I finally got to play Dota 2 after several years of playing League Of Legends as well as other games like Smite. And it wasn't that hard to reach a simple conclusion about the game- it's COMPLETELY obsolete and has been utterly surpassed by other games in the MOBA genre to the point where there's simply no point in playing it instead of a better game (like, oh, League Of Legends). Valve set out to make a warts-and-all translation of the original DotA Allstars mod to the new game engine and they did. The game's infamous community of hard-to-please fans would have screamed They Changed It Now It Sucks at even the simplest changes. But the game had a LOT of warts to be translated. Most of the changes Riot made to the MOBA formula when they made LoL were improvements and playing Dota 2 now it's staggering how big a difference they made. The Unstable Equilibrium factor in the game is insane; a game can be basically over in less than 10 minutes with minimal chance for a comeback, but still take about 40 minutes to finish even if you're getting utterly stomped every step of the way. Regardless, Valve failed to add a surrender function, even though a losing game is a horrifically joyless experience. Balance is farcical, with heroes balanced around the concept of "if everyone is OP, no-one is". There is little to no counterplay beyond direct hard counters (almost no way to cleanse the insane amounts of CC for example). Mechanics are obsolete and clunky, control is awkward and fiddly, the shop layout is embarassing, denying really adds nothing to the game apart from an extra layer of frustration and there are far too many pointless gimmicks that have been retained just because. It's The Pennyfarthing Effect deliberately included in a supposedly modern game. Of course, you're not allowed to have these opinions. Stating them will bring out the usual responses of "go back to your casual easymode game, scrub" or "get better, noob" from the blinkered and blinded defenders of the game who refuse to admit that "more complicated" does NOT mean "better". Comparing Dota 2 to other MOBAs, ESPECIALLY LoL, is like comparing a blinged-up version of the original Doom to Crysis- it was a good game in its time, but its time is LONG past.
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