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Dota 2 Reborn Now Officially Supports Linux, Early Look

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In a very surprising move Valve has added Linux & Mac versions of Dota 2 Reborn, all that in less than a week. So much for Valve Time. This has restored a little faith in Valve from me, as I was honestly expecting the Linux version to come a lot later.

Jokes about Valve Time aside, I am very grateful to be able to get in on the action early, even if it is a major bug fest right now. Although honestly, it seems a lot smoother for me than others. The next patch should make it work on AMD's FOSS drivers, as well as Intel HD 4000 going by this milestone. Note: That link will probably change often, as it's always for the next milestone.

To get access you need to manually opt-in to the DLC which can be found in the games properties, and then select "Play Dota 2 - Reborn Beta". It is only 64bit right now, and that might not change.

Once in you will be greeted by the brand new look:

The framerate does actually seem better in my quick comparison, for some reason the original Dota 2 client will max out at 120FPS, but Dota 2 Reborn gives me 134FPS max, it also loads quite a lot quicker and smoother.

See here for quick shots (these are using a random UI theme I had left on):
You can see a minor bug in the new client here, as there seems to be a tiny gap between the bottom UI elements that aren't in the original client below.


You can report bugs here on their official github.

I am most excited by the custom game modes, and can't wait to try them.

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edo 23 Jun, 2015
seems to be it's only 64 bits (what is good to focus more on that architecture). I installed it on windows, but each update means like 5 gb, I guess its not for slow-internet people lol.
Now (after some more dota reborn updates) I hope to see benchmarks comparing both OS to see if source 2 is as good as we expected
GoCorinthians 23 Jun, 2015

Always during a BIG AAA game being released we of Linux are cut off. I cant install ShadownRun Dragonfall...


And a buggy Batman yet! duck off!
nifker 23 Jun, 2015
I don't see your bug I can't see any gap
FutureSuture 23 Jun, 2015
I might download DOTA2 again once this leaves the beta stage of development.
Maelrane 23 Jun, 2015
Works fine for me on AMD and with Mesa (= FOSS drivers).
ArminS 23 Jun, 2015
I love that the new grass is a bit greener and the paths have clearer borders. It looks better and feels more like Warcraft 3, too. :)
kalin 23 Jun, 2015
Only workshop tools missing. The only reason to install windows again is this tools. Any Idea when they will come to linux ?
linux_gamer 23 Jun, 2015
Could have waited just some days with initial release. Nobody would have known, and with a triple OS release they would have been a role model.
Nyamiou 23 Jun, 2015
Quoting: nifkerI don't see your bug I can't see any gap
I think he's talking about the bottom right blue lights.
edmondo 23 Jun, 2015
Quoting: MaelraneWorks fine for me on AMD and with Mesa (= FOSS drivers).

I'm on r600g (Evergreen).

Dota 2 loads incredibly fast (about 10 times faster) to the main menu. When I start a game I get an but starting a game get a SIGILL signal (Illegal instruction).

How did you get it to run on AMD with mesa driver?

Here the not very useful backtrace:

#0  0x00007f6716da3f77 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#1  0x00007f6716da4146 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#2  0x00007f6716da43bf in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#3  0x00007f6715dafb9a in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#4  0x00007f67166f3c86 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#5  0x00007f671597576c in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#6  0x00007f673472782f in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#7  0x00007f67346d39f1 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#8  0x00007f67346cd246 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#9  0x00007f673459a165 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#10 0x00007f673459a781 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#11 0x00007f67345912d2 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#12 0x00007f6734593c38 in ?? () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#13 0x00007f6734593dda in Source2Main () from /home/edmondo/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota 2 beta/game/bin/linuxsteamrt64/
#14 0x000055698fce40c1 in ?? ()
#15 0x00007f673945efd0 in __libc_start_main (main=0x55698fce3f50, argc=1, argv=0x7ffda18243e8, init=<optimized out>, fini=<optimized out>, rtld_fini=<optimized out>, stack_end=0x7ffda18243d8)
    at libc-start.c:289
#16 0x000055698fce41bd in _start ()
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