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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DOTA Once a simple mod & now one of the worlds most popular moba titles has just let loose with a new set of modding tools.

Whilst no official tools were ever released for DOTA2, The community have been creating custom content for this title for quite some time, their efforts now rewarded with a polished new development toolset direct from depths of Valves HQ.

Dubbed by some as 'Source 2' due to the new asset rendering pipeline, those that currently map in hammer for Source, might want to check out this new toolset, it may be similar to what you will be using for Half Life 3 or Left for Dead 3 mods and maps.

Some of the features in this release include major changes to how content is created, delivered, and experienced for Dota 2:

  • Completely New Tools - The new suite of tools support creating and importing content for custom games. This set of tools requires a 64-bit version of Windows, Direct3D 11 compatible GPU, and opting into the Steam Client Beta.
  • Steam Workshop Submissions - This early version includes the ability to upload and distribute custom game modes through the Workshop. This new automated process allows players to subscribe to an author's custom game mode to automatically keep current as updates are released by the author.
  • Testing Custom Game Modes - This alpha release is focused on getting the tools to developers first. Currently playing custom games requires a 64-bit version of Windows and a Direct3D 11 compatible GPU. In upcoming future releases we will extend support to more systems (including 32-bit and Direct3D 9) and make it easier for players to download, find matches for, and play user created game modes.
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These tools are for you and we're looking forward to seeing where the community takes us in developing content for the expanding Dota universe. Help us make Dota 2 even bigger and better. Leave us feedback with your experience and suggestions on the Workshop Discussions.

Documentation for the Dota 2 Workshop Tools can be found on the developer wiki.

As always you can add your own mods and addons to this profile as a place to promote and host your maps and mods, what will you create?

Introducing the Source Filmmaker!

Introducing the Source Filmmaker!

3 years ago News 22 comments

The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine.

Blizzard DOTA isn't More of the Same

Blizzard DOTA isn't More of the Same

4 years ago News 3 comments

The story of DotA, or Defense of the Ancients, is an odd one. It started as a Warcraft III mod, spun off into bigger games like Riot's League of Legends...

Valve: Dota 2 Coming 'As Fast As We Can'

Valve: Dota 2 Coming 'As Fast As We Can'

4 years ago News 2 comments

In a new blog post, Dota 2 designer IceFrog confirmed that the game's release schedule has been expedited.

Source Multi-Tool 1.0

Source Multi-Tool 1.0

2 years ago Mapping Tool 5 comments

I've been working away at this for quite awhile now and after many revisions I'm happy to release version 1.0 of the new Source Multi-Tool. Source Multi-Tool...

Elements of War 1337 Board v8

Elements of War 1337 Board v8

3 years ago Full Version 19 comments

Elements of War: 1337 Board is a HotkeyZ Menu based on Config.cfg from id Software's Quake engine and Valve Software's Gold Source and Source engines...

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Slevo Feb 14 2011 buried:


Hon is pretty much exactly like Dota same hero's also your a bit late making a commercial dota since Hon might be able to take legal action against you since they actually have a commercial product which they own..

And icefrog a war craft 3 map cant be copyrighted as your own product lol

i cant get over how little effort you put into the name

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Hotstreak Mar 14 2011 replied:

I love how you keep bitching about this game. Also, how can HoN take legal action against them for making a DoTA game??? Just because they already have a commercial game...that makes no sense. DoTA is more of a genre. With that logic you're saying that like call of duty could take legal action against other shooter games because call of duty is a commercial game. Also it's called DOTA 2 because it's the sequel to DOTA. Defense of The Ancients 2 and it's Heroes of Newerth not Heroes of Newearth.

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Slevo Mar 14 2011 buried:


i dont want to have to explain basic stuff to you maybe you have not noticed the hero's on HON are pretty much the same as the hero's that are going to be in DOTA2 this is not hard to understand :( hate always explaining myself to people that cant be bothered to think

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Sierra-93 Feb 15 2011 replied:

They didn't need to put in any effort into the name, having DOTA 2 as the title will sell more copies than if they came up with an original title.

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Slevo Feb 23 2011 buried:


you always have to put effort in the name DOTA is a warcraft 3 map made by Blizzard DOTA 2 is a game made by Valve? Im pretty sure Dota is owned by Blizzard considering it was made on Warcraft 3. Why do you think Lol and Hon dident use the word Dota?

And another remake of Dota aint gonna sell to many copies anyways lol people are already spending money on Lol and others on Hon why start another game with yet another shop and another leveling system -_- im sorry but your too late.

It would end up being a cheap remake of Heroes of Newearth.

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Hentie Feb 27 2011 replied:

Dota isn't owned by blizzard. Dota 2 is being made by the same person who made the first Dota map on Warcraft 3.

Why do you think HoN and LoL didn't use the word "Dota"? Because they wanted to make their own games. They didn't want to make a Dota sequel, they wanted a stand-alone game. And plus, Valve already owned "Dota 2" when LoL and HoN started development.

Nobody is going to sue. You probably have no idea how the government even works if you think that.

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Slevo Mar 1 2011 buried:


umm no icefrog dident make dota on blizzards Map maker he bought the map on internet lol :/ and yes Dota is owned by blizzard read terms and agreements on Map editor

The owner of Dota sold the maps code to that guy, and the original owner of Dota got the idea from starcraft map

Which was also on Blizzards starcraft map maker :O

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TalonDuCouteau Dec 16 2010 buried:



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Splinesplitter Oct 25 2010 says:

They recruited IceFrog... Holy crap, Valve's unstoppable.

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miner_15 Nov 2 2010 replied:

Valve's unstoppable at losing money if that's what you mean.

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Slevo Oct 31 2010 buried:


Ice frog wasn’t the original owner he was the only person dumb enough to buy a war craft 3 map to feel special :/

How are they unstoppable if they have a guy that just wants to feel important and doesn’t have any skill other then editing a war craft 3 map yes valve is definitely moving up in the gaming industry lol

I believe M1sterCG is ice frog trying to promote this thing I think ice frog is just jealous other league of legends and hero's of new earth are making money from a map which he was the only one that payed thousands of dollars for, quite funny

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_Wolf_ Oct 21 2010 says:

dota takes strategy,miner has never played anything close to dota it seems, and there's nothing wrong with Valve making a game that will be successful or help showcase a new style of game play. Whats wrong with improving a proven concept?

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AJDominion Dec 9 2010 replied:

I think this is somewhat smart for Valve. This gamemode is familiar with a large amount of people and this shows that the Source engine is capable of other types of games than FPS

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miner_15 Nov 2 2010 replied:

@_Wolf_ : i HAVE played DotA. i didn't say it's crap but it isn't strategy. strategy is company of heroes, age of empires series, total war series (not fully strategy, i know), C&C series, stronghold series, etc.

and what strategy involved when you're back from the dead all over again and doing the same damn stuff. (e.g: bashing pixels).

i think it's more like action. run and bash, slash and boom. maybe valve's going to change my opinion about it once it released.

and YES! i never said valve shouldn't improve the game. can YOU tell me the aspect of strategy involved in DotA?

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Slevo Oct 22 2010 replied:

The fact that there is nothing to improve :/ if you’re saying that they can improve on Dota then you’re saying Dota is crap which it is not WC3 dota was a awesome Custom made MAP!!

that’s all it is it’s a great map which people loved to play turning it into its own game is definitely a big risk but multiple smallish indie developer game designers have already done so, And it’s not really improving on anything its mainly just dota with copied of the old dota

For starters they named it dota 2 which really makes me believe this is some type of joke. I’m sure valve can pay someone to figure out a better name then dota 2, And the heroes :/ they are just the EXACT damn same war craft 3 map heroes no thought has gone into the game what so ever.

to even say this game will be successful is stupid in itself how can it possibly be successful when there is so many imitators which can think of a name other then Dota 2 and their own Hero's :/

And to decide to make this crap instead of half life 3 is extremely beyond me Half life 3 would be a instantly sold out game in shops.

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Trans-Fat Oct 31 2010 replied:

"if you’re saying that they can improve on Dota then you’re saying Dota is crap" ????????????????????????????????? WWWWHAAAAATTT? hahaha,
DX-Crysis' Law states "if something can be improved then its is crap."
Your logic is hilarious. I'm not disagreeing with the fact that its interesting (stupid?) for valve to remake a game that is already a very succesful map. But to say that dota can't be improved on is a bit strange. everything can always be improved, and that doesn't make everything crap. I hope Valve make something brilliant out of this, even if it is similar to the original DOTA. They will hopefully be able to broaden the game play, and bring it to a wider audience.

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Slevo Nov 3 2010 buried:


i assume u have been under a rock your whole life name 1 good remake everyone knows the first and original is always the best then the second is a plea for money your logic is extremely focused on 1 side no matter the outcome

i assume you must love dragon ball evolution and all the dbz franchise yes that stuff is gold every second week they release game or a movie same is happening with the original dota, Remakes will never be as memorable as the original for 1 reason it was the original you makebabies cry at night jordan_maxwell

I expect you to give a good remake better than the original you should find allot since your logical is so smart :/ loser..

i assume u are so deep within your sloth rock that u havent heard of League of legends or Heros of newearth

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miner_15 Nov 5 2010 replied:

I support DX-Cysis! i bet that _Wolf_ loves justin bieber, too.

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haukkumakkara1989 Oct 23 2010 replied:

it's gonna fail like demigod.

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