Leaderboard: Which of the big four MOBAs is your favorite?

    
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OK, MassivelyOP MOBA fans, it’s time to vote for your favorite game. We’re going to keep it simple for today’s Leaderboard, though. There are dozens of MOBAs, but there are basically four that get all the press (and presumably all the players).

Assuming you’re a MOBA fan, which of the big four is your favorite? League of Legends? SMITE? Dota 2? Heroes of the Storm? Vote after the cut!

Leaderboard: Which MOBA is your favorite?

  • Dota 2 (20%, 202 Votes)
  • Heroes of the Storm (36%, 363 Votes)
  • League of Legends (23%, 226 Votes)
  • SMITE (21%, 207 Votes)

Total Voters: 998

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Digital Zephyr
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Digital Zephyr

I like to play HotS the most, but watching Dota 2 better.

JamesDurant34
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JamesDurant34

Choosing a Champion that not only fits your play style but is also one that can do well early in the game is ket to dominating the competition. I really sucked at the game for the longest time, I went to a competitive match with a few friends where they did a few matches. After my friends told me they got destroyed , I asked what happened. They said that the guys they went up against had a guide book from Cinderhelm , a pro player, at the time I didn’t know. So I search for it and found it, bought the guide and ended up doing very well in a few weeks of reading it and watching the videos. I found the guide here on http://hytil.com if anyone wants to check out the review. Definitely happy with it and its regular updating.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

From what I’ve seen, very few lane pushers in Hots win. It usually a combination of lanes and an emphasis on whatever map mechanic is at play. It may carry on some maps. For instance the new Spider Queen map is all about pushing and getting gems to offer as tribute and you don’t have to go out of your way to do that.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

damican 
I don’t play MOBAs, so I’m only speculating here, but if anecdotal evidence counts for anything, I’ve noticed that when I talk to people who play League Of Legends, I hear variations on this: “I enjoy the competitive challenge, but the community is horrible”, and when I talk to people playing Heroes Of The Storm, the comments are more: “Oh, yeah! It’s a fun game!”
I have no horse in this race whatsoever (as above), but I wonder if people are finding more of a “fun factor” in HotS?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Cheers,

damican
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damican

Cambruin Companies always looking to get in on the next big thing.  Honestly DotA 2 cant reclaim the glory of its former incarnation and HotS in my mind will be the only one in the long run to keep competitive with League and thats only because Blizzardo is such a huge name.

damican
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damican

DugFromTheEarth I find this to be very false.  The game is MUCH more team based then LoL so a jerk can honestly throw the game in much more of a loop.  In League it is very easy (at least when all sides are not near equal in skill) for one person to carry a game.  In my 200ish HotS games I found that to happen very rarely and that each game was much more of a my team good/my team bad thing. (Compared to the You bad/I bad that LoL has in the laning phase which impacts the game a lot)

damican
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damican

Honestly surprised League isnt first.  I know blizzard has a big name behind it, but having played D2, HotS and LoL, I find it suprising that HotS wins.  (this is all just my opinion) HotS f2p structure is garbage considering how long it takes to get new heroes and add in the fact that the game doesn’t have as much strategic depth and to me it just seems league is more fun.

I’m assuming that HotS wins from a more casual(in terms of pure competitive play) perspective.

houyi1661
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houyi1661

Sythalin houyi1661
Not going to do a whole point by point (far to boring!) but:
Lane control does not exist in HOTS, if you think it does, you dont know what it is.
The only thing thats important in hots is pushing the lane. The lack of a deny mechanic, lack of last hitting and the way tower agro and ammo works means that constant push is always the best idea.
Farm distribution – like or hate it, it adds depth. Who farms, where they farm, who you try to get levels and who you try to get gold (or both, or neither) on….its decisiosn that just dont exist in hots.
Items – talents in Hots do not replace them, there are very few viable builds and mostly you have at most 2 builds on charaters that are competitive.

Roshan – ok, I’ll grant you the boss on maps is somewhat comparable. And to be entirely fair, teh map mechanics do tend to replace the function to an extent, so I’ll conceede that one now I’ve thought about it some more.

Pushing highground in dota is a big point in a game, its hard, it puts your team, even if ahead, at a massive vulnerability, knowing when to do it, or if you can do it, or if its worth the risk is the type of strategy decision that hots lacks.

I think strategic skills are lacking in HOTS compared to Dota and even LoL. Which is not necessarily a bad thing if you want a more casual pick up and play moba, which is clearly where bliz it pitching it.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Cambruin DPandaren Yes I am. Because they’ve been apart of WB studios for a very very very long time. A long enough time that puts them still in the area where they kept pumping out updates to AC when they didn’t have to because they had LotRO to develop.

Denngar
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Denngar

ARGH! This is tough. I’ve never played DOTA2, and I have no desire to. No idea why.
I love LoL’s characters. I wish Riot would make other games with them. LoL is kind of fun, but I feel there’s a good reason it’s practically the esports game.

Smite’s got the best “story” though since… I’m a sucker for mythology, and I like the way they blend myth with game mechanics. Oh, and being a third-person action MOBA helps. 
But HotS has one thing the other two sadly lack: my friends. I’m not a big Blizz fan, and I really don’t care about their IP, but they do make solid games that attract mainstream gamers, and I have to admit that I do prefer it’s mechanics 
All that being said, I still think Solstice Arena is my favorite MOBA- no chat, just pre-written messages and a single lane.without minions.