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Valve Announces Dota 2 128

RulerOf writes "Just over a year after hiring IceFrog, the lead developer of the wildly popular DotA Allstars mod for Warcraft III, and the speculation surrounding Valve's recent trademark filing for the 'DotA' name, Valve has officially announced Dota 2. Gameplay of Dota 2 is being ported 'exactly' from the current DotA Allstars and includes every hero, but vast improvements are being made to the game including VoIP, a coaching system, in-game rewards, and AI that takes over for disconnected players. Lastly, it all runs on top of the Source engine. (GameInformer's website appears to be struggling right now though, as they had an exclusive on this story.)"
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Valve Announces Dota 2

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  • Re:i wonder (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 14, 2010 @06:57AM (#33891676)

    They may have to, much of the content in dota has been built up over the years through mutliple developers of dota (icefrog wasn't the first), through community submissions and such. And even then some characters are taken from other copyrighted works, Lina for example is from a Japanese anime slayers.

  • Icefrog (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 14, 2010 @07:00AM (#33891680)

    Seems valve may have known a little more than they let on when they hired Mr frog.

  • better title (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jakobX ( 132504 ) on Thursday October 14, 2010 @07:32AM (#33891804)

    Wouldn't a better title be: Valve doesn't announce episode three after years of delays.

  • by Rysc ( 136391 ) * <> on Thursday October 14, 2010 @09:33AM (#33892632) Homepage Journal

    If anyone is seriously planning to start playing DotA based on this here are a few tips:
      - Go to and download the latest map and the latest AI map - downloaders get kicked from most games
      - Learn the dota game modes. At the beginning only enter games marked APEM, All Pick, Easy Mode until you feel comfortable with most heroes and items.
      - Go to's forums and read a guide on a hero before you pick it the first time. Also read the general guides on jungling, denying and so forth when you get a chance.
      - Experiment against the AI with AI allies a few times. Do not try to 1v1 AI, you don't get the full experience and you probably wont succeed.
      - You *will* get called a noob and cursed at and told never to play again (this happens from time to time even if you're experienced and doing everything right). DotA players are mostly abusive assholes; just ignore it.

    Have fun! I look forward to ganking you soon.

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