Dota 2

PCmacOS, Linux
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve
Release date: July 9, 2013
Rating: Mature 17+
Command legendary heroes in epic 5v5 battles to dominate the arena. Strategy and teamwork lead to victory in this captivating free-to-play MOBA.

About the game

Dota 2, developed by Valve Corporation, is a free-to-play, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, released in 2013. Two teams of five players, the Radiant and the Dire, face off in a strategic, action-packed contest to destroy the opposing team's Ancient. With a roster of over 100 unique heroes, players must coordinate, adapt, and devise strategies to outwit their opponents. Each hero has distinct abilities, items, and playstyles, providing endless depth and replayability. The game's steep learning curve and highly competitive nature have fostered a passionate global community, making Dota 2 a celebrated esports title, featuring multimillion-dollar tournaments like The International.

Reasons to play

  • Strategic depth: Dota 2 offers a wealth of strategic possibilities with over 100 unique heroes, various items, and skill builds, ensuring every match feels distinct and engaging.
  • Competitive scene: As a highly competitive game with a thriving esports community, Dota 2 allows players to test their skills against others, climb the ranks, and even aspire to become professional players.
  • Regular updates and events: Valve frequently releases balance patches, hero updates, and special in-game events, keeping the game fresh and interesting for both new and veteran players.

Reasons not to play

  • Steep learning curve: Dota 2's complexity and vast hero pool can be intimidating for new players, requiring a significant investment of time and effort to become proficient.
  • Toxicity in the community: Like many online competitive games, Dota 2 can have a toxic environment with some players exhibiting poor sportsmanship or negative attitudes, which may detract from the gaming experience.
  • Time commitment: Matches in Dota 2 can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour, which may not be ideal for those with limited gaming time or seeking quick, casual play sessions.


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