Defense of the Ancients (DotA Allstars)
Defense of the Ancients (better known as DotA), is custom map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. It sports two opposing bases with three paths connecting them to each other. You’ll need to work together with your team to destroy the other team’s base while defending your own.
Each player picks a hero unit that levels up and earns gold as you defeat enemies. Purchasing and combining items at shops spread out throughout the map play a big role in the game, and you’ll upgrade your hero to the point where he’s nigh invulnerable. The ebb and flow of combat works well. One moment will have you fighting along side your teammates as you make a push towards your opponents’ base in one lane, and the next will have you rallying to defend your base on the other side of the map.
Above: DotA is infamous for its hateful community. But that’s only because the game is so competitive and addicting that players fall in love with not losing
This is by far the most popular custom map and finding a game to join is no problem. Unfortunately, DotA players are notorious for being easily upset, rude, and downright hateful. If you can handle being typed at in all caps and the occasional boot until you learn the ropes, DotA will quickly grow on you. Try heading to the AI Maps section on the official site to practice against some bots before diving into random pickup games on Battle.net.
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