There are some very good settings in Dota 2 you cannot use normally. I will cover three important tweaks that can highly improve your game play. The console settings are partly already moved into the game, but still there are a few worth to mention. I think the rest will also integrate to the normal settings menu in the future, but they aren’t available now.
First of all you have to understand what the console is. If you have any programming experience than a console isn’t new for you, so you should skip this part. The console is a text based command interface. Not only for commands, but you can see some special extra information here about your game.
In the old days (‘80s and ‘90s) most of the computers worked with console commands. Then there were some graphical improvements as the PCs were become more commercially available. In those days you had to know all of the commands to be able to navigate or do anything with your stuff. Than GUIs were invented and suddenly everything went easier. However the console and the commands still available in your operation system yet. More complex programs (like games) still have a console interface for special cases. Valve integrated into Dota 2 their own console also.
Normally the console is not available in the game. You have to switch this on. You can do this by creating a special start command in the steam library.
1. Go to your library of games and search Dota 2. Than RightClick it.
2. Select properties and Click it.
3. Make sure you are on the General tab.
4. Click the “SET LAUNCH OPTIONS…” item.
5. In the dialog box write in the –console command.
I use the –novid command also. First I shit in my pants because of the creepy guy that steers at me every time I start the game. Second if the game crashes and you have to get back fast, the removed video can be seriously slow down your load time. But this is not required at all.
After this you can start the game and the console will be available for you. Basically the “~” hotkey is the one you use for the console start, but that’s really hard to find for me so I moved it to my “-“ hotkey. You can do this here:
Go to the settings menu (1) > select the metagame submenu (2) > modify the console line (3).
Now you can reach the console with the selected hotkey.
If you want, you can play around with it. It has a great feature to increase the effectiveness. If you start to type a command, than it will offer the alternatives. So you can find out most of the commands.
Let’s see the three tweak that can improve your game mechanism. Normally you cannot attack your own creep by right clicking. Even if that creep is under 50% of health, so deniable, you cannot attack it . This console command makes it attackable:
Normally this value is 0. So if you want to stop this behavior, simply write the dota_force_right_click_attack "0” command and that will make right click attacks work as before.
The second one is a bit more sensible. You cannot see any range of your spell in Dota 2. I mean if you hover over the skill with your mouse, the maximum cast range is show but after that, nothing. Here comes this cute command:
Basically this value is 1. If you make this to be 0, a small green arrow shows if your skill is ok or not.
The skill is out of range, a nearly invisible arrow shown:
The skill is in range and a bold arrow is there:
The third one is my favorite. With this you can create a permanent range marker for your hero. This is the same as if you hover over one skill. However you can only modify the range if you reenter the amount.
The amount you write as the attribute of the command (the “1200” in this case) is the distance where the marker will appear. The 1200 is the basic I use because this is the experience range and this is the distance you can travel with a blink dagger. However you can set 700 for tower range or 850 if you play with Sniper or 900 for hook of Pudge. Or any other distance you think would be great to know.