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.
User reviews: Very Positive (278,573 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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November 20

Nemesis Assassin Event

The dark bargain is struck. Today through December 7th, the Nemesis Assassin Event will allow all heroes a unique opportunity to earn trophies and items. During each day of the event, contracts will be put out on the life of those heroes listed on Oracle’s Nemesis Registry, and these contracts can either be Fulfilled or Denied during the course of the match.

Owners of the Manifold Paradox Arcana will enjoy many custom upgrades to their specialized assassin, including an evolving weapon and a kill marker to show the location of their kills, but it’s important to remember that the hunter easily becomes the hunted, so rewards can be earned by all who participate successfully in the event.

You’ll also be able to purchase the Treasure of the Defender’s Vision, which includes mythical items. Or you can earn this treasure by using the charm and making three correct victory predictions. Visit the update page to see the Nemesis Assassin Event explained in detail. Will your favorite hero make the list?

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November 18

The Foreseer’s Contract Update

An enigmatic new hero strides onto the battlefield. Oracle is coming to let you seize the fates of both friend and foe. Prefer to deal a deadlier destiny? Phantom Assassin's new arcana, the Manifold Paradox, is available for preorder, and will be on sale for 20% off until December 7th. Learn about the Nemesis Assassin Event in Day 3 of the Foreseer’s Contract update, arriving this week!

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The dark bargain is struck. Today through December 7th, the Nemesis Assassin Event will allow all heroes a unique opportunity to earn trophies and items. During each day of the event, contracts will be put out on the life of those heroes listed on Oracle’s Nemesis Registry, and these contracts can either be Fulfilled or Denied during the course of the match.

Owners of the Manifold Paradox Arcana will enjoy many custom upgrades to their specialized assassin, including an evolving weapon and a kill marker to show the location of their kills, but it’s important to remember that the hunter easily becomes the hunted, so rewards can be earned by all who participate successfully in the event.

You’ll also be able to purchase the Treasure of the Defender’s Vision, which includes mythical items. Or you can earn this treasure by using the charm and making three correct victory predictions. Visit the update page to see the Nemesis Assassin Event explained in detail. Will your favorite hero make the list?

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
Helpful customer reviews
329 of 370 people (89%) found this review helpful
361.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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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551 of 676 people (82%) found this review helpful
2,416.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
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 one 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 be rude at anyone who makes a mistake. Make one wrong move and you are immediately called a noob... 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 and ruthless community, is fueled by the fantastic sensation of winning. 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.

However Dota 2 is a great game in itself. The 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 very 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.

Having played the game as long as I have, I can say that you are better off not playing Dota 2. Try the game and it will be very hard to quit (unless you just aren't a fan of the MOBA genre in general). The game is fun when you're winning... which is 50% of the time. Sometimes not even when you're winning. It isn't the losses that make the game unpleasant, it's the unfriendly people. Videogames are supposed to be a form of entertainment and when you're having fun only 50% of the time, the game is not worth it. 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. If you have four friends who you can play with on a regular basis, then you're golden. 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.
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284 of 358 people (79%) found this review helpful
562.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Free russian dictionary!
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230 of 286 people (80%) found this review helpful
2,340.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
My captain picked me meepo against earthshaker, lich and ember spirit

10/10 would play again
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120 of 138 people (87%) found this review helpful
1,173.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
i waste my life and money on one map please help me
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131 of 158 people (83%) found this review helpful
547.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Russia simulator 2014
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130 of 163 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,429.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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134 of 174 people (77%) found this review helpful
1,045.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
like skyrim with russians
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69 of 79 people (87%) found this review helpful
913.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I usually play this game to relax and wind down because of it's super nice community. It calms my spirit to be told to "get rekt ♥♥♥♥♥♥" and "neck yourself you feeder nub". I especially enjoy it when super awesome pro players stream the games to twitch and say that their 5 viewers are laughing at me. Classic banter. Every now and then I'll give back some playful jabs but I'm not very imaginative. My favourite lines are "i'll wear your skin ♥♥♥♥" and "your whorsish mother will taste your ♥♥♥ blood tonight ♥♥♥♥stain"

Classic banter
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98 of 123 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,378.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Simply the most realistic international relations simulator on the market
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92 of 118 people (78%) found this review helpful
351.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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65 of 79 people (82%) found this review helpful
1,729.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
- Too much water

7.8/10
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89 of 118 people (75%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Doto 2 should be used in schools to teach the student russian, portugese and spanish.
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77 of 102 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,897.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
i have become one with the feeding
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82 of 113 people (73%) found this review helpful
365.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Learn russian fast and for free, with native speakers

I learned something like "меня зовут...." and "♥♥♥♥" and more things



And forget what real life is :)
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98 of 146 people (67%) found this review helpful
733.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
If I spent those 700 hours learning knitting, I guess I'd be pretty good at knitting by now.
Instead I spent 700 hours doing this coprophilia and I still can't last hit.
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72 of 103 people (70%) found this review helpful
3,239.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
this game is awful i have no idea why i play it
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
1,681.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
It's like masturbating you get addicted to it
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47 of 66 people (71%) found this review helpful
836.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
10/10 would rage again
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
351.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
still cant figure out how to jump
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