Originally Posted by eXe.Lilith
LoL's great for casual players, but tbh its game mechanics fail as far as competitive gaming is concerned. Sure it's great to boast such a prize pool, but it's not like your average guy has any chance of winning even a small percentage of that sum, coz well, over 90% of LoL players are casual players (Riot's words not mine).
And that's where Viscerous would be wrong stating that HoN will die when DotA2 is released, because HoN's not going anywhere. Sure it's not as easy for casuals as LoL can be (and I can't thank S2 enough for that steep learning curve, keeps a lot of noobs away from the game coz they don't wanna spend time learning the ropes), but at least it's great for competitive gamers. Considering the prize pools of some of the recent/upcoming HoN tournaments/LANs, and the fact over 25% of HoN's players can actually play at a competitive level (once again, S2 stats not mine) it's quite certain that HoN isn't going anywhere either.
I'm pretty certain the food chain is DotA/DotA2 -->LoL --> HoN. A huge number of players only play HoN because they were looking for a DotA-based game that is free from Warcraft III's constraints. I'd be willing to bet that a good number of those players will come back to DotA 2.
Not saying that HoN is going to die, but they must be already preparing for a decline by making the game free-to-play. If there was a big demand for it it wouldn't be free.