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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August 23

The Dark Rift Update

The ethereal rift has opened, and the new hero Underlord is now playable in Dota 2. Bringing with him a new Post-Game Summary feature filled with detailed match info, and the addition of Teammate Stats to your profile, the leader of the Abyssal Horde stomps his way into the lanes in today's update to complete the roster of established heroes. Head over to The Dark Rift Update page to learn more.

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August 19

The Secret Shop Goes International

The online Dota 2 Secret Shop is open for business. Featuring merchandise launched at The International 2016, as well as a host of other original and community-created designs, the Valve Store powered by WeLoveFine is now taking orders for shipments of this year's Dota 2 collection to fans almost anywhere in the world.

To celebrate the shop launch and the release of our Anti-Mage and Windranger Dota 2 figurines produced in cooperation with Good Smile Company, we've also worked with Good Smile to create a manga-style comic featuring both heroes as their journeys intersect on the trail of the necromancer Balimar Oakrot.

Find out more in: A DARK PURPOSE SERVED

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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Ferocious Beast
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
oH MaN IM nOt gOOD WiTh cOMpuTErs
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177.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
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1,515.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
So, this is gonna be my first review, on one of the first games I've gotten on Steam. As you can see by my hours, it has kept me more than entertained. So, quick breakdown.

The Very Basics

The game, at its core, is surprisingly simple. 2 teams of 5 pick heros from a VERY large pool of heros to duke it out. Every single game of Dota, you will spawn in your base at level 1, with no items and a small amount of starting gold. From there, you must get gold to buy items and exp to level up, while slowly pushing through each the enemies territory and destroy the other teams ancient, the ultimate win goal. No amount of kills will end the game, you must destroy the ancient.

Simple, you say? Beyond this, the game is infinitely complicated and wonderful, I myself still find new things to learn almost every day.

The Community

Of course, no review about Dota would be complete with bringing up the community. And by that, I mean it is HORRIBLE. Of course, this is expected of most games in the MOBA category, and personally, Dota's community is much better than some other games *cough* *cough* League *cough* *cough*. What you need to know is how to have a thick skin. As a newb in a game with such a massive learning curve, expect hate and abuse. Tons of it. So toughen up. If you need it, there is also a mute button. Another good tip is to party up with friends if you really think you can't take it. Thats pretty much all the advise I can tell you. To sum up this section, what review would this be if I didn't bring up cross language communication. Or lack there of. All you need to know is that in a game so dependent on communication not being able to speak someones language tends to hinder things quiet a bit. Whats not helping is that people that speak Peruvian, Spanish, and Russian then to play on U.S. servers. Additionally, these people tend to only play annoying/obnoxious heros, so you can tell why foreigners don't tend to have the best reputation. Regardless, not all of them are bad. Heck, I've even made friends with some.

So you want to learn?

Still think you want to go on? Good. Dota is a game that rewards the curious and cunning. I don't want to start an all out guide, so here are the very basics.

Choosing your hero

As you've noticed, im this game your "character" is a hero. At the start of every match, regardless of everything that happened previously in your last match, you choose a hero out of pool of 113. To keep it simple, there are 3 big categories, core/carry, support, and everything in between. Carries/cores are your big bad killers, they can be very powerful, but tend to need time to come online, they need lots of levels and gold to become powerful. On the other hand, supports need very little items or levels, so they can have a big impact without having to amass gold and exp. Everything in between makes up almost every hero in Dota, which is one of the many awesome things about the game, the amount of variety. There are very few heros that can only fulfill 1 role. Dota has an innumerable number of ways to classify heros, from nukers, to initiators, healers, disablers, pushers, escapers, and more. There is bound to be heros that you will love, be it theit model, their playstyle, or their skills. Of course, Dota is also a game of variety, so I encourage you to play lots of heros and get a feel for all of them.

The Items

You have probably figured out by now that these "heros" have a set of abilities. No matter what, these abilities will stay with your hero. And thats where gold comes in. With gold you can purchase items, which can be purchased at your base. If you are not in your base at the time,the items will be added to your stash (There is also the secret shop, where only special items can be purchased). Items are what truely give your heros the ability to customize. Items can do everything from giving your hero more stats, to having powerful actives, like restoring heath or mana, silencing opponents, getting lifesteal, slowing enemies, teleporting, and so, so much more. There are such a large amount of items that I cannot go into depth, but there is one category that should be explained, which is consumables. Consumables are self explanatory, you buy the item for a small amount of gold, and upon use, they are gone. Items include the standard health and mana potions, but there are a couple more "interesting" consumables. The first is the "Courier", a companion that can carry items in your stash to you out in the field. You can also buy a one time upgrade, the "Flying Courier", which gives your happy little buddy wings to allow flight and other abilities. Another consumable is "Wards" a cheap item that, once placed, provides vision over the area for a couple minutes (oh, there is also a mechanic called "The Fog of War". Basically, when an allied unit is not in the area, you will not be able to "see" there, as it will be dark and cloudy). Wards can only be purchased 4 times before they restock, meaning you have to place them carefully. There is also another variation known as sentry wards, which will reveal invisible units in the area, but you don't need to worry about that now.

The Lanes

So, you have your hero, you know what items you want to buy, but now what? Now, young scholar, you go to the lanes. In between each base are 3 long pathways known as "Lanes". Every 30 seconds, minions know as "creeps" will spawn at both sides of the lane run up the lane, and attack the enemy creeps. Now, by simply standing in the area as things die, you will gain exp. By landing the killing blow on creeps, an act known as "last hitting", you will get gold. Both teams will have heros in these lanes trying to last hit, so you would wonder what is stopping them from fighting each other? You see, both teams have another thing in these lanes, known as "towers". These towers are immune to almost all magic abilities, have lots of health, shoot fireballs,give you armor, and provide vision and true sight of the area. In the early stages of the game, these will protect you from pretty much everything. They hit very hard, so you will want to have your creeps with you if you want to destroy the tower. The closer towers are to the base, the more powerful they will be. They will have more health and damage, and will have backdoor protection, meaning that if there are not enemy creeps nearby,they will barely take damage. After you go down the lanes for a while, you will get to the enemy teams base. As you know, the other ancient is there, and to win, you must hit it until its health reaches 0. In the base to are a variety of towers and other buildings, such as barracks.Whenn enemy barracks have been destroyed, your own creeps will be buffed and push harder. Ok then, still with me? Don't worry, there isn't much left. The final thing I would like to talk about are the various other landmarks around the map. In between the lanes is an area known as the jungle. In here are neutral creeps, which will not fight for either side, and can be killed for money. Beware, as these creeps tend to be much more powerful than the ones in lane, even possessing abilities. Finally, there is the river. The river runs right through the middle of the map, and special "runes" will spawn there that can give you special buffs. There is also Roshan,a massive neutral creep in a pit next to the river. Killing him grants the Aegis of Immortality.

So, you've made it the entire way through this review/mini-guide. If you feel that Dota is a game you would enjoy, I would heavily encourage you to take a try, and go on the adventure I went on over a year ago.
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788.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
This is like russian game but it's okay to me. Best game ever. DotA 1 <3
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14.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Alright honest review for this game, I give it a no simply because of it's community.
I'm not a moba person, I've only ever put a maximum of 30 hours into the genre. As of August of 2016 I tried getting into them, starting with Dota 2 because of the easy access I have to it being a steam user.
The community is absolute garbage, you'll most notably see this with how easily people get mad at one another for the most honest mistakes, vanity, and pride. To then sit in spawn, I think it's called fountain but I'm not sure, for the rest of the game as soon as the only towers left are the ones guarding the shire/dire, what ever it's called.
I simply can't take a game seriously if the people who play it, put their pride first, then give up by the thirty minute mark.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
obviously this game is sh!t
what's even more sh!t is you
mu ha ha ha
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536.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
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3,447.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Hard game, no fun, many bugs and unrespectful players
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The Grandpa
35.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
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22.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Very fun. not going to lie at first i HATED this game. But if you dont now how to feel about this game I suggest The dota2 reporter it pokes fun a dota while giving characters personality also its funny
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Not Recommended
2,094.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Im gonna go detailed on this one , sorry for bad english

This is my opinion of Dota 2

Community :
When i supporting the team as a support hero.

~First 2 minutes~
*no response in 3 seconds"
"tang ina no support "

~When killing an enemy~

this one really get in my nerve
~When i take Bounty rune~
Carries : "GG im not gonna be fat"

When i try to be a nice carry

~When picking heroes~
*Me Picking riki*
"Hehe can someone support?"
*All pick agi's*

~First 2 minutes~
"Heyy lion can you buy ward?*
"Why me ? you think im a lion and i have to support ? *** ** ** * ** ** *"

~Mid game ~
"Wait i need farm"

~Late game ~
"YOU NOT FAT . stupid you had one job.Farming
"But i thought we're not playing farmv.."

When i try playing mid

~When enemy first blood you~
"GG mid ill report"

~When you decide to farm a little more~
"GANK LA STUPID report this mid noob"

Zero respect for the newbies , keep calling them "noobs dont play uninstall dota " wont change a thing
Anyway. Toxic deadly not inspiring full of hate words Community.
Dont try this game if you cant control your self , there's plenty game in steam that with great community.

Game :
The game itself are great , you can choose one from 50+ heroes with different skill set and animation.
What make Dota 2 fun and addictive because the knowledge/hardskill about dota that you got from experiencing a lot of playing or someone taught you used to defending your Ancient ( Or your HQ) and destroying theirs.While doing this , you can(and must) collaborate with your other 4 teammates with different heroes and skill set to try make the best Offense/Defense.
Really really enjoyable if you play with your friends or family.

Well guess now , what if you got a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ toxic teammate ? don't bother ganking together, make one mistake may get you reported and mocked

Tips if you want enjoy Dota for a long time : Make sure you have friend/family playing it too.If you ever play a Single game and you met this stranger with fun attitude,forgiving yet teaching ,know ways of dota, commend them and don't scared to ask if they want to be your Steam friend.Because kind like them are extremly rare. Its like getting Mew in Pokemon

Play it with friends or family

Overall for me

Remember, Dont be A hate in Dota 2
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78 of 99 people (79%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
4,818.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Don't waste yo time
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58 of 75 people (77%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Dota 2 is probably the best MOBA game I've ever played. I had more fun in Dota 2 than I ever did with LOL but don't have as many personal friends who play it like I do with LOL.

I enjoy the customization and the free items with the added ability to trade items easily and even sell them which is really nice and some of the many things that made the game nicer than LOL which is a great MOBA but just not as good.
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38 of 55 people (69%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
3,944.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Worst game ever
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6,005.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Great game. 5k+ Hours. Hard to learn. Impossible to truly master. So many possibilities and variables. Teamwork crucial. Time consuming (games can be 40-70 mins long). Watch is great too. Personally Am trying my best to play a lot less because of life responsibilities. Suggest watching rather than playing if you are time poor. Some players can be toxic (ie. Rude or angry). Suggest muting them for an enjoyable experience
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80 of 132 people (61%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
532.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Best MOBA out there. Hard to pickup, harder to master.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3,882.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
no io arcana, more like no guy buy
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
1,072.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
I dont recomend playing this game if you dont know russian language.
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