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Posted by u/Scydra 5 years ago 

[Tip]How to play a single player game vs bots in Offline


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UPDATE 1 :- Sorry for the ambiguity in the title, but this is not a guide to play against
bots sorry.
Okay I know not all of you guys have internet connection at all times or just wanna try
new stuff vs practice bots, so here is the full tutorial.

1. First you have to enable -console in the launch options of Dota 2 in Steam
settings. Just type "-console" without quotes in the text box of launch options
(Default key for console is "`").
2. Then start Steam in Offline mode(not necessary but wouldn't hurt)
3. In the console which appears over the "Connecting to Dota 2 network" type the
following commands, hitting enter after each one.

sv_cheats 1
sv_lan 1
dota_start_ai_game 1
dota_bot_set_difficulty 0/1/2/3 (For the true enthusiast :D )
or
dota_bot_practice_difficulty 0/1/2/3
map dota
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 Scydra  25 points · 5 years ago


 Sorry for the title, it shouldn't be "Tip" i guess....
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 N1konov 7 points · 5 years ago


 thx for the tip :) I didn't know this :)
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 Scydra  7 points · 5 years ago


 No problem :) I hope this comes to the first page and everybody knows this
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 my_posts_suck 1 point · 5 years ago


 Thank you for your great work!
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 Best Telemarketer 2015 Deep_Friar 1 point · 5 years ago

 :D
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 destar77 1 point · 5 years ago


 sorry I can't login after typing "map dota" and I choose the dropdown one.
and it is exit from that console :D
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 Stay and amuse me! whence 8 points · 5 years ago



 What's the difference between the two difficulty commands?
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 Scydra  1 point · 5 years ago
 dota_bot_set_difficulty only works if you have cheats enabled. And I think its
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the difficulty setting for both Co-op and Practice games (Not sure)
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 Lunatic3k 8 points · 5 years ago


 What more important to me is how to make cheats like -lvlup x, -gold x and -
createhero x to work in local game? I can lvlup bots, give them gold, enable wtf,
vision and others, but not these 3 i really need :(
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 TheOldSock 7 points · 5 years ago


 dota_dev hero_level x
dota_dev player_givegold x
work for the first two.
I haven't been able to figure out how to create non-neutral bots yet
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 etahp 6 points · 5 years ago


 how do i get multiple people to join my lan game?
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago


 Its not possible yet. You can only play offline in this way. :)
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 BalboaBaggins 13 points · 5 years ago


 I thought this was going to be a guide for how to win against bots when the
enemy bots spontaneously decide to 5-man dota when the bots on your team are
still committed to split farming for the next 20 minutes.
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago


 Just ping on one hero like mad or on the tower when they 5 man mid. And you
should split push alone till they are attacking the tower, they will retreat if
their own tower is in danger.
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Unknown command "dota_start_ai_match"

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I always get this error,when trying to type the "dota_start_ai_match 1" command.
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 ez sc2 retrix9 10 points · 5 years ago


 try dota_start_ai_game 1
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 shersac 2 points · 5 years ago


 Thank you,it worked.
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 ez sc2 retrix9 7 points · 5 years ago


 it's actually dota_start_ai_game 1
correct me if I'm wrong
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 NigNagNug 3 points · 5 years ago


 Is there a way to play a solo game (no bots) offline? I have terrible, terrible
internet and could at least waste some time practicing last hitting under towers.
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 Lunatic3k 3 points · 5 years ago

 • sv_cheats 1
• sv_lan 1
• map dota
• jointeam goodguys (or badguys for dire)

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 NigNagNug 1 point · 5 years ago

 Thanks!
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheever) code0011 1 point · 5 years ago

 I thought it was just jointeam good/bad


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Does anybody know how to fix launch options? After last friday's steam update

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all. I type them in and they don't save. They don't work
for any game :(.
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 neykz0 3 points · 5 years ago


 Try disabling the Steam Cloud in the Steam settings.
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 TehICii 1 point · 5 years ago

 Nothing.
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 tehgreatist -1 points · 5 years ago


 did you make an autoexec file? you have to create it yourself.
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 TehICii 1 point · 5 years ago


 What do launch options and autoexec have in common?
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 jwiz 4 points · 5 years ago


 Both can be used to enable console, is one thing.
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 TehICii 1 point · 5 years ago


 Thanks, found the command to enable it, console works now, but I
still want -novid and some others to remove extra mouse
acceleration. For anyone wondering how to enable console through
autoexec: "con_enable 1" . It doesn't pop up every time you launch
like this.
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 tehgreatist 1 point · 5 years ago


 i think you need to make an autoexec file for the other
commands. you just make a blank file, title it autoexec, and put
everything in there. there is a guide on the TL forums here
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 TehICii 1 point · 5 years ago


 I'm pretty sure there are no commands for novid, etc. for
autoexec.
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 r/DotA2 1 point · 5 years ago

 maybe, but all the rest of them are for autoexec.


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 DoOm101DoN 4 points · 5 years ago


 Created A video on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3Fe6yRk-BM
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago

 Nice work man!


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 DoOm101DoN 1 point · 5 years ago


 Thank you. Actually i was looking to play dota 2 offline for a long time and
then i found this post, so it helped me a lot.
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 [deleted] 2 points · 5 years ago


 Thanks alot man ,,,i have been searching for this for ages :)
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 It's already icing over! LawrenceOctopus 10 points · 5 years ago


 Would you say you've been searching for... Aegis? I'll just see myself out.
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 teronism 4 points · 5 years ago


 Why would anyone downvote you? Best joke 2012.
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 Interrrrresting spell ! LosSant0s 2 points · 5 years ago

 Really helpfull.Thank you :DD


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 kinasaw 1 point · 5 years ago


 awesome. will try! thanks!
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Pretty neat! Thanks

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 smileys009 1 point · 5 years ago

 thanks
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 mixblast 1 point · 5 years ago

 Noice!
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 -Dervish 1 point · 5 years ago

 sv_lan 1

What's the extent of this?


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 GarethMagis 1 point · 5 years ago


 Kind of off topic but is there anyway to watch replays while offline?
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 Scydra  1 point · 5 years ago


 playdemo 14335675
Also note that the name of the replay has to be only numbers or it wouldnt
work
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheever) code0011 1 point · 5 years ago
 Download the replay, find the replay folder (C:\Program Files (x86)
\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\replays) and move the replay to
the main dota folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dota
2 beta\dota) Launch the game and in the console type playreplay replayname
or something like that
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 gg-shostakovich 2 points · 5 years ago


 not playreplay, but playdemo filename
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 smileys009Search · 5 years ago

 playdemo does not work though i typed playdemo 123456.dem and


playdemo 123456 does not work
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheever) code0011 1 point · 5 years ago

 try playdemo 123456 without the .dem


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 gg-shostakovich 1 point · 5 years ago


 Funny, I always use playdemo
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 Scydra  1 point · 5 years ago


 have you downloaded the file and replaced it to the correct location?
i.e. it should be at dota 2 beta/dota and not dota 2 beta/dota/replays
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 Only a Ginger can call another Ginger,… YellowOnion 1 point · 5 years ago
 I know this is 5 days old but, playdemo replays/xxxxxx works, you
don't have to move them.
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 mai naem iz woffel Zarqoh 1 point · 5 years ago

 Thanks, this is awesome ^


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 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ehergeiz323 1 point · 5 years ago

 Thanks!
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 roflpaladin 1 point · 5 years ago


 Does this mean I can host games locally without connecting to Steam?
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 sheever bigfourie 1 point · 5 years ago

 Saved thanx mate


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 calain 1 point · 5 years ago


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 Hi!
If anyone could anwswer my question that would be great!

I work as an sailor (officer on a product tanker) and our internet is really bad. I
havent started dota (or steam) for over 2 months, and i cant because our internet
sucks. So, is there anyway to play this without the latest patches?
TL;DR can i do this without the latest patches?
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 cg5 2 points · 5 years ago


 I'd imagine you need at least the February 28th patch (when practice games
were made to run locally).
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 calain 1 point · 5 years ago


 Dammit. I havent updated since... December i think.
The internet here is wayyyy to slow to download patches. But how big have
the latest patches been?
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 pianoboii 1 point · 5 years ago


 I'm throwing out a wild number here but since December, you would
have around 3 gigabyte of data to download. I know there was a huge
patch a while ago so it has to be at least 2.5+ gigabytes.
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheever) code0011 1 point · 5 years ago

 Roughly 250mb every week? When in december?


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 pianoboii 1 point · 5 years ago


 calain is the one who hasn't updated since December, not me :)
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheev… code0011 1 point · 5 years ago

 Let's just pretend I clicked the right reply link :)


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 calain 1 point · 5 years ago


 Thanks for the info!
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 Scydra  1 point · 5 years ago


 Hi it must really suck to be in your place :P. Anyways, your best bet is to
separately download only the server.dll file and try, it MIGHT work. The rest of
the map/bots are already present in the game files.
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 [deleted] 1 point · 5 years ago

 wow,good work
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 Daelfas 1 point · 5 years ago

 THANK YOU
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 Tegwy 1 point · 5 years ago

 Upvoting! (Y)
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 Scydra  3 points · 5 years ago


 I know mate I'm from India :D
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 greggygee 1 point · 5 years ago


 I wish valve sorted one that doesn't use internet, but you can still stay connected
so you can lan it with mates.
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 FirdausIrwan 1 point · 5 years ago


 awsome! thanks a lot
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 Dendi my sheever plz! wackybeaver 1 point · 5 years ago


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 VolcanicWolf 1 point · 5 years ago


 When I type in map dota, I get a line that says:
Can't start game, no valid server.dll loaded
What do I do?
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago


 Verify integrity of game files in Dota 2 settings in Steam. If not then i think you
have to download the game files again, unless someone comes up with a
better solution.
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 VolcanicWolf 1 point · 5 years ago


 Verifying now, I have my internet so slow that I can't log into steam so
downloading it again is a no go
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 DoOm101DoN 1 point · 5 years ago


 How to enable cheats while playing vs bot in AI (offline)
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 Scydra  1 point · 5 years ago

 sv_cheats 1....
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 xSmallDeadGuyx 1 point · 5 years ago


 I think he means the in-game cheats like -wtf and things. he needs to use
dota_dev hero_level etc
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 w+tab+w+tab+w+tab+w+tab+blink Aycheff 1 point · 5 years ago


 does anyone know how to go to ssettings while in offline mode? when i press the
menu button i just get the screen that says searching for dota 2 network. i want
to change hotkeys/graphics and such while in offline mode
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago


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 w+tab+w+tab+w+tab+w+tab+blink Aycheff 1 point · 5 years ago


 thanks for reply. what ive noticed so far is that is indeed impossible, but
whatever settings you have set when you were last online retain. so if your
internet is too bad to play online, u can just go online to change all your
preferred settings, then next time you go in offline mode it will all be there.
crude, but it works
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 Sand King Cometh SgtKilowog 1 point · 5 years ago


 ok now seeing this... i am starting to wonder, is there a way for me to play
Diretide again with friends LAN or online ?
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 Scydra  3 points · 5 years ago


 99.99% sure you cant. I think we can only load the map as in the textures and
design, not the actual game rules. WIll try it out later
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 iDizzO13 1 point · 5 years ago


 shameless bump, but can I do this while Dota 2 is not updated? just a question
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago


 While dota is downloading? No you cant cause you cant launch the game client
while it's downloading. But you can pause it, Go offline and then play!
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 infernalwing 1 point · 5 years ago


 thanks for tip, this works! does anybody know how to select your opponents and
allies, -pe or -pa in DotA 1?
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 PLEASE HELP ME: I DID ALL THIS STEPS AND WHEN I TRY TO START IT SAYS: Can't
start game, no valid server.dll loaded
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 CB_Ignition 1 point · 5 years ago

 Found this 5 months after the post. Still works :)


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 I appreciate thought and ideas , so grammar nazi pls fuck off. zalalo92 0 points · 5 years ago

 awesome!
what i need next is , LAN mode(offline) - AI or Custom Games .
-ability to join game through lan! yeayyyy!
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 hey mosu at keanu Injustpotato 1 point · 5 years ago


 Could connecting to the home IP work?
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 I appreciate thought and ideas , so grammar nazi pls… zalalo92 1 point · 5 years ago
 i heard about it , type "connect <ip>" , but not sure how it work .i mean how
it work for offline LAN game (more specific = WHEN?). Any idea?

• sv_cheats 1
• sv_lan 1
• (join here? or?)
• dota_start_ai_game 1
• (join here?)
• map dota
• (no way here[BUT] , game will start . but who know?)

BUT! right after - u press Play XXX Hero(small lag occur - probably load the
ai) . Then a message will pop saying "XXX bot has connected to the
game".Hmmm...
i just got more question - hope someone come up answering below than
above questions (more important to me):

• bot count (amount)


• select side

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 felixwraith 0 points · 5 years ago


 Guys, the option Practice vs Bots does the same thing since a few patches ago.
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheever) code0011 1 point · 5 years ago
 But this allows for play against bots without any internet connection. Clicking
practice against bots requires a connection to the dota servers
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 felixwraith 1 point · 5 years ago


 You sure? The server is hosted locally. Like the Tutorial
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 not actually a slark picker (go sheever) code0011 1 point · 5 years ago
 Yeah, because without an internet connection the game doesn't go any
further than 'Connecting to the Dota 2 network' or similar. Console
opens just before that. You never get the menu offline
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 felixwraith 1 point · 5 years ago


 Ah I get it now. Derp sorry
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 [deleted] -1 points · 5 years ago


 Since a few patches ago, no it doesn't. It's LAN, unless I'm suddenly getting
0 ping.
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 Lunatic3k 1 point · 5 years ago


 and now try to enter main menu without internet connection...
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 [deleted] 0 points · 5 years ago


 If you can't get into the main menu without an internet connection,
you can't get in to use console commands, now can you? If you run
in offline mode you can get to the menu.
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 Dendi my sheever plz! wackybeaver 1 point · 5 years ago

 Yes you can.


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 TheCyanKnight 0 points · 5 years ago


 doesn't work when the servers are down? :(
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 Scydra  2 points · 5 years ago


 It should!!! Because the whole point of this is that dota 2 hosts the game in
your local server. So any issues with dota2/steam servers should be irrelevant
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 TheCyanKnight 2 points · 5 years ago


 it works. I overlooked the 'map dota' command..
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