Let me introduce you the old classic: DOTa

  • Sep 22, 2020


Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a classic game that just keeps getting better. The sequel, DotA 2 was recently released in 2020. It is actually a mod of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne. It’s an online game that can be played on Windows, iOS or Linux-powered PCs.

In addition, DotA’s features come at no cost at all. Although the game is free, you can still purchase loot boxes to give yourself an edge and get other virtual gifts that you can use to buy various boosts. DotA also runs on “STEAM” digital gaming platform. During the course of this article, I will be discussing things you need to know about Defense of the Ancients. However, I will be using DotA 2 as a case study.

How is DotA Played?

To play the game, first you need to go online, download the game and install it on your PC. After that, you will need to connect your PC to the internet, run the application, then you can start playing. You should know that this game is a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA). This means that it involves two groups of five players playing against each other.

Each player will separately defend their base and a large structure known as the “Ancient”. Now you can see where the game got its name from. They will then independently control a character known as the “hero” that has special abilities. During the gameplay, the heroes from one team will face the heroes of the opposing team in a player-versus-player combat. To win, you have to successfully destroy the “Ancient” of the opponent.

Furthermore, the game has different modes. The selected mode will decide the way you have to play the game. Some modes will pick a random “hero” for you while others allow you to choose and customize your hero. You can also partake in different DotA leagues and leaderboards from all over the world.

Minimum Requirements to Play DotA on Your Computer

You will need at least 15 gigabytes of free disk space (ROM) to run Dota 2 on your PC. Indeed, Dota 2 runs on all personal computer operating systems. Regardless, your personal computer has to meet certain requirements. Why? Well, you should know that meeting these requirements will ensure that you are able to play the game smoothly without any glitches.

For a Windows PC, you need a computer that meets the following requirements:

  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 915
  • Dota 2 File Size: 15 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 or newer

For a Mac computer, your computer has to meet these following requirements:

  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 915
  • File Size: 15 GB
  • OS: OS X Mavericks 10.9 or newer

You can also play DotA on a computer running on the Linux operating system as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: Intel HD 3000
  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 915
  • File Size: 15 GB
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer

These requirements are the “minimum” requirements for DotA 2. You will surely need to adjust some additional settings if your PC does not go above the minimum requirements. This may cause the game to lag during heated battles.

Also, particles may fill your screen and you will be faced with lags between the game and real time actions. This can cause your reactions to be slow and cost you the battle. Nevertheless, you may not need this much for DotA 1 (which is already outdated).

Additional Features of DotA 2

So far, we have been discussing about DotA and much of our focus has been on DotA 2. As expected, DotA 2 is the significant upgrade on DotA. In this subheading, we will be discussing the additional factors of DotA 2 and why it is an upgrade on DotA.

Although it shares a number of features with DotA 1, DotA 2 is much better. Besides, DotA 1 is outdated and no longer supported by its developers. Below are some major differences between DotA 1 and DotA 2.

There are significant changes to the powers of the heroes as well as the various boosts. Alchemist Unstable Concoction cannot explode while in mud air and Ice Blast can stop fountain healing. There are also some changes to the names of the heroes with Anub’arak the Nerubian Assassin now the Nyx Assassin and Alleria the Windrunner now Lyralei the Windranger.

Other modifications are about the graphics of the game. Trees now grow back at their own time. They no longer need the global timer to regrow. The fog does not stop your unit. With the auto-attack mode on, your unit can still perform basic attacks and follow the opponents to the last seen location.

There are quite a few other changes, but they are not really significant. If you are starting out playing DotA, there is no need to start with playing DotA 1. You can go ahead and start with DotA 2 in order to enjoy the full gaming experience.