Tuesday, March 15, 2011

my favorite things in the world: part one

no class Tuesdays? fuck yes.


on to my favorite thing number one. i do not bring up this topic lightly and i only brought it up because i really really do love it. so without further ado, i introduce to you one of the greatest games ever made: DotA.

Should you already know what dota is? good, in fact, wonderful. should you not know, let me open your eyes to the light. DotA is an abbreviation for Defense of the Ancients, and is a mod of Warcraft III. it is still highly popular in the online community due to frequent and refreshing updates, despite being several years old. the game is simple, you and four teammates each control one of 90 "hero" unit with four spells and three main attributes, leading to millions of gameplay options. the game consists of a constant three-pronged attack between one team's base in the bottom left of the map, versus the other teams base on the top right. these three 'lanes' are the main waypoints for NPC units from both teams to spawn and attack-move through, giving the heroes small armies to fight alongside. in each lane, each team has 3 attacking towers, making lane pushing a sectionalized process. the ultimate object of the game is to destroy the other team's "ancient", a structure in the middle of their base which they must "defend" (hence the name). in addition to all of this, each hero has 6 items slots at their disposal, which during the early game are filled by simple items and various potions. but as the game progresses and money is made (through the killing of other heroes and 'creeps', the npc lane pushers), heroes use their gold to buy extremely helpful and gamechanging items. A staple of any hero's item build is one of the 5 forms of boots, which increase movement speed. other items include stunning abilities, massively increased attibutes, or 'lifesteal', which grants some of the attacking hero's health back on every of their attacks, based on their attack damage.

the only other part of the game that needs mentioning is the attributes. each hero is aligned with three attributes: strength, which dictates max health and health regen, agility which dictates attack speed and armor, and intelligence which dictates max mana and mana regen. in addition, each hero is attuned to a specific attribute, meaning there are strength heroes, agility heroes, and intel heroes, and any item based addition to their specific attribute also increases attack damage. although these attributes increase naturally as the game progresses (and characters level up, 1-25), heroes can also buy items that increase these attributes. as one could imagine, the general rule is that strength heroes are the 'tanks' as they have more health to take from, agility heroes are the 'enforcers', with high attack speed and armor, and intel heroes are the 'support', with low physical attributes, but strong spells to compensate.

i will definitely be posting more about dota (: ask any questions  you'd like, i will answer them all. if you already play, my bnet name is jedthefish so you should add me and we can play some time :D until then! <3

28 comments:

  1. Haha, i play dota for hours each day. If you don't already you should check out some dota leagues like throneit. I would stay away from dotacash though unless you aren't so great at dota though.

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  2. I love this game :) My ISP is having some major problems, but I'd join you for a game otherwise! Do you have a favourite hero? Or type? I love to play a ganking or support role myself, at least in public games. I find you can really orchestrate some destruction by taking the initiative ;p Lion works great for me.

    Until my internet is fixed, I keep the addiction quiet by watching pro replays :)

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  3. lol but they're are more than 100 heroes now! get your facts straight =P

    btw I play too much Dota everyday. I'm a dota addict haha. Invoker hell yea

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  4. Dota or LOL? which is better? been following a dude that posts everything of Leagues of Legend and its kinda cool.

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  5. Hahah what a coincidence I started Dota again after 1,5 years, playing on dota-league.com

    It's really the best game at this moment for me =)

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  6. Cool man sounds fun. I should break out my old Warcraft games... now where did I store them

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  7. sounds a great game - will be checking it out

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  8. thanks for reminding me of the good old wc3 times.. I never tried dota, but I'm thinking about reinstalling wc3 already.. hah, memories!

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  9. Good post, we should all reflect on the things we like. I like Turtles.

    Oh, and I like writing my blog.

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  10. No problem mate! doing my homework again here :P

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  11. yeah i dont have school tuesdays and thursdays. its awesome.

    +follow!

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  12. lol love the blog man! Class is always a good thing... When its off! yay :D Pity I don't have class anymore, more lectures and seminars :-z

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  13. i loved dota but i loved HoN even more

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  14. @Carlos

    "I Like Turtles" That kid cracks me up.

    Still no luck on finding my Warcraft games, maybe I'll just have to buy them again.

    http://trapper02.blogspot.com/

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  15. Do you, by any chance, know why dota is called a mod? I never got this... it's a scenario like many others - they all got some pretty big changes compared to plain w3, as allowed by the scenario editor. So why all of a sudden dota is being called a mod? Just because popularity?

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  16. NO man I hate DoTA so much ): Whenever a refresh the list, 80% of it are DoTA.. ffffffraage

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  17. ANy new posts for the weekend? Your blog is always a good read. Stay safe!

    http://trapper02.blogspot.com/

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  18. I've lost many a good friend to DotA, I'm a recovering addict myself. Dam, those were some good times.

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  19. Hmmm, never heard of it before. I will have to look into it!

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