Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a multiplayer online battle arena mod for the video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, based on the "Aeon of Strife" map for StarCraft. The objective of the scenario is for each team to destroy the opponents' Ancient, heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map. Players use powerful units known as heroes, and are assisted by allied heroes and AI-controlled fighters. As in role-playing games, players level up their heroes and use gold to buy equipment during the mission.
Posts about Dota
    • Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

      A small village in the Philippines will no longer allow residents to play Defense of the Ancients following a series of violent incidents that culminated in two deadly stabbings. As reported by the Filipino news site, the village of Salawag chose to enact this Dota ban after government officials met with computer cafe owners and determined that the game was maki ...

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    • Cute Dota Characters Make for a So-So Game

      China seems to have a big thing for Warcraft. World of Warcraft is still going strong, and now one of China's best mobile games, Dota Legend, is based off the original Defense of the Ancients mod. Released in February 2014, Dota Legend has climbed and at times dominated China's mobile app charts.

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    • The International 2015 Information Announced

      In a post on their DOTA 2 blog, Valve have officially announced the dates and information for The International 2015, the upcoming installment of the game’s world championships. The post reads, “This year the Main Event in Seattle […] will run for 6 full days, from Monday August 3rd through Saturday August 8th”.

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  • Dragon Age crashes Raptr’s charts in December

    … there are tons of new games hitting PCs, there’s very little movement (in any meaningful way) here. Sure Dragon Age: Inquisition started it’s campaign to eat away at gamer’s free time, but that was the real shake-up that hit the ranking. Little else changed at all as League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DOTA2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive…

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  • Dota Heroes Illustrated In Disney Style

    … Artist Igor Artyomenko reimagined Crystal Maiden, Traxex the Drow Ranger, Windrunner and Lina the Slayer from Dota 2 and they now actually look like characters with personality. Especially love Windrunner and that piece's color palette. Here they are. I love that these characters, compared to others in similar pieces, have more than 2 or 3 arrows in their quiver. To contact the author of this post, write to: …

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  • Gaben Makes for a Glorious Dota 2 Shopkeeper

    … Dota 2's New Bloom Festival will soon be underway, and the Dota team has invited players to participate by submitting items with a Chinese New Year theme to the Dota 2 workshop. That theme requirement obviously didn't stop Down Limit, the man behind the GabeN shopkeeper skin, from putting his creation forward. There's a video, too. Check…

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  • The Year In Dota 2: A Game That Kept Changing

    … Dota 2 is the staple of millions of players' gaming nights, a rising star in the eSports scene for a new generation of competitive players and spectators. It's also a lucrative vehicle for Valve to sell hats. From how it changed, to how people played it, to how Valve talked about it, here is the story of Dota 2 in 2014. A Hero For Every Season…

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  • Cool! LAN Party with 22 thousand PCs at Once

    … by the Swedish players in an event titled Dreamhack. In the event that has nothing to do with the action of dikes that gamers are required to bring their own computer if you want to contribute. This event was first started in 1996, since then tens of thousands of gamers with its PC each have participated each year. Even in 2014 this number…

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  • You Can Study DOTA at a College in China

    … Have you ever been told by your parents that you’ll never learn anything from video games? Yeah? Well suck-it parents as a college in China is now offering classes for students to study Defense of the Ancients, also known as DOTA. That’s right, in China you’ll be able to go to classes to not only learn about the game, but play the game too…

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  • You Can Study DOTA at College in China

    … Many students might spend their free time at college playing DOTA. Why not spend your study time doing the same? Well, in China, you can. According to CQ News (via That's), Chongqing Energy College now has a course on Defense of the Ancients, aka DOTA. (Note: The article did not specify whether the class covers Dota 2.) As That's points out…

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  • ‘Vainglory’ Trailer: A Mobile MOBA Optimized for iOS 8

    … If one were to highlight a single genre as having the most clout right now it would have to be the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA for short. To be fair, MOBAs like League of Legends and DOTA 2 are not a relatively new concept, but their popularity as of late has inspired a number of different copycats. But, while League and DOTA may…

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  • Heroes Of The Storm: Hands On With Blizzard’s Latest Gem

    … Gaming News Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Joseph Saulnier Heroes Of The Storm: Hands On With Blizzard’s Latest Gem I have always been of the mindset that once you have played one MOBA game, you have played them all. That didn’t stop be from trying others. I have made my rounds with DOTA, DOTA 2, Guardians of Middle Earth, Infinite…

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  • Pudge, Ho!

    … IT. If the enemy goes invisible or you lose sight of him/her, hook to where you think they will be going. Always, always, always, turn on your rot after you hook, unless you know rot will kill you and you don’t want to die just yet. His ultimate is trickier than you might think. You can ulti an enemy hero one of two ways: Ulti the hero as soon…

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