We're not entirely convinced that Blizzard understands the success of Defense of the Ancients. Sure, the trailer for their take on the popular mod is funny, and the screenshots below look properly zany, but it doesn't highlight the things people really care about in a DOTA-style map.

The quick glances we got at the character selects shows, what, 12 heroes? League of Legends is quickly barreling towards 100, Dota 2 looks like it's going to have a few dozen, and the original Dota has more than we can count. One of the reasons Demigod never really caught on (besides some horrid launch issues) was because it decided to focus on quality over quantity when it came to the champions. That's not how this works. We want a crazy number of characters to choose from. We want to play ten matches without seeing the same few people in every one. We want more, and it really looks like Blizzard is going to give us less. Even if it ends up being a blast to play, they're not going to defeat Valve and Riot with a handful of silly characters, so we're really hoping this is just a small part of what Blizzard's DOTA has to offer.

What's even weirder about this is that it looks like Blizzard trademarked "Coming Soonish" like their unreliability is something to be proud of. That would be like Microsoft getting a copyright on "Red ring of death" or Sony nabbing "PSN hacking" to use in their trailers. This trailer just misses in every way, which drives us crazy considering how excited we want to be for this.

...ah, who are we kidding, we're going to play the crap out of this. Nova versus Thrall? Yes, please.


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  • SlickSubs - October 23, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I don't agree with calling Blizzard "unreliable," they've delivered quality for well over a decade. Even if it's on their own timetable, that's fine. They don't owe us anything. It's nice to see they don't take themselves too seriously, in light of all their tremendous success.
  • AnonymouZ - October 23, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    i love my HoN, and think dota2 will be the awesome. BUT... if blizzard comes up with an upgrade that fukcing gorgeous to dota?! imma drop EVERYTHING to play THAT one. tho... i wish it had been like hon used to be. all this free2play bullcrap is... bullcrap. i don't like tiers on my game's hero's selection.
  • HeavyTank - October 22, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    What?ANOTHER MOBA? You're kidding right? Blizzard's waaaaay too late to arrive, they don't have a chance against LoL/HoN/DOTA2, MOBA players already have everything they could ever ask for.
  • lazer59882 - October 21, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    wow its amazing to me how many mentions of this dota thing i see everywhere, but yet no one, in any online article, explains what the hell a dota is, if its a sequel, what kind of game it is, or literally ANYTHING at all about the game. its really amazing how little information is disseminated about this game. i dont even know what genre it is, or what systems it'll be for. all you ever see are online features like this one that say nothing about anything, except a bunch of weird jargon that no one understands. nova vs thrall?? demigod?? what the hell is it all about? and what does it all have to do with starcraft?? and why in the world is blizzard putting the name of their company in the title of the game?? i dont know about you people, but if i saw something called Blizzard Dota on the shelf, i'd say "wtf is that sh!t", then just assume someone spelled data wrong and its some kind of meteorological software. all that to say, its superweird for the entire internet (as well as game informer) to be writing articles about this dota thing as if it was the second coming of super mario and we should all be expected to know wtf it is. there should be some kind of context, some kind of detail about what the f**k this game is, and why i should care beyond its incredibly stupid name.
  • ezra2680 - October 21, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    I can't tell if you're trying to troll or not, because if you just google DOTA, tons of stuff will come up.
  • ncurry2 - October 21, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    I don't understand why people would play this when they can play LoL for free; a game built solely to play DotA with an interface that proves it. And it has in depth stat tracking. And it's own ladder. And it's made by the people who made the original DotA. And they continue to work off their consumer's demands, albeit slowly sometimes.
  • Fox_Mulder - October 21, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    I never really got into DOTA on WC3, partially because of the peoples' scorn because I was no good. That's not to say all DOTA fans are like this, not by a longshot, it's just I was discouraged by those I did play with. However, I am really excited about Valve's DOTA 2 and also by this "Blizzard DOTA".
  • LeSieg - October 21, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    I don't understand why Valve is making DoTA 2 if Blizzard is still marketing DoTA. The whole situation is very confusing to me. Can anyone clarify, even just a little bit?
  • GR HollanderCooper - October 21, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Blizzard actually had nothing to do with DotA - it was made by fans. Imagine if Counter-Strike was never picked up by Valve, and was just a free, fan-supported mod. If the developer doesn't touch them, and it's all completely open and free, it's up for grabs.
  • oldskoolgamer86 - October 21, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    bout damn time i missed the dota maps from WC3 days fun times those where fun times

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