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LoL versus Dota 2

As you all should know by now, the registrations for the Telkom Do Gaming League (DGL) have been extended to Sunday, 26 May, making the start of the Winter Leg start a week later than expected. I would just like to point out the differences between League of Legends (LoL) and Dota 2.

So far for the Winter Leg, Dota 2 has reached a staggering 133 teams registered. This is the biggest League for Dota 2 in the world so far. LoL, however, only has 75 teams registered. This is a little strange as both games are very similar, yet they are completely different.


I would just like to talk about this part really quickly, because most people know the answer anyway. LoL is a free-to-play game, and is therefore a lot more accessible to the masses. Where Dota 2 is concerned, you need to have a key to be able to play. In the past these keys were very difficult to gain access to, now people have so many keys, they don’t know what to do with them. Essentially, Dota 2 has become almost as accessible as LoL.


The mechanics in Dota 2 are very different to LoL, making a lot of LoL players that go over, not enjoy the game as much as they do LoL. With the fact that you can deny creeps and there are more jungle pathways, Dota 2 is a test of awareness, skill and reaction time. LoL is easier in the regard that you do not have to concern yourself with denying creeps, and there are only a few places someone can come to gank you.

Character Differences:

This is where Dota 2 makes a name for itself. Despite having fewer characters than that of LoL, Dota 2 actually gives you more options. Every hero in Dota 2 is free to play and that makes it easy to play heroes that are highly specialised in certain ways and lacking in others, giving them a unique play-style. LoL has a lot of great champions, but you will have to pay for the ones that are not on rotation. You can buy a champion through Influence Points (IP), which are gained by playing; or Riot Points (RP), that you can buy using a credit card.

Character Development:

In both games, characters gain power through levels and items. The level cap for LoL is 18, for Dota 2, its 25. After the level cap is reached, both games have their characters fully developed. The level cap in Dota 2 is higher, not only in numbers; it actually takes longer to reach in-game. It is, however, less punishing to be a few levels behind your opponent in LoL; because you will reach your level cap not long after them.

In terms of items, the difference is even bigger. It is almost impossible to max out on items in Dota 2, while it is common in LoL. It is also easier to get things in Dota 2 because of the “courier” service. In LoL, you have to stop what you are doing and go back to base in order to pick up new items. Whereas, in Dota 2, you can have your items brought to you. It is tricky in Dota 2 because of the fact that the enemy can kill your “courier”, so you always have to keep an eye on that.


On first sight, both maps look basically the same. If you look closely, however, you will see that there are quite a few differences. First of all, the top lane is vastly different from the bottom lane, in Dota 2. Each side has one lane, that allows pulling of creeps to neutral camps, but it is also much easier to gank this lane.

One of the best things in LoL is that the map contains neutral camps with various bonuses. The timing of those camps adds a great dynamic to the game that Dota 2 can’t compete with. Dota 2, basically, only has Roshan and it is not that crucial to kill him as soon as he spawns. It is also worthwhile to mention that LoL has a three-versus-three map as well as Summoners Rift and the Howling Abyss (which has just been included).


Both games are great at what they do, and are fun to play. LoL is more accessible, while Dota 2 is more punishing and rewarding. LoL is easier to learn compared with Dota 2, which gives a deeper and more complex experience. So if you just want to have fun and relax, LoL is for you. If you want to play a game that requires a lot more effort to master, then you should opt for Dota 2. Either way it is all down to how you feel like playing.

Which game do you feel like playing?
Dota 2

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