faq – DotA2
Welcome to our ever-evolving r/Dota2 FAQ. Before posting a question to the subreddit, you will want to take a look through this page to see if it’s something that has been asked before. If you think you have something more to contribute to this resource, please go ahead and edit in the additional information or add another frequently asked question.
What is Dota 2? What is this subreddit for?
I want to submit a post to r/Dota2, how do I do that?
At the top right of the subreddit, you’ll find two buttons called “Submit Link” and “Submit Text”. They will direct you to the submission page. Submit link is used for submitting links to external pages, while Submit text lets you write a self-post on the subreddit. Make sure you read the rules before submitting.
How do I add a tag (flair) next to my post?
A “flair” button will appear underneath your submission next to comments, save … Clicking on it will open the flair selection menu from which you pick the appropriate flair, according to their specification.
How do I filter posts using tags?
Look at the r/Dota2 Community and Subreddits section near the bottom of the sidebar.
I want to trade items, can I do that on /r/Dota2?
Please use /r/Dota2Trade to trade ingame items.
How do I set my user flair/avatar on /r/Dota2?
At the top of the sidebar is an “(edit)” button which allows you to select one of the currently available user flairs.
How do I get a team flair/avatar on /r/Dota2?
Team flairs are available to be selected during events in which the team is participating. Once you’ve acquired the flair for yourself it will remain on your account after the event.
How do I get an arcana flair/avatar on /r/Dota2?
Arcana flairs are granted to users with significant contributions to the subreddit community.
How do I change the text for a team flair/avatar I already have?
Fill in the body of this template with your desired flair, and hit Send.
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I posted a submission, but it’s not appearing in r/Dota2/new. Was my post removed?
There is an automatic spam filter that removes submissions deemed as spam upon submission. However, it can sometimes remove submissions that aren’t spam by mistake. This happens the most if the submitted domain hasn’t been submitted before, you haven’t submitted to the subreddit before, your posts have previously been downvoted, your submission contains key words from commonly removed and posted submissions or if your post contains link shorteners (like goo.gl). If your post gets wrongfully removed by the spam filter, contact the moderators and we’ll approve the post.
You should report any post that you think breaks the subreddit’s, or reddit’s rules. You can also report a post that you think shouldn’t be on the subreddit, even if it doesn’t necessarily break any rules directly. In that case, please message the moderators and tell us why you’ve reported the post. Alternatively, specify the report reason in the report menu.
When you report a post, the moderators can spot it much more easily and more quickly remove it. This is especially true for rule-breaking comments, which, if not reported, can be hard to spot on time.
I want to ask about something else related to the subreddit.
How do I get access to Dota 2?
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to download Steam.
Once you have Steam installed, simply install Dota 2.
What are ways I can improve performance?
Dota 2 has had increased requirements for a higher frame rate over the last couple of years due to the high quality graphics looking better. Dota 2 supports the likes of DX11, Open GL and Vulkan, please see here for benchmarks (performed on a intel I7 and a AMD Ryzen) If you wish to do your own benchmarks, see this handy guide. It’s important to find the one that’s right for your PC and to play around with settings for a smooth frame rate for the best possible experience.
What are some basic tips when starting to play?
In-game guides for each hero
The in-game tutorial found under “Learn” will bring you up to speed on some of the basics on movement, combat, buying items, and more with 5 basic tutorials. You can subscribe to guides in the Steam Workshop and they will appear in-game with item and skill build recommendations. Reading the top-rated hero guide is often a good idea when playing a hero for the first time.
Welcome to Dota, You Suck 2
A bit less all-encompassing, but will give you a great balance of the information you need to know. One of the most popular Dota guides.
Interested in spectating Dota 2 and having a slight clue of what’s going on? Check this out: A new spectator’s introduction to Dota
Day  Learns Dota 2 with Purge
Day  and purge has made a very expansive and up to date (2017) video series of Purge teaching Day . It is very in depth and beginner friendly and probably the best resource for learning the game with its newer patches.
Dota 2 Talent info
Ever since the 7.00 update for Dota 2 every hero has 8 talents to choose from as part of your build, many guides were made before this mechanic so read up on it here if you wish.
Purge teaches Dota 2 basics A fresh 2018 guide series teaching the basics of Dota2.
Should I start by playing against bots?
Yes. Jumping into a game with other human players probably just means that both you and the other players in the match are in for a bad time. Despite what you may have heard, bots will never judge you and help you learn the game in a stress-free environment. Starting off with a friend never hurts either. Turbo mode came with the Dota 2 7.07 dueling fates update, its just like a normal game aside with other players but with a very fast exp and gold game and a personal, immortal courier. Great for testing out heroes and builds!
I thought Dota 2 was free, how come I can only play 20 heroes?
This is so new players can learn the game with easy to learn heroes (see below) if you wish to disable this, you can enter “dota_new_player 0” into the console.
What are some good heroes to start with?
If you are a new player in Dota 2 you are restricted to a pool of 20 heroes for your first 25 games, find out more about them here:
(M) indicates the hero is Melee
Carries/Semicarries (Note: Avoid these in real games until you are comfortable last hitting)
How does Dota 2 differ to LoL? What are some tips for players coming from LoL?
While on the surface the games might seem similar, there are quite a lot of differences. This article from dotabuff will give you a good idea of some of the major differences and tips specifically tailored towards players with experience in League of Legends.
Why does the game feel slow?
All heroes have turning times and some have significant cast times, this may make the game feel slow compared to say, HoN. Apart from that, any unresponsiveness is likely on your end and would typically come down to your connection speed to the server. Make sure you queue to the closest servers (“-ping” will show your ping to the server in game).
Can I zoom out the camera?
The camera is fixed at a set distance in all regular games. Changing the camera distance to cover more of the map would change a large amount of ability balancing in the game.
Typically however, you will adjust to the camera within a short period of regular play and find the view-port more then large enough to gather all the information you need.
When spectating a game, the camera distance can be changed with the console command “dota_camera_distance 2000”.
How do I stop my character from autoattacking?
Options -> Game -> Autoattack OFF.
When does Dota 2 normally update?
Since the end of the beta testing period, Dota2 has switched from smaller weekly patches to the standard Valve updating system for their games. The game is likely to receive major updates every couple of months, with those updates generally containing new heroes, balance changes, features and optimizations. These patches will be announced on the official blog.
Smaller patches that contain bugfixes, minor features and store content happen often and are typically not announced. They typically happen every couple of days.
What does (BKB, Carry, CS, etc.) mean? (Common Dota 2 terms)
Some common Dota phrases include:
|SS / MISS / MIA / MS||A Hero is missing from their lane, be careful|
|b / back||Get back|
|BKB||Black King Bar|
|CS||Creep Score, How many last hits you have made on creeps|
|Carry||A late game oriented hero, typically requires a lot of creep farming|
|Gank||A strategy where a group of Heroes will try to kill one player|
|TP||Use Town Portal Scroll to teleport to a lane|
|p / Push||Destroy an enemy tower|
Why do TP Scrolls have different durations?
Teleporting to a non-fountain building takes additional time if any allies have also teleported within a 1150 radius of your target within 25 seconds. Casting time: 3 (5/5.5/6/6.5 for 1/2/3/4 recent allied teleports). The teleport duration for Boots of Travel is always the same.
Is it always good to deny your low HP creeps?
If there are enemy heroes within experience range, it is likely a good idea to deny your low HP creeps. If you are attempting to push the lane however, or a low HP creep is all that stands between you and several angry enemy heroes, you may decide otherwise. On the other hand, if you need to keep the lane near your tower to farm safely or you don’t want to allow the enemies on the lane to get to experience range, you want to attack your own creeps whenever you’re not last hitting. Like many other aspects of Dota 2, creep denying is a situational skill whose impact is learned and understood with time.
Where can I read up on the history of Dota?
Here are some gathered reading or viewing materials on the subject:
Why is there no concede option in Dota 2?
This has been a largely debated topic since the start of the Dota 2 Beta. While Valve has never officially commented on it, it’s a popular community opinion that adding a concede option will make the game worse by encouraging a defeatist attitude and prevent comeback victories which are fairly common in Dota.
To find other discussions of this topic:
What is the console? How do I use it?
You can access the console by right clicking Dota2 in your Steam library, selecting Properties and clicking on Launch Options once you’re in the Properties window. Type in “-console” (without “) and you’ll be able to use the console once you launch your game. Turn it on or off pressing your tilde key (~) that should be located above the Tab key on your keyboard.
What are the test/cheat console commands?
This thread lists all the commands that you can use in practice lobbies after enabling cheats:
This post contains some of the more useful console commands and a guide to enabling console. These can be used at any time:
How do I cancel my attack or spell?
Pressing ‘S’ (by default) cancels your attack or spell animation. Another key, ‘H’, issues a command for your hero to stop and hold their position.
Where can I see my ranking?
To play in Ranked Matchmaking your profile level needs to be 20. After unlocking Ranked Matchmaking you will need to play 10 calibration games to see your Matchmaking Medal. After that, your Medal will be displayed on your Dota profile and on the Ranked Matchmaking page.
Your Medal is visible to friends on your Dota profile, but it’s also displayed at the end of every game you play to the players you’ve played that game with.
Read about it here
How is MMR calculated?
The original Dota 2 blog explains ranked matchmaking.
The following links give more detail on how MMR works, although they pre-date ranked match making:
What are “custom games” and how can I play them?
Custom games are user created maps and/or games featuring 100’s of new ways to play Dota 2, from 10v10 to coop boss fights as part of the Dota2 Reborn update. For more information about how to play and how to make your own, head over to this post on the Dota 2 blog
How do I queue commands?
The shift key allows you to issue subsequent commands to begin after the previous ones. Watch an example video here:
How can I stop a tower from attacking me?
If a tower attacks you, attack clicking (Default: A) an allied hero or unit within the tower’s range will cause the tower to reevaluate its target. See Learn Dota 2 : Creep Aggro for more information on unit aggro.
What is the Game Coordinator
The Game Coordinator (or GC), which is really a number of different servers that all collectively handle the backend work of Dota 2 (with the exception of hosting actual games). This is the server that handles your Dota 2 login, determines who you will play against in matchmaking, keeps track of where all of your items are stored, and many other functions.
We check SteamDB’s status page for the status of the Game Coordinator
How do I get really good at the game? I feel like I’m stuck.
It’s important to understand how the game actually works and what gives you an advantage while playing. Many things in Dota 2 are situational, making the same action both good and bad, depending on the situation. A lot of the concepts can also be counter-intuitive so make sure you keep an open mind and think outside the box.
Check out this post: What makes the best players the best and how does everybody else improve?.
Keep in mind that the best way to get really good at Dota is to find a team and scrim. That is the optimal way of the playing the game and opens up many strategies that may not be present in public games.
How do I get into competitive play?
A complicated question without a simple answer. There are hundreds of different paths to becoming a top/recognized player. Some top players have commented on the process:
Synderen – “Try to form a team with people you like to play with around your skill. Playing against people better than yourself, and keep trying to improve. Either you’re the one in a million who gets discovered by Dendi in pubs and thus gets exposure (Admiral Bulldog); else, you need to work your way through competition and eventually get some sort of offer. Perhaps one of your teams becomes successful, and then you work from there.”
Where can I find scrims/clanwars or play in amateur leagues/tournaments ?
Why isn’t X hero used in competitive play?
There are hundreds of reasons why a hero might not see use in competitive matches. Some common reasons:
There are only 10 picks in every game, but over 100 heroes. Some are inevitably not going to see much play – it’s the reality of Captain’s Mode.
Dota’s scene is a very trend-based. For example, some weeks Tinker might seem like the most broken hero ever and appear in every game, and other weeks might not even make a blip on drafter’s radars.
A hero can be very powerful on their own, or in Public/lower-level matches yet not be very viable competitive simply because of how they interact with other current popular picks.
Different heroes are powerful in different hands. Competitive teams tend to play the heroes and lineups they’re most comfortable with.
Some heroes are not enabled in captains mode (the mode used in competitive) due to them having a recent rework or being a new hero in the game.
To find other discussions of this topic:
Where can I find the best competitive VODs?
What are the best in-game tickets to buy?
I keep seeing references to “The International.” What is this?
The International is a yearly tournament held by Valve. The 2017 International competition was held August 7th-12th and had a prize pool of $24 787 916. You can find the official page here: