DotA 2 vs. LoL: Which MOBA is Better?
It is no great secret that DotA 2 and League of Legends have been two of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena game in the E-sports scene nowadays. Now, given their similarities, a lot of people still ask – which of the two games is better?
Heroes or Champions?
In both MOBA games, they have their own characters. For DotA 2, they are called heroes, while on LoL, they are called champions. Let’s take a look at each of these games characters.
To start off, DotA 2’s heroes are all available – this means that one can choose any hero they wish to play. These heroes come with four skills which varies from active and passive talents, depending on the heroes’ given skill sets. In addition, DotA 2’s heroes are classified in three attributes: Strength, Agility, and Intelligence. These attributes are the heroes’ main statistics which can be gained when a hero levels up, buy certain items, obtains a talent, and uses their skills.
On the other hand, most of LoL’s champions are not available. However, there are 10 free champions that one can pick from – which are rotated weekly. LoL’s champions can be purchased using Influence Points that can be obtained after a match or Riot Points that uses real money. In terms of their abilities, each champion comes with one passive and four active abilities with two additional summoner spells. Similar to DotA 2’s heroes, LoL’s champions are also classified into various attributes: Tanks, Fighters, Slayers, Mages, and Controllers.
In terms of items, both games have a number of dissimilarities too. LoL’s item shop offers a lot more than of DotA 2’s. Additionally, its shop is even more organized. The great thing about LoL’s items is that it adds more stats like damage and HP which is truly helpful in the early stages of the game.
Now, let’s move forward to DotA 2’s items. One of the things that is truly noticeable with the game’s item shop is that it is a bit confusing as it is not sorted properly. This is a main problem – most especially to new players. However, the items in the game ultimately offers more – on skills, to be specific. For instance, if you need a skill that will enable you to blink from one place to another, all you have to do is to purchase an item like Blink Dagger.
DotA 2 and LoL’s graphics could never be compared side by side. Here’s why.
We all know that DotA 2 runs on the Source 2 engine and that LoL’s engine is still unknown – which makes this as a strong ground on which one cannot compare the two games graphically speaking.
However, it is safe to say that the graphics of DotA 2 and LoL could be on the same level. Hence, we cannot deny the fact that Valve’s level of polishing each hero, creep, and the overall graphics are far more superior than of Riot’s level of design.
Sets or Skins?
What makes LoL’s skins differ from DotA 2’s sets is that LoL provides an MMO feel to the game – from masteries, runes, to the summer level of the system. All of which makes LoL more addicting.
DotA 2, on the other hand, offers more in quantity than of quality. The game offers more room for customization like announces, HUDs, and cosmetic parts. Plus, the game also has a community workshop – a place wherein players are allowed to make their own cosmetics. These cosmetics will then be sent to Valve for approval, and if accepted, it will then be sold in the DotA 2 store. Creators and players will also receive 70% of the earnings from these cosmetics.
With these aspects and factors stated about the two MOBA games, it is safe to say that both games are good. They both have their own characteristics and features that makes both DotA 2 and LoL unique. So, what do you want to play? DotA 2 or LoL? Either way, you will definitely enjoy playing both of them!