I’m currentlywriting the next full game talk and the Kore wa Zombie ep review, but after going around looking at DotA2 character vids, I keep seeing the same misconception. So today I quickly wish to tell all of you people the deal with DotA, LoL, HoN.
I’ve been around the internet for a while and I have been an active person in the gaming community. But when I hear that League of Legends (LoL) or Heroes of Newerth (HoN) came before DotA and that DotA is an unoriginal copy, I really can’t stand by and let this pass.
Really people, this is basic fact. Lemme break it down for you.
DotA-esque games of 3 lanes, creeps, heroes, etc started out as Aeon of Strife (AoS), a used setting map made for Starcraft released in the late 90’s.
With the release of Warcraft III Reign of Chaos in 2002, many more games of that style would spawn. It was not until Frozen Throne that was released a year later, when some mods released Defense of the Ancients: Allstars (DotA), a collection of the most popular heroes that were used in the “prequels” to DotA. This DotA would become the most famous but was also bashed a lot because it basically shot all the competition down. 3 main dudes were essential in making DotA what it was, they are Eul, Guinsoo, and Icefrog
Hell, Eul and Guinsoo both have an item in-game. Anyways, Icefrog continues on to make updates to the game.
It’s as simple as that, AoS and the early incarnations of DotA along with Allstars were made during the early 2000’s while games like Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends came in 2010 and 2009 respectively. LoL was actually made with the help of Guinsoo.
I mean, I’ve played both DotA and LoL and LoL isn’t a bad game at all, hell it’s really fun. Both games have their pro’s and con’s but don’t start bashing DotA/Dota2 by saying that they are unoriginal. A lot of abilities from HoN and LoL are directly reminiscent to the abilities found in DotA. Like for example, Cho’Gath’s first ability to raise spikes up to disable opponents by flinging them in the air is like Kunkka’s ability to raise water to lift his enemies. Ashe and her freezing arrows are much like Traxex with her annoying ass freezing arrows. Ashe’s ulti is like Mirana’s arrow stun ability. I could go on and list every notable example but no, waaay too much.
But I will give some credit to LoL, it has its own pretty entertaining characters and lore that I like. Like I said people, I don’t hate LoL, I just the people who think LoL came first. Oh yeah, if LoL has one thing DotA doesn’t have: It’s hot characters, Sona ftw
My point is that people really need to get their facts straight. DotA is not a ripoff of LoL or HoN, DotA is the genre’s most famous title and Dota2 is not a uncreative. Dota2 serves as a humongous update to graphics and new balances to the DotA Allstars version.
anyways, I just wanted to get that across.
3 thoughts on “Mini-Gametalk 1: DotA, LoL, HoN”
It’s incredible that after skimming through this whole post I still have no idea what does DotA mean. Does it hurt so much to use full name at least once instead of only abbreviations?
I was positive that I gave DotA’s full title, thanks for pointing that out
HippieFreak I COMPLETELY agree with you I can’t stand when I am playing my xbox they say oh they stole this off halo and shit… It doesn’t matter if they really gave a damn why haven’t sued them yet oh well I put this as the same category