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="http://www.dota2.com/rekindlingsoul/">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

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Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Lion 10.7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
86 of 91 people (95%) found this review helpful
839.6 hrs on record
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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.) :)

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 :)
Posted: October 5
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92 of 100 people (92%) found this review helpful
783.2 hrs on record
It's like roulette; fun until it turns into Russian.
Posted: October 8
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67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
2,097.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 10
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64 of 72 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,558.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 15
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,501.6 hrs on record
Side effects include:
-Hatred of other humans
-Lack of trust in others
-A large ego
-Weight gain
-Weight loss
-Confidence
-Despression
-Literally every ailment that is not a transmitable disease

10/10 would recommend
Posted: September 27
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54 of 59 people (92%) found this review helpful
2,708.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 14
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
491.0 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 28
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,296.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 5
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,289.7 hrs on record
They can make great money if they did a deal with Luna's Mayonaise Business
For Selling Mayonaise
Posted: September 25
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 11
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
340.4 hrs on record
Butthurt Simulator 2014!
Includes:
-Raging kids!
-Raging Russians!
-And finally, RAGING RUSSIAN KIDS (Oh god!)


P.S:
And no, i do not hate Russians in any way. They are actually awesome!
Posted: October 3
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1,034.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
676.1 hrs on record
I like this game. It's more exciting and challenging than other online games.
Posted: October 4
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
189.1 hrs on record
Downloaded, played, and learned fluent Portugues and Russian at the same time. 10/10
Posted: October 17
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2,207.9 hrs on record
It's okay
Posted: October 9
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,418.8 hrs on record
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...
Posted: October 18
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
518.1 hrs on record
I speak Phillipines fluently after 2 weeks of playing it. 20/10.
Posted: October 14
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
2,350.4 hrs on record
I'll never truly forget the pain.
Posted: September 27
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
434.6 hrs on record
nice game .. :)
Posted: October 16
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
520.6 hrs on record
Dota 2 is a 5-v-5 MOBA game. You have a selection out of 108 unique heroes, each with a unique skillset. Every hero is also available from the minute you start. No playing X amount of games before this hero becomes available.

The object of Dota 2 is to destroy the other teams’ Ancient. To do this, you can work your way down any of the 3 lanes (Top, Mid or Bottom) by destroying the outer towers. You’ll start most matches pairing up or going into a lane solo trying to get some experience and gold by last hitting creeps. As the game progresses, you’ll start teaming up more with your other team members to take on the other team or to quickly kill of a solo member of their team.

Because of the importance of coordinating your attacks with other team members, communication is a very important aspect of the game. I therefor also recommend playing this game with some friends because random people that you’ll be teamed up with won’t always show the same willingness to communicate. If you’re just starting out playing Dota 2, I also recommend playing with a friend who already has some experience in the game because the learning curve is very steep, especially when you have to figure everything out by yourself. The skill ceiling is also extremely high. So every time you play, you might learn something new. Due to the high number of available heroes, skills and items, you can be sure that every game is unique.

Something to be wary of is the community. There are people out there that take this game way more seriously than you might. Most players have an opinion of what you should have done in a certain situation and will be happy to blame a lost teamfight on you not taking that action. Flaming is something that could happen often. But if you’re playing with a team entirely made up of your friends, this shouldn’t prove to be an issue. If this is not the case, don’t worry. You can always mute the players that are causing you grief and continue enjoying this wonderful, team oriented game.
Posted: September 29
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