What is this DOTA you speak of?

DOTA is an acryonym and stands for Defence of the Ancients. It’s a custom made map for the excellent Blizzard Game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

It’s probably the best computer type game I’ve ever had the misfortune to play (it’s so utterly addictive), it’s extremely well polished and well balanced and the depth of skills you can build is very broad.

It’s a team based game with two side, The Scourge (Undead) and The Sentinel (Night Elf), the old cliched ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sides.

There are 12 players to pick from on each side and a maximum of 5 may be picked per game (5 per team) so it’s a 10 player game.

I’d never played a RPG kind of game like this before, and I went straight to DOTA without playing WCIII at all.

I was hooked…it’s all about team play, timing and strategy, you don’t need lightning fast reactions like those other Ah Beng[/url] games (COUNTERSTRIKE)..

You buy items, level up your character, earn money and spend it, work together with your team mates and pwn the other team.

To quote the Official DOTA FAQ, what is the point?

To take control of a single hero and destroy the opposing computer-controlled base. As you attempt to destroy the enemy base, other player-controlled heros from the other team will often try to kill you. Each hero has different skill types, and is played a different way.

The heros have 3 main attributes like normal Warcraft, Strength, Agility and Intelligence, they have 1 which is stronger than the others, this is known as the primary attribute so Melee characters would generally be strength, ranged fighters agility and spell casters intelligence.

You can buy items to increase certain stats to build upon their natural strenghts and to improve their weak characteristics.

Each of the 24 characters has different spells, skills and a different play style. Some are seigers (to kill buildings), some are hero killers and some are support heros.

Each hero generally has 4 spells/skills, each time you level up you can choose a new skills, the 4th or ‘ultimate skill’ can only be chosen at level 6 or above.

The map has 3 main lanes, each contain a few towers, then barracks (which produce creeps), then super towers, then the main base (crypt or tree of life) which needs to be destroyed to end the game.

That’s a basic summary…will post some strats and guides at a later date.

The best place for info on this game is The War Center, you can find extensive build guides and strategies here.

If you want to be good, read the FAQ, pick a character, read all the builds and play that character for a while until you are decent, rinse and repeat for each char…

It’s important to know every character so when you are playing with them in your team or against them you know what spells they have, how much manna they cost, the cooldown etc.

After this for strategies watch replays, as many as you can!

I found this excellent guide from one of the ward players to some top strats:

Competitive AT strategies for DOTA !!

Yes I’m a complete addict and have become a DOTA god 😛

You can download all the latest DOTA maps on my site[/url]. DOTA Classic that is, not Allstars.

For information and downloads for Allstars go to http://www.dota-allstars.com

P.S DONT PLAY ALLSTARS ITS AN UNBALANCED PIECE OF CHILDISH CRAP Although 6.x series is a lot better now that monkey Guinsoo stopped editing.




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18 Responses to What is this DOTA you speak of?

  1. Lanfear November 8, 2004 at 1:12 am #

    hey i wont mind u teachin me how to play……u really tat good? SS2….u malaysian ? Reply to me via e mail pls

  2. sapiking March 1, 2005 at 8:08 am #

    Dude! Dota’s da bomb man! I just pawned 2 of ma mates today on a 2 on 1.5 match! (I’m the 1.5 coz my team-mate is a newbie) Ya hate CS? Me too, most suckers who play that retard game dun even know when and where real FPS like Quake and Doom started! Pfttttt……..

    P.S: Play the original WarIII man, its goooooooooooood…..

  3. Jem March 3, 2005 at 9:53 pm #

    actually I’m looking 4 dota mercenary map to play with bots but I took some of the maps here to look at
    Thanx 4 everything

  4. Celebron April 4, 2005 at 7:52 pm #

    What do you mean by SS2? Email me back with a reply.

  5. Allstars Foo April 20, 2005 at 10:34 pm #

    i think they re-balanced dota allstars… 6.05b’s pretty balanced out.

  6. ysa May 4, 2005 at 8:39 am #

    Where can we downlaod the game DOTA ?

  7. erosennin June 7, 2005 at 1:49 am #

    still many pl plays 5.84c
    they dislike map change though

  8. Djwxy June 22, 2005 at 11:24 pm #

    where can i download Dota mercenary

  9. pigking August 20, 2005 at 10:40 am #

    Dota~~how to play with computer player

  10. raymndskie October 11, 2005 at 6:38 am #

    hey dude.. im tired downloading this dota files.. im just wondering.. where the hell should i do after downloading the file to play dota??? pls e-mail me the steps on how to upgrade and play DOTA.. thanx….

  11. LTP November 8, 2005 at 9:40 am #

    i can tell that u r a noob… i mean the writer of the article

  12. Mortified Penguin January 2, 2006 at 4:22 am #

    dude can u make Dota Allstars Available for download on this website

    http://www.dota-allstars.com is down

  13. Cracker January 22, 2006 at 9:46 pm #

    Guinsoo was alot better at balancing than the piece of shit IceFrog who is rigging the fucking keeper of the light because it’s his favorite hero.

  14. JC January 30, 2006 at 2:13 pm #

    Hmm…I have the DOTA All-stars AI versions, but I’ve gotten quite tired of them. I’m seeking out a new DOTA, maybe classic or some other ones for my mates, but I’ll need an AI version as well. Are there any other DOTA maps besides All-Stars with AI?

  15. Suet February 15, 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    DANG you’re good haha. XD Another site you should tell everyone of: http://www.dotaportal.com ^_^ Very teh updated and we can all blog there too. Look up for my blog, under the ID Suet. Ta, dude. Love your writings. ^_^

    PS: Let’s spar someday eh? 😉 Drop me a mail.

  16. just a passerby July 5, 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    hmm, i dun like de way u quoted, “you don’t need lightning fast reactions like those other Ah Beng games (COUNTERSTRIKE)” well, CS ish not an ah beng game, but ish ah beng who came to play de game.. n btw, so many ah bengs r madly in love wif dota, wad makes it not an ah beng game if u were to criticise CS.

    so plz think for the minorities ard here who dun play dota, not all cs players r ah bengs, but all ah bengs played cs before.. =)


  17. MY_ALLY_SUCKS August 12, 2006 at 10:02 am #

    At a time when 99% of all DOTA download sites are down(no thanks to WoW, etc) it is difficult to get the maps again after reformatting or buying a new PC. THANKS SHAOLIN you big ol pimp!

  18. waaaaa August 16, 2006 at 1:36 pm #

    how to install dota…pls. give me the correct steps in installing it…….all i know is install warcraft 3 ROC, then warcraft FT, then the patch (ex. v1.20e), i dont know how to use the crack!! pls help