1. Download The Map File
How Does It Work?
This guide shows you how to replace the default Dota map file with another one. This is done via dota_tempcontent folder, which is a folder inside the game files that is used to replace game assets when modding the game. For those concerned about VAC bans and such: As far as I’m concerned, no one has been banned just for swapping map files, although that might change in the future, who knows. Keep in mind that this “mod” doesn’t add or modify any executables or change the way the game works for that matter.
Using certain maps can give players in-game advantage by boosting fps or making the map layout more clear (Desert, Immortal Gardens, for example). Furthermore, these maps cannot be purchased or obtained in-game, making them inaccessible for new players.
That being said, let’s hope that valve doesn’t remove this guide. To ensure that, I’ve removed the maps that are still purchasable through steam store, and only left the one’s that no longer cannot be obtained in-game.
2. Create Necessary Folders in Dota’s Game Files
By default, dota_tempcontent folder doesn’t exist. To create it, browse the game’s local files – head to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\game
Inside the “game” folder create a new folder and rename it to
inside dota_tempcontent, create another folder called
Inside that folder, extract the downloaded file (dota.vpk). The file should now be located in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\game\dota_tempcontent\maps\dota.vpk
3. Add Launch Option
To make Dota read dota_tempcontent files, in Steam go to Dota’s Properties and add the following launch option:
Everything is set! Make sure you select the default terrain in-game, since that’s the one we just replaced.
As the game gets future patches, you’ll need to update the dota.vpk file. I’ll try to keep the links updated.
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