DOTA2 Tutorial List

Thought I’d link a heap of DOTA2 learning resources and guides for people getting to know the game.  I’m still terrible, of course – don’t get much time to play, and I only play vs. bots right now.  Anyway, these are the links I’ve found;

  • Dota2 Alt-Tab Guides – A cheat-sheet of all the heroes, a suggested build and a bit of info about all of them.  This is great to use in the Steam Web Browser so you can get an idea of what you’re up against (or playing!).  I usually put these builds into the Build Editor so I can have them in-game without having to shift-tab all the time.
  • Official Hero Info – This is actually the info you get ingame, just in a browser.  You can use this page to edit your hero builds and review items and stuff without being in the game.
  • PurgeGamer’s Welcome You Suck – Good starting guide, gives suggestions on heroes to avoid and heroes to use when starting off.
  • Comprehensive DOTA Guide – Also a great guide.  Lots and lots of info.
  • DotaFire – Community website, has lots of builds, guides and a hero database.
  • DotaCinema – Youtube channel features a lot of great info.  Notably, the Hero Spotlights and the Learn DOTA 2 playlist.  Worth a look.
  • Creep Blocking – Quick howto about creep blocking.
  • Universal Item Guide – A good guide to all the various items.


DOTA2 with SLI Graphic Corruption Fix

I’m using an NVidia GTX690, in 2d surround mode.  The GTX690 is an SLI card, and in 2d surround mode SLI is not optional.  Running DOTA2 on this system (even on just one monitor) causes all sorts of random graphic corruption.

This corruption manifests itself as flickering text, distorted polygons when hovering over menu items, that sort of thing.  Nothing terrible, but it’s annoying.  Fortunately, I found a fix!

This thread on the DOTA2 Dev forums worked perfectly for me.  I’ll summarize it here in case that thread disappears;

What I ended up doing was downloading the latest nvidia inspector. I changed my values for a few options. (see below)

‘Number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode’ : SLI_GPU_COUNT_TWO
‘Nvidia predefined number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode’ : SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_TWO
‘Nvidia Predefined SLI mode’ : SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_FORCE_AFR2

And a screenshot of my settings in NVidia Inspector follows;

NVInspector DOTA2 Configuration


The items in grey are unchanged.  Seems to have worked immediately, and performance seems fine.