Defence of the Ancients pits two teams of five players against each other in highly competitive, 40-minute or longer matches. Each player controls a single hero who levels up and stockpiles gold to purchase powerful equipment and consumables. As computer-controlled armies continually spawn and rush the enemy's base, players are responsible for using their powerful heroes to turn the tide of the battle in their favor.

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The International 6 DOTA 2 tournament is underway, and Valve boss Gabe Newell’s opening address has been posted online. In it, Newell gives a little hint as to what he’s been up to at the company:

“For the last year, I’ve been spending most of my time with the VR team.”

That team has obviously been focused on the launch of the HTC Vive headset in April, as well as the production of first-party content for the system, such as The Lab, its renderer, and another unannounced project.


Valve has also recently introduced a virtual reality spectator mode to DOTA 2 itself, allowing live matches to be watched from within VR, to the point where you can teleport into the map itself and view the action from a first-person perspective. A DOTA 2 special edition HTC Vive headset is also available from the Valve store.

This year, The International featured some new augmented reality integration in its livestreaming. During the hero pick/ban stage, the selected heroes were combined with live footage of the arena itself:

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Pe†eR-KuN
Pe†eR-KuN

LoL is for GAYmers
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DOTA is for the True Gamers

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CecilFF4fan
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Killing in LOL, got tired.
Downloaded Dota, get diced by Juggernaut. Would get stabbed by Riki again 69/10

Honestly I love Dota more than LOL, Dota just has something different about it.
Been playing for about a year too many hours 9_9

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Urby
Urby

Completely

*******

Addicted...

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Magic_Nipples
Magic_Nipples

I haven't played dota since it was a mod for warcraft. So far it's been pretty damn good, and online with my friends is pretty damn good too!

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston

There's nothing more amusing than someone raging because I completely suck at this game.

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Estranged666
Estranged666

The second best thing is how people rage when someone thrash this piece of **** =D

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nando259
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The best thing about this game is people crying that hackers stoled their items =D

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_Dexter_
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Let's face it. Not that Dota 2 is bad or anything, in fact it's quite good, but League is better in this category. I do like the Source Engine flexibility though.

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Otter.
Otter.

Let's face it. People have things called subjective opinions. You have yours, we have ours.
Here is mine: I played LoL before I got my Dota invite. Never going back.

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