DEFENSE OF THE ANCIENTS 2 What exactly is Dota 2 and it is the big deal about it?
Dota 2 is an online game in which you play one of over 100 unique fantasy heroes. In Dota 2, you fight your friends and other people all over the world for victory! The game is incredibly simple in its concept, yet it provides an amazing level of depth. You can have fun casually or to invest more time, develop deeper understanding about the game and take your skills to a very high level.
Dota 2 is a player versus player game where you fight with and against other people instead of just enemies controlled by the computer (although playing versus bots is possible). It is a team game, where you have the amazing opportunity to play with up to four other players against other teams of five gamers. Dota is not only a video game, but also a social activity and a way to spend good times with your friends.
In order to play Dota 2 you need an internet connection. At all times people from all over the world are gathered to play with you. The matchmaking system makes connects you only to opponents who are close to your skill level. Hence most of the matches you play will be neither too easy nor impossible for you. It is also possible to play the game alone - versus bots in custom matches or in the tutorials.
Dota 2 is in its essence an arena-type battle between the two teams of 5. You will be fighting and killing your enemies until you are able to raise their main base to the ground. A “match” of Dota 2 doesn’t usually take more than 45 minutes. Nevertheless, the endless hero combinations, the variable ways in which you can develop each character and the different roles you could be playing in a match all give the game incredible replayability. You will easily be spending hours with your friends without getting bored, as every single game is unique.
MOBA is a subgenre of RTS, which could easily be seen in the way you control your hero and the user interface, typical for real time strategies. The first MOBAs were Aeon of Strife (AoS), which was a custom map for StarCraft, followed by the original Defense of the Ancients (DotA), a custom map for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos & The Frozen Throne. The original DotA was the first MOBA to gain a major player base - it is claimed that it is historically the most popular non-supported game mod of all time. Dota 2, the direct successor of DotA, has preserved all the features and gameplay of the original game, while giving better graphics, better UI and making the game easier to pick-up.
Two opposing factions, The Radiant and The Dire, wage a war against each other in the Dota 2 world. Five players can fights for each side and so a team of five from each faction battles the other. The basic outline of the Dota 2 map consists of two key structures called the “Ancients”. Each is located at an opposing end of the map, connected to the other by three paths. Powerful towers defend each faction and ”creep” units lead the onslaught against the enemy base. Together, players must defeat the opponent by destroying the enemy base, i.e. “Ancient”. A player can choose a side and select one of the 101 available heroes to fight for his faction. Heroes have unique skills and abilities that help players to lead their squad to victory. Strategy and team-work are essential for a glorious victory.
Dota 2 has a strategic depth and diversity that make the game very entertaining and interesting to watch. It is played on a competitive level and is a major part of Electronic sports - a term used to describe the competitive play of video games. Tournaments and events take place regularly with real-time professional streaming of games and big prizes for the winners. Most notable is the world’s largest Dota 2 tournament “The International” hosted yearly by the company developer Valve. The championship is a major LAN event with a total prize pool exceeding 10,000,000 USD for the fourth edition of the tournament.
During the finals of the International 2012, there were more than 500,000 online viewers and in the following year – the viewer count exceeded 1 million from around the world during the grand finals. Other large tournaments include “MLG” “ESL”, “Star Series” and “DreamHack’s DreamLeague” with some editions of the tournaments reaching prize pools over 200,000 USD. Fans all over the world support their favorite teams, discuss passionately ongoing events and witness champions rise and fall. An even greater proof of the passion of the community is that a large part of the prize pools of major events are crowd funded.
Primary sponsors of Dota 2 tournaments and professional teams are eSports organizations, the game developer Valve and computer hardware companies such as Alienware, Razer, Cisco, SteelSeries, Logitech, HyperX and others. Major eSport hosts including Valve, Perfect World, DreamHack, Electronic Sports League and many others support, fund and organize Dota 2 professional tournaments.
Prominent professional gaming organizations such as Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincere, Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming, Mousesports have acquired Dota 2 rosters and compete in these championships. Together, these organizations discover top talents and grow the next generation of exceptional players. Teams get paid to practice daily for hours in the hope of becoming Dota 2 Champions. Sponsors and gaming clubs contribute to the development of the eSports community and competitive gaming, and help dedicated players to pursue a professional gaming career and fulfill their dreams.