Archive for October 2013

October-2013 Cosmetics

By : z3lover

Download Link shamelessly copied from . So this update was obviously made by Art_khb. It appears all the Admins are kinda busy nowadays. Hopefully things will fireup with new updates. And as I requested before, we NEED more modders. You cant expect a single guy to complete all the requests and still make regular updates, so plz if you have modding experience or can bring new people to the facebook page, do spread the word. Otherwise this website and facebook page will die many others modding communites. ( dota2clan is already dead, reddit modding page is dead and is also pretty much dead except for ocassional posts by Art_khb)..

If anyone of you guys has submitted items in Workshop and got his items rejected.. Send them to us and we will convert them to mods that the community can use. Valve can suck their rules and standards, your creations will get the appreciation it deserves right here.

Download Link:

Furion Summons

70# Anime Models (Saber and Misaka Mikoto)

By : ShadowProgr
Hi, this post is for anime lovers. You can intstall Saber as Juggernaut and Misaka Mikoto as Storm Spirit

Misaki Mikoto

2. Extract 'dota' and merge it into the following directory: <Path to steam directory>\Steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota
3. Right click Dota 2 in steam, click 'Properties' and on the General tab click LAUNCH OPTIONS
4. In the text field in the LAUNCH OPTIONS window type: -override_vpk
5. Launch DOTA 2. Storm Spirit is renamed to Biribiri, so remember to look in the B's for her, not the S's
Changes from the old upload:
  • Now the mod can works with launch parameter -override_vpk without install (But you need to run the .exe file if you want the localization installed)
  • Fixed icon bug caused by Sep 25 update
  • Localization modification
  • Particles adjustment, sword glowing are better now.
  • Fixed "ERROR" model appears in the hero preview panel.
  • Fixed bug in program UI.
Credits: included in archive


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Guide: How to Install mods

By : z3lover
There will be two options available.

1: Direct Installation:
A packed .exe file be available, just run it and it will install the required files in their correct location.

2: Manual Method: (aka -override_vpk method)
You have to manually copy the mod folders and paste them in you "dota" folder in this directory:
X:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota

Click on "merge" when asked and overwrite any files. (be sure to make a backup of files being overwritted)

Secondly you need to add -override_vpk command in Dota2 Launch Options.
Follow the instructions in this image:

68# Items Update 13-Oct-13

By : z3lover

Includes items from the latest dota 2 update and some items from "Request" section..

  • Vengeful Spirit (was an experiment, posting just in case someone likes it)
  • Scuttling Scotty Courier
  • Golden Treasure HUD
  • Tremor HUD
  • Omen HUD
  • Viridi Inanitas Set
  • Armaments of Leviathan Set
  • Hell’s Ambassador Set
  • Barathrum’s Fury Set
  • The Hare Hunt Set

And items from REQUEST section,

  • Scythe of Vyse (no particles)
  • Dreaded Forgewing
  • Eul's Sceptre of Divinity
  • Call of Dendro
  • Flowering Treants
  • Baby Roshan ( Pink Ethereal Flames Effect)

I do couriers one at a time, on first come first serve basis, so if your favourite courier is not posted yet, dont worry it will be done when its done.

Also I will try to post particle updates for the above item sets ( IF I'm able to make them work)..

Download Link:

Download Instructions: For vengeful Spirite mod, install the slasher, then copy the "resource" folder and paste it into your " dota" folder (use -override_vpk method)

HUDs also use the -override_vpk method. Click here for more details on how to use override.

Play as Goblin Techies And Legion Commander

By : z3lover
Goblin Techies

Unzip the file and merge the dota folder with the dota folder in steamapps\common\dota 2 beta. Add -override_vpk to your launch options.

To play, start a local lobby and pick npc_dota_hero_techies.

This mod is really buggy. Don't leave it installed when playing a real game.

Legion Commander:

This one works fine. No need to uninstall this one.

Dota 2 Lobby Viewer

By : ShadowProgr
This little tool allows you to view information about the lobby and players you are currently playing with.

Note that this information is already available by using the "dota_lobby_debug" command with "developer 1" enabled. My tool just displays some of it in a convenient way.
You are in a hidden lobby when playing matchmaking. It starts when you get the "Game is ready" dialog.

  • Members in a party are grouped together (same color), so are broadcasters in the same channel.
  • Extracts location of some players.
  • Pressing CTRL+C copies the raw lobby information. If there's a problem with the tool, try to copy it to make debugging easier (if you have lobby information available).

  • Windows XP SP 2 or higher
  • Dota 2
About VAC:
This tool should be hidden from VAC external tool detection. Still, use at your own risk (the worst thing that can happen is a 30 day suspension).

Developed by reptiev


Guide: Dota2 Slasher Advanced

By : ShadowProgr

Dota 2 Slasher

Dota 2 Slasher allows you to Extract, Add, Replace, Delete files in pak01_dir.vpk
In order to work with Dota 2 Slasher you need to know how to run program with command line arguments


Extract files from pak01_dir.vpk
Dota2Slasher.exe -e -dir <FOLDER TO EXTRACT TO> -vpk <pak01_dir.vpk LOCATION>
Dota2Slasher.exe -e -dir "D:\UD2\" -vpk "D:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk"
Note: The folder where files will be extracted must be created before or you will get an error


Deleting a file in pak01_dir.vpk will force Dota 2 to search for files in dota folder (local files).
Dota2Slasher.exe -r -file <FILE TO DELETE> -vpk <pak01_dir.vpk LOCATION>
Dota2Slasher.exe -r -file "sound\music\gamestartup1.wav" -vpk "D:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk"
Now the file sound\music\gamestartup1.wav will be loaded from game folder, not from the pak01_dir.vpk.


Dota2Slasher.exe -p -dir <FOLDER WITH EDITED FILES> -vpk <pak01_dir.vpk LOCATION>
Dota2Slasher.exe -p -dir "D:\replaced\" -vpk "D:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk"
This code will add all files (or replace original files) in D:\replaced into pak01_dir.vpk
Please note that files must have same path as in pak01_dir.vpk
To replace original file
The edited file path must be

Advanded usage

Long and Short Arguments

In older release the program used longer command line arguments
Dota2Slasher.exe -action packDota2Slasher.exe -p
Dota2Slasher.exe -action removeDota2Slasher.exe -r
Dota2Slasher.exe -action extractDota2Slasher.exe -e
The long arguments can still be used in latest Dota2Slasher. Mostly they are used with -auto argument.

-auto Argument

Using -auto will allow Dota 2 Slasher to find pak01_dir.vpk automatically.
Dota2Slasher -action pack -auto
Note 1: You must use long command line arguments with -auto
Note 2: Dota 2 Slasher will add/extract files from/to ROOT\files directory. However this can be edited with -dir argument

Dota2Slasher -action pack -auto -dir "C:\Dota2\am-skin\compiled\"
Note 3: Doesn't work with -action remove

Config.ini File

If you don't want to work with command line arguments, you can use config.ini file. Create one and put it in one folder with Dota 2 Slasher.
1. Command line version:
Dota2Slasher -action pack -dir "C:\Dota2\am-skin\compiled\" -vpk "C:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk"
1. Config.ini equivalent:
dir=C:\Dota2\am-skin\compiled\vpk=C:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk
2. Command line version:
Dota2Slasher -p -dir "C:\Dota2\am-skin\compiled\" -vpk "C:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk" -debug
 2. Config.ini equivalent:
vpk=C:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk
Using with -auto


Messed up your pak01_dir.vpk?
You can restore it following these steps.
1. Right-click Dota 2 in your Steam Library
2. Choose Properties
3. Choose Local files tab
4. Verify integrity of game cache
5. Done!


Q: How to run Dota 2 Slasher with command line arguments?
A: Create a batch file and copy-paste the code I have given. Make sure batch file and Dota 2 Slasher are in same folder

Q: Who created this program?
A: aaa4xu




By : z3lover

Now this mod maybe controversial. Some people might imply that this is cheating and gives unfair advantage but lets consider this, I have been playing dota for like past 4 years, I already know all the juke spots on map, I dont need this mod to tell me location of juke spots. To be honest it even causes problems for those who are already familiar with juke spots. What this mod may achieve is to help the newer players get familiar with juking. Consider it a training mod, its not giving you unfair advantage as the fog of war remains the same, you DO NOT get extra vision with this, just a simple indication that you can hide here or cut a tree to make a path.
                                  As always texture mods are not banable by VAC, even if some nuthead considers this cheating, VAC still cant detect a texture mod so use it without any worries.

#66 Custom Dota2 gameplay modes

By : z3lover
Did you ever play those "dota omg" and "pudge wars" maps back in Dota1 days? Yeah those were fun times, after a few exhausting games of tryhard doto, the fun maps were a welcome relief.But what do we do in Dota2? Its obvious, we still play those awesome pudgewars and OMG mods with better graphics and better choice of options available, right here in DOTA2, Includes many gameplay modes not limited to pudgewars and OMG, too many settings to experiment with, needless to say you are gonna have a fun time there.

Visit this site, make sure to watch the tutorials, it clears up all the confusions. Select the lobby for whatever mode you desire to play and join. Have a blast.

Just a few screenshots of my recent timepass activity.

Guide: Cosmetic Mods

By : z3lover
Almost everything in DOTA can be modded to your liking, and the process is not exactly rocket science. The basic concept of modifying is to replace the default files with the files of your choice. Thats all. Say if I wanted the default furion to use Scythe of Vyse item instead of his default staff, I would replace the scythe's model name to that of default staff and copy paste it in furion folder. Thats it done.
                                   Make sure you understand the basic concept. Now there are 2 ways to accomplish this. Either inject you modified files into the compressed data files that DOTA uses, or paste these files in dota directory ( X:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota ) and type "-override_vpk" inside Launch Options. While both options achieve the same thing, the injecting directly in data files is considered superior.

Using Dota2Slasher

1: Download Dota2Slasher from the Downloads section above and extract it.  
2: Everything inside the folder "files" will be copied injected into Dota2.         
3: Make sure to rename the files into default files. Each item has 3 files. "vtx" "vvd" "mdl" . You need to rename all  Assuming you followed the 
previous guides, you should have an extracted root folder. Default          
hero files are located here.
\root\models\heroes\"hero name"\
While cosmetic item files are located here.
4: Keep a correct directory system. Like copying a item of Axe, create folder   
like this, files\models\heroes\axe\"your files"
Copy paste your renamed cosmetic items from step 3 into relevant hero folder.
5: When you have copied all the files you want to replace in "files" folder, run 
Dota2slasher and you items will be enabled.

Using -override_vpk
The process of renaming files remains the same but now you wont be injecting the files inside dota.
Instead you will just copy the files in your steam dota folder.
X:\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\models\heroes\"hero name"\
After you copied your desired files, Open steam, go to Library, rightclick Dota2, click properties, And click on Launch Options. Type "-override_vpk" without quotes and done. 

You can mod the couriers/ HUDs etc same way. Just look for the default folder and replace them with your favourite items.

Courier Directory: Default=  \models\props_gameplay\donkey.mdl
                              Custom courier diretories= 1 =  \root\models\items\courier
                                                                          2=   \root\models\courier

(Remember when making courier mods. There are 4 types of default courier models. donkey, dire_donkey, donkey wings and dire donkey wings.  Customs couriers have only 2 model files normal and flying version, you just make 2 copies of these couriers and rename one set into donkey (normal custom courier) and donkey wings (flying custom version). And similarly rename the other set as dire_donkey and dire_wings)

Ward Directory= \models\props_gameplay\default_ward.mdl

HUD Directory=

Announcer directory=

Icons directory=

Guide: How to Preview Particle Effects of Dota2

By : z3lover
Using Alien Swarm and the built in tools it shipped with it’s possible to load the DotA 2 particle files into the Source engine particle editor. You can find a tutorial on how to load DotA 2′s PCFs into the Alien Swarm tools at the bottom of this post.



Fiend’s Grip GIF:


Obsidian Destroyer


Phantom Assassin




If you’ve followed the model viewer guide before then that will give you a head start, the process is very similar with a few minor tweaks:
  1. Download GCFScape:
  2. Launch GCFScape and open the “dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk” file.
  3. Extract the files to a new directory called “DOTA 2″.
  4. Copy the extracted “materials”, “models” and “particles” folder to: “Steam\steamapps\common\alien swarm\swarm”.
  5. Add “-tools -nop4″ to your Alien Swarm launch options.
  6. Start Alien Swarm and you’ll be presented with the “Source Actbusy Tool”.
  7. Press “Tools” and select “Particle Editor”, you’ll now be in the particle editor.
  8. From here you can load in the particles from the folder you copied into the Alien Swarm directory.
Cyborgmatt for writing this guide.

Guide Model Viewer

By : z3lover


  •    GCFScape
  •    CS:GO SDK
  •    Notepad ++

Step One

Download GCFScape:

Step Two

Launch GCFScape and open the “dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk” file.

Step Three

Extract the “root” directory to somewhere on your hard drive and then rename it to “DOTA 2″ after the extraction is finished.

Step Four

Copy the “materials” and “models” folder from the extracted files in to the CS: GO folder: “Steam\steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Global Offensive\csgo”.

Step Five

Next you need to mass edit the vmt material files, for this I suggest using Notepad++ using  the “Find in Files” feature, which you can find under “Search –> Find in Files…”.

Step Six

Using Notepad++’s “Find in Files” feature you need to find “CustomHero” and replace with “VertexLitGeneric”, filter for “*.vmt” and choose the directory “Counter-Strike Global Offensive\csgo\materials\models” making sure “In all sub-folders” is also selected.

Press “Replace in Files” when you’ve your options setup like above.

Step Seven

Install the “Counter-Strike Global Offensive Beta – SDK” from the Steam library tool list.

Step Eight

Launch the ”Counter-Strike Global Offensive Beta – SDK” and launch “Model Viewer”.

Step Nine

In the “Model Viewer” press “File” and select “Load Model…”.

Step Ten

You will now be in the model file structure, from here you can go into the different folders and load a “*.mdl” file.

Step Eleven

When loading a model like Nature’s Prophet you’ll notice only his base model is loaded and parts will be missing.

Step Twelve

In order to resolve this you need to load in the extra parts as “Weapons”, via the “File –> Load Weapon…” option.

Select the extra part like when you loaded in the initial model.

The extra part will then be loaded into the model viewer.

Step Thirteen

You should now know how to load models into the CS: GO model viewer, enjoy.

Model Viewer Controls

Cyborgmatt for writing this awesome tutorial.

Guide: Loading Screen

By : z3lover

How to use a custom loading screen in Dota 2

  • Convert image to a texture (or use already converted from below)
  • Put the texture info the folder "steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\materials\console" (create the folder if it does not exist)
  • In Steam, go into your Dota properties, and add the launch option "-override_vpk".

Already converted images

Screenshots - How it should look


  • thx to yene for writing the tutorial.

#65 Mega Item Pack 3

By : z3lover

Ok, this is the last one. Collectively they dont look too much appealing but it helps alot when someone asks me "please upload xxxx item" so I can just tell them to get it from the mega pack. Later I will add the names (yes all of them) in this post so you can easily type the name of item in searchbox and it will show up.
      As always, click on picture for bigger preview and download form below.


#63 Mega Items Pack 1

By : z3lover

Click on picture for bigger preview.

I have a lot of mods lying around, mostly older sets and items, almost all of these were downloaded from a russian side and made by a modder named Art_khv. So there will be two more mega sets to cover all the stuff. So stay tuned.


#62 Dota 2 Naughty Female Models

By : z3lover
Includes the whole updated bundle made by M1sk4.. Make sure to follow him on his twitch channel here:
The guy is simply amazing and deserves all the support he can get. This update will also fix the previous qop and drow crashes. (I think the death prophet model is still bugged so careful with that one).
Includes edited models and portrait window adjustment to focus more on the chest.

Updated Download Link

PREVIEW: Uncen$ored
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