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Today i'm gonna look at one of the most important games of our time. Started off as a mod in Broodwar, the idea was then taken to Warcraft 3 where it got refined over 5 years, before finally getting developed by Valve in 2010. Now MOBA is one of the most popular genres in gaming, and we're looking at one of its granddaddies. This is my Review of Dota 2.



The Basics


Dota 2 was released on the 9th of July, 2013, by Valve. Nowadays DOTA is slotted into the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre. I personally despise this genre name, as it is not specific enough. Technically Quake would also be categorized in this genre, but it's clearly an Arena Shooter. But whatever, the name has stuck, and now the "dota-likes" are called "MOBAs". And make no mistake, they are all "dota-likes" at the end of the day, or "AoS-likes". Regardless, for the sake of this review. we'll just refer to it as a MOBA.

The Dota 2 Map

So what is DOTA 2 -actually? Well it's a 5v5 multiplayer game, where the goal is to destroy the other team's ancient. This structure is located in each team's base, and getting to it requires destroying the team's towers which stand in the way. You can see in the map above that there are three lanes, there are three towers in each of those lanes before getting to the base.

To do this, you control a hero. Each hero is vastly different from the other, and the combination of heroes is what gives the game its endless replayability.


Game Modes


The game's primary game mode is its 5v5, whoever destroys the other team's ancient wins, mode. And yes you have to destroy it. Unlike other games, there is no surrender button. So matches can take upwards an hour, and you're stuck there. Leaving a match will result in you being placed in a Low-Priority que (basically hell) with other leavers and generally not nice people.

A Dota Arcade Game.

The game also sports an Arcade. This is where other people from the community can use an exterior editor to make mods for the game. These mods are then uploaded to the Arcade, where anyone can play them. These give players a chance to chill out from the otherwise stressful experience. But make no mistake, the 5v5 mode we talked about earlier is the game's main mode. All "games" featured in the Arcade are free.


The Heroes


Dota 2 has a roster of up to 112 heroes. The heroes are divided into three types: Strength, Agility and Intelligence. Each hero has up to 4 abilities, these could be active (i.e. you have to press them to see their effects) or passive (they are active in the background and require no button press). Additionally, each hero has its role to play in a match, depending on teammates and enemy hero composition. Heroes become stronger by leveling up when they gain experience, which is done by slaying the game's always spawning minions (or creeps as dota calls them), and/or killing other heroes. The heroes can be further upgraded by purchasing items, which is done by using gold, which is gained from killing creeps and enemies. (there's a trend going on here :D)

The Dota Heores

Unlike other games of its genre, Dota's heroes are completely free. And there is no META aspect to the game like there is in LoL. You can pick and play any hero you want, and they will all play the same.




An Arcana skin.
Dota 2 is a Free-to-Play game, which means you can pick it up and play it right now if you wanted. How does Valve make money then? Using the tried and true method of selling cosmetic skins! The pricing of these skins goes from small microtransactions to the Arcana skins, which are worth up to 30$. These skins change the heroes abilities and animations significantly, and as such are very valued by players. Unlike other games, Dota's cosmetics can also be mixed and matched, as each hero can have a different skin for each body part. (this excludes Arcanas)

Other than hero cosmetics, the game also sells a variety of different stuff, such as: Match Announcers, Map Terrains, Whether Effects, Music Packs and many other goodies.


GUI and Servers


The game's GUI (game user interface), is one of the best, if not the best out there. It was redesigned a while back, and is truly a joy to use. The UI framework is much more lightweight than others, which allows Valve to change stuff up as they please. And while you can just search for a quick match right away, the game also allows for public lobbies with custom rule sets.

As for servers, there are 16 server locations. And they are: US East, US West, Peru, South America, Chile, Europe East, Europe West, Russia, Japan, Dubai, South Africa, and India. However, if you're playing in mainland China you have to play on the "perfectworld" servers, because of "the great firewall of china".

The game's servers are mostly stable, and problems are quickly solved by Valve.




I don't like giving scores on review, so I'll just tell you how this differs from other MOBAs - it's hard. Brutally hard. The game's complexity is the driving force for some players, and a turn-off for others. If you plan on trying this game out, keep that in mind. There are layers upon layers of complexity to unravel and learn. And since its a team game, it can be quite frustrating at times.

Since it's free, my recommendation is: try it! Why not, eh? You might end up loving it's complexity. I know learning Dota was one of the most fulfilling experiences I've had in gaming. And that's something most gamers can relate to. :)


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I am a DotA fan myself. Currently 3.7k mmr on Europe server. We can play sometimes if you want!

Haha, I don't play it anymore dude. Too much a time sink. Like I play a game for 1 hour and then I leave mad because some fool wanted to randomly go down mid lane and feed. Too much stress for too much time.

3.7k is good though, above average. The highest I've been was 4k, before I dropped to 3k. :D

The trick is to play moderately. I play maybe 4-5 games a week when I feel like I really want to play for 1hour.

Also, you shouldn't get mad about this game. It's important to always remain positive if you want to achieve VICTORY.

It's hard to stay positive when you try your hardest for 1 hour, and then some loser decides he's tired of this shit and just wants to end it. So he drops all his items and feeds.

How can you not get mad at that? :D Nah dude, I'm done with dota for awhile, too stressful.

I still watch its eSports though.

I have been on the 'trolling' side more often than I have been punished for it I think. I have an history as a very mad player. I used to be low 2k mmr buying 20 courriers in some games ^^

More recently, I have been playing less often, but better, with a more positive outlook on the games. When you play a lot, you enjoy the game less, and therefore are more negative.

I understand your decision, I've decided to stop some other games in the past for my own good too.

Current eSports are fucking boring in my opinion. I'm still waiting for the modern equivalent of the korean starcraft 1 scene.

The starcraft 1 scene is not getting recreated man, that shit was magical.

Also I enjoy the dota scene because it has character and rivalries and just mind boggling plays. But yeah, I don't follow every match that's for sure. :D I will be following this years TI of course, or as I like to call it: The Superbowl of eSports.

Yea, I quit as well when I lost more emotionally with every game than I gained. It simply wasn't fun anymore, and I was tired of having to pay attention to every patch and how that altered the entire meta.

That's it exactly. I would just feel crushed after a loss. And seeing how there is no surrender in the game, if you're having a bad time: you're having a reallllyyy bad time.

have you tried HOTS? (heroes of the storm) do you know how it compares?

I'm actually playing a lot of hots right now, and am really enjoying it.

It's like an Arena version of the MOBA genre. It's distilled down to its purest form, and that's teamplay. All the other stuff is cut out.

I like it a lot. Matches are quick, skill is still plainly involved, and there are some pretty fun champs to play. I would rec playing it with a friend though, seeing as how it is so focused on team play.

lol yea. one of my buddies actually says that he misses the toxicity sometimes XP. i do think they went a little far by not allowing you to talk to the other team. trashtalking is a sacred tradition!

I agree wholeheartedly on that front. And I do miss the /all talk. But I've also found myself in situations where I'm glad it's not there.

HOTS is just chill dude, and you still have that competitive skill element in it, so it ends up as a pretty pleasant experience. At least for me.

I will probs return to dota during this year's TI, happens every year. :D

I have never played it before, but it looks nice

It's super hard, and it's team based. If you're into that sort of stuff give it a shot.

Nicely done. Never even played DOTA2 before but now I'm curios. least if I can ever get away from Overwatch, lol.

Yeah, that's a hard place to get away from for most people. :) THanks for stopping by!

Excelent post my man!!!!upped

Thank you, thank you. head nod

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I've only played Dota 1 maps in Frozen Throne. Have not tried Dota 2.

Check it out, the familiarity will suit you well in learning it.

Thanks for checking out the review!

I'm pretty busy now, especially with Steemit going on. You're welcome!

I'ma big fan of DOTA. Started playing dota last 2010, started playing Dota 2 on late 2013. Calibrated SOLO mmr was 4209. Playing in SEA server is really not good. Dota 2 peeps calls it as the "CANCER SERVER". Btw, nc post mate :)

Thanks for checking it out man!

And I dunno what 4k is like in SEA, but that's above average in EU. So by my standards you're a pretty good player. ;)

Man after reading that review, i really wanna play a game of Dota. AAAaaaaaa

It's free man. You know what you have to do. ;)

Nice intro.
I play Dota since first version on Warcraft3. Now I am playing it for fun, in free time. I must say if you give too much time for Dota2, You will get addicted very soon :) But on the other hand, its really a mind game, because you need to be prepaired for everything. There is a lot of thinking in second involved. So yes, I think with games, you can develop a good thinking skills.
I play Nuker/Disabler/Support/Carry. It depends :)

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