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What is DotA 2?

According to Wikipedia,
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Dota 2 is an upcoming action fantasy strategy video game being developed by Valve Corporation. It is the stand-alone sequel to the popular Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients[/I]." Wikipedia goes on to mention that "The game is comprised exclusively of session-based online multiplayer activity, with the primary objective of each match being for the teams to destroy their opposing team's fortified stronghold called an Ancient Fortress. Each player assumes the role of a "hero", who is given the responsibility of participating in team combat, which generally takes place along a series of lanes that connect their opposing bases, lined with defensive towers. The gameplay elements are largely incorporated from Defense of the Ancients, with the game's lead designer (known only as "IceFrog") being the longest-serving and current developer of the Warcraft III mod. Dota 2 marks Valve's first fantasy, as well as Action RTS game.

DotA 2 Beta Information

3/13/2012. Dota 2 Invitation Signup/Prior Experience Survey
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Originally Posted by Dota 2 
As we continue to develop and grow the Dota 2 community, we'll be sending out invites in increasing numbers. In order to join the pool of players we'll be pulling from, please click the link below to run the Steam Hardware Survey, then answer a few questions about your Dota experience.

Please click the above link to be redirected to the Dota 2 website and the survey.

2/15/2011. Dota 2 LAN mode confirmed
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Originally Posted by ShackNews 
Valve's much-anticipated multiplayer action-RPG, Dota 2, will include both LAN and mod support, the developer announced today. Local-area-network enabled Dota 2 matches are obviously a nice option for all Dota 2 players, but is an especially attractive feature in China, home to the "largest Dota audience in the world."

It has been known for some time now that Dota 2 will have a LAN function but it seems that a lot of people were unaware of it. ShackNews created an article about the subject so I thought I would post it here so more people become aware of this.

11/07/2011

Valve is now expanding the beta and are also giving away beta keys on a regular basis. You have to fill out a survey but it is very quick. You can find instructions on how to find and fill out the survey here as well as the bottom of this post. The Play Dota giveaway is still active so between these two you should have a decent shot at winning a key.

11/29/2011 Play DotA beta key giveaway

Follow the above link to enter a beta key giveaway in which the Play DotA staff is giving away ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY (180) keys a day everyday! Every account created before 02/12/2012 are now eligible as well. There are also other various beta key giveaways and a list of them can be found here at Playdota.com

9/23/2011 DotA 2 Blog update from IceFrog
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Originally Posted by IceFrog 
We’ve been a bit quiet lately. As always, we learn a lot whenever we put something out and get feedback from you all. Showing Dota 2 to the world at The International gave us a lot of feedback to chew through, and the many recent forum threads talking about the information leaking out of the beta has added to the pile. After a bunch of thinking, we’ve decided to change our plans a little.

Our original plan was to spend the next year or so in beta, adding new features and slowly growing the number of heroes until we reached a level of parity with Dota 1, at which point we’d release Dota 2 to the world. But the feedback we’re seeing everywhere is that people just want to play it, even though there’s still a ton of heroes yet to be implemented. We’ve also seen that the folks who are already in the beta are chomping at the bit to show everyone else some of the fun games they’ve had. So we decided our original plan was dumb.

Welcome to the new plan: We’re going to take the current version of Dota 2, which has The International set of heroes, and get it out there as fast as we can. We’ve still got some work to do in a couple of areas, so we’ll be keeping it invite-only for a (hopefully short) period of time. But there’ll be no restrictions on what players can do with it – they can release screenshots, make movies, shoutcast matches, write guides, publicly make fun of our HUD, or anything else their hearts desire. While they do that, we’ll be shipping regular updates with more heroes, new features we’ve been working on, and improvements on the existing content as we get more and more feedback.

What does this mean for you? It means it’s even more important that you get on the list that we’ll be inviting from. If you’re talented, you could take a shot at winning an invite in the GosuGamers competition or the Playdota contest. Once you’ve got your hands on the game, feel free to talk about it however you’d like – we’re excited to see what you’ll produce.

In the meantime, we’re going to be ratcheting this blog up a little too, so you can expect some more regular posting from us.

9/12/2011 update from IceFrog
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We aren't planning to have one big beta invite tomorrow. Right now the beta primarily consists of the tournament teams, Dota1 beta testers, and other players that might compete in upcoming events. We will gradually give access to more and more players over the coming weeks and months. The Dota2 development process, like with Dota1, is focused on getting incremental player feedback to help us prioritize features and functionality in the game. There won't be an immediate million person invite all at once, but rather a gradual buildup as we develop new features and test various aspects of the game in order to to make it an enjoyable experience for an expanding player base.

Useful Links and other information

Enter Steam beta key giveaway here
joinDOTA
Live DotA 2 streams
DotA2Feedback
Dota-Two Fan-site
DotA 2 Facebook page
Reddit.com DotA 2 subreddit
DotA 2 YouTube page
"The Internationals" DotA 2 tournament replays and results
DotA 2 Wiki including change logs
Learn the game

Steam OCN Dota 2 group and OCN channel

There is a Steam OCN Dota 2 group that you can join, please post in this thread or PM me, Zulli85, for an invite. There is also an OCN chat channel in Dota 2 that you can visit. Once you join it the first time, you will automatically join it every time you launch the game.

How to enable the console, check your ping, frames per second (FPS), and disable the opening cinematic

You must enable the console by doing the following. Go to the Steam games library-->right click Dota 2--->Properties-->Set launch options. Type -console and launch the game. You can now pull up the console by pressing tilde (`, the button to the left of 1). Type net_graph 1 into the console. You will not see your FPS in the game menus and lobby, but it will appear when you load into a game. You can also disable the opening Valve cinematic when the game loads by typing -novid into the Set Launch Options dialog box. Separate multiple items with a space. For example "-console -novid" without the quotation marks.

There are also a lot of test commands that you can use in a practice game. Some of them are a lot of fun to play around with such as -gold XXXX which gives you however much gold you want. A full list of commands can be found here at the Dota 2 beta website.

This thread is a work in progress and I will update the OP as new information is released to the public. Please feel free to post here or PM me with any information you feel should be in the OP.
Edited by Zulli85 - 1/3/13 at 8:52pm
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A plethora of screen shots can be found at Dota 2 Feedback.

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Originally Posted by Lune;14915136 
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Thanks.

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I am super excited for this game. Like... massive huge raging boner excited.
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Originally Posted by T1nk3rb311;14918899 
I am super excited for this game. Like... massive huge raging boner excited.

Yeah me too. Seems like not too many people are getting excited about it here at OCN so I'm trying to get it some attention. Hopefully this thread picks up after a few updates etc.

That said, I think that Zues screenshot is amazing. Not my favorite hero but probably my favorite screen at this point.

Edit - No new information at this point on 9/13 other than IceFrog's post from last night which you can read in the OP.
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Originally Posted by Zulli85;14922853 
Yeah me too. Seems like not too many people are getting excited about it here at OCN so I'm trying to get it some attention. Hopefully this thread picks up after a few updates etc.

That said, I think that Zues screenshot is amazing. Not my favorite hero but probably my favorite screen at this point.

Edit - No new information at this point on 9/13 other than IceFrog's post from last night which you can read in the OP.

As long as Spectre plays like he did on the tourny... I'll be happy.
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As long as Spectre plays like he did on the tourny... I'll be happy.

All the heroes play the same. thumb.gif
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Nice piece of information from a confirmed DotA 2 beta player.
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I'm on the beta. Icefrog told me early this morning that there will be a big update today and next week. and then after that, ppl will probably start to gets keys

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New screenshots have surfaced!

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wooo HOOOO! biggrin.gif Words still do not express my excitment. I can't WAIT to ditch HoN and it's crappy heroes. tongue.gif
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