Originally Posted by simon741
do you have to wc3 to play it? like really what is it (what do you do)
Think of it kind of like a mod. A person (in this case IceFrog) used the WarCraft III level editor to make a custom map and aply custom settings to the units and what not. Basicly, he changed so much that its not WarCraft, its DotA. The idea is, you each have a base with towers defending it. The map is a large forest with 3 "lanes", one at the top, one through the middle and one at the bottom. Creeps move up and down the lanes, attacking anything they bump in to, so long as its on the other team. The players pick a hero to play as and, uses there creeps as cover, try to push there way up the lanes towards the other base. The goal of the game is to destroy the other teams "Ancient" (a large building in the middle of there base). Most of the game is spent in hero-on-hero combat, trying kill and not be killed. Its really fun! However, if you want to start playing, play with your friends untill you get good before you start on battle.net, as if you die to much your team mates will yell at you and you will bring the whole team down.
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