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9 Female Dota 2 Gamer You Wish Were Your Gaming Partners

Updated on 24 January 2019

Most of the male Dota 2 players wonder if there are any female Dota 2 gamer? Because most of the guys think that this is the game which only guys can master, but in fact, there are some very beautiful and lovely girls who also play Dota 2 and surprisingly / not-surprisingly they are pretty good in the game. I am damn sure some of these ladies are better in Dota 2 than most of male dota 2 players.

Below is a list of most beautiful, skilled, talented female Dota 2 gamer. They will not only dominate you in game, but they will also leave you speechless with their stunning beauty too. Remember, its a list, not a comparison.

 

Sheever

Sheever - female Dota 2 gamer

Sheever’s real name is Jorien van der Heijden. She belongs to the Netherlands. She is an amazing Dota 2 Caster, Interviewer, an amusing host, and a good Dota 2 gamer. She started her gaming path since Warcraft III days and started playing Dota. Once Dota 2 came on the scene, she shifted to Dota 2 and still plays till to date. Most of the time you will find her playing Crystal Maiden, Dazzle, Mirana and Venomancer. She started casting Dota 2 in 2012 and since then she has cast in many national and international tournaments. At the moment she is an independent caster looking to move to the next big studios.

You can see the this blond beauty often casting for ASUS ROG DreamLeague, The International and other Dota 2 events in her magical voice. Currently she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We all pray for her speedy recovery as she is part of our Dota 2 family.

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Helena

Helena - female Dota 2 gamerThis 22 years old blond beauty is from Greece. She is a former player of League of Legend (LoL) who removed LoL from her computer while streaming live and then started playing Dota 2 (This is what I heard over the internet) . We often find her streaming on her twitch channel. Most of the time when she listens to community before picking hero, she ends up getting terrible pick and more terrible trolls. Well, we must admit that she is new to Dota and still has far long way to go. However her stream is really fun to watch and to see different guys (including some pro Dota 2 players) hitting on her during stream and matches.

 

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Danelie Purdue

Danelie - female Dota 2 gamerDanelie is a nice and a cute caster from Australia. She is a full time university student and in leisure time she loves to play Dota 2 and sometimes cast her own games too. She have professionally casted in MPGL Season 7 LAN in Malaysia, GEC online qualifiers, Malaysian Cyber Games LAN, some National Cups, Hitbox EU Championships and some JoinDota League matches as well. In her free times she likes watching streams, drawing dragons, playing with the dog, eating and sleeping.

 

 

 

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Reinessa 

Renessa - female Dota 2 gamer

Reinessa is an American national female Dota 2 gamer, cosplayer, and caster. Playing Dota 2 and cos-playing us like her passion. She is most famous for her cosplays at major Dota 2 tournaments. She has cosplayed at TI4, The Summit 2, MLG Columbus 2015, TI5, and ESL One NY 2015 (Where she secured 4th position in their cosplay competition posing as Female Beastmaster)

She did Lina, Crystal Maiden, Templar Assassin, Mirana, Pudge, IO, Beast Master, and Zeus cosplays at different national and International Dota 2. Well, she is not all beauty with no brains, she is getting her Ph.D. in Bio-Chemistry. (WoW – a big WoW). In her spare time, she can be found streaming some Dota 2 and Minecraft on the twitch channel. Still if get spare time, then she loves to cook and work on her costumes for cosplays.

Sajedene

Sajedene - female Dota 2 gamerNikki Elise commonly knows as Sajedene is a cute little young Dota 2 gamer. She is a passionate Dota 2 player, manager of Dota 2 team Digital Chaos and plays a heavy role in the operation of DotaCinema (the largest Dota 2 YouTube channel). People call her Saje or Nikki. She loves to live-stream on Twitch during her free time and has developed a loving and supportive stream community there. She is also a graphic designer and works on art commissions when she has got time. Sajedene enjoys reading, watching TV shows, movies and anime, sketching, swimming, and dancing.

 

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ProveAttitude

ProveDota - female Dota 2 gamerProveAttitude is known by ProveDota by the internet and as Prove by her friends. She is an experienced Dota 2 player playing it since Dota 6.00 patch days. So you can well imagine, how experienced she is when we talk about Dota 2. She used to cast Dota 2 matches with THR, DotaCash and DC tournaments with Purge. Now she spends her time casting Dota 2 matches, streaming Dota 2 and other gamer and making some awesome videos about Dota 2 and Dota. She has also worked as an interviewer during TI5. Despite trying hard, I could not find many pictures of her, it seems that she likes to stay behind the camera. 😀

You can support her work by following her at social sites.

 

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Asia Amore

Asia Amore - female Dota 2 gamerAsia Amore is 27 years old Canadian female Dota 2 gamer. She streams for Complexity Gaming and also a Visual artist and designer. She has got decent solo and party Dota 2 MMR (4k+). Most of the time you will see her playing carry on her stream. She says she can’t play support role very well, however, I personally feel that those who usually play carry can play support very well because they know what carry is going to do next and what he needs from support at what exact moment.

Asia Amore finished her degree majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She stepped into gaming world by playing Dungeons and Dragons but later on also started playing Dota 2. She is an excellent learner and gamer as she has stepped into High Skills match brackets very fast.

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Aleska

Aleska - female Dota 2 gamer28 years old Aleska is French national and currently living in England. She is a former web journalist who later on switched to french Dota 2 streaming. She had been streaming for Jeuxvideo and FroggedTV once or twice a week.
By profession, she is an electrical engineer and currently working in a research center in the UK. She is a passionate Dota 2 gamer and likes to play Meepo (), Crystal Maiden and Windranger. In her leisure time, she likes to play Dota 2 or Binding or Isaac.

Nikki Chen

Nikki Chen - female Dota 2 gamer

Monika who is also known as Niki Chen is 24 year old female Dota 2 gamer from Singapore. She has been playing video games since long including Dota 2. She is pretty experienced Dota 2 gamer with more than 4500 matches played on her account. In 2013 she started streaming her Dota 2 games too which is pretty fun to watch. Most of the time she can be found streaming her Dota 2 games on SEA server. She reached a top of 5k+ Dota 2 solo MMR and still revolving around the same figure.

 

 

 

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23 Symptoms to Check if You Are a Dota 2 Addict

23 Symptoms to Check if You Are a Dota 2 Addict

I have compiled a list of symptoms to determine if you are a Dota 2 Addict or not. If you observe 50% or more points in your self, you are a Dota 2 addict. Some time this addiction might be good (In case you are a Professional Dota 2 gamer and earning some real money and supporting your family) and sometimes this addiction might be bad (In case you are a student and you spend most of your time on Dota 2 instead of studies).

These are written just in random sequence and you may find them really scrambled. Well, this is supposed to happen because I am a Dota 2 addict too. Have fun reading ahead.

Important
This is just a fun article, keep it that way. Don’t take it on your heart.
  1. Whenever you lose a Dota 2 game, you want to grab your weak team mate and punch him in the face.
  2. Your left thumb is always on the alt button whatever you’re doing at your computer. Maybe you want to check your Facebook friend’s hp bar.
  3. When you get amazed at anything you call it ‘imba’. ‘He scored 99 at his math test, imba!’. You also call things that annoy you, ‘imba. ‘That guy is imba, he is damn fat’.
  4. You relate people’s appearances with Dota 2 characters. You call guys with sharp teeth, Night Stalker. You call black friends, Shadow Fiend. You call ugly fat guys, Pudge.
  5. Winning a Dota 2 game makes you feel like a celebrity. You stand up feeling that everyone is looking at you. You tend to snob weaker players and treat them as your fans.
  6. You start getting fat because of lacking exercise but you ignore it. You think that as long as you win, you’d be a handsome celebrity.
  7. You play Dota 2 from the moment you wake up until the last hour you are awake. Then, you continue playing in your dream.
  8. Playing Dota 2 is having several code names like, “mom, I’m doing my research I’ll be home at 2 am.”, “Yeah, dad I’m changing the tires of my car.”, “Hello sweetheart, where am I? (thinking…) Damn, damn, the battery is low… (turn the cell phone off and resume game)”
  9. You become so thrifty on anything except on Dota 2. You would endure not buying food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then spend everything you earn playing Dota 2.
  10. Dota 2 became the third party on your relationship. Your girlfriend is starting to let you choose between her and Dota 2. The worse thing is, you choose Dota 2.
  11. You say the word ‘aw/wtf’ in real life. Girlfriend: “my mom is sick.” You: “aw, sorry to hear that..”
  12. You have a Facebook photo album full of Dota 2 screenshots and posts though people don’t really care about it.
  13. You judge the totality of the person based on how good he plays. An ugly but good player would say, “How the hell that noob guy got a hot girlfriend?! I’m going to tell his gf that he’s noob so she can change her mind.
  14. You are enumerating Dota 2 character names while doing other things like watching TV, walking to school, cooking, eating, pooping, dating.
  15. Sexy fan arts of lady Dota 2 characters make you aroused. Worse, you search for more sexy pics of Dota 2 character. Worst! You search for their nude pics.
  16. You find it difficult to sleep after losing a Dota 2 game. Your body rotates like 30 times while thinking before you sleep. You even hammer your pillow and repeat a phrase several times, like “I did my best!“. And sometimes, you’d do the most pathetic thing ever you can do with your life, you cry.
  17. When you go to a party with your friends to hang out, the topic you’re going to discuss are; any of the following: Dota 2 games played, new strategies for Dota 2, Dota 2 character’s strengths and weaknesses, and how ‘imbalance’ is the food you’re eating.
  18. You try teaming up with good players because you get so afraid to lose a Dota 2 game. You feel like losing a Dota 2 game would turn you into a vapor and dissolve out from this planet.
  19. You remember the exact time you bought all your items but forget the time your home will be locked.
  20. You try to play better whenever a girl is near, thinking that they would approach and ask you to be her boyfriend after.
  21. The years you are addicted to Dota 2 would be the years you are in a different world, forgetting your real life. You wake up suddenly, “WTF, I’m 30 and I’m still at high school?!”
  22. You start to have a hot-temper like you want to cast lightning bolt on your teacher.
  23. This is the ultimate test. Check your Facebook, if more than 60% of your friends are Dota 2 buddies, congratulations! You are within the portals of Dota 2 Realm.

So if you find that you have 10 or more points in yourself, then you must admit that you are a Dota 2 addict. As I said in the 1st paragraph, sometimes this Dota 2 addiction can be good and sometimes it can be bad. However, the first step is its acceptance. Then if you are happy to be a Dota 2 addict, then go ahead the way you are doing, but if you think that you need to get over with this addiction, then you need to wait for my next post which I am preparing nowadays.

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Overthrow - Dota 2 Custom Game Review and Tips

Overthrow – Dota 2 Custom Game Review and Tips

Overthrow – Dota 2 Custom Game Review

Overthrow – General Information

Overthrow is made by Dota 2 Official and we guess that is official account of Dota 2 (Dont have any proof to confirm it, other than the account name).  It has got 5 star rating based on almost 2 million votes and you can find almost 2000+ players playing Overthrow on normal time and almost 8000+ players playing on peak times. Good thing is that this Dota 2 custom game has it dedicated server. That means it will have less lags and delays etc.

Maps Available

Overthrow has 4 maps which are different because of map size and players allowed to play in each map. Below is a list of supported maps for Overthrow with details.

  1. Forest Solo : 10 players and team of 1 player. Total 10 teams.
  2. Desert Duo : 10 Players and team of 2 players. Total 5 teams.
  3. Mines Trio : 9 players and team of 3 players. Total 3 teams.
  4. Desert Quintet : 15 Players and team of 5 players each. Total 3 teams.
  5. Temple Quartet : 16 Players and Teams of 4 Players each. Total 4 teams. (Updated on 4th January 2016)

Overthrow Review

I have played almost 10 custom games made by fans or Dota 2 itself but this is by far most amazing and fun to play game.

Balance : Game is fairly balanced and many heroes abilities have been adjusted for balance purpose. Still there are some heroes and heroes combos which can give you very tough time. But you can not say some solo hero is totally imba and can take over game alone. So I can easily grant 4.5 Stars to balancing of this game.

Gameplay : Well gameplay is quite different form normal Dota 2 game, which should be because it is custom game, but a new player need to play at-least 5-10 games to understand its gameplay completely. But once understood, this game becomes addicting. Gameplay to be given 4 stars.

Fun : Seriously this game is more fun than normal Dota 2. There is nothing like boring farming and jungling etc. Its just ganks, fights and kills and fun. Most of my free time I keep playing this game. If you want to learn some new hero and practice it, go ahead, this is your game to learn, test and practice new heroes. I am compelled to give 5 stars to Overthrow’s fun.

Difficulty : Overthrow is fairly difficult to play if you don’t know about all 100+ heroes mechanics. However if you ave fair idea what other heroes do and how they can be combined in a combo, then its not at all difficult. So I can easily say that if you have good experience of Dota 2 gameplay, then its not at all difficult for you. but if you are a relatively new player in Dota 2 then it is extremely difficult.

Overall RatingI must give 5 star overall rating to Overthrow, because a game’s main purpose is fun and it has all the fun which a Dota 2 player can have. Rest all aspects can be improved, but if a game is not fun, then that game is not worth playing.

What to do in Overthrow – Dota 2 Custom Game

After you have entered the game, you stand in a circle around the throne, it will give you experience and gold over time. If you get out of that circle, still you get gold but very low.

Your main task/job is to get as much last hits on heroes to get confirm kills. Once your team have scored designated amount of kills in designated times, you win and only 1 team wins at a time rest all lose. Kills and time threshold for different maps is given below.

Map Kills Threshold to Win Time
Forest Solo 20 Kills  15 Mins
Desert Duo 30 Kills 15 Mins
Mines Trio 30 Kills 15 Mins
Desert Quintet 50 Kills 15 Mins
Temple Quartet 50 Kills 15 Mins

So what if no one get designated amount of kills in given time, well, in that case, team with highest kills win.

What if 2 teams have same amount of highest kills at end. That is not possible, because as soon as the winner team launches the last killing blow on last enemy, game is immediately terminated.

Remember that not all heroes abilities are same as of Dota 2 normal game. Many heroes abilities are adjusted for balance requirements.

Best Heroes to Play:

Any heroes which are good at stealing kills, are best. Other than that, you take heroes which have potential to take a kill solo or can kill multiple in gank with their AOE spells.

Best Solo Killers Best AOE Killers Best Kill Stealers
Huskar Gyrocopter Tinker
Tuskar Queen of Pain Sniper
Ursa Bristleback Zeus
Pudge Sandking Earthshaker
Windranger Obsedian Destroyer Riki

 

Best Strategies / Tips

  1. Always stay and fight as a team, this way you have more chances to kill other enemies.
  2. Its always better to allow other teams to start their fight, then jump in their fight and get / steal as many kills as possible.
  3. Must get your necessary levels first before jumping in fight. But with some early game hero, you can really annoy early other teams and force them to go to base to lose level and gold.
  4. Bonus items drop randomly at designated locations, a notification will show on map when item is announced and delivered so be at that location just at exact moment.
  5. Bonus items are brought by courier. When that courier drops item on its location, it blows and all the players enemy or friendly which are standing on item delivering location are pushed a bit back, so while trying to snatch the bonus item, its better to avoid that blow.Overthrow - Bonus Item Drop Item Spot
  6. Runes respawn normally at runes location, get those runes for extra power ups.
  7. A crown will appear on heroes if their team is leading. If you kill any member of leading team you get extra 500 gold. Try to get that kill and bonus gold.
  8. Try to steal as many kills as possible, remember only kills matter, not assists.
  9. Its always better to get the last hit on enemy hero, its never a good idea to damage an enemy hero to its 5% HP and then some other team member comes and steals kill. In that case you will get assist, but remember, assists do not matter in this game.
  10. It is always better to have 1 or 2 anti-gank heroes like Earth Shaker, Winter Wyvern or Lesharec etc. and some finisher heroes to deal finishing blows to enemy.

If you need to know anything about Overthrow, comment below and I will be happy yo reply.

Post Updated on 5th January 2016
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How to Create a Clan / Team in Dota international

How to make a Team / Clan in Dota International

Hello and welcome to Dota International. A place for competitive Dota 2 Gaming. Below is a small guide reading which will help you learn How to make a Team / Clan in Dota International.

First of all, login to Dota International using your Steam ID by completing all the steps asked in subsequent windows. Once you have logged in Dota International follow these simple steps and make new Team / Clan in Dota International.

 

Step 1

Click on Create Clan Button in top right corner near your name. See image below.

How to Create a Clan / Team in Dota international

Step 2

A new page will open. Click on “Add Template“.

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Step 3

Once you will click on Add Template, a small window will open like shown in image below. Scroll a bit down and select “Clan Page“.

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Step 4

Click on Clan Name to change your Team / Clan name. Then Change logo and cover photo of your Clan as shown in image below.

How to Create a Clan / Team in Dota international

 

Step 5

You will see a new pre-defined layout of clan page with some random information added in it. Hover on each block and edit it.

So, Click on Pencil type icon to edit all the information. First of all edit your About Us information.

What all can you write in About us ?

  • Steam Addresses of all your team mates << Required
  • Your Real Names << Optional
  • Experience of each player << Optional
  • Gaming style / role << Optional
  • Sponsors << Optional
  • or whatever you like

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A small window will open, edit information in it and once you have changed all the desired information, click on Save Changes and once changes are save you can click on Close

 

Step 5

Change your Clan Information by hovering on on right side bar and then by clicking same Pencil icon. A new window will open and you can change all the information it. You can add 2 link here as well.

 

What links can I add in my Clan Information Block ?

  • Steam profile of all team members (Required)
  • Your Team’s Social pages like Facebook, Twitter, G+ Page etc…
  • Your Team’s site (If any)
  • Your contact details

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Once you have changed all the desired information, click on Save Changes and once changes are save you can click on Close

 

Step 6 (Important)

Same as we did above, change the Games block, click on Pencil button, a new window will open, select Dota 2 in that new window and then click on Save Changes and once changes are save you can click on Close

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Step 7 (Final Step)

Now you have added all the desired information, if you do not want to play with it anymore, then click on Publish in top bar right corner as seen in image below. Once changes are save, click the X button besides Publish Button

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Joining the Team / Clan

Once you have created the clan, give its link to your friends, or you can share your clan page on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and other places to advertise it. Here is the link you need to use.

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Remember, this link will be >> www.DotaInternational.com/Clan/Your-Team-Name_Here. If you see any other URL, then there must be something wrong with it. Ask for my help on my steam account (AnaaR_Ka_JuiCe) if you need urgent help. Or, you can use contact us page as well.

Becoming a Member of a Clan / Team

Every user has a possibility to become a member of another clan. To do that, visit another clan’s page and click the Request to join button.

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Once the request is sent, the clan’s admin will see your request on his clan’s ‘Members’ page. Clans admin can then accept or refuse the request.

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Clan / Team Administration

How to approve other user’s Join Requests

Simply visit your clan page and then click on member tab. It will show you all existing members and also those members whose joining request is pending. To approve, just hover on their name and it will show you option to approve or decline any Join Request.

Can I make another user my clan Admin ?

Yes you can, Clan admins can designate other clan users for administrator role. This can be done from the clan’s ‘Members‘ tab. Hover on the name of an existing clan member and select “Make Administrator

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Challenging Other Clans for a Match

Each clan can challenge any other clan (that plays the same game) for a match. To do that, a member of one clan has to visit another clan’s page and click the Challenge Clan button. Once the challenge has been sent, it will appear in another clan’s Matches tab, where that clan’s user can either accept or refuse the challenge.

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Once the challenge has been accepted, the match will appear in both clans’ Matches tab.

Once the match expires, users of a clan that took part in that match will be able to input the score for that match. The score has to be accepted by the opposing clan – only then it will be displayed for everyone to see.

Reporting Matches Result

Team Captain of both the teams can submit match result. This can be done by clicking the flag icon in the top-left corner of a match page. Reported matches will only visible to the website administrator

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How to Optimize Dota 2 and PC for Best Gaming Experience

Optimize Dota 2 and PC for Best Gaming Experience

Updated on 24 January 2019

I will explain in detail about the steps through which you can optimize Dota 2 for a 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 the game’s working performance, it is not about how you play during the 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 the 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 than before. I have distributed this guide in 2 main sections.

  1. Optimize PC for Smooth Gameplay: 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 Gameplay: 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

1. Hard Disk Defragmentation

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 the whole hard disk. So de-fragmentation allows you to combine all those boxes in 1 part of your Hard Drive for the smooth working of game. Here is how we do it.

  1. Go to My Computer
  2. Right-click on C Drive and from the drop-down menu, select “Properties“.
  3. Go to the “Tools” tab and select “Optimize“.
  4. Another new window will open. Select 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 the size of your hard disk and you are done.

2. Delete Dota 2 Crash Dump Files

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.

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?

3. Install Dota 2 in Drive other than C Drive

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 the path to another 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 after 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 backup. You can follow the link above to restore the back up too.
  3. Now while restoring the backup, 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 a long time.

4. Stop All Downloads when you play Dota 2 Online

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. The 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.

5. Shut Down Heavy Programs

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 graphics 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.

6. Dota 2 Issues on Windows 10 and their Solutions

Windows 10 is not like other operating systems of windows in many aspects. There are many good features in it but for gamers, it is really a 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.

7. Fixing Dota 2 Crashes

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.

8. Activate Gaming Mode on your Antivirus

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 sometimes. You can well imagine the fate if you are in the 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

 

1. Optimize Video Settings

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

In the 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 topmost 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 it is better to turn off all the options. Again, if you do not understand those settings, it is better to use the topmost 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

 

2. Use Console

With the 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)

3. Enabling Network Information

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 it is 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 it is your PC. So you will fix the PC problem in the latter 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 saved, you can see FPS and network information like this.

Dota 2 FPS and Pings

 

4. Fixing High Pings and Lags Issues

Sometimes it may be your internet providers and sometimes it may be steam which may be causing high ping and lag issues. Obviously, you can’t perform well if you have high pings or lags. I suggest you use WTFast. It is a software specifically developed for the sole purpose of reducing in-game ping and lags.

5. Use Hero Icons Instead of Dots in Minimap

I think the 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 the option to show Hero Icons instead of dots, you can plan your next move in advance.

Let’s 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 ganking. But in case you turned on the hero icons, you will know precisely which hero is coming for ganking. So you can actually ambush that hero instead of going and hiding.

Just simply I will say, it is 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.

6. Add Items to Quick Buy

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

7. Customize Recommended Items for Every Hero you Play

If you don’t know, you can customize the suggested items for your hero. This allows you to have items ready to purchase instead of searching the whole shop. Once you play any hero, in before battle begins, it gives 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 the market and add them in quick buy area.

8. Use Steam Call instead of Skype and other IM Software

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.



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 use Steam inbuilt chat and voice chat feature, that is enough for you to communicate with all of your teammates. 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 a voice chat with any of your friends if you don’t know it already.

How to start Voice Chat in Steam

9. Turn off Background Updates for All Steam Games

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 the 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 it is 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 the 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. A new window will open. Go to the 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 to 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 to 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 the 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

Updated on 24 January 2019

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 anything 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 the top right corner of the 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 executes 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 the 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. The 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.

Best Dota 2 Console Commands

For now, I will write down below about console commands which Na’Vi Funn1k and Arteezy use during the 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”

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.

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.


Copy till above line.

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, 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

Updated on 01 Feb 2019

Dota 2 Reborn is facing many problems including lags, bugs and nowadays 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 it is like your Dota 2 has not connected to Dota 2 network.

So here are a 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 the 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 the Down button in top left corner while you are in the game.
  6. Disconnect the game by clicking on the “Disconnect” button in the bottom right corner.
  7. Enjoy, your issue is solved now and you can search for a normal game now 🙂

Method 2

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

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

Method 3

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. You have the option to use different servers if one is not working. This way, if one server is down, no issue, you can connect to another one.

 

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 🙂

 

Method 5

  1. If your Dota 2 is running, close it.
  2. Now, open Steam and then click on the Steam tab at the 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.

Method 6 

I have not tested this method personally. You can try this method and if it works, please let us know in the comments below.

  1. log in to http://store.steampowered.com/
  2. Search for Dota 2 in the Steam store by typing Dota 2 in the search bar or just by clicking this link.
  3. Click the “Play” button and hopefully everything will be fixed.

Credits for method 5 and 6 go to the comment posters below.

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 24 January 2019

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 steps, 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 the 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” the 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. Sometimes Dota 2 does not use the 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 the “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 the 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 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 the 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. Next click NVidia Control Panel.
  3. Now 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. Finally, click Apply.

Same Settings can be applied for ATI Radeon graphics cards as well by following almost the 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 the 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 the 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.

How to fix Dota 2 Crashes

 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. The complete process of Reinstalling Dota 2 with the 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 you fix your lags and delays issues.

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Dota 2 on Windows - Problems and Solutions

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.

 

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.

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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.

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.

Updated on 24 January 2019
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Why we love dendi

Why we Love Na’Vi – Dendi Episode

Danil “Dendi” Ishutin started playing Dota in 2006. First ever team he joined was WG. After this, he joined some other teams and finally in December 2010 Dendi moved to Na’Vi and then he just climbed the ladder of success with Na’Vi.
I am not going to give u guys more history lecture about Dota and Dota 2. I have been following Na’Vi and especially Dendi from Dota era when I 1st watched Dota world championship. So, in the next few paragraphs, I will be explaining to you why we love Na’Vi and Dendi, because its Dendi Episode.

Why I love Dendi?

After watching 5 TIs, I still love 2012 Na’Vi the most. Why? Because they played for us, they play for fun and winning came running towards them. They did not care if they win or not. They just did not forget to entertain their viewers, supporters, and fans and I can say with utmost certainty that they never failed to amuse /surprise us with different and unique combos.
How can I forget pudge and Chen fountain hooks by Dendi and Puppy? If you have not seen it earlier, here is a glimpse of what Dendi and Puppy have been doing in Dota 2 matches.

Then came the most boring TI of all. TI4. Chinese teams believed in farming and winning only. Believe me or not. Just after the draft, I predicted the winning team and 98 % of the predictions were correct. Why? Because their hero line up was winning line up but at the same time boring too.
But here comes the Dendi. His one move literally brought colors to the whole TI 4. What was that?

Oppa Dendi Style

Puppy and Dendi were in opposite teams and Dendi wanted to kick his ass (this is what he literally said). And when he did it with his signature hero Pudge the Butcher, he came out of the players’ box and taunted Puppy with his unique Gangnam style dance. I won’t be wrong if I tell u I have watched that dance for over 100 times till now. Check out the video below to see the whole action.

 Na’Vi in TI5

Then comes TI5. Na’Vi was not given direct invite and Na’Vi fans were shocked to the core of their heart. But Na’Vi again made it to the Seattle for final LAN round of TI5 where they were eliminated earlier than expected. Valve released the All-Star match’s team list and sadly Dendi was not it. It was again a shock at least for Na’Vi and Dendi fanboys. I was like “It will be the most boring all-star match of history without Dendi”.
I did not watch the All-Star match because I thought it will be boring same as TI4 matches. One of my friends told me that this time Valve gave us a surprise. I asked what was it. Well, he did not ruin the surprise and told me to watch the video my self.
The video started and I saw Pudge came to real life and was sitting next to puppy. No one knew who he was, but puppy was damn sure it was Dendi. And when the mask was removed, the audience present in the arena and audience watching it live all gone crazy to see Dendi actually cosplaying for his lovers and fans. It was 1st ever cosplay done by a pro player.

U know what made me love him more After that?

I saw him drenched in sweat because of cosplay. What do you guys think, why he did so? Did he do it for money or cash prize? No !!! He was already out of tourney at that point. He just did it for us, for his fans and lovers. I believe in Na’Vi and again they did not disappoint me. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Winning and losing are essential components of a game but fun is the most rare part and Na’Vi always concentrate on this rare part.
Specially Dendi plays for fun, for his lover/fans and for us, and we love and support them no matter what other people call us. We will always support Na’Vi and Dendi and YES, we are proud of it.

This is how another fan expressed his love with Dendi, he compiled some awesome gameplay clips into a movie. Watch it below.

Updated on 24 January 2019
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