Defense of the Ancients (Dota) is widely regarded as one of the most popular game mod in the world. Its popularity is ever-increasing and is a very popular game across the world especially around South-East Asia. But what is Dota all about?

For starters, Dota as stated is not a game, it’s a modification or more precisely a custom scenario in a real-time, multi strategy game War craft III: The Frozen Throne and its predecessor War craft III: Reign of Chaos. The game is available on the web as a freeware here. (another reason accounting for its bulging popularity).

The essence of the game for any team is to destroy one’s opponents secured establishments at divergent corners of the map. These establishment or structures that need to be destroyed are called as Ancients (hence the name).

dota heroes

Three different sets of entities – the dota heroes, dota allied heroes and dota creeps help the players in their task, heroes being the most powerful of the three. Gold acts as the medium for commodity exchange and is used for buying equipment (also called dota items and spells) and other things during the errand.

The scenario has undergone many mutations since inception and continues to do so. At the time of this article update, the map is at version 6.74c. At present, ‘IceFrog’ is the authoritative developer of this scenario per se.

defense of the ancients

The game play confronts two teams with each trying to destroy each others’ ancients. The teams are known as the Sentinels (South west corner) and the Scourge (North East corner). Obviously the ancient is heavily guarded and players have to fight to reach the enemy base and destroy all enemy Ancients.

Each human player represents a virtual a hero (already mentioned). The hero is vested with extra ordinary powers that help him in his task. Choosing a hero is a tactical decision as one hero’s weakness is another hero’s strength. As such it is a team game but sometimes one hero can change the whole scenario of the game single-handedly.

The game mostly revolves around strengthening your heroes. This can be done by neutralizing soft targets and the likes. This lets a hero achieve experience which in turn increases the efficiency of the hero. Killing of enemies heroes does precisely the same. Also another important commodity in the game, gold plays a vital part overall. With gold a hero is able to buy stuff that ultimately leads to increase in level.

The game has versatile options and especially all heroes can be customized suiting one’s needs and using different dota strategies.

14 Response Comments

  • Zhanghui Ming  October 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Mask of Madness, Armlet, BKB.

  • DSMdsam  July 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    defenSe not defenCe

  • jerwinmanaguelod  January 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    dota is so nery interesred game many people we play it bat dota is not good to our everyay life…………

  • hiago  October 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    puta caralho busceta da porra merda isso ai e uma droga porcaria de dota para baixar

  • dota is the best game in the world!!!!!!!!!!  September 13, 2012 at 7:04 am

    i love dota

  • nicole  July 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    dota is the best part of game!

  • weak028  July 1, 2012 at 4:19 am

    you are so very weak on dota

  • guia dota  November 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    nice article thanks for this great post

  • akmal_kalsium  November 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    my fafourite hero (tiny,throll,mogulkhan,sven)

    • muhammad izzuddin  September 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      play the game

  • TJ  August 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    You should also mention about the importance of teamwork in this game. It is not merely strengthening your own hero and then you will own everyone. Without teamwork no matter how good you are, you will find yourself getting pawned often instead.

    Well written review by the way.

  • Jotish Gopaul  May 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    tushal noob! X)

  • Mahesh  April 29, 2010 at 2:34 am

    “As such it is a team game but sometimes one hero can change the whole scenario of the game single handedly.”

    You need to precise this statement is true against noobs but false against pros!

  • Tushal  February 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    c bien c pe explik DOTA a ban newbies..xD


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