With the September 23, 2013 update, Valve has added LAN mode to Dota 2.
LAN enables players to play DOTA2 without a reliable internet connection
LAN Support for Dota 2 enables players to host Dota 2 lobbies at home and at internet cafes. Dota 2 LAN support is seen to help Dota2's growing popularity in Southeast Asia and in locations without reliable internet connections.
"Dota 2 will have LAN mode. We know how important this feature is for the community."
-- Erik Johnson, Valve Business Development Authority
The addition of LAN enables third party event organizers to hold Dota 2 events locally without encountering the same problems that could arise when hosting Starcraft 2 or League of Legends events.
Go forth and organize Dota 2 lan parties!
Spread the word, LAN evangelists!
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When was LAN added to Dota 2?
LAN Dota 2 was added with the FIRST BLOOD update. (September 23, 2013)