A mod that has managed to attract millions of gamers around the world, Defense of The Ancients (DOTA) has indeed become a phenomenon. Changing the initial mechanics offered by Warcraft III, IceFrog injects a thicker RPG sensation by carrying battle heroes as the main focus. No longer having to mess around with the strategy of building units, gamers are now brought in a fast, intense, and certainly PvP mode – adrenaline rush. Focusing on building character with their respective roles and playing the best role in team battles, DOTA is even recognized as one of the competitive games that are often competed in the international arena. It’s not wrong if Valve is interested in acquiring this one name.
Valve’s acquisition journey on behalf of DOTA is not an easy matter. Having experienced a conflict with Blizzard as the owner of Warcraft III, this feud fortunately ended peacefully. Valve had the opportunity to continue this ambitious project, offering various modifications on the visual side and of course a more balanced gameplay mechanic. Entering the beta process and successfully capturing hundreds of thousands of gamers during this process, Valve was finally ready to get out of this one phase. A year since the release of Betanya, Valve finally officially released DOTA 2 freely to the public. While making sure this transition process will not interfere with their experience that has entered the beta period, DOTA 2 is finally open to every gamer through the F2P system that he stretches.
One of the most interesting and amazing additional features of DOTA 2 is the fact that the hero you are using now has its own “awareness” regarding the battle environment that he encountered. Awareness? That’s right, if you are careful enough to listen to the pattern of conversations that glide like monologues of each character – then you will find that they often throw interactive comments with other characters, whether in the form of jokes or insults.
No longer feels like an individual fighting alone, a feature like this leaves the impression that you are indeed engaged in a battle in a world that is connected to each other. Example? If Ursa succeeds in killing the Drow Ranger in the forest for example, then he will automatically mock Drow and claim himself to be the real ruler of the forest. This interaction also occurs when certain heroes manage to wear special items. As an example? Tinker will issue a comment “pewpewpew” when armed by Dagon. These little things make DOTA 2 look amazing compared to other MOBA games.
Some of the commands that you write in chat will also be translated as voice from the character you are using. Writing “Ty” will make your character say thank you, or just “lol” or “hahaha” to make them laugh instantly.
What is the meaning of a competitive game that brings massive team battles, if it is not present with a qualified hero balancing system. If only Valve or IceFrog is off guard and makes one or two heroes too over-power, then DOTA 2’s reputation as a fun competitive game will just collapse. This challenge is increasingly heavy considering that DOTA 2 will be distributed by Valve as a free to play game. The investment that continues to be raised during the development process and the increasing number of servers along with the increasing popularity makes Valve have to look for ways to benefit from concepts like this. Fortunately, this option does not directly affect the existing gameplay side.
Video game development is not a charity work. This complex, resource-consuming process always leads to the same need: gain money and of course – profits from there. Valve seems to understand the consequences that must be faced from the free to play concept that they injected in DOTA 2. As a game that relies heavily on the balance of heroes in battle – imposing policies that look like “pay to win” is certainly a bad choice. Surviving what they promised from the beginning of the development process, they will also immediately ensure that all alternative heroes can be used from the start of the game, unlike some other MOBA games that require you to spend real money to open certain heroes. Therefore, the only way to get current profits lies only in the variants of cosmetic items offered.
With a store integrated in the game itself, you will see a myriad of equipment sets offered in a relatively friendly price range. For those who often taste DOTA 2, creating a more personal favorite character on the design side is of course a difficult offer to reject. Interestingly, Valve breaks down these equipment sets in a variety of separate items, allowing users to combine various equipment to create a more personalized design. Not just buying it at the store, you also have the opportunity to get each of these items randomly as soon as you add up, Valve consistently “teases” you to buy these items with real money.
Not only meet with friends or opponents who might wear it and look charming, you will also get a series of treasure chests that load these cool items randomly. Unfortunately, all these chests must be opened first with a key that can only be bought with real money – and will never fall randomly during battle. The more intense you play DOTA 2, the stronger your desire to buy these interesting items. A strategy that has so far proven to be quite successful.