Dota 2 vs League of Legends
I recently had a discussion with a friend of a friend about LOL and D2. Now i made this post to put my thoughts in pictures, my view on the differences and what makes or breaks the game for me. Lets start:
League of Legends is the most played game on the planet at this point.
During a Dota2 event:
The Skill Factor:
Dota 2 has a lot of procs. A LOT. Now a game that should be based on the skill of the player should not have a lot of chance to items/skills because then your victory doesn’t depend on how good you are but instead on how lucky you are.
A example of what you end up with: the Sniper hero from Dota ‘bashlocking” the enemy anti-mage. He basically permanently stuns him with his high attack speed and 40% chance to bash. So 7 Hits in a row after the 1 nonbash. 0.181287=0.00000643352 meaning 0.000643352% (1 in 155,435) for this to happen. PURE SKILL. Well not really…
These are all the “chance to” items / skills in-game. As far as i remember. Now League of Legends only had 2. Dodge and Crit. Both games have Crit, so that’s out of the equation. But Dodge in League of Legends was removed because it ruined gameplay.
So % chance to dodge was replaced by 2 second 100% dodge on a cooldown. Skill vs chance.
Dota 2 has invisibility that lasts from a few seconds to minutes.
But League of Legends put gameplay before this and only used invisibility where you need skill to use it.
Dota2 has only the classic Map taken from Dota (and SC before it). But League of Legend has 4 maps (a 5th map on it’s way) that you can play. Each map with it’s own unique items and objectives.
Both games are funded by microtransactions. But Dota2 took the Crate+Key lottery system from Team Fortress 2. You pay 2 euros for a key. And then pray for drops.
Now what happens here is that some end with nothing while some end up with items that are being traded for hundreds of dollars like this:
Yes. That is 200$ for a pair of pants. Now in League of Legends i pay for something i’m 100% sure what i’m getting. Here is a example:
The second is the Panda Annie Skin. The bear is her ultimate which she summons. Much like the Warlock in Dota2.
As far as i know the only big Dota2 Tournament is The International which asked players to add funds for its prizes. Which is kinda lame to be honest. As comparison League has:
Yes. That is PRIZE MONEY for winners of the tournaments that are held EVERY WEEK. +PRO tournaments organized and payd off by RIOT. Not by the players.
This year Riot is paying for teams from all around the world (North America, EU West, EU North&East, Asia) to compete in the Season 3 Championship. Not only Pro teams. First 16 Teams that reach Challenger Tear in their brackets (NA, EUW, EUNE). This brings me to my next point.
Ranked play and Leagues
As far as i know Dota2 has no Ranked Games available. League of Legends has 3.
3v3 Ranked (where you need a premade 3v3 team; this mode is played on the Twisted Treeline map).
SoloQ 5v5 (where you enter solo or with 1 friend and play vs other solo or duo)
5v5 Ranked (where you need a premade 5 man team)
And this concludes my post. I played Dota for around 2-3 years before League of Legends launched. Now if you want to invest your time in something at least invest it in something that might pay off. With Dota 2 you can play the lottery and get frustrated with chances of winning, and maybe make some money. In League you can play a balanced game and if you are good enough even win some money. I might be biased when i wrote this, but i do have experience in both games and i could never go back to dota. Thanks for reading.
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EDIT: Because i need to be impartial, i have to admit to something. The only thing that i don’t agree in LOL vs Dota2 is the fact that LOL doesn’t allow all champs from the start. You need to get them with IP. If LOL allowed all champs then more would move from other mobas to LOL. I do agree with people saying they don’t play lol because you need to get all champs. I got all champs on my account after roughly 3000 games. +/- the RP on some. So yea…