A lot of players didn’t get the chance to start out with earlier incarnations of MOBA games. MOBAs like League of Legends and DOTA 2 are part of a long legacy of quick, action-oriented strategy games which put the emphasis on a single champion rather than an army of controllable units—but anyone who plays League already knows that. What some younger players might not know is that the modern MOBA genre originated with Defense of the Ancients, a popular map mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s highly-successful RTS, Warcraft 3. DOTA eclipsed the popularity of WC3’s regular multiplayer map modes quickly, reaching cult status in Europe and the United States.
Arguably, if you reach back even further, the starting point really began in 1998 with a map mod for StarCraft, another Blizzard strategy game. The mod known as Aeon of Strife allowed players to control a single hero unit to take down a wave of NPCs attacking from three different lanes. The lanes were connected to the home bases of two different teams, and the ultimate objective of any given match was to destroy the enemy team’s headquarters. Aeon of Strife provided the MOBA genre with the foundation behind its universally recognizable game mechanics—mechanics which emphasize both simplicity and a hidden complexity.
The meta strategy of MOBA games tends to reveal itself after hundreds of hours of play. Mechanics that were overlooked by new players begin to be revealed gradually as experience is accumulated. When you start out playing League of Legends, you’d be forgiven for not understanding how to weigh the best strategic choices and how to utilize your toolkit to the highest level of effectiveness. As you play more and more, the hidden aspects of the game’s strategy overall begin to reveal a far more multifaceted experience.
We’ve come a long way from the days of Defense of the Ancients and Aeon of Strife. League has more champion choices than any previous game in the genre, and this results in a lot of trouble for the developers as they are constantly working hard to ensure the game is as balanced as possible. Keep in mind, attaining perfect balance in a game like League of Legends is a major effort, and if your particular champion feels a little bit anemic after a patch change, try and operate within the new parameters of what is possible with your favorite heroes—better yet, learn to play ones you might not have given the time of day before.
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