Play Dota2 Custom Games Locally or Offline

Author: Zeeshan Arshad     14178     02/17/2016

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I will use Epic Boss Fight as an example to tell you workaround for this solution. This is a very cumbersome workaround, but it does work. 

Without Workshop Tools:

1) Go to "Steam\steamapps\workshop\content\570\305278898" (570 folder is Dota 2, 305278898 is Epic Boss Fight).

2) Create a folder in "Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 betagame\dota_addons" called whatever you want. Pick something short like "ebf".

3) Download GCFScape to extract the files: 

4) Extract the contents of 305278898.vpk into the new folder "ebf" that you have created.

5) Run Steam and start Dota2

6) Open Console (try with ` or \ key) (if your console doesn't open, then follow up coming console guide)

7) type "dota_launch_custom_game <map_name>" without quotes. Folder name is the folder you created. Valid map names for Epic Boss Fight are epic_boss_fight_normal, epic_boss_fight_hard, and epic_boss_fight_impossible.

With Workshop Tools:

Another way is to extract map and then load it up using the Workshop Tools. If you want to use Workshop Tools then

8) Run the Dota 2 Workshop Tools and select the folder you created. (If you don't have Workshop Tools, right click Dota 2 in your library list, go to properties, then DLC tab, then check Dota 2 Workshop Tools DLC. It's about 440 MB. You can run the tools by right clicking Dota 2 in your library and selecting the tools option).

How to Open/Setup Console Screen (if you don't have it):

Press backslash \ key to open console (if your console is not setup yet, then follow the instructions below)

  1. Right click on Dota2, and click on "Properties"



  2. Click "Set Launch Options" from "General" Tab



  3. Type "-console" (without quotes)



  4. Click OK

  5. Click "Create Desktop Shortcut" (from Properties > General Tab)

  6. Launch Dota2 (by using shortcut from desktop which you have just created)

Now you can open up console with backslash \ key


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