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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April 24

The Dota Major Championships

The International is drawing closer, and next week we will be releasing The International Compendium, along with a major balance update. Soon after that we will be announcing the teams that will be invited to The International.



Today, however, we would like to talk about our plans for improving the competitive landscape as a whole. As fans of the game, we love watching teams compete in high stakes tournaments, but we also recognize that there is room for improvement on a more structural level. While the lack of roster stability and major focal points during the year had its advantages, it has eventually come at the cost of fan engagement and competitive stability for the players.

The Dota Major Championships, starting this Fall, will be an annual series of four marquee tournaments, one being The International. The three additional tournaments will be Valve-sponsored events hosted by third-party organizers at different locations around the world. Teams that participate in these events will be required to adhere to limited roster trade periods during the year.

As the Fall event approaches, more tournament details will be announced.

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March 27

Contributor Badges

If you are a contributor who has shipped an item in any Valve title, we would like to invite you to join us at The International. Badges to attend The International will be available free of charge, though you will be responsible for your own transportation and boarding costs.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to customize your Contributor badge to feature your art. If you are interested in attending The International or customizing your Contributor badge, please contact us here: ti-contributors@valvesoftware.com

Like last year, we will have areas for contributors to interact with the community, and your Contributor badge will also give you access to special contributor areas. We will have more information about the Contributor experience soon.

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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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5,068 of 5,502 people (92%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
455.9 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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1,630 of 1,784 people (91%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
11,870.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
And you thought real life was a struggle.
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3,797 of 4,237 people (90%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
5,435.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I only played a little but it was fun.
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1,717 of 1,964 people (87%) found this review helpful
1976 people found this review funny
425.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
still cant figure out how to jump
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453 of 496 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,188.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
In Dota 2,

Not many people speak English.
Not many people play well.
Not many people talk nicely.
Not many people work as a team.

But if you find people that do...
You'll have the most fun you've ever had.
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463 of 536 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,055.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
bobos
cykas
noobs
what more could you want?
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950 of 1,156 people (82%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
2,633.5 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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828 of 1,005 people (82%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
1,214.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Russia simulator 2014
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992 of 1,217 people (82%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
562.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Free russian dictionary!
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2,804 of 3,531 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,542.3 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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224 of 250 people (90%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
3,029.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Things I gave to DotA:
1. Money
2. Time
3. Love

Things DotA gave me:
1. Arthritis
2. Carpal tunnel syndrome
3, Hatred of Russians, Mexicans, Spanish, Finnish, and Russians
4. Broken keyboard
5. Broken mouse
6. 9/10 ready
7. Server crashes
8. 4 stacks of Russians in EUW servers on English prefrence settings
9. Ranked matches
10. Free to play but Pay to win games (I.E. - Foreseer's contract, New Bloom 2015)
11. "It's in the bag" spam (especially Skywrath)
12. Multilingual cursing - I guess this is a good thing?
13. Split second math - Reliable/Unreliable gold and gold loss on death vs. Buyback availability - This is good too

Essentially - DotA is a greedy woman, but I love her all the same.

11 / 10 would play again
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440 of 531 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,633.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
i waste my life and money on one map please help me
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375 of 449 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,771.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Simply the most realistic international relations simulator on the market
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599 of 741 people (81%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
1,098.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
like skyrim with russians
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266 of 311 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5,382.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
It took me awhile to realize how much time I have wasted.

10/10 would recommend
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267 of 325 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
442.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
you get to play as a blue knight, a silly version of frankenstein, an icicle, a guy who hates skyrim, a red mongol, your nightmares, a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ on a bat, a redneck, a freaky skin exploder, an invisible gerbil, a drunk squirrel, a porcupine, a spider, a centaur, a knight with a gambling problem, whatever chen is, a skeleton, a robot wannabe, an eskimo, a purple conehead, a purple skeleton thing, a ghost, lightning riding a dinosaur, the concept of doom, a skyrim lover, blue woman group, a rock, a fat dog, an old titan, fire, bambi, gravity, time, a steampunk moustache, a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ troll, eminem, everything and nothing, siamese dragons, a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ knife wielder, an old guy, a pirate, a black angel, whatever leshrac and lich are, a zombie, a cosplayer, something that is totally not a lion, an old canadian, the scottish moon, a werewolf, a magnoceros, medusa, the pikachu of dota, a tiger woman, a tsunami, a siren, a PLAYAAAAA, asparagus, a ♥♥♥♥♥♥, a scorpion, your neighbor, a magical human, the guy who gives hitmen their targets, the void, an assassin, cancer, a bird, a 13-year old, your friendly butcher, the prophecy, another cosplayer, a stove, the existence of invisibility, a sock, a sand castle, two shadows, a simpsons outcasts, a quiet guy, an angel, two fishes, a sniper, a female ghost, a fast rhino, a mexican lightning bolt, a rock, a shopping cart, a purple girl, terror, a fish, a guy who hates trees, a sniper with rockets, a rock going throught the stages of life, a tree, a troll, a snowball, a zombie, a bear, a vengeful person, a snake, a flying snake, a dragon, your weirdest teacher, a spider, the wind, a generic african, a hindu, and a god. 10/10
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238 of 289 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1,595.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
It's like hardcore drug use and it destroys lives. Give it a go, what's the worst that could happen?

Well, you could be here 1000 game hours later hating yourself as you queue for another all pick.

Send help. As in TP bottom because they're five manning.
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215 of 258 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5,412.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I played this game a little and found it decent. 10/10
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113 of 121 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1,264.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
while the rest of you picked carry
my eyes became teary
i bought that donkey
i bought those wards
4 tangos and 3 branches are all i got

i did those pull
i did those deny
but wth you just died

the mid pudge wants me to ward the runes
but the donkey is still crawling

they call me noob for not buying wards
but a gold per second is all i get
and i dont even have my boots yet
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419 of 536 people (78%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
664.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Homemade Tortilla (for 8 servings)

Prep : 30 mins
Cook : 25 mins

Ingredients :
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup hot water

Directions :
1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening and work into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
2. Form a well in the middle of flour mixture and mix in hot water. Work flour and water mixture together with a fork and transfer to a cutting board.
3. Knead until a smooth, soft dough is formed, about 3 minutes. Add more flour if dough is too sticky.
4. Place more flour on cutting board, cover dough with bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
5. Cut ball of dough into eight equal parts and cover until needed.
6. Roll out balls of dough either by hand or with a tortilla press.
7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place flattened tortilla in skillet and cook until it begins to bubble, about 1 minute. Flip tortilla over and cook for an additional minute. Flip again and cook for 1 more minute. Repeat with remaining dough.
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