OS X and Linux versions of Dota 2 were released on July 18, 2013. Dota 2 is exclusively available through Valve's content delivery platform, Steam.
Dota 2 consists of session-based online multiplayer matches, in which two teams of five players attempt to destroy their opponents' fortified strongholds. Each player controls a "Hero" character and, over the course of an individual game, focuses on improving their hero's abilities, acquiring items, and fighting against the other team.
The basic setup of Dota 2 places two strongholds containing critical structures called "Ancients" at opposing ends of a geographically balanced map. These bases are connected by three main paths (referred to as lanes), which are guarded by defensive towers and groups of units commonly referred to as "creeps" which traverse their lanes, attacking enemy units and structures upon sight. Players are split into two teams, each consisting of up to five players, to compete as the primary defenders for each Ancient.
The overall objective of each match is to battle through the opposing force's defenses, and destroy the opponents' Ancient. Because Dota 2 is highly team-oriented, players must coordinate with their teams in order to achieve victory. The towers and stronghold defenses are invulnerable to attacks, so long as the towers nearest to the enemy side still stand, and must be destroyed sequentially – a team cannot destroy the enemy's Ancient without first destroying all towers leading up to it in any one lane.
Dota 2 Linux Minimum System Requirements:
Operating System Version:
Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS (64 bit)
Kernel Name: Linux
Kernel Version: 3.2.0-49-generic
X Server Vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Server Release: 11103000
X Window Manager: Compiz
Steam Runtime Version: steam-runtime-release-i386_2013-06-28
Driver: Intel Open Source Technology Center Mesa DRI Intel(R) Sandybridge Mobile x86/MMX/SSE2
Driver Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.0
Desktop Color Depth: 24 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Number of Monitors: 1
Number of Logical Video Cards: 1
Primary Display Resolution: 1366 x 768
Desktop Resolution: 1366 x 768
Primary Display Size: 13,54" x 7,64" (15,51" diag)
34,4cm x 19,4cm (39,4cm diag)
Primary VRAM Not Detected
Audio device: Intel CougarPoint HDMI
RAM: 5876 Mb
UI Language: English
Microphone: Not set
Total Hard Disk Space Available: 33641 Mb
Largest Free Hard Disk Block: 20669 Mb