League of Legends or Dota 2?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what game you have more fun playing with your friends

Both League of Legends (LOL) and DOTA 2 are considered the biggest games globally today.

Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games have been around for almost two decades now and they have evolved significantly. Since the acquisition of DOTA by steam and the development of LOL by Riot Games, both games have become one of the biggest phenomena in the history of gaming.

But the infamous question, that every gamer who wants to join the MOBA community asks is, which is better? Should they start with DOTA 2 or is LOL the better way to go? Well, here are some things you may want to consider when making that decision.

In complexity, it is fair to say that LOL is easier to pick up on when compared to the complexity of DOTA 2. This may point towards DOTA 2 being at a disadvantage, but in fact, it is the very complexity of the game that makes it fun to play. The game is a lot more rewarding once you understand the mechanics and start executing custom builds and plays.

For someone who is just entering the MOBA scene, starting with LOL is the best option to better understand how the genre works and what it holds.

Another one of DOTA 2’s unique mechanics is the counter hero. In the DOTA 2 hero roster, you can choose a hero that is tailor-made to oppose another one. This way, balanced gameplay can be maintained throughout a game.


League of Legends has a lot more players as compared to DOTA 2, which is why it can be said that it is the most popular game by vote. An advantage of having such a large community is that not only do you enjoy the game as is, but outside the game, the community keeps producing content that will keep your interest peaked.

Almost every online competitive game these days has micro-transactions. DOTA 2 and LOL have them too, but LOL’s are a bit different. DOTA 2’s microtransactions are mostly for cosmetic upgrades and for making up the prize pool of the international by selling the Battle Pass. All of DOTA 2’s hero roster is available to play for every player. In LOL, some champions are surrounded by a paywall, and their microtransactions are more pronounced.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what game you have more fun playing with your friends. DOTA 2 indeed requires more in-depth knowledge to play well; while LOL can be easily understood by any gamer, LOL does not allow you to play with all heroes from the beginning of your journey in the game.

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