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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December 5

New Bloom 2015 Call to Arms

Once again, we're putting out a call to artists to create items based around the themes of Chinese New Year, Chinese history, and springtime, and submit them to the Dota 2 Workshop to be considered for the next New Bloom Festival. This time around we would like to ask artists to avoid the use of dragons and written Chinese characters, as well any concepts that involve human skulls, blood and gore. Additionally, to have the best chance of having your work make it into the game, please be careful not to mix cultural concepts in your designs, such as traditional divisions between the dress of children and adults, warriors and civilians and upper and lower classes. Also, our workshop particle process is due to be reworked, so please refrain from using custom particles in your submission. Remember to mark your submissions with the "Spring2015" tag when placing your items on the Workshop. All submissions must be on the Dota 2 Workshop by January 19th. To everyone else: remember to visit the workshop and vote through your queue to make sure your voice is heard.Also, the excellent people at WeLoveFine are hosting a contest for Dota 2 merchandise designs for the New Bloom Festival, so if your talents lean toward creating awesome swag, they'll have you covered.

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December 5

Future Changes & Frostivus

As we mentioned in September, there are a number of features in the works for Dota 2 that we're really excited to share with you. Among them is a major improvement to Dota 2's engine that we are aiming to release in the first half of next year. One of the main features in this engine improvement will be the ability to rapidly create entirely new game modes. You've seen some of this work with the Dota 2 Workshop Tools Alpha that began earlier this year. In the past, our Diretide and Frostivus updates contained game modes that were very time consuming to build and maintain, and would need to be rebuilt from the ground up after the release of the engine update.

With Diretide this year, we decided that it didn't make sense to build another one of those resource-intensive game modes, for two reasons. The first was that the mode would quickly become obsolete when the engine changes arrive, and the second was that building it would have taken resources away from the work that needed to be done to ship the engine change itself. Now that Frostivus is on the horizon, we find ourselves facing a similar choice and, after some thought, we believe that once again the right choice is to not develop a Frostivus game mode.

This doesn't mean that you won’t see interesting updates from us before the engine improvement goes out next year. We are already hard at work on our next major update, the New Bloom Festival in February, although we will continue to avoid building new game modes until the engine improvements come along.

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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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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819 of 898 people (91%) found this review helpful
365.1 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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842 of 932 people (90%) found this review helpful
851.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's like roulette; fun until it turns into Russian.
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751 of 859 people (87%) found this review helpful
547.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
One day, a wise man intoduce me into this game. "it shall protect your virginity, my lad" he said.
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529 of 600 people (88%) found this review helpful
1,596.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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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284 of 311 people (91%) found this review helpful
3,980.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
I only played a little but it was fun.
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854 of 1,014 people (84%) found this review helpful
501.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Most fun way to commit social suicide and learn Russian.

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810 of 979 people (83%) found this review helpful
485.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Soviet Simulator 2014.

According to this game, Russians live everywhere except for Russia itself.

Makes you racist towards Russians and if it doesn't do that then you're probably Russian yourself.

Gives you an innate aggression towards anyone who doesn't know how to play.

Did I mention Russians?


Awkward when you realise that Roshan sounds like Russian...

GG WP Valve

10/10 Would abandon again.
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439 of 517 people (85%) found this review helpful
462.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
When Bloodseeker gets above a certain move speed he should make Race Car noises.
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275 of 315 people (87%) found this review helpful
1,043.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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+ detailed heroes
+ nice animation and effects
+ living setting
- blured textures

+ 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

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

+ 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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958 of 1,196 people (80%) found this review helpful
2,437.5 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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194 of 218 people (89%) found this review helpful
2,920.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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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224 of 259 people (86%) found this review helpful
2,188.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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..

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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338 of 418 people (81%) found this review helpful
2,363.2 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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392 of 495 people (79%) found this review helpful
562.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Free russian dictionary!
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119 of 128 people (93%) found this review helpful
2,657.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22

"Where are wards?" The pub Carry demanded.

"I placed them and they were countered" the Support began, "I am trying to juggle giving you complete lane farm, protecting you and harrassing the enemy while saving to buy more, also possibly sentries to remove their-"

"UP COUR PLS" the mid hero politely added.

"Give Savle" The Carry demanded. "Certainly." replies the support, using the salve on the Carry who subsequently ran headlong into an enemy creepwave.

"So where is mek?" the Carry said, after he was ganked due to overextending. The Support died saving him and was treated to a rather enthusiastic series of map pings on his corpse.

"Again, having not even enough to buy boots as well as wards, I don't think a 7 minute Mek is viable." The Support replies.
"Haha look your level, so low, noob" the Carry retorted. "U have no item xaxa".

"Well, jungle gold and experience through stacking and pulling with blocked camps is nowhere near as much as on lane which I attempted to give you, the carry, the priority over."

The Carry is subsequently ganked again at the enemy tower, oblivious to the enemy tp that the Support moved away from.
"Report Support, usless" The carry cried in allchat, in between mentioning various aspects of the Support's Mother's anatomy.

"Instead of reporting and acting like that, why don't you try supporting for randoms sometime instead of instapicking a carry?" the Support asked, as he watched the Carry return to afk-lasthitting lane creeps.

"HAH, support is for noskill noobs like you!"
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153 of 175 people (87%) found this review helpful
1,704.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Side effects include:
-Hatred of other humans
-Lack of trust in others
-A large ego
-Weight gain
-Weight loss
-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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251 of 309 people (81%) found this review helpful
331.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Downloaded, played, and learned fluent Portugues and Russian at the same time. 10/10
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237 of 293 people (81%) found this review helpful
1,525.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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.

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718 of 952 people (75%) found this review helpful
7,238.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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195 of 237 people (82%) found this review helpful
649.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Russia simulator 2014
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