So this is a thread to discuss the game Heroes of Newerth, which is a "DoTA style" RTS that places an emphasis on teamwork and personal skill rather than micro. I will keep any resources here that I find can help out new players to the game.
Questions and Answers:
What is the difference between DoTA, HoN and LoL?
DoTA and HoN are very similar in terms of mechanics. THIS is a great explanation of what has crossed over from DoTA and what is different.
The differences between HoN and LoL are fairly numerous. While they both are the same style game LoL puts more of an emphasis on a casual friendly experience. (with "leveling up" a global player who has talents and such that effect your in game stats). Heroes of Newerth was built from the ground up as a competitive and spectator game. Everyone starts on the same playing field from the moment you start the game, the only difference being personal skill and team composition.
Mechanically there are several things that separate the two games. HoN has what we call "denying" which is, essentially, killing your own creep when it reaches a certain % of hp to deny a portion of the XP to the enemy. (You can also deny an ally player if they are low enough and have a lethal DoT) LoL has no such thing as denying creeps or heroes. Also unless I'm wrong (someone correct me here) LoL has no such thing as runes, which are "buffs" that spawn every 2:00 minutes in the river.
The map is also significantly different, alongside of a lot of other mechanical differences that aren't worth mentioning.
How much does HoN cost?
$30 one time fee.
How many heroes (characters) are there?
There are currently 70 heroes in the game. 22 of those heroes are original S2 or community creations and the other 58 are DoTA ports.
Resources and links:
This is for watching competitive matches of HoN. They tend to shoutcast a lot of the stuff that happens on the competitive scene and it is well worth watching to get a better understanding of the game and how the "pros" play.
Just a simple database with heroes, items, skills, ect. Can be useful.
Finally feel free to add me or Elk if you have any questions or want to learn a bit more.
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