How To Do A Ready Check In Dota 2

With the 7.08 patch, Dota 2 made, apart from a host of changes geared toward balancing the gameplay, a few notable improvements to user experience. Among the latter, one that should prove to be an instant hit among players is the ability to perform a Ready Check, as the game calls it.

Likely inspired by a suggestion by the MOBA’s avid Reddit community, this new feature does exactly what its name implies – it allows any member of a party to ensure that the other members are ready to start a game. Starting a Ready Check causes a simple Ready / Not Ready dialog to pop up for every member in the party. If a party member doesn’t respond within the Ready Check’s 30-second time limit, their response is automatically registered as Not Ready. The dialog has its own unique audio cue, which sounds off even when the game window is minimized.

While the new feature isn’t likely to completely eliminate the odd failure to accept a game, it should greatly reduce the chances of parties queuing up for matches with one or more AFK members. Perhaps the only problem with the feature is its current placement in the UI, which might make it a little hard to spot, especially if you aren’t looking for it.

For those still not in the know, here’s how to start a Ready Check: after joining a party or inviting friends to your own, you should be able to see a check mark icon in the bottom-right corner of chat box, to the right of the text field at the bottom, and right next to the emoji icon; all you need to do is click that button.

All responses are displayed within party chat, with green and red visual cues over party members making it even easier to spot idling players.

That’s all there is to it. You now know how to start a Ready Check in Dota 2 and should, ideally, never have to wait in timeout again.

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