The custom map for Blizzard’s Warcraft III, known as Defense of the Ancients, or DotA for short, has changed the face of online gaming since it was first created, nearly ten years ago. It has grown steadily in popularity since then, and has spawned a entirely new genre of game, known to some as the Hero Based Real Time Strategy (HBRTS) game. Whilst DotA has only ever been a compartment of the Warcraft III engine, many game companies have decided to ride the popularity of the genre and release stand alone games. However, the name on everybody’s lips is currently Heroes of Newerth, designed by S2 games.
Heroes of Newerth and Defense of the Ancients, are, for all intensive purposes, the same game. Heroes of both games are almost entirely identical, as are the item upgrades and the layout of the default map, including the boss creature, Roshan. However, due to being able to program their own engine for the game, S2 have been able to improve the gameplay of Heroes of Newerth to a degree that was not possible with the Warcraft III engine, and, as such, Heroes of Newerth stands above and beyond it’s great forefather. The mechanics of Heroes of Newerth have allowed players the ability to play in an more improved and balanced environment, that values individual teamwork over individual skill and/or plain luck.
Gamers have classified different heroes in both games as either carries (usually extremely powerful late game and can change the tide of the match), tanks (can take a lot of damage before dying), disablers (have abilities which can silence, stun or render other heroes impotent) and support (have abilities which can buff their team mates to make them more powerful).
Some of my favourite heroes in Heroes of Newerth include:
(1) Chronos (known as Faceless Void in DotA) An absolutely unstoppable late game carry hero.
(2) Slither (known as Venomancer in DotA) A very versatile support hero/damage per second hero.
(3) Witch Slayer (known as Lion in DotA) A solid disable hero, who has a very powerful nuke attack.
(4) Predator (a hybrid version of DotA’s Naix) An amazing late game carry hero/tank.
(5) Puppet Master (entirely new hero) A new addition to the game which is a solid carry hero.
(6) Madman (entirely new hero) Another new addition to the game who is a great disabler/damage per second hero.
(7) Tempest (known as Enigma in DotA) Perhaps the most effective disable/support hero in the game.
(8) Scout (a hybrid version of DotA’s Dwarven Sniper and Bounty Hunter) A very powerful late game hero with great hero vs hero killing abilites.
(9) Accursed (known in DotA as Lord Avernus) A very strong tank who has many uses as a support hero.
(10) Pebbles (known in DotA as Tiny) Another very strong tank, who can be used as a support hero.
If you are a fan on DotA and the genre that it has spawned, why not check out Heroes of Newerth by