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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February 12

The Year Beast Brawl Event

Destroy the enemy's Ancient with the help of a Year Beast! Increase your pool of Ability Points and make ready. Beginning tomorrow, the Year Beast Brawl will be available during a 10 minute window a few random times each day. You'll have an hour of warning ahead of time so you can gather your friends.In the Brawl, players use their Ability Points to strengthen or command a Year Beast that will spawn for each team every five minutes. Remember to spend all your Ability Points--they are restored after every Brawl. Win a Brawl, and you'll earn item sets and other New Bloom prizes. Lose, and you'll receive a handful of Ability Points to use in the next Brawl. The Year Beast Brawl event ends on March 2nd.

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February 11

The Chill of New Bloom

Winter Wyvern is coming to blanket the battlefield with her icy shadow, while Crystal Maiden prepares to show off her a new Arcana, the Frost Avalanche, now available for preorder. Learn more about the New Bloom map, reworked item drop system, Item Recycling, and more in Part 3 of our New Bloom Festival update.

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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
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3,546 of 3,840 people (92%) found this review helpful
87 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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3,240 of 3,538 people (92%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
919.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
It's like roulette; fun until it turns into Russian.
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1,686 of 1,827 people (92%) found this review helpful
83 people found this review funny
2,179.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Side effects include:
-Hatred of other humans
-Lack of trust in others
-Carpal Tunnel
-Improved hand eye coordination
-A large ego
-Weight gain
-Weight loss
-Confidence
-Despression
-Extreme Racism
-EXTREME RACISM
-Increased strategic thinking capabilities
-Mushy-brain syndrome
-Subconsciously learning a new language
-Subconsciously learning to hate the culture of said language
-Literally every ailment that is not a transmitable disease

9/10 Doctors accepted this game on their recommendation list, but the tenth was afk
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2,750 of 3,038 people (91%) found this review helpful
93 people found this review funny
4,676.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I only played a little but it was fun.
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636 of 681 people (93%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
11,141.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
And you thought real life was a struggle.
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1,822 of 2,081 people (88%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
1,018.1 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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1,145 of 1,297 people (88%) found this review helpful
36 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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1,328 of 1,511 people (88%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
1,691.6 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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586 of 646 people (91%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
1,053.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
9/10
i am still waiting for the tenth player confirm
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732 of 828 people (88%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
495.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
1) set server region to Europe West
2) language preference - English only
3) find a match
4) realise that 5 people in your match are russians
5) get reported by them for PICKING riki
6) quit

Rating: cукa/10
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755 of 863 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,242.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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Graphics:
+ detailed heroes
+ nice animation and effects
+ living setting
- blured textures

Balance:
+ 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

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

Language:
+ 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.
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462 of 531 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
3,127.1 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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453 of 527 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,312.0 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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555 of 664 people (84%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1,002.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Russia simulator 2014
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699 of 846 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
2,509.0 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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762 of 931 people (82%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
562.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Free russian dictionary!
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598 of 723 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
469.0 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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2,020 of 2,539 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2,533.9 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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358 of 427 people (84%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1,072.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
like skyrim with russians
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385 of 463 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1,528.3 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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