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Earn Real Money with Dota 2

9 Methods to Earn Real Money with Dota 2 With Pros and Cons

Most of the times we are not allowed to choose gaming as a profession for the sole reason that we can not earn money with it. However, we have made a list of all the methods with which you can Earn Real Money with Dota 2.

1. Organize Dota 2 Tournament

By organizing tournaments, you can earn real money with Dota 2 depending upon how successful your tournament is. However you’ll have to get it approved by steam if you want your ticket to appear in Dota 2 store. You can earn via entry fee and also by sale of tickets in Dota 2 store.

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  • If you are well known in a community and can gather good amounts of teams and have a good organizational setup, you can earn real good money in just 7-10 days.

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  • If you are new in this thing, it can take you lots of time to get your self recognized in Dota 2 community. Moreover, it requires quite some time, dedication, experience and above all a good organizational team to complete a tournament successfully.

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2. Earn from Dota 2 Workshop

You can make cosmetic items if you have requisite skills in 3D softwares. You can then submit those to steam to be released by them officially. Once your items are available for sale, you’ll start earning money. That money is transferred directly to your bank.

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  • If you are good in 3D software and have some sound imagination, you can really rock and earn almost $15,000 per year from Dota 2 workshop items.

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  • Valve gives you 25 % share. that means if your item is sold for 10$, you will get 2.5 % for it. So if you sold 100 items, total amount will be 1000$ and you will get 250$. But when getting this money out to your bank, you will have to pay additional 30% tax. So out of 250 $ you’ll get 175$ in your account. So, for sale of an item for $1000, you get 175$, Valve gets 750$ and US govt gets 75$. So, its totally up to you what and how much you want to earn. Most of the times, its you who has to advertise that item too to get it in-game and to get more sales. Valve / steam only promotes if you make some extremely high end product. For rest of the items, its you who has to promote product your self.
  • Once your items are sold in steam community market, you don’t get any margin out of it. So, it means, you’ll get payment for your hard work just for once and that too small share.

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3. Sell Dota 2 Cosmetic Items for Real Money

There are many Dota 2 gamers who don’t have credit card or Paypal facilities, but still they want to equip their heroes with awesome skins and cosmetic items. So they ask to pay money by meet up or by local money transfer methods. If you have enough amount of Dota 2 cosmetic items, you can sell it to those who are looking to buy it with real money.

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  • You don’t have to spend a big amount, you can start low and then go on.

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  • Almost 1 year ago, once you used to get items drops which were marketable and trade-able, you could sell those in steam community market or to someone who was willing to buy it from you personally to earn some steam wallet or real money. But now that option is over. But now, 1st of all, item drop rate has reduced many folds. Secondly, you get items which are not trade-able, not marketable and can only be gifted once. So if you get trash items, you can only give them away or delete it. Almost no use of it.
  • Getting trade-able items for free dream is almost over. You can only get such items via betting. See next option.
  • Many chances of scam are possible from both buyer and seller sides. However you can use LootMarket to sell your items and then get the real cash to your online money accounts.

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4. Betting on Dota 2 Pro Matches

You can bet on different Dota 2 betting sites etc and if you win, you will get items other than your own. However if you loose, you will definitely lose your items too. So this is like a double edge sword. You can either win lots of items, or you can loose really easily. I suggest that you should only bet if you are totally into Dota 2 pro scenes and know all the stuff going on and you don’t skip even 1 match. We have carried out a detailed review of Dota 2 Betting sites. Must have a look at it.

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  • You can win lots of good items if you know about Dota 2 Pro team’s performance history.

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  • You’ll need a little investment of items to decently with bets.
  • There are also great chances of loosing your bet and hence your items investment. So, whatever you do, play and plan carefully.

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5. Win Dota 2 Tournaments

If you have got a good team with great gameplay, then you should start participating in Dota 2 Pro and Premium tournaments where sometimes prizes are in 6 digits. However, you can only get to that amount if you and your teammates are really good. This is the best and most paying method to earn real money with Dota 2.

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  • Most easy way to become a millionaire. Once you win a major tournament, there are many many chances that you will clean sweep in small tournaments.

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  • You can not start alone in this. You need to have a great team and teamplay.
  • Your game must be awesome so you can actually beat the legends.
  • If you are mediocre in game, then there is almost no chance of earning big, however you can still participate in Amateur tournaments and win different amount of prizes.

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6. Develop Custom Games for Dota 2

Recently valve added some cash making opportunities for custom game developers. They have started a pass system. Once people purchase pass, they get extra benefits in that specific custom game. More like League of Legends where you pay money to get awesome heroes and then dominate the game even with low skills. But thankfully its only for some custom games. Here is what Official Dota 2 Blog said about it.

Custom Games Passes will be limited to a small number of high-quality games that have established themselves in the community. Purchasing a pass directly supports the creators of the custom game as well as granting you extra features for that game. All custom games will remain free to download and play.

Earn Real Money with Dota 2

Image Credits : Dota 2 Official Blog

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  • If you know coding and specially Dota 2 related coding and you have some awesome ideas for custom game, you can develop a custom game, make it so awesome that it gets to the top and then you can start earning real money once steam releases a pass for your game.

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  • You can not use this money making method if you don’t know coding.
  • Your game must be fun to play and absolutely bug free if you want to develop a good fan base.
  • You must have advertising skills or advertising budget to promote your custom game to get more fans and players to climb the ladder of success.

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7. Earn by Live Streaming Dota 2 Gameplay

You can live stream your game on twitch TV or other live streaming platform and if your fans / viewers like your stream they will donate money to you. If you are a girl, you can easily earn money by showing your cleavage and desperate gamers / viewers will donate money to you, almost no one cares about your game if u are a girl. However if you are a male, you must be extremely entertaining with a great game to go for this option.

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  • You can earn money while having fun playing Dota 2. Once you become famous, you can earn good amount of money.

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  • This method can not make you a millionaire in a night. Most of top streamers earn upto $100-$150 per stream on peak days. But still there are some who earn some real amount of cash just from Live Streaming Dota 2 games.
  • If your game is normal and you are not that much entertaining, then there is almost no use of streaming your game live, as there are very less chances that people will watch your game.

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Earn Real Money with Dota 2

8. Cast in Dota 2 Tournaments

You can not only earn money by organizing and winning Dota 2 Tournaments, rather you can also earn some money by casting it to some audience. Usually tournament organizers need someone to commentate the in-game happenings to their viewers so they know whats going on in game. Pro tournament pay quite some handsome money to casters.

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  • Have fun watching the game and earn money for commenting on it.

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  • Same problems as in live streaming, you need to be entertaining and your analysis must be up to date and great.
  • You can not be hired directly by top tier tournament organizers, you must be someone in casting scene before you can hope that you’ll e hired. However you can start from small tournament, learn the art of casting Dota 2 tournament and then climb your ladder up to success as you gain experience.

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9. Scam

You must not be expecting that I’ll add this method in this guide. But I wanted to show you ALL the means by which you can earn money either good ways or bad ones. So you can scam people for their account, you can hack their accounts to steal items and then sell those in market to earn cash.

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  • You don’t need any investment for this, you can start with almost nothing and go on.

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  • You can not go on with this method for long. Almost all the scamming ways are closed by Steam. However still there are greedy and dumb gamers around who are like eager to be scammed. But this method is extremely time consuming with almost no outcome.
  • Once you are caught scamming, you’ll be labeled and banned by Steam and also by SteamRep and you wont be allowed to trade or sometimes even communicate with other gamers. So, simply you’ll loose it after 1 or 2 successful scams. My Suggestion, DO NOT DO IT

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I guess you must be thinking now that those days are gone when you Mom used to say that you can not earn real money with Dota 2, so get off your computer and study. Tell us in comments below how you are making money with Dota 2, if you are making any. Suggestions and positive criticism is always welcome.

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How to Optimize Dota 2 and PC for Best Gaming Experience

Optimize Dota 2 and PC for Best Gaming Experience

I will explain in detail about the steps through which you can optimize Dota 2 for smooth gaming experience. It will not tell you any cheats or hacks but just some tweaks and settings for best game performance. It will be game’s working performance, it is not about how you play during game, rather it is about customizing your game to avoid lags, delays, crashes and improve your in game performance.

I have assumed that you have low end PC and low end Internet and you may be knowing many of the stuff earlier. If you know anything, skip to next step. Even if you have high specs PC and fast internet, there are still some stuff which can be useful for you. You can implement as many steps as possible or as you wish. This will ensure that you have a smooth gaming experience and will make your gameplay more easy that before. I have distributed this guide in 2 main sections.

  1. Optimize PC for Smooth Game play : This will have all the information about optimizing your PC for Dota 2 so you can take best out of your PC.
  2. Optimize Dota 2 for Smooth Game play : This part will tell you settings and tweaks which you can apply in-game in Dota 2 to ensure smooth and improved gaming experience

Section 1 – Optimize PC for Smooth Gameplay

[wpsm_numhead num=”1″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Hard Disk Defragmentation[/wpsm_numhead]

If we talk in easy language, Information is stored in form of small boxes on your hard drive. So for example if Dota 2 is distributed on 24 boxes, then these 24 boxes will be scattered over whole hard disk. So de-fragmentation allows you to combine all those boxes in 1 part of your Hard Drive for smooth working of game. Here is how we do it.

  1. Go to My Computer
  2. Right click on C Drive and from drop down menu, select “Properties“.
  3. Go to “Tools” tab and select “Optimize“.
  4. Another new window will open. Select the the drive in which Dota 2 is installed and click on Optimize.
  5. Give it some time, it may take from 1 hour to 5 hours depending upon size of your hard disk and you are done.

[wpsm_numhead num=”2″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Delete Dota 2 Crash Dump Files[/wpsm_numhead]

Each time Dota 2 Crashes, it creates a crash dump report file in case you want to report the issue to steam or whatever reason they got. Size of each file is almost 35 MB. So just make a guess how much space that can create on your hard disk after every 6 months ?

First time I cleaned those files I freed up 2.3 GB of space form my Dota 2 folder. Again after almost 3 months this size has swelled up to almost 850 MBs.

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You can remove all these files with “.mdmp” extension. Do not worry it does not create any issue, I tested it my self. You can locate those files in C :/Program Files (x86)/Steam /SteamApps/Comom/dota2beta. Here is how those files look like.

Dota 2 Crash Dump Files

Just try and tell us in comments below how much space you have got back ?

[wpsm_numhead num=”3″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Install Dota 2 in Drive other than C Drive[/wpsm_numhead]

In case your C Drive is full of stuff and even after trying so much you can not get free space in it, then you need to install in any drive other than C Drive. This can be a harsh but more stable solution. Here is how you can do it.

Hard but Reliable Method 

  1. Uninstall Dota 2 from your system (The part with hardest feelings though :D)
  2. Click on Install button in Steam. When you will install it, it will ask you where you want to install it ? Then you should give it path to other drive where you have got enough free space.
  3. Dota 2 needs only 13 GB of Disk space, but it is advised if you can keep almost 25 GB free space for Dota 2 for upcoming updates etc.
  4. With this method, you will also erase all unnecessary files from Dota 2 Folder which actually occupied space in your hard disk. For example, if you just check out your Steam folder, it will be minimum 20 GB plus. But actually Dota 2 is of just 13.7 GB. So what are rest of those 7 GB files ? Those are just junk files that are stored on your computer regularly on each update.
  5. Once you will install a new copy of Dota 2, then only almost 14 GB space will be consumed and you will free another 5-10 GB of space for sure.

Easy but Less Reliable Method

  1. Make a back up of Dota 2. Here is how you can make a back up of your Dota 2.
  2. Now restore the back up. You can follow link above to restore the back up too.
  3. Now while restoring the back up, install it in any other drive.
  4. This method will take only 30-40 minutes, but it is just like copying all files from one drive to another. So you may not get rid of useless and junk files which have piled up in your system for long time.

[wpsm_numhead num=”4″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Stop All Downloads when you play Online Dota 2[/wpsm_numhead]

Even if you have an awesome internet connection, still you should not run parallel downloading while playing Dota 2 online. It will eat out your bandwidth and data packets. Result may be high pings and may be packet loss too, thus lags and delay. That is why it is highly recommended to shut down all torrent and other download managers.

[wpsm_numhead num=”5″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Shut Down Heavy Programs[/wpsm_numhead]

Well, it will not hurt to open notepad while playing Dota 2, but it will definitely hurt if you open Adobe Photoshop along with Dota 2. It will put lots of burden on your CPU, RAM and graphic cards. Thus your FPS may drop and you may have a laggy experience. So it is suggested that once you start Dota 2 for Online gaming, do not forget to shut down heavy programs.

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[wpsm_numhead num=”6″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Dota 2 Issues on Windows 10 and their Solutions[/wpsm_numhead]

Windows 10 is not like other operating system of windows in many aspects. There are many good features in it but for gamers it is really pain in the a**. I have written a complete article about Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions, which you MUST read if you are running Dota 2 on windows 10.

[wpsm_numhead num=”7″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Fixing Dota 2 Crashes[/wpsm_numhead]

If you are facing regular Dota 2 crashes, then you need to read this guide to fix your Dota 2 Crashes. It gives you almost all the solutions to the Dota 2 crashing problems. Give it a go.

[wpsm_numhead num=”8″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Activate Gaming Mode on your Antivirus[/wpsm_numhead]

Most of the antiviruses have gaming mode by default in them. Activating gaming mode will prevent your antiviruses from making any popup notifications. These popup notifications will minimize your game some times. You can well imagine the fate if you are in middle of a gank and suddenly a stupid notification or ad from your antivirus appears and your Dota 2 gets minimized. When you restored your screen and you know your hero is dead and you have lost the battle and now your Barracks are under attack. LoLs
So just activate gaming mode before you play Dota 2. I recommend using Avast Antivirus software which is free for 1 year. Well, here is a cheat, make a new email address every year and then make a new account to keep your antivirus free permanently. Thank me later 😀

Section 2 – Optimize Dota 2 for Smooth Gameplay

[wpsm_numhead num=”1″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Optimize Video Settings[/wpsm_numhead]

You may have an excellent gaming PC for playing, but you need to optimize your settings specially video settings so that everything works perfectly. If you have good Graphic Card and RAM, you can play Dota 2 on high settings. But in case you don’t have high performance system, you will have to optimize your settings.

In game graphics should never get priority over in game performance. So you must first fix the performance issues, then you should go for good graphics.

  1. Resolution: You must select appropriate resolution for your Game. Do not forget to select option “Exclusive Full Screen” under Display Mode option. If you do not understand how to use Resolution settings then its best to select the top most option “Use my Monitor’s Current Resolution“.
  2. Rendering: If you have got the best gaming PC or Laptop, you can turn on all the options in Rendering Settings, but if you have got a low specification PC or Laptop, then its better to turn off all the options. Again, if you do not understand those settings, its better to use top most option in Rendering Settings. Check “Use Basic Settings” and then if you have low specifications system, keep this bar towards “Fastest”. But if you have got awesome PC, then move this bar to the right towards “Best Looking
  3. It is advised to keep Low Texture Quality and High Screen Render Quality if you have low specs PC.

Video Settings for Dota 2

[wpsm_numhead num=”2″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Using Console[/wpsm_numhead]

With console you can literally change your in game Dota 2 experience. We already have a detailed post about it which can tell you in detail about Dota 2 Console and autoexec.cfg and you will be surprised to find autoexec.cfg files of 2 pro players. (Arteezy and Funn1k)

[wpsm_numhead num=”3″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Enabling Network Information[/wpsm_numhead]

You must enable Network Information while playing Dota 2. It gives you an insight of game while playing. For example, if your Pings drop while playing, that means its your network issue, you need to fix your internet. But in case if your FPS drop, that means it has nothing to do with your internet, rather its your PC. So you will fix PC problem in later case.

That is why it is always advised that you keep the network information active. In Source 1 Dota 2, you had to enable it via Console, but thanks to Source 2 engine, Dota 2 Reborn has an option in settings using which you can Enable FPS and pings.

Activate Dota 2 Network Information in game

After settings are save, you can see FPS and network information like this.

Dota 2 FPS and Pings

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Some times it may be your internet providers and some times it may be steam which may be causing high ping and lag issues. Obviously you cant perform well if you have high pings or lags. I suggest you to use WTFast. It is a software specifically developed for the sole purpose of reducing in game ping and lags.

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[wpsm_numhead num=”5″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Use Hero Icons Instead of Dots in Minimap[/wpsm_numhead]

I think title says it all. You can never know which hero is coming to gank you if you look on dots in mini-map. But if you have turned on option to show Hero Icons instead of dots, you can plan you next move in advance.

Lets suppose enemy Zeus is coming to gank you. You saw some random dot in mini-map, you don’t know its enemy Zeus or enemy Pudge. So you will definitely try to stay away from that hero to save your self from gank. But in case you turned on the hero icons, you will know precisely which hero is coming for gank. So you can actually ambush that hero instead of going and hiding.

Just simply I will say, its better to know who and what is coming at you in Dota 2. Here is how you can turn on Hero Icons in Minimap.

How to show hero icons in Minimap Dota 2

Here is how it will look after you have enabled the hero icons. So tell me which one looks better as per ease of game point of view ?

Dota 2 Minimap Icons and Hero Icons Comparison

Tip

Add “dota_minimap_hero_size 1000” in your console or autoexec.cfg without quotation marks to increase the size of hero icons. For more details see Step 2 in Optimize Dota 2 section.

[wpsm_numhead num=”6″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Add Items to Quick Buy[/wpsm_numhead]

Adding items to quick buy is always a good idea. Whenever you have enough gold to buy any component of that item, you will hear a coin drop sound which will tell you that now you have enough money to buy it. Simply press Quick Buy key to buy those items.

This is specially helpful when you are about to die and have enough gold to buy certain item. Buying item just before item will reduce the gold you lose on death. This is one of the trick to save gold.

First select a Quick Buy key in setting menu as shown below.


Dota 2 Items Quick Buy Key

So once you have set up the quick buy key, drag any item in quick buy area. So when you ever you have enough gold, just press the quick buy key, it will buy the 1st available item for which you have enough gold.

[wpsm_numhead num=”7″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Customize Shop for Every Hero you Play[/wpsm_numhead]

If you don’t know, you can customize suggested items for your hero. This allows you to have items ready to purchase instead of searching it in whole shop. Once you play any hero, in before battle begins, it give you enough time to decide what items you will be needing in this match. So customize your shop accordingly. Or you can have a perfect shop for 1 hero and all the items in shop’s left that you can possibly make on this hero.

Here is an example.

Shope Editing

If you see in above image, I have added all possible items which I can EVER make for Templar Assassin in a game. Now no matter how my game goes, it will be easy for me to select and choose items from market and add them in quick buy area.

[wpsm_numhead num=”8″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Use Steam Call instead of Skype and other IM Software[/wpsm_numhead]

Being in communication is an important part of coordination which you need during the game. Most of the users prefer to use Skype for this purpose. If you are not aware of the fact that Skype consumes the most data out of 10 tested apps. Check this image.

This is just to give you an idea and obviously steam is not in this test. But if you want to read this research in detail here is the link. I suggest you to use Steam inbuilt chat and voice chat feature, that is enough for you to communicate with all of your team mates. It also consumes less data and bandwidth for obvious reason about which I am not going in detail here and also you will not have to open any other program for just chatting purpose (See section 1 step 5).

Here is how you can start voice chat with any of your friend if you don’t know it already.

How to start Voice Chat in Steam

[wpsm_numhead num=”9″ style=”3″ heading=”3″]Turn off Background Updates for All Steam Games[/wpsm_numhead]

If you have automatic updates enabled for games on steam, it will start updating whenever there is an update. No matter even if you are in game. So it is obvious that downloading during a game-play will sabotage your internet connectivity for the current game you are playing by stealing data and bandwidth. if you don’t have an awesome internet connection its a guaranty that you will face high pings and lags during the current game.

So it is also suggested that you keep all background updates off for all the steam games including Dota 2. Here is how you can Turn off Background Updates for All Steam Games.

  1. Go to main Steam window, right click on Dota 2 (or whatever game you have) and go to Properties.How to stop background download for steam games
  2. New window will open. Go to 2nd tab which is Updates.
  3. Go to background updates and select “Never allow background updates“.How to stop background download for steam games
  4. Click Close and you are done.

Closing Notes :

I have researched for almost a week and then chose what to be added in this guide. There might be some of the important stuff that I did not find or I did not include it. You are free to let me know about that in comments below. I’ll add that if that stuff is good to be added in this guide. It took me almost 10 days to complete this guide so you may like to see the bigger picture and appreciate it instead of criticizing it for nothing like a douche.

If anything is factually wrong (Which it won’t be as I tested all the stuff before adding it in guide) please be polite and tell me in comments below so I can correct it. Thanks for reading this long guide, I hope you have got at least something from it. 🙂

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What is Dota 2 Console and Autoexec.cfg and Best Commands

Dota 2 Console and Autoexec.cfg and Best Commands to Use

Before I tell you what are best console commands, let me first share some basic information with you.

What is Dota 2 Console

Dota 2 Console is a window which opens in Dota 2 game just like command prompt in any windows. It allows users to add different commands to change any thing related to Dota 2. You can add those commands via Dota 2 Console, or you can use them in autoexec.cfg file.

How to use Dota 2 Console

In old Dota 2 there was a long procedure to activate and use Dota 2 Console, but in Dota 2 reborn, its simple.

  1. Sign in to Steam and launch Dota 2.
  2. Go to Dota 2 settings and further in Options. In bottom right most option, check “Enable ConsoleHow to enable Dota 2 Console
  3. Now go to Hotkeys and there select any key for Console.How to enable Dota 2 Console
  4. When in game, you will press that key console will appear.How to enable Dota 2 Console 2
  5. If you want to close it, then just press that selected key again or click X icon on top right corner of console window.

What is autoexec.cfg

If we want to use lots of commands in our console, then its very difficult to type lots of commands each time we start Dota 2. So we can automate that process by adding a new file in our Dota 2 folder. That new file we add is “autoexec.cfg” and we add console commands in it. Each time game starts, this file automatically execute all those commands which are written in autoexec.cfg file.

How to use autoexec.cfg

To make things easy I will suggest you go to Control Panel >> Tools >> Folder Options >> Uncheck – Hide extensions for known file types.

  1. First of all go to your check if your operating system is 32 bit or 64 bit. Then choose the appropriate path.
    • For 32-bit Windows: C:/Program Files >>Steam>>steamapps >>common >>dota 2 beta >>dota >>cfg
    • For 64-bit Windows: C:/Program Files (x86) >>Steam >>steamapps >>common >>dota 2 beta >>dota>>cfg
  2. In case you have installed the game in any drive other than C, then you should just go to “dota 2 beta >>dota >>cfg”.
  3. Right-click anywhere in the opened window then click New and select Text Document
  4. Once new text document is created, name it autoexec.cfg and then press Enter. So now we have created a blank autoexec.cfg and now it is ready and it has necessary file type.
  5. Now you must open it with Notepad where you can add or delete your required commands.
  6. When you play your first game, whatever commands you added in your “autoexec.cfg” will also be added automatically in your main configuration file which is “config.cfg“. To stop Dota 2 from doing it, right-click on config.cfg >> Properties >> Attributes >> Read-only.
  7. File is created now and we need it to load automatically whenever we start Dota 2. To do so, go to  Steam ⇒ Library⇒  Right click on Dota 2 – Properties ⇒  Set Launch Options ⇒ add +exec autoexec.cfg

Remember

You do not have to remove the quotation marks (“”) from commands

So, now you may ask, what are the commands that I need to add in autoexec.cfg. So you can see below, these are the best to use commands in Dota 2 and most of the commands are used by Pro Dota 2 players like Funn1k and Arteezy. If you want to their files, you can just download the autoexec.cfg files used by these pro players, or you can make a new file for yourself and use whatever you want.

Here is a list of Dota 2 Console Commands which had ALL the commands.

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Best Dota 2 Console Commands

For now I will write down below about console commands which Na’Vi Funn1k and Arteezy uses during game. I will also explain what those commands actually do and why should we use it.

Arteezy’s Autoexec.cfg file

Also here is Arteezy’s old cfg (dont know if still actual):

Copy commands after line below.


con_enable “1” //Enables Console

cl_cmdrate “60” //Amount of updates sent to server per second

cl_updaterate “60” //Amount of updates received from server per second

rate “80000” //Total amount of bandwith dota may use

cl_interp “0” //More network stuff below…

cl_interp_ratio “1”

cl_smooth “1”

cl_smoothtime “0.01”

cl_lagcompensation “1”

cl_pred_optimize “2”

dota_camera_disable_zoom “1” //Can’t zoom camera in

dota_disable_range_finder 0 //Shows spells are within casting range of targeted area/target

dota_minimap_hero_size 1100 //Changes the size of heroes on the minimap

dota_minimap_misclick_time “0” //Removes delay before allowing input on minimap

dota_health_hurt_decay_time_max “0” //Fade time on Damage done/received reduced to instant

dota_health_hurt_decay_time_min “0”

dota_health_hurt_delay “0”

dota_pain_decay “0”

dota_pain_factor “0”

dota_pain_multiplier “0”

dota_pain_fade_rate “0”

dota_sf_game_end_delay “0”

net_graphheight “64” //Netgraph settings, net_graph 1 enables in game with console

net_graphinsetbottom “437”

net_graphinsetleft “0”

net_graphinsetright “-83”

net_graphpos “1”

net_graphproportionalfont “0”

net_graphtext “1

bind “F1” “dota_camera_setpos -2273.898682 1232.745483 982.072876” // Top Rune, Camera Bind

bind “F2” “dota_camera_setpos 3035.773438 -2972.680176 966.072937” // Bot Rune, Camera bind


Copy till above line.

Do not add commands which are crossed / striked through.

These are old commands to activate network information which Funn1k and Arteezy used. But these commands are no more required. Now in Dota 2 Reborn, you can activate it via your Dota 2 settings. Simply go to Dota 2 >> Settings >> Options >> Check show network information. See image below for easy understanding.

Activate Dota 2 Network Information in game

Funn1k autoexec.cfg (Source)

Copy commands after line below.


rate “80000” – Max bytes/sec the host can receive data..

cl_updaterate “30” – Number of packets per second of updates you are requesting from the server.

cl_cmdrate “30” – Max number of command packets sent to server per second.

cl_interp “0.05” – Sets the interpolation amount (bounded on low side by server interp ratio settings)..

cl_interp_ratio “2” – Sets the interpolation amount.

cl_smooth “1” – Smooth view/eye origin after prediction errors.

cl_smoothtime “0” – Smooth client’s view after prediction error over this many seconds.

mat_vsync “1” – Force sync to vertical retrace.

r_screenspace “1” – smoothing is on.

con_enable “1” – console is activated.

fps_max “120” – Frame rate limiter..

cl_showfps “1” – Draw fps meter. FPS (Frame per second).

retry – Retry connection to last server.

volume “0.5” – game’s volume.

snd_musicvolume “0” – music’s volume.

net_graphinsetleft “-50” – net_graph insert from left.

net_graphinsetbottom “300” – net_graph insert from bottom.

net_graphpos “1” – change net_graph’s location. 1 – on the left, 2 – in the centre, 3 – on the right. 

net_graphproportionalfont “0” – change the size of net_graph (from 0 to1).


Copy till above line.

 Do not add commands which are crossed / striked through.

See inventory like old Dota

use the console command “dota_import_steam_inventory_layout” without quotation mark to import your Source 1 inventory placement as it is. It means your the way you placed your items in Source 1 Dota 2, will be added in your Dota 2 Reborn.

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How to Fix Connecting to Dota 2 Game Servers

How to Fix Connecting to Dota 2 Game Coordinator Error

How to Fix Connecting to Dota 2 Game Coordinator Error

Dota 2 Reborn is facing many problems including lags, bugs and now a days almost all Dota 2 Gamers are facing a new issue. When they start the game they receive an error “Connecting to Dota 2 Game Coordinator“. With this issue, users can not find any game normally and its like your Dota 2 has not connected to Dota 2 network.

So here are few tricks which can fix your “Connecting to Dota 2 Game Coordinator” issue. It is also possible that next time you launch Dota 2, you may face this issue again. 1st 3 methods are temporary solutions whereas method 4 and 5 are permanent solutions. Right now if you think that there might be some fix by official Dota 2 developers, then you are wrong and you may need to wait for a long time to get a permanent solution from Steam + Valve.

Method 1

Follow these simple steps to get rid of Connecting to Dota 2 Game Coordinator issue.

  1. Sign in to Steam and start Dota 2
  2. If your Dota 2 Start with “Connecting to Dota 2 Game Coordinator” error, then click on “Play Dota 2” in bottom right corner and select “Practice with Bots” and in next option select “Solo”.
  3. Now start your game and select any hero.
  4. Now load and enter the game
  5. Now come to main Dota 2 Screen by pressing Down button in top left corner while you are in game.
  6. Disconnect the game by clicking on “Disconnect” button in bottom right corner.
  7. Enjoy, your issue is solved now and you can search for normal game now 🙂
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Method 2

Alternately you can also get rid of this issue by Going to Learn tab and then starting a Learn game in left most column. You will have to follow all steps from step #3 – 7.

If you do not understand anything given in above lines, then just watch this video below and I hope this issue is solved for you.

Method 3

  1. If your Dota 2 is running, close it.
  2. Now, open Steam and then click on Steam tab at upper left corner of your screen.
  3. Click on settings. The setting menu will pop up now.
  4. Click on download at the left side of the menu.
  5. Find download region and change to any other server and click ok.
  6. Now restart steam and finally change your download region back to original one. Although even if you do not change, it won’t make much of a difference for small updates.

Credits for this method goes to the comment poster below.

 

Method 4

This is a permanent solution

1. If Dota 2 and Steam are running, close it.

2. Right click Steam icon on your desktop and then click “Properties

3. You will see “Target“and this address will be present there. “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe

How to fix Dota 2 Game Coordinators

4. Now at the end of this line, add space and “-tcp“. It will become like this.“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” -tcp

How to fix Dota 2 Game Coordinators

5. Click “Apply” then click “Ok

6. Now launch Steam then start Dota 2 normally.

7. Your issue must be fixed by now 🙂

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Method 5

This is a permanent solution

This may sound strange to you but its one of the best and permanent method to get rid of connecting to Dota 2 game coordinator error. Download this software WTFast for free. Run this software and then run your game and start feeling the difference. Annoying connecting to Dota 2 game coordinator error will be gone forever. How ? This is a software specially developed for the sole purpose of reducing pings, lags and improving the connection with game servers.

Important Note: If none of the above methods works, that means Dota 2 servers are down. There is nothing you can do to fix it except waiting for these servers to get fixed by Valve. Most of the times it takes 2-4 hours for steam servers to get back online but it can also take more time.

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How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes Problems

How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes

How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes

Updated on 16 Nov 2018

In case you experience frequent Dota 2 crashes while loading the game or during the game-play, then you need to read this article. You can follow all applicable solutions. These solutions are good for almost all operating systems. In case you face any issue in any of the step, you can contact me and I can help / guide you with it. I have tested all these methods and those all work perfectly for me.

It is not necessary to apply all the solutions, but you can apply as many as possible or needed.

 1. Set Auto Config Launch

There are some predefined values in the game launcher settings. You can use those to fix some of the issues. So you can set Auto Config mode as described and shown below:

  1. Open Steam and click Library.
  2. Right click Dota 2 and select “Properties”.How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes
  3. A New Window will open like the image below. Click “Set Launch Options” as highlighted below. If there is there is any other lunch option already present, remove it and type “-autoconfig“.How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes
    How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes
  4. Click OK and start your game now.

 2. Set Safe Launch

Still if you get crashes after Auto Config mode, you should try “Safe Launch Mode” same way as we did above.

  1. Repeat Steps 1-2 from the above paragraph.
  2. Click “Set Launch Options“, remove existing value (if there any) and type “-safe“.
  3. Click OK and restart the game. It will start your game in safe mode with normal settings and most probably issues will be fixed.

 3. Change Process Affinity

This seems to be very geeky fix, but actually it is not. Some times Dota 2 does not use full potential of your CPU properly and you do not get enough power to run Dota 2. Therefore it crashes. Process Affinity can be changed very easily and it gives your game full power of your CPU and Processors.

  1. Start Steam and Start Dota 2.
  2. Press Alt + Tab or Windows keys to minimize Dota 2 and switch to your desktop.
  3. Right click the Taskbar, select “Task Manager”.How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes
  4. If you are running Windows XP, Vista or windows 7, then you will have to click the Processes tab. Windows 8 and Windows 10 users to click “Details” tab.How to Fix Dota 2 Crashes
  5. Find process “dota2.exe“. Right click on it and select “Set Affinity” as you can see in image above.
  6. A New Window will open from where you can select how many CPU cores you want to allow Dota 2 to use. Select all cores available. As it can be seen in the image below. Then click “Ok“.
  7. Close Task Manager and Check your Dota 2 now. It should fix your Dota 2 crashes problem.

 4. Change NVidia Control Panel Settings

NVidia Control Panel contains several graphical settings. You should set recommended settings in it because that works perfectly for most of the users. In case Recommended settings don’t work for you, you can always try other settings to tweak what works best for you.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click NVidia Control Panel.
  3. Click “Select a Task” on the left hand side panel.
  4. Click 3D Settings then in next window click Manage 3D Settings and in next window click Program Settings.
  5. Click “Add” button under “Select a Program” category.
  6. Browse to the Dota 2 installation folder, where ever you have installed it. normally it is – C:Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/dota2.exe
  7. Set Preferred Graphics: High-Performance NVidia Processor
  8. Click Apply.

Same Settings can be applied for ATI Radeon Graphic cards as well by following almost same steps as of NVidia Graphic Cards.

 5. Disable Switchable Graphics

If you do not have dual graphic Cards, then you should leave this step and skip to next one.

Nowadays almost all the PCs and Laptops have 2 graphic Cards by default. What happens is, one graphics card is of ATI Radeon or NVidia and other is built in your motherboard, which is normally Intel HD Graphic CardIf there are 2 Graphics Cards in your system, then there must be an option in your BIOS settings from where you can tell your CPU about the way it should use your Graphics Card. Sometimes these graphics card issues also cause Dota 2 crashes. In this step, we will disable the switching process. We will make sure that our secondary Graphic Card (ATI Radeon or NVidia) should be used is more powerful.

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Go to BIOS settings by pressing F2, F12 or Delete key (Whichever is applicable to your system).
  3. BIOS Settings page will open.
  4. Search for a setting called “Switchable Graphics“.
  5. Disable it.
  6. Select Save settings and exit.

 6. Reset Texture and Render Quality Settings

Sometimes your video setting in Dota 2 are too high and your system cannot bear that, which causes extra load on your Graphics Card and overall whole system too. So you must optimize those video settings completely according to your needs. Best is to reset the texture and render quality settings as shown below:

  1. Start your Dota 2 game.
  2. Click Settings in top left corner, then come to Video Options.How to fix Dota 2 crashes
  3. Set lower Texture and higher Render Quality.
  4. Click the Save Settings button, exit and restart your Dota 2.

 7. Verify Cache Files Integrity

Verify integrity of the game cache files.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Click Library
  3. Right click the Dota 2 and select Properties.
  4. In top Menu, click on Local Files tab. Then select “Verify Integrity of Game Cache“. You must ensure that game is not running at the time you are verifying the cache Files Integrity. Once the process is complete, click OK and you will be good to go.

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 8. Reinstall Steam

Sometimes Dota 2 crashes due to corrupt files. These may be corrupt Steam files or it may be corrupt Dota 2 Files. So let’s try the small solution first.

  1. Exit Steam completely.
  2. Go to Control Panel, then Programs and select Uninstall a Program.
  3. Uninstall steam completely. Do not uninstall your Dota 2 at this step. I am just talking about reinstalling steam. Don’t worry, if you uninstall steam nothing will happen to your Dota 2 files.
  4. Go to Official Steam Site and install a new copy of Steam and once you have installed, it will automatically pick Dota 2.
  5. If you want to be safer, then you need to copy your Dota 2 files to some other drive. You can find your Dota 2 Folder in C:Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta. This folder “Dota 2 Beta” is the main folder which has all your game-related files.

 9. Reinstall Steam + Dota 2

If all above methods fail, then its time to take the sour pill. You have to uninstall and then reinstall your Dota 2 and Steam. It will hopefully fix your issues. Complete process of Reinstalling Dota 2 with backup method is explained here.

 10. Using VPN Softwares

WTFast is one of the best VPN software which is designed to reduce your pings and packet losses. It also takes care of your lags issue. If your game is unplayable even after changing your ISP, then its time for you to take it for a spin. The good thing is, it offers a free 7 days trial version with full options.

In case you are running Windows 10, then you should also have a look at this article Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions. It will surely help your fix your lags and delays issues.

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Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions

Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions

Microsoft has released their most awaited product Windows 10 on 29 June 2015. However Windows 10 did not satisfy most of the gamer because of its inbuilt problems. Here I will give you an analysis of Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions.

Problem 1 (Peer to Peer Download System)

Microsoft has changed the way window will update now. Although this method is old but it was never expected to be implemented in Windows. Now Windows 10 update system works exactly like Torrents work. That is a funny thing that Microsoft is against torrent system, but they them self implemented same in their product. Well that is another debate and lets leave it there. So coming over to the issue.

How Windows Update Worked earlier ?

All the downloadable files were present on 1 central server and when downloading you connect to that server and simply down load it to your PC. It was 1 to 1 connection. But now the system is different.

How Update Works in Windows 10 ?

It uses peer to peer network system. So if we talk in easy language, there is no central server where file is hosted. All users with Windows 10 are connected via internet in form of a network and they download bits and pieces of each update from other user’s computer. Image below will help you understand it.

Dota 2 on Windows - Problems and Solutions

So in other words, Windows has forced you to update other user’s computers too eve if you don’t want.

How does this cause problems for Online Gamers ?

Obviously when you are connected to internet and someone is downloading his Windows update, there are many chances that you computer is helping him download his update by uploading update from your PC to his. So that means your bandwidth and data is being stolen.

However gamers need full and free bandwidth for online gaming whereas your bandwidth is stolen about which you even don’t know. That is why you face sudden lags and delays during your game. Which some time may be very crucial according to game point of view. Imagine you start lagging suddenly while defending your base and you are killed with no buy back gold. So that means your game is over…

Problem 2 (Disabling Windows Update)

So, now you might be thinking, WTF, I am just going to disable my Windows update so at least I don’t get lags and delays. Well there comes another interesting problem. You can not turn off your Windows 10 update system completely. It is almost forced update. Funny ..!! Isn’t it ?

Problem 3 (Scheduling Windows Update)

So another issue about window update is that you can not schedule a window update. As soon as some update is available and you are connected to internet, your update will start automatically. Yes !! Without even asking you. They dont care if you are in middle of a gank or you are trying to evade a gank in game, they will shove this update up your a**.

Problem 4  (New Operating System)

As it is a totally brand new operating system, therefore many software and drivers don’t work properly as it used to work on Windows 7 or 8 variants. However most of the hardware companies immediately released updates to their drivers on emergency basis that are compatible with window 10 but still, there are many old pieces of hardware which do not support Windows 10 and its drivers are still not updated. If you are using some latest equipment, then this might not be an issue for you, but in case you are using old system, then you might be having lots of troubles.

Problem 5 (New Dota 2 Game Client)

Dota 2 has shifted completely to Dota 2 Reborn on 10th September 2015. Old Dota 2 which was running on Source 1 engine is gone now. Although valve stated that Dota 2 Reborn will work properly on all the hardware even if those are old. But personally speaking, I cant play with Dota 2 Reborn without my AMD graphic card. I removed my graphic card and tested with Intel Integrated HD 4000 Graphic Card to check if I can play, but I failed miserably because I was getting 20-30 FPS in Dota 2 with lowest settings. Obviously that does not work. So I had to install my graphic card again to play.

Dota 2 reborn has many bugs to date and valve is releasing continuous and frequent updates to fix the bugs, but in my opinion it will take almost 2 months or so for Dota 2 reborn to get completely stable and almost bug free.

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Solution 1

How to disable Automatic Windows 10 Update Permanently

To avoid sudden lags and delays because of internet issues, the best thing you can do is to simply disable the Windows Update service. To do so, type “services” in the Windows 10 search box and click “View Local Services”. Navigate to “Windows Update”. After double-clicking the service, you can stop it and disable it so it won’t be bothersome again.

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I also suggest you get hold of this software WTFast and use it to start your game. It can definitely reduce your ping and packet loss issues.

Check out images below for more details.

Disable Windows 10 Update service 1

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Now if you want to check if this really worked for you, then simply click on “Check for Updates“. It will give you an error message. So now you have got rid of Windows update permanently. No need to worry about your Windows 10 updates anymore.

Windows 10 update Error Message

Remember, keeping Windows up to date is very necessary for many reasons. Security is just one of them. If you want to disable Windows Update permanently, you must take other actions like installing an antivirus with full features to keep your system secure

If you want to enable Windows 10 updates back for any reason, simply follow above-mentioned steps and this time instead of Disable, select Enable option. It will start your regular Windows 10 update system.

Solution 2

Well, if you say “Nope, Thank you very much, tell me another way to fix it”. Here is another way. Type “Windows Update” in your search bar and select “Advanced Windows Update“.

Disable Windows 10 Update

Another window will open where you can change Windows 10 Update settings. Lets go step by Step. Please image below for complete details. Each point highlighted on image is explained below.

Disable Windows 10 Update

Step 1

There are 2 options. “Automatic” and “Notify to Schedule Restart“. Select 2nd option, “Notify to Schedule Restart“. Obviously updates will start automatically. It will just give you a notification when your computer is ready to install updates and needs to be restarted. (Oh thanks a lot Microsoft for being so kind…)

Step 2

You can tell windows now to install updates for you. However, Microsoft is a stubborn kid and won’t listen to you carefully. So even if you defer updates it will still install security-related updates. However, it will just defer those updates which are related to functions and features of Windows 10. This is what Windows 10 Official says about Defer Updates.

Step 3

Now click on “Chose How Updates are Delivered“. It will open a new window in front of you and you can choose how you want to get updates.

How to disable Windows 10 update 3

The best option is to switch is off. This way, problem 1 will be solved. Now you will get updates straight from Microsoft and also you won’t be helping other people.

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Solution 3

For Problem 4 and 5, you need to wait for stable Window 10 and Dota 2 Reborn Client release.

Magic Solution to All Windows 10 Problems

Revert back to your previous version of Windows till we get a stable version of Windows 10. Here is how you can revert to Windows 7 or Windows 8 

In case you have other issues/suggestion, comment below so we can talk about those. In case you have any question or you are stuck on any issue, feel free to comment below so we can help you.

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How to Stack Ancient Creeps in Dota 2 – Another Trick

I am sure some people already know about this, but this guide is for the people who don’t know. This is a simple trick about how to stack ancient creeps in Dota 2. Other than your hero you can use any dominated creep to stack Ancient Creep for you when you are farming in any other place/lane. You can use many “Hero Owned Creeps” for this purpose, like Nature Prophet’s treants, Lycan’s Wolfs and so on…

However, if you are playing with any hero who does not have “His Owned Creeps “, you can use “Helm of the Dominator” to dominate a creep to stack the ancient creep camp for you. This is same how you stack other Neutral Creeps.

How and When Creeps Re-spawn?

Creeps re-spawn first time at 0:30 and then after that, at each minute mark, that means at 1:00, 2:00 etc…

Once Creeps have been killed in a neutral camp, new creeps will re-spawn when minute completes. If last creep dies after X:54 time then no creeps wave will re-spawn at next minute mark. So that means, if you want that camp creeps to re-spawn again at minute mark, then you need to kill creeps before X:53. X here means any minute.

How to stack Ancient Creeps Now

So lets see how it is done. Basic idea is that you pull the neutrals away from their camps at about x:50 – x:54 of every minute (X means any minute). That way, when the game checks if the creeps are there each minute, it will think that the creeps have been killed and will, therefore, spawn new creeps.

Lets do this step by step

  1. Dominate a creep if you have not done it yet. Prefer to get some high HP creep so even if Ancient Creeps attack it, it should survive.
  2. Get your hero to a safe place where ever you are, or otherwise enemy may gank you once you are busy stacking creeps.
  3. At about x:51-x:52 mark, ask your dominated creep to attack the Ancient Creeps, but try not to actually attack, just give attack command, or your creep might die.how to stack ancient creeps in dota 2
  4. Start moving your dominated creep out of Ancient Creep camp. Ancient Creeps will follow you.
  5. Make sure Ancient Creeps are not in their camps at x:59 to x+1:01
  6. You have successfully stacked 1 ancient creep wave.how to stack ancient creeps in dota 2

Now keep repeating above steps for next couple of minutes, and you will get lots of Ancient Creeps stacked in their camp.

how to stack ancient creeps in dota 2

You can now kill them for a huge gold bounty. This is best done with a hero who has some form of splash attack / AOE attack damage so you can kill the neutral camps quickly.

When stacking the first couple of times, do it around x:53. When more creeps are there, you have to do it around x:51-x:52 to make sure all of the creeps get out of the way before 1 minute.

Best Heroes to farm on stacked Ancient Creeps

  • Sven
  • Kunka
  • Medusa
  • Luna
  • Drow
  • Huskar
  • Magnus
  • Alchemist
  • and many more…

Special Notes:

  • Do not try to kill Ancient Creeps in early game or you will get killed easily. No, I mean literally NO hero can kill 3-4 stacked Ancient Creeps at 5-minute mark. Wait for some decent and appropriate time and then farm.
  • Keep an eye on enemy too, or their carry might steal all your stacked Ancient Creeps and you will lose all the effort and hassle not mentioning gold bonus to enemy carry.
  • Try to Dominate some high HP neutral creep.
  • Only do this when your supports refused to help you farm (Happens mostly in Pubs).

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How to Farm Fast in Dota 2

10 Useful Tips to Farm Fast in Dota 2

Farming is extremely necessary in Dota 2 even if you are a carry or just an offlane support. However it is extremely necessary for carries to farm fast to get some considerable edge / benefit in game. But a farmed support does not hurt too. Farming of carries and farming of support are 2 entirely different things, which I will cover in another article some other time. Here I am just going to explain how can you farm fast and good.

Remember : Dota 2 game is not about Farming ONLY, its about winning.

1. Don’t Die

Dying means you waste your farmed gold and give to your enemy thus creating a gold and experience difference. Learn how to play safe. BurNinG, one of the legendary carry and farmer, will always stay away from creeps if he doesn’t see the gankers on the map. He knows how crucial it is if you’ll be killed in the game. This also does not mean that you should stay hidden all the time. Farm in lanes and keep your eyes on map, if your enemies are missing from map for more than 5-10 sec, it means, either they are coming to pick on you or they are at Roshan. In both the cases, you must think of your next move.

2. Practice Last Hitting

Practice will improve your timing when will you attack the creep that will guarantee sure gold. One way is playing in single player mode and try to have 100 creep kills (kills + deny) in 10 minutes. Doing this often will make you expert in last hitting thus a speedy farm in real games. Another practice can be playing against 5 Insane Bots. Bots are programmed to have perfect last hit and deny. If you can farm against 5 AI’s effectively, it would be easy for you to farm against most of human players.

Last hitting tower will always give extra gold, which is enough to give you a considerable farming boost.

3. Consider Your Hero’s attack Animation

The moment your hero makes a move for attack and the moment your hero’s damage is dealt is knows is hero attack animation. It can be slow (Like Dark Seer), Normal (Like most of the heroes) and Fast (Like Sniper, Faceless Void, Anti Mage etc).

So once your have a rough idea how is our heroes attack animation, you should attack the dying creep keeping your attack animation and your damage in mind. Most of the time, melee heroes are easier because you only need to observe their hitting animation while Range heroes needs to consider their distance from the creep as well as animation of the attack.

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4. Look at the Mage

One easy way to last hit effectively is looking at the mage. Among all the creeps fighting, the mage usually have the highest damage. Mage will hit the enemy creep in constant rate so it will be easy for you to decide when to attack. After the mage attacks and you know it’ll be one blow before the creep die, it’s time for you to click it. This is effective but in some cases, it’s not. Like when you have 2 or more mages, or you have a catapult that does more damage than the mage. In this case you have to consider the rate of hp reduction of the creep.

5. Neutral Creeping for Extra Gold

Neutral Creeps gives you enough amount of gold that Enigma can farm a dagger in 8 minutes. Thus, on the average, neutral creeping can give you 268 gold in one minute. Neutral Creeping also gives you additional safety from gankers. If you have wards, it’ll be harder for you to be killed. But it is never advised to leave your lane empty for enemy and farm in Jungle because this will give free farm to enemy heroes.

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6. Try to Dominate your Lane

If you dominate a lane, chances are you’ll get a good farming time because enemy try to stay away from you. If you are in tri lane, harassing can be done by your supports using normal attacks or using / casting spells and in meanwhile carries can farm easily. In same process if you guess enemy has low HP, you can also try to secure a kill to earn extra gold.

In case you are in a solo lane or dual lane, you must use your spells wisely and must keep harassing enemy.

7. Rune Control

Since 6.83 update, importance of rune control has increased many folds. Because from now onward, runes will always spawn at both ends and out of which 1 will always be a bounty rune. Bounty rune will give you extra gold and experience. More time passes in game, the more more and experience you will get from bounty rune. Also do not forget the renewed charges of your bottle with which you can farm more. So rune control is extremely important if you want to farm fast in Dota 2.

Also successful bottling will negate the effect of enemy harassing and will help you stay in lane for more time. So do not forget to buy a bottle specially if you are in mid and occasionally when you are in any other lane.

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8. Don’t Waste Gold

Wasting gold, like buying TP and using them to teleport on a towers but it’s not that urgent to use it. It will surely slow down the rate of your farming. For example, when enemy creeps are far away from your tower. You can walk to your tower and when you reach your tower chances are the enemy creeps are just reaching your tower along with you. You saved 50 gold from impatient teleportation. TP is vital to the game but you should use it wisely, like backing up a team mate / Team fight. You’ll need 2 creeps to farm 50 gold again. Thus you’ll be delayed in farming.

9. Use Your Skills Wisely

Don’t rely on spamming spells to farm. Spamming spells helps you push not farm. Spam spells only when needed, like if you see a big wave of enemy creep coming, then its a good time to use your AOE spells, instead of using your precious AOE spells and killing only 1-2 creeps. Spamming AOE spells makes you go back to the fountain back and forth because you wont have enough mana and if meanwhile your team needs you, you may not be of that much use to your team because of low mana or your spell on cool down.

10. Maximize your Map Reach

Maximize your map reach is important to have your luxury items. Burning(EH.Gigabyte.AAA), used to farm fast by moving all over the map. So we can say like this, “where there is creeps, there your farmer goes”. Do not forget to keep an eye on enemy heroes, or else you might be walking happily into an enemy trap. If you are not able to get farm in your lane, switching your lane to a more comfortable lane is always a good idea. Search for the creeps your self, because creeps wont come to you.

11. Remain Calm

I said 10 tips, but it the 11th one… WTF ??
LoL… I just wanted to remind you that it is JUST A GAME

You are always most welcome to add your useful tips below in comments, if its something awesome, I will surely add it in main post.

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How MMR Works in Dota 2

How Dota 2 MMR Ranking Works – A Detail Guide

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Here in this guide I will explain how Dota 2 MMR ranking works, or you can simply say what are MMR Mechanics in Dota 2. I will go step by step so this will be a long guide. I will be writing it as question answers, so if you want the answer to a specific question, and that is not in this guide, you can ask me below.

Disclaimer: I am not a Dota 2 official. All the information depicted blow is based mainly on my detailed research and somewhat personal experience (Which may be less than many of you). There might be some stuff which you may not agree, but remember all the data is taken from the official and very reliable sources.

If you are looking for details about how Calibration MMR works and how to get high Calibration MMR, please read this article. It explains in detail about different aspects of calibration MMR.

What is Dota 2 MMR Ranking ?

MMR stands for Match Making Rank /rating. Sometimes it is also recognized as you skill level. While making your match, Dota 2 considers MMR as primary factor but not the only factor. There are 2 categories of Dota 2 MMR Rank.

  1. Normal Dota 2 MMR: This MMR number is not visible on your profile, but it is stored in Dota 2 Database. Dota 2 uses this MMR when they are making your normal match. It is different for Solo Player matches, Party matches and Dota 2 Team matches.
  2. Ranked Dota 2 MMR: This MMR number is shown on your profile and it is used once Dota 2 is making in Ranked Match. It is different for Solo Player matches, Party matches and Dota 2 Team matches.

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What is the Difference Between Normal and Ranked MMR?

Since your day 1 and game 1 your MMR is calculated by Dota 2 even in normal matches. However in Ranked matches only difference of MMR is that it is visible on your profile. Normal MMR is NOT visible on your profile, but Dota 2 knows it. (Source = Official Dota 2 Blog)

This is what Official Dota 2 Blog says about it.

“Dota 2 matchmaking has always calculated MMR and used it to form matches; in ranked matchmaking we make that MMR visible”

In start, How my Ranked MMR is Calculated?

When you play your first ever match, it is assigned to you randomly. Then whatever you perform in your 1st match, that is taken as guide and then your next matches are made. Dota 2 Keeps noting your result and performance in all normal matches.

When you reach your experience trophy level 50 you are allowed to play Ranked matches. Basically you get almost 50-100 experience trophy points after each match depending upon time of game. So if we take average 75 points, it means you will have to play almost 150 matches to reach 50 level of experience trophy. Remember its not your new Dota 2 level we are talking about, its about Experience Trophy points. You need to play 10 calibration matches and after that your ranked MMR is visible on your profile.

Basing on your normal MMR you are assigned your first ranked match team. Then whatever you perform in your calibration MMR matches you win or lose and so your  MMR increases or decreases. Ultimately after 10 calibration matches your ranked MMR is visible on your profile.

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How Dota 2 Calculates all types of MMR?

Let’s see what official Dota 2 site has to say about it. It will be clear to you once you read official information.

Dota 2 uses standard techniques to quantify and track player skill. We assign each player an MMR, which is a summary metric that quantifies your skill at Dota 2. After each match, we update your MMR based on what happened in that match. Extract below is quoted from official Dota 2 Blog.

We also track our uncertainty about your MMR. New accounts and those playing in Ranked Matchmaking for the first time have high uncertainty. Higher uncertainty allows larger adjustments after each match, and lower uncertainty leads to smaller adjustments. Together, the MMR and uncertainty can be interpreted as a probability distribution of performance in your next game; the MMR itself serves as the mean of this distribution and the uncertainty is its standard deviation. If the match outcomes (both the win/loss and individual performance) repeatedly match our expectations, the uncertainty tends to decrease until it reaches a floor. A surprising match outcome will tend to cause an increase in uncertainty.

Dota 2 actually tracks a total of five MMRs for each player:

  1. Normal matchmaking, playing Solo
  2. Normal matchmaking, playing with a party
  3. Ranked matchmaking, playing solo
  4. Ranked matchmaking, playing with a party
  5. Team rating (Ranked games), when all 5 members of a team collectively play ranked matches as a team.

Each of the three ranked MMRs has its own calibration period. Under certain circumstances, we may need to reactivate calibration if we think the MMR is inaccurate.

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You may like to read How to Reset your Dota 2 MMR

How I am Placed in Teams when I am Playing Ranked Calibrating Matches?

They take your hidden MMR from normal matches and use it as starting point, so they don’t just match you randomly in ranked matches. Also, as soon as you play your first ranked match, your normal and ranked MMR are split and completely separated. From that moment onward, both MMR (Normal and Ranked) are calculated separately basing on games (normal + ranked) you play.

This procedure is explained in further detail and with examples in this post.

How do I Increase my Dota 2 MMR Ranking?

In general, when you win, your MMR will go up, and when you lose, your MMR will go down. Win/loss is the primary criteria used to update MMR, but individual performance also plays a role, especially when our uncertainty about your MMR is high. It is possible for an individual MMR to increase after a loss or decrease after a win, but, in general, the winning team’s average MMR will increase and the losing team’s MMR will decrease.

For image proof that no increase in MMR after a win in ranked match see images below.

You mentioned Uncertainty in above point, What is it?

Uncertainty is the standard deviation of a player’s Dota 2 MMR ranking. Let’s see what role it plays according to Dota 2 Wiki.

  • Players with high uncertainty are more likely to be matched with players that differ more greatly in skill level, and vice versa.
  • New accounts with few games played tend to have high uncertainty, while older accounts with many games played tend to have low uncertainty.
  • Since normal and ranked matchmaking are tracked separately, a player who has many normal games will still experience high uncertainty in ranked matchmaking if he or she has only played a few ranked games, and vice versa.
  • Higher uncertainty leads to larger Dota 2 MMR adjustments after each match, and lower uncertainty leads to smaller adjustments.
  • Highly uncertain matches are sometimes called swing games because their outcomes are “breakthrough” moments that are indicative of a player’s MMR progression or regression.
  • If game outcomes (win/loss and individual performance) repeatedly match the system’s expectations, uncertainty will decrease until it reaches a floor.
  • Conversely, unexpected match outcomes will tend to cause an increase in uncertainty.

How much MMR increases / decreases if I win / lose a game?

It is basically the difference between total party MMR which decides that how much MMR changes are needed. So there are some examples which I will give first, then I will explain it based on those examples.

In these examples, I will explain only considering you Win in Ranked Match. You can vice-versa yourself.

  • Once Teams have Exactly same MMR: You will get 23-27 MMR increase.
  • Once Enemy Team has more MMR than Your Team: Then you may get MMR increase up to 40* depending upon the difference of total average Team MMR.

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  • Once Enemy team has less MMR than your Team: You may not get any MMR increase, or even your MMR may decrease depending upon how you played in that match. (See image below)
  • So in this image, you can see in red highlighted area, this user lost matches, but he did not lose any MMR.
  • In green highlighted area, you can see he won a match but his MMR did not increase.

How Dota 2 MMR Works

  • In all cases, if you abandoned the ranked match, even if you win, your MMR will decrease.

*This is maximum MMR I have seen till today, if anyone has seen more than 40 MMR increase, please show me a screenshot so I can update it.

How Dota 2 Automatic Matchmaking Works?

Main goal of automatic matchmaking in Dota 2 is for players to enjoy the game. The automatic Dota 2 matchmaker searches for matches with the following points (listed in no particular order): (Source = Official Dota 2 Blog)

  1. The teams are balanced. (Each team has a 50% chance to win.)
  2. The difference in skill between the most and least skilled player in the match is minimum. This is related to team balance, but not the same thing.
  3. The difference between experience (measured by the number of games played) between the least experienced player and the most experienced player is minimized. More on this below.
  4. The highest skill Radiant player should have almost same skill as the highest skill Dire player.
  5. Each team contains about the same number of parties. For example, the matchmaker tries to avoid matching a party of 5 against against 5 individual players.
  6. Players’ language preferences contains a common language. Lack of a common language among teammates’ language preferences is strongly avoided. Lack of a common language across the whole match is also avoided, but less strongly.
  7. Wait times shouldn’t be too long.

The automatic match maker rarely achieves all of those goals perfectly. When making a match, the automatic match maker assigns a quality score for each of the point above and then takes an average for whole team. When the overall quality score exceeds a threshold, the match is considered “good enough” and the match is finally made.

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When my MMR changes and when it does not change?

Dota 2 MMR ranking will not be updated if:

  • A non-partied member of your team early abandons (Before First Blood) a normal match. How ever in Ranked Matches your MMR will be counted even if someone leaves before First Blood.
  • Poor network conditions have been detected. A message must appear in game in order for this to apply.

Dota 2 MMR ranking will be updated if:

  • Any member of your team late abandons. (After 1st Blood)
  • Any member of your party abandons in any form.

Your MMR will ALWAYS be updated in ranked matches either you win or lose, even if some one abandons game at any stage, it will still be counted.

Where can I see Top MMR Players?

Dota 2 keeps a leader board of top 200 players of All regions separately. You can see it in Dota 2’s LeaderBoard.

Some Important points about Dota 2 MMR ranking?

  • MMR is the main but not the only factor used in matchmaking.
  • The system also takes into account Experience (number of games played), Player Performance, Gold Difference and various hidden variables.
  • The system does not directly try to achieve any particular win rate for players.
  • However, it does try to ensure that each team has a 50% chance of winning by matching players of similar skill against each other.
  • This means that, over time, win-loss ratios will naturally settle around 50/50 for all but the very best players.
  • The system does not examine individual win / loss streaks or try to end them.
  • Win rate and win count are not related to Dota 2 MMR ranking, nor are they meaningful measures of player skill.
  • According to Valve, player opinions of the MMR system are highly correlated with their recent win rates.

Guys if you have any questions, please post them below in comments, so I can reply and keep a track of all questions. If there are worth mentioning questions, I will add them in this main post. I will update this thread when there is anything new to add.

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How to level up Dota 2 TI5 compendium

Dota 2 TI5 compendium owners have been worried about leveling up their compendium since the day it was released. Till 14th may there were not many ways of leveling up the TI5 compendium and frankly speaking this time it is not like TI4 or TI3 where compendium owners enjoyed more and more benefits without having to pay lots of money. I will be explaining how to level up Dota 2 TI5 compendium.

 

So thanks to Dota 2 Update on 14th May that it provided us with some other ways of leveling up the compendium, although its still not like old times but “Some thing is better than nothing”.

 

Here are rewards for your Leveling up Dota 2 TI5 Compendium

 

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So lets discuss in detail how can we Level Up our Dota 2 TI5 Compendiums.

 

  1. Buy Compendium Points from Dota 2 Store: 

 

If your pocket allows, buy as many compendium points from Dota 2 store as you can. Remember there is no upper limit for your compendium level. With this method you can earn unlimited levels for your TI5 compendium.

 

How much levels can you earn :

So with money, you can even take it to level 10,000 by spending almost $4,000 +   So you can earn unlimited levels this way.

 

  1. Complete Compendium Achievements:

 

There are around 25 achievements as of today. You complete those achievements and you get points which are mentioned below that achievements. Thanks to valve that they have included some more achievements in compendium in recent 14 may update.

But there is a problem, completing achievements get you only a limited amount of points. As of today, you can only get —– points by completing all of your achievements that means you can get only limited levels.

How much levels can you earn :

Limited levels only.

 

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  1. Completing Challenges:

 

There are different challenges given in compendium which needs to be completed during game. There is a compulsion, that you need to win game after completing your selected challenge. Once you win a game you earn a certain amount of reward after completing every challenge.

 

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These challenges are very easy in start, then becomes moderate and later on as you complete more and more challenges, they become more and more difficult. It does not mean those can not be completed, but they need lots of team effort skill and game knowledge to complete.

For example, “Deal 1000 damage to heroes in 1 second”. Now people kept thinking bout heroes like Phantom Assassin, Wraith King for their critical strike or tinker with Ethereal blade and Level 5 Dagon, but remember guys it says “Heroes“, why don’t you take AOE spell casters and deal damage in AOE in 1 sec, like Queen of Pain ultimate to 2 heroes and this challenge is gone.

 

How much levels can you earn :

Limited Levels.

 

  1. Heroes Challenge:

 

There are 2 different types of Hero Challenges which can earn you coins and Compendium points.

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  1. The Ten Hero Challenge gives all Compendium owners the chance to earn additional Compendium Levels by winning normal games with a selection of heroes. The Ten Hero Challenge can be completed up to three times with a different selection of heroes for a total of 450 points (4.5 Levels). Once you complete 10 heroes challenge once you get 150 Points, mean 1.5 levels. So after completing it 3 times, you get 450 points or 4.5 levels. each time you complete 10 hero challenge once, you get different heroes next time. You can also re-roll once in each 10 hero challenge, to change your heroes randomly.
  1. All Compendium owners will now have an additional slot for hero-specific challenges in their list of in-game challenges, which will award both Compendium Coins and points toward Compendium Levels when completed.

 

After the latest update, now other than All Pick games, you can also complete Challenges in Captains Mode, Captains Draft, Random Draft, Single Draft, and All Random game modes.

 

How much levels can you earn :

Limited Levels.

 

  1. Items Recycling:

 

Whenever you recycle any 10 items, you’ll earn 25 points toward a Compendium Level as well as a Charm of the Crucible Jewel II. There are also three Compendium Achievements for Charms to help you earn more Compendium Points.

 

How much levels can you earn :

You can recycle unlimited items for unlimited levels.

 

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  1. Consuming Item:

 

You can choose to consume any TI5 Compendium Immortal by right clicking on it in the Armory and choosing the Consume option. You’ll gain 200 Compendium Points (2 Levels) for each Immortal consumed this way. This option suits those players best who have high levels of immortals and they can easily consume some immortals they don’t like to increase level of their compendium.

 

You can also consume collector’s cache’s sets for 2 levels. Most of those sets are so awesome that you don’t want to consume them

 

How much levels can you earn :

You can consume unlimited items for unlimited levels.

 

 


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