Hey every cutie,
I kind of made a long post to go with @Mimi's LoL and Dota review thread, but then it got deleted or something :<
So I'll just post what I typed out here:
Alright, I'll shed a little more light on Dota 2 since I'm pretty biased towards the game. I've been playing it for around ~3-4 years now I got a beta invite a little after TI 1, unfortunately I don't really play LoL and wasn't a fan when I tried it so I can't really do the same.
Currently Dota 2 is on the Source 2 Engine since Valve pushed it over from Source 1 which caused a lot of issues and bugs, but they are ironing out all the small issues and still constantly working on it.
Dota 2: Reborn is an MOBA or ARTS that allows the user to control a hero and work together with four allies to defeat the enemy's Ancient. That's the main objective and could be done through various strategies such as: Pushing Lineup, Aggressive Trilaning, Split Pushing, 4 Defend 1, etc. The roles for each hero are pretty flexible allowing them to play in various positions or try different lanes on the map, but to determine which hero gets priority over farm they rate each hero by numbers:
5 - Hard Support, usually buys wards and courier.
4 - Roaming Support/Jungle, helps with wards but usually gets smokes, early boots and helps other lanes out.
3 - Offlaner, usually solo and just needs levels to do a good job.
2 - Mid Player, usually gets jungle or ancient farm as well.
1 - Main Carry, gets safelane with a carry.
However in Public Games this formula is usually thrown out the window as people lane themselves in a 2 - 1 - 2 set up (2 heroes offlane, 1 middle, and 2 safelane) and could vary on various things.
An example of flexibility of roles is within the following game: Secret vs EG | UB Finals Game 3 | Frankfurt Major. Team Secret drafts Tiny who is usually played as a mid hero with the support of Io or as a safelane carry, but instead they use him as a 5 position support to help their Mid Laner, Windranger, by pulling their mid creep wave into the jungle and denying experience and gold from the enemy team's mid player, Ember Spirit.
The meta is constantly changing with every major patch and balance patch that comes out causing the game to remain fresh and never stagnant for too long. Currently it has over 100 heroes to pick from which makes the game pretty difficult to balance properly without making one hero to strong in comparison to another, causing a handful of heroes to seem incredibly strong or picked often in All Pick Games. It attempts to be pretty balanced most of the time, but there are times where some heroes could be overpowered, usually they try to patch those problems quickly or make minor changes to the hero to help out the situation.
Dota, the main game, only has 1 map and is only played on 1 map. There are cosmetics to change the appearance of the map but the layout will be the same every time. The entire game is balanced around the map and its mechanics, but the real variety from Dota comes in the team composition of heroes and line ups that people choose, not from the map itself.
However, if you're not a fan of the game Dota or the map, then you're in luck now! With the Reborn update users are allowed to create their own custom maps, even though they could still use work there are still a variety of options out there along with various chat channels that could help you find people who are interested in a certain custom game.
When it comes to the community though, becareful since there can be some harsh individuals and because Dota is a team based game it allows you to have voice chat with your allies in game, but if they ever get angry at you and start screaming you're able to mute them so you can't hear them anymore, but you can't mute their pings which is still a problem in the game as well.
Dota 2 is completely free, every hero and custom game is 100% free. People just pay for cosmetics or tickets to watch in game tournaments both are optional. Cosmetics can usually customized the user's entire hero, map weather, music pack, announcer pack, couriers, etc.
A massive problem with the game is the learning curve and lack of support to help newbies out, but no need to fret as it's getting better. Users are allowed to go into a demo mode, or create a lobby and start the actual Dota 2 map to try out various mechanics in the game or heroes that seem interesting. There are various bot matches they can play by themselves or with strangers to help get a feel for working with a team, along with a few tutorials that help out with last hitting and getting the hang of certain heroes. Even if they decide to play an actual match and lose, they could still download the replay and watch from a different user's perspective to see what went wrong and learn from their mistakes.
Yeah, so sorry I'm a Dota nerd also the font is pink cause I managed to mess everything up and it's kinda cute >.>