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Plundered from from Wikipedia: Defense of the Ancients (commonly known as DotA) is a custom scenario/map/mod for the real-time strategy video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The objective of the scenario is for each team to destroy the opponents’ Ancients, heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map. Players use powerful units known as heroes and AI-controlled fighters called “creeps”. As in role-playing games, players level up their heroes and use gold to buy equipment during the mission.

I love dota.

I Love You Dota

Yep, here’s a screenshot of some weirdo who happens to have too much resources and decided to spell ‘I Love You’ using in-game units, or specifically, Chickens.

Yes, those are really chickens. They crow.

Here is a game of DoTA in progress (also plundered from Wikipedia).

Dota In Progress

It’s so good, that there’s already a couple of games that spins off from this mod, namely League of Legends and Heroes of Newearth, and then there’s news that Valves working on their version of the game as well, having trademarked, much to DoTA’s community’s chagrins, the name DoTA.

Still nothing comes as raw, as badly imbalanced, and as pure as DoTA itself, of which I initially refused to even play this stupid game, and of course, I grossly misjudged it.

I love dota.

It’s a tremendously easy game for newcomers to pick-up yet incredibly difficult to master, and adds the elements of luck, teamwork and bad strategy, no two games are ever the same.

Having been introduced to the addiction since early 2007, the game has evolved and continuously gets little bits of updates to the in-game stuffs, and it’s great news that there’s finally a tournament that’s worthy of DoTA’s calibre.

And the much promised, yet to be announced (datewise) tournament in WuHan, China is a big draw for me to maybe get a little professional and balanced (yes, no maphacks!) competition.

Now, gotta prepare myself dutifully, and cross my fingers for…

First prize: 11,000 Euros.

I love dota.

So, who’s interested in going to WuHan, China?