Pros: Free, Tons of Heroes, Mac/Linux/Windows,Best Engine, Modes that suit each type of player (Casual, Matchmaking, Practice, Bots, Midwars), Fast-Paced
Cons: Learning curve, Community (Joining a mature clan negates this), Popularity
Why do I like HON?
It's challenging. The skill level is high. Mistakes are costly. This makes you a really good player as you learn to avoid situations in the game that are risky and could lead to your team losing the game. I have pretty much 0 negatives about the game. I've yet to really find anything wrong with it besides the occasional ragers but those guys are in all games. Some people complain about the lack of competivite scene but I mean what can you do when it's not as popular? Plus... maybe only just 1-2% are even interested in palying these games competiviely. It doesn't represent the general userbase at all.
LoL vs Dota2 vs HoN
LoL is pretty much "HON's" casual/easy mode. You don't have to deny, it's more anime-ish, etc. People mainly have only moved to LoL and Dota2 because of their popularity. LoL was popular because it was the first free to play game after Dota. that's the only reason. Hon came after and attempted the one time $30 fee which WAS so much better than the LoL's "mmo type marketing strategy". Teens and people from other countries are more attracted to the F2P style though which is why the LoL userbase skyrocketed. Unfortuntaely S2 games eventually had to go F2P to compete with LoL but by that time LoL had already generated too much of a userbase to catch up with. That my folks is how the worst MOBA game goes from nothing to a huge userbase.
On the side note with Dota2, they have the company Valve behind them. That is why their game was an instant hit. I still think HON trumps Dota2 in every way imaginable though. You can concede, it's faster based, and quite frankly it's more competitive and challenging. The movement speed of dota2 is terrible. It's like going from a 40ms to 350ms spike if you switch back and forth.The average hon user would easily win over the dota2/LoL user just because they'd naturally have much quicker reaction times.
In conclusion, I'm not trying to make this review biased... but I mean it's a game review and I'm frustrated. Why am I frustrated? Because I see people playing 2 other MOBA's that just arne't as good and so I'm trying to make my case. With that said, S2 Games has recently taken a big shift in management and I'm hoping for much more great things to come. Most come to the conclusion that you just have to try them all out and pick for yourself. So there you go!