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5 Main Differences between League of Legends and Dota 2

League of Legends and Dota 2 are on top of the world eSports charts for almost a decade. What is the history of these games? What is similar and what is different between LoL and Dota 2? Is it hard for a professional League of Legends player to succeed in Dota 2 or vice versa?

Dota 2 and League of Legends History

Dota 2 release date, players and eSports records 

The Valve game was officially released on July 9, 2013 for Windows and became available on MacOS and Linus just one week after that date. The players from all around the world could download Dota 2 for free using a Steam account.

The eSports community has raised $2.6 million for the upcoming International prize pool only a week after the game was released. A month after the game came out officially, Dota 2 became the most played game in the world, overtaking League of Legends.

Being inspired by World of Warcraft, Dota 2 bested WoW stats in May 2014 with 7.86 million players. In that year, the game became extremely popular, pretty much due to a giant prize pool of The International - $10.9 million. The event was broadcasted by ESPN that also provided post-match analytical studios and player interviews. After the tournament, Dota 2 appeared on the cover of New York Times with the headline “Virtual Games Draw Real Crowds and Big Money”. 

After that success nobody had any doubts about the shining feature of the MOBA game by Valve. Follow Dota 2 events calendar not to miss all major and minor Dota 2 offline and online events.

League of Legends release date, players and eSports records

LoL was published on 27 October 2009 by Riot Games as a MOBA game. It could not boast a record-breaking eSports stats right from the release moment. However, League of Legends player base has been growing rapidly from 2009 till our time.

The first major event started only in 2011 in the European region. It took place in Sweden and had modest (from 2020 perspective) $100K prize pool. The tourney had 1.69 million unique viewers which is quite impressive indicator, providing the fact that LoL has not yet spread over Korea and China in 2011.

The rapid growth of total League of Legends stats happened in late 2011-2012 year when Riot Games launched LoL game servers in South Korea and China. At that time Asia had already experienced an eSports boom with real-time strategy game StarCraft and happened to be a fertile soil for new disciplines. That’s why, after the addition of Asia market, LoL Worlds Season 2 featured 12 teams, 5 from which represented Asia. The event’s prize pool jumped from $100K to $2 million. 

The event was won by a team from Taiwan and since that time, the Summoner’s Cup had never witnessed an owner apart from Asia region. Follow LoL events calendar not to miss all major and minor League of Legends tournaments!

The similarity between LoL and Dota 2

Teams, drafts, win conditions

Both games offer players to create teams, five people each and compete on one map. The maps are quite similar as well: top, middle, and low lanes with woods separating them.

The match starts with a drafting phase, where teams choose the heroes and ban other heroes not to allow the opponents to pick them. After the game is started, players usually farm in the woods for some time to earn enough gold and experience for buying valuable items and upgrading the skills tree. After the players decide that their heroes are strong enough to impose a fight, the fun begins. The ultimate condition for winning both League of Legends and Dota 2 match is to destroy the opponent’s base.

Hero Pool and Neutral Monsters

LoL and Dota 2 have over 100 heroes each. However, some of the characters are very similar. For instance, Winter Wyvern – Anivia, Ursa – Warwick, Drow Ranger – Ashe, etc. The heroes look almost identical but have different abilities and are used to accomplish different goals in team’s strategies.

Both games offer to defeat neutral monsters. For killing them, players are awarded with gold, the reward correlates with the strength of the monster killed. The strongest neutral monster is located on the North side of the map in both games. Roshan in Dota 2 and Baron in League of Legends have similar characteristics, in terms of rewards for killing and respawn time.

What is the difference between LoL and Dota 2?

Item buying, Denying, Movements

Unlike League of Legends, Dota 2 features a small animal that deliver an item after the player has bought it at any position on the map. This animal is called – the Courier. The courier usually moves much faster than the hero. However, enemy heroes can kill couriers to earn some gold and delay item delivery time. In LoL, a player has to return to its own respawn base in order to make purchases.

In Dota 2, a hero may kill its own creep with low health points not to let the enemy earn gold and experience for killing it himself. This feature is called “Denying” and you can not do this in League of Legends normal match. LoL champions can only kill enemy and neutral creeps.

The movements are faster in League of Legends than it is in Dota 2. That is linked to the turning speed. In Dota 2, a player has to wait till the hero turns its face in the direction where it is supposed to move, while in League of Legends the champions turn and move instantly.

Buyback, Runes, Teleporting

After being killed the heroes in both games are sent to the tavern with a timer for returning. The significant difference is an ability to buy your hero back to the battlefield in Dota 2. The cost of a buyback depends on game length and hero level. There is also a buyback timer – the time when a player will be able to make a buyback again. Meanwhile, in League of Legends there is no buyback option, so all players have to wait till their death timer will count to zero.

The other valuable aspect in Dota 2 that helps a team to secure a fast victory is Runes. The runes are divided into two categories: wealth and abilities. The runes of wealth give a certain amount of gold and experience to the heroes. The ability runes give heroes special buff and effects that can be used for a certain time period. Unfortunately, there is no runes mechanic in League of Legends.

One of few things that League of Legends can boast in comparison to Dota 2 is teleporting. In LoL, a player may teleport to his tower, allied hero, home base or totem using a teleporting spell. In Dota 2, for teleporting, a player must use a Town Portal Scroll that can be bought in a store for gold.

So, is Dota 2 and League of Legends the same?

LoL and Dota 2 are two the most popular MOBA games that were created on the basis of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients mechanics. The game creators of Dota 2 – Valve and League of Legends – Riot Games have successfully found their dedicated customers in different regions of the world: Europe & CIS vs Asia respectfully. No doubts, those are the games of the same genre, format, maps and win condition. Nevertheless, the character pool, game mechanics, movements make these games completely different. Professional Dota 2 and League of Legends players have dedicated many years to learning the games strategies and mechanics to climb on the Olympia of professional eSports stage. While many players have tried both Dota 2 and League of Legends, the cases when Dota 2 pro moves to LoL or vice versa are very rare. Can you name a player who made such a move and reached a success in both disciplines? 

Now you are ready to choose your discipline to follow or go for both. Bookmark BuffHub Dota 2 to read all the latest Dota 2 news, tournaments’ preview, review and betting predictions. Subscribe to BuffHub LoL become a part of the biggest eSports community. 

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