|Name and Link
||This is a test in single player - - it's pretty cool
to see a mere chicken do these tricks! Try equipping a chicken with
Soul Booster, Dagon, Manta Style, Aegis of the Immortal, and
Necronomicon in a real game! It can get kills!
||The enemy team is dead! Now's the chance to push push
|Sand King Farming
||Caustic finale, combined with battle fury and radience
works together for a huge AOE farming capibility.
||Strange Item build... see for yourself.
|(#40) Toooo Pro!
||People get very snobby and overconfident sometimes.
|Night Stalker - Max Movespeed
||Balanar is a marathon runner in the night. Combined
with Spiritbreaker's aura and equipped with Sange and Yasha, he
easily maxes out his movespeed at 522.
|Banlist in Action
||A Korean player on the US East server gets banned.
Notice his somewhat fobby name.. "hi my name is mixluck"
just imagine it. Correct grammar might be "Mixed Luck" but
"mixluck" just sounds quite foreign.
|Nice Name #2
||You've seen Krobelus, now this one is Lina. However,
if you look closely, his username is actaully Iina (with a capital i)
|Faceless Void Build #1
||Faceless void has one of the best combination of
passive abilities in the game-- bash and evasion. This sets up a
good potential permastun, and does a better job than Slardar because
he is agility based. This is a very successful item build.
|Faceless Void Build #2
||A more expensive version, this is perhaps the absolute
perfect item build. With three butterflies, his chance of getting
hit is (0.75)^3 = 42% which is 58% evasion. With an enormous amount
of attack speed and two bashers, it looks like an easy gg.
||The fountain, (what used to be the fire bush), is one
of the strongest weapons in the game. It shoots nearly 200 chaos
damage at a cooldown of about 0.1 second. The fountain is a great
place to ambush heroes that just revived... but you need a way to
Shot, Take 2
||It's not uncommon you see noobs who leave after they
died to first blood. This one was especially notable since he called
the killer a "hacker". Hah. Hah.
||Viper and Visage are the two fliers in the game.
Although they have flying models, they are considered ground units,
as they can't fly over trees and can be hit by ground (of course.)
Notice how the ring of basilius aura is raised above. Imagine
standing under an aura!
||If Tinker wields a black king bar, and uses avatar, he
will turn not into a bigger version, but turn into ROBO TINKER.
Beware! Too bad he doesn't have Demolish (3.25x damage to
||Nerubian Weaver is one of the worst heroes in the game
as far as stat growth and wasted moves are concerned. More
specifically, he ranks second to last in stat growth;
"Watcher" is a useless move, and his ultimate is pretty
much strictly worse than a heal. However, his windwalk can be abused
as it gives him an easily replenishable source of escape. This
allows him to go straight for Divine Rapier and stay safe!
|Mass Auras #2
||Bradwarden, the Centaur Warchief racks up a load of
status effects. There may be a limit to how many status effects are
shown in the profile field, so perhaps he may have even more than
what you see here.
|Nerubian Assassin... Revealed or Invisible?
||The bloodseeker casts the spell that allows it to see
a hero that is below 50% health. However, it seems that that move
doesn't have true sight, because when the Nerubian Assassin used
Vendetta (Windwalk) it became invisible.
||Instances like these occur every now and then. A
stealth assassin gets a racked up quad kill with Battlefury, which
grants splash damage. Notice how the text of the kills are
consecutive, meaning that heroes died very close together.
Nova- I Live!
||The Venomancer's poison nova cannot kill an opponent,
but drop them to critical health. Here is a screenshot where the
Queen of Pain blinks out of battle in critical condition from poison
nova, to barely escape the the tide of war and return to safety.
||Nowadays, to prevent leavers, hosts use a
program called "Banlist" that keeps track of leavers, and
also can be used to determine a user's country location and Ping.
||Can defense and pushing power get any
better? The wrath of the Holy, Omni, and Rogueknights falls upon the
scourge. Watch the corresponding replay at Norematch.com!
||Many intelligence heroes will show spikes
coming out of them (usually heroes riding an animal, such as Leshrac
and Luna Moonfang) if they wield a Scepter. However, here, we see
the Enchantress with spikes, by wielding just a blademail!
|Dagon Chicken 1
| Screen 2
|Isospeedrix has been playing DOTA for
quite some time, so once in awhile he decides he wants to try
something funny. He decides nothing can be more satisfying than
getting a kill with a chicken. These screenshots show the execution.
Note that this is his very first time!
|(#60) The Dagon Chicken Saga!
||After the success the first time around,
Isospeedrix decides to try once again, this time in an Inhouse game.
The events that happened in this Saga are so filled with "Play
of the Year" material, that it has a section of its own. Enjoy.
|Username Color Hack
Screen 1 | Screen 2
|Once in awhile you'll see a username with
a different color than its default color (gray). This can be easily
done with a "Name Spoofer."
|Nice Name #3
Screen 1 | Screen 2
|Another case where a username is modeled
after a DOTA character. When this happens you'd expect that player
to do well with that character! As expected, in this screenshot
Bloodseeker goes 8-0 (eventually 21-0) in this game. Live up to your
|Morphling Necronomicon Army
||The pre 6.32 Morphling had an ultimate
that changed its attribute type (essentially creating another hero),
thus refreshing all cooldowns. This was not intended, but this
allowed Morphling to conjure up a sizable Necronomicon army in pre
6.27b versions (the refresher was fixed in this version). Some
people claim this is game breaking; it is decent for a push but
really doesn't impact the game as much as it is hyped up to be,
because the summons do not last very long, and the cooldown and mana
cost to refresh is high enough that it will not influence gameplay
greatly. Although abuse is rare, it was removed mainly for the sake
of flavor reasons; it was not intended to be a replica of Tinker's
|Mass Auras #3
||Lycan with a whole mass load of auras. In
this case we can deduce that the auras have overflowed the profile
box. How? Because we know that Ring of Basilius grants devotion AND
brilliance aura, yet we don't see brilliance aura on there. What
takes priority is still unsure of.
|College 24 hour DOTA
||Those of you who are still in high
school... ever find your self restrained because your parents won't
let you play DOTA? Ever not find enough time to play because of too
much homework and class? Well, here someone sure is pissed off
because he can't play DOTA because his mom will catch him.
Therefore, when you get to college, no restrictions, no worries!
in Action #2
||Gets to the point where there are premade
messages written to the public. Watch, soon enough the host doesn't
have to do anything anymore- the banlist will type -ar and -sm for
Color Hack #2 $$$
||Another example of a name spoofer.
= gay name
||This screenshot is hilarious. Look how the
username "dotadotad.o.t.a." got kicked. Notice the
comments. A good rule of thumb is- any username with "dota",
"pro", "noob", or "pwnage" in it, is
probably a leaver, a noob, or very annoying, and deserves to be
||Not everyone on Lordaeron (US West) speaks
Blood! (has left the game)
||Nothing new. Multiple instances of these
cause people to stop playing public games. They also cause rise to
increasing amounts of banlists.
||Not everyone is familiar with DOTA in
|Rexxar cuts through Trees
| Screen 2
|These screenshots were taken from a replay
that was posted in the Forums. Credits to
"1-800-AM-A-NOOB". This player decided to mess around, and
use Rexxar's Wild Axes to cut through a long path in the trees, and
tunnel all the way to the Scourge base! The first screenshot shows a
group of heroes that made their way into the Scourge Circle of
Powers! The second shows the heroes on the upper right corner.
Notice the comments: "SHIT. WE STUC. FUCK."
of Three Kingdoms
||Isospeedrix always sees numerous games
titled "..." or "3.7d..." with map title
something close to "utv3.b" so he decides to check it
out. Turns out it's some EXTREMELY CRAPPIFIED version of DOTA. He
went to the forums and asked about it, and apparently it is a Taiwan
version of DOTA that is quite popular. Clearly, DOTA is superior...
but there has to be some reasons why people play it. The game is
called Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and has ties to history.
Perhaps you should try this game someday!
|Spaz plays Dota
||Spaz, once the number one Ladder player
for FFA (Free for All), has finally converted into playing DOTA!
|The True Advantage of Death Ward
||Version 6.29b made Witch Doctor's Death
Ward invulnerable, making it a perfect way to kill heroes at the
fountain. Here Isospeedrix exploits this by finishing off free kills
of leaver heroes.
First Blood/ Double Kill! ... has left the game...Not techies!
||Some heroes have a strong advantage early
game, due to area of effect nukes. Here Morphling exploits this by
disposing both opposing heroes in a solo lane, and
consequently, they got pwnt so badly that one of them left
immediately after his death. You'd probably rarely encounter first
blood double kills with non-techies heroes.
2 c bom??
||Not everyone who plays DOTA can speak
perfect english. Far from it. Try to decipher what he's trying to
This translates into:
"We need wards to see Techies' Mines."
||Sometimes people like to make Alias or
impostor usernames of well known players just to see the reaction of
public games. Although most people either don't recognize it, the
people who do, most of the time are extremely skeptical that it is
the real player.
||On the other hand, some players like to
"spoof" usernames. Here is an example of a username called
"Open". A very confusing name, as the Host may have a hard
time seeing whether this is a player or an open slot. Nevertheless,
it is clear here that Open is a player since "Open has joined
comes from Jamaica
||The Banlist has a way of determining a
user's country. Occasionally people like to mess around and just
type in a bogus replica of what the Banlist reveals. Here
Isospeedrix types "Javacafe comes from Jamaica" since Java
is Jamaican coffee, it would make perfect sense. Although not 100%
sure, it is funny to think that the Host saw this and kicked him.
Screen 1 | Screen
|Abbadon, the Lord of Avernus, recently
buffed in 6.33, casts an Aphotic Shield on Phantom Assassin. Since
she really has no visable hero icon on the full map, the shield
looks incredibly cool on her, although it does give away her
= Map Hack
||Ever since 6.33 was released, people have
been complaining about the imbalance of Mercurial, the Spectre. Her
ultimate sends illusions to all enemy heroes, giving visibility of
them. In some fashion, this can be seen as a Maphack.
||Consequently, some people got so fed up
with Spectre that people will leave automatically if someone chooses
her. This screenshot shows a guy leaving because someone on HIS TEAM
choose Spectre, resulting in everyone's leave and a Remake of the
||It has got to the point where Hosts would
host games that didn't allow Spectre to be chosen.
|SameHero - Techies!
Screen 1 |
(#90) Screen 2
|6.33 also introduced a new mode- SameHero
(-sh). The host chooses a hero, and all players will be given that
hero. Here the chosen hero is Goblin Techies... and is quite crazy
in the beginning, and hilarious too, but really dulls out near the
|4 levels gained from Mines!
||Venomancer was in the vicinity when
Techies activated his remote mines, killing FOUR heroes at once.
Since no other hero was in the scene of death, Venomancer took all
the experience and gained FOUR levels (as you can see from the skill
gets Free Kills
||If you never thought of it, when the
opposing team has early leavers (such as heroes below level 7), they
can be free fodder for Zeus' ultimate, and there really isn't'
anything you can do about feeding Zeus unless you sacrifice some
gold to boost the leavers' HP. Here, Wacarnold (Gray) is Zeus and
he's totally racking up the kills, getting at least 2 heroes every
single time by using his Ultimate + Refresher combo.
||As if Centaur didn't provide enough
tanking power, can you handle THREE? Here a Centaur dominates one
Centaur Khan (notice the Endurance Aura) and the other is a
Morphling replicate. Both of these are very strong
"illusions" as they take plenty of punishment before
dying. It would be even funnier to toss in a Manta style to the
||Goblin Techies mines the Throne
relentlessly, preventing the opponent from destroying it, even if
they backdoor. Techies is very important for preventing a team from
losing because late game he can stop huge threats and greatly impede
pushes, allowing the rest of the team to push and not have to worry
||Have you ever played a game of DTOA?
|150000 HP Pudge
||This is what happens when you leave your
computer afk for several hours. At this point even the throne is in
1-Hit KO range.
||Several people believe Ladder is much more
skill intensive and micro intensive than DOTA because you control an
entire army rather than just a single hero. Therefore they look down
upon DOTA. Here Isospeedrix's AT partners tell him to "LEAVE
NOW" to AT (Arranged Team).
MARCH of the Machines
||I bet you've never seen this much goblins
in your life. This is -wtf mode Tinker in action.
|Tiny Attack Speed
||Stacked with 3 Hyperstones and a Mask of
Madness, Tiny's massive base damage and despite a pitiful 25
agility, is good game for anyone.
|(#100) Aphotic Centaur
||Can anyone say, HUGE? That shield is
bigger than Pudge's entire body, and we thought he was fat enough.