PLAY DOTAThe "Play Dota" button is always available, no matter where you are in the new interface. Click "Play Dota" to choose your game mode or lobby, begin your search, and then go right back to what you were doing.
PUBLIC LOBBY GAMESLobby leaders can now list their lobbies publicly, allowing everyone in the world to see and join them. Players can search by lobby name or game mode, and also see which of those games are on their local network or have friends in them.
Dota is best enjoyed with friends. Several new tools have been built to make it easier for you to gather your friends for a match, and make the experience of communicating with them seamless.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDSThe Friends menu now allows you to more easily find out who's available or looking for a party, and send them an invite with a single click.
PARTY VOICE CHATYou can now use party voice chat in the dashboard and continue the conversation seamlessly while the game is loading.
PARTY MANAGEMENTDoes a friend have someone with them already? You can now directly merge two parties into one, or request to join someone else's party instead. You're also able to reassign party leaders at any time.
PARTY BEACONYou can now set yourself or your party to Open status, broadcasting to all your friends that you are searching for more people to play with.
Explore your friends' playstyles, keep track of their accomplishments and comment on their progress.
MINIPROFILESMouse over a player's avatar in the new interface and you'll see their customizable miniprofile, where players can choose to show off their favorite hero's stats, most treasured items, or trophies. The profile also includes their Badge, which summarizes experiences and accomplishments into a single icon.
ACTIVITY FEEDThe activity feed lets you quickly see and comment on your friends' accomplishments, giving you a place to celebrate a game-winning Black Hole and then quickly jump in the replay to see it for yourself.
HERO MMRDelve deeper into a friend's performance by exploring their Hero MMR, a measurement of performance with an individual hero relative to their overall MMR.
PLAYSTYLE GRAPHYour Dota playstyle is represented across 5 different axes, which can be used to compare yourself with your friends.
The new chat interface is built with the goal of making it easier for players to form communities, and to help them get to know other players as they participate in more conversations.
CHAT WITH FRIENDSUse the Whisper feature to quickly chat with any of your friends on Steam and you'll see their reply in the new chat panel whether they're running Dota or not.
MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONSYou can now configure chat rooms to show their messages on all tabs, making it easier to follow many small chat rooms at once. Party and Whisper messages also appear in all tabs.
BIGGER CHAT ROOMSThe maximum number of people who can join a single chatroom has been increased to 5,000 to facilitate larger communities.