Dota 2 is a free-to-play MOBA game (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) developed by Valve in which two teams (The Radiant and the Dire) fight for supremacy in real-time using heroes. The main goal is to destroy the enemy base before they destroy yours. To do this, your team should go through three different paths or lanes and destroy the towers that block the way to the opposing base while you kill or get killed by enemy heroes.
This game began as a modification of a Warcraft III map created by the user IceFrog, Defense of the Ancients (DotA). Now, the game is the result of Valve's recruitment of the DotA developers to create a complete product. The game has aspects of its predecessor and a set of new features. It includes new game mechanics and heroes that weren’t possible if the game was just a modification of the former title. Dota 2 has a massive audience and a huge community, since competitive e-sports have become so popular nowadays. In fact, there are several tournaments in which teams from all around the world meet and compete for prizes, such as The International.
The battle begins now
First of all, you have to choose a hero. Heroes are playable characters which have their own abilities and detailed design. There are a vast array of heroes in Dota 2, divided according to their main attribute: Strength, Agility or Intelligence. Strength heroes are physical damage dealers and most of them are tanks. However, they have varied roles. For instance, Treant Protector is considered a lane support and a disabler, while Spirit breaker is a durable initiator. Agility heroes are sneaky and deadly, like Broodmother, who can hide in a spider web and wait until her prey walks by, or Slark, who is almost impossible to catch if he decides to run away from battle. Intelligence heroes are mainly mages and dark sorcerers with destructive powers. Skywrath mage is a good example of this, since he can unleash the power of arcane magic upon his enemies. However, the difficulty of some heroes is variable. Some of them are easy to use, like Earthshaker, Omniknight or Timbersaw, whilst others require certain skills, like Anti-Mage, Phantom Lancer or Meepo, who is able to duplicate at will, allowing the player to control the copies.
When the match begins, players must procure some starting items. Killing creeps, other players or destroying towers will grant you gold, with which you can buy items to complete your build. Builds are sets of different objects; you are free to combine them to create your own custom builds and strategies depending on the situation. Bear in mind that if you have gathered loads of money and you die, you will lose part of it, so we strongly recommend you to put some items in your stash the moment you can afford them. During the game, the heroes will do tasks according to their roles to take the advantage in the match. For instance, supports should give vision to the team by placing truesight wards. These consumables grant a small area of vision in the map, which may seem trivial, but these wards win matches. Carry characters must farm as much as they can in order to get the best objects while the support denies the ability to farm from the enemy. There is also an important objective for both teams: Roshan. This neutral monster lives in his lair, located at the right side of the river. If a team manages to kill him, he will drop an item, Aegis of the immortal, which grants an instant re-spawn for the carrier if he/she dies in battle.
After the match, players will be rewarded randomly with either a chest, a professional player card or a cosmetic item for a specific hero. Chests can be opened with keys. You can purchase keys from the in-game store with real money. Cosmetics can also be bought paying for them if you don’t want to wait for them to drop.
Dota 2 Full Version Features
Below you can find the unique features of Dota 2:
- Matchmaking, a process in which the system matches players with similar levels
- You can be a spectator of the game and also watch replays
- You can commend a player or report someone annoying
- The game suggests you some item builds according to your hero to improve your play style
- More than 100 heroes to play, with different roles
- Charming environment: the battlefield changes for each side. A beautiful forest for the radiant side, and a rotten barren for the dire one
- Different game modes: Captain's mode, Single Draft, Reverse Draft, etc.
If you are interested in Dota 2 and you need some more information before you download it, feel free to check the official website.
System requirements of the download
Here you can see the minimum system requirements to download and run this software:
- Operating System: Windows XP or later
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
- RAM Memory: 1 GB or above
- Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with Shader model 3.0/ NVidia 7600/ ATI x16000 or better
- Hard-disk: 2.5 GB space available