for everyone who is looking to waste his time insted of doing something more useful even if it was only staring at the screen.
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,474.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This is a very good game!
All players are very friendly with me and also with my mom (I often get asked about what she does and how she is).
In this game you will find people all over the world (95% Russia and 5% the rest).
People always wait to pick until they can decide a good synergy with their team and then they say one of the following quotes: "fu.ck you bit.ch I'm going mid! I fuc.ked your mother last night"/ "I will pick carry even if you did it first FU CANCER OMFG SON OF BIT.CH PIECE OF SH.IT!"/ "CANCER TO YOUR FAMILY SUKA I GO MID"/ "I PLAY WHAT I WANT I GIVE YOU DIC.K STFU OMFG NOOB REPORT THIS TRASH" etc.
This game aim for communication and team play so every player go YOLO, die alone and then ask for team and tell on all chat about how stupid they and how he played like a god (in almost all the situations the score of this person is 0-10+).
Almost forgot: very important! Even if you lose or win type "gg wp ez". If you lose remember to always say that your team was full of noobs and you could win but not with such bad fu.cktards on your side. Ohhh, also say that enemy team have only noobs in ther composition.
This game will teach you how much important is to listen to others and how to play as one. Then you get pretty much screwed cause those are just in theory and in practice all go yolo and fu.ck each other at the most brutal virtual level.
Glory to mother Russia! May Putin guide your way!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
572.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
valve give me a new monitor please, also a keyboard, nvm give me a entire ♥♥♥♥ing new setup
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,725.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
I hate this game so much that I love it.
Or vice-versa.
Anyway, I stopped playing since the community will destroy your experience anyway. I'll recommend it because people should at least get some of the taste of what is playing a highly complex game.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Gr8 Game. It takes a LONG time to get used to, though. For beginners, find a friend who plays it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
691.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
If you want to have fun and not kill yourself....avoid Ranked like the plague. There are literal ret**ds in there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
living dota2
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Best moba.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,778.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This is a very good game, as long as you don't get caught up into the skins, but if you tend to overreact to situations and find it hard to calm down, if you are constantly worried about what other people think, if you easily get stressed, if you want to keep your friends and stay psychologically healthy, just don't... Avoid Dota 2 like the plague. If you are already playing Dota, don't let failure get you down. Use it to your advantage and don't be a cancer.
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