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Valve's announcement where to purchase pandora charms of a $1 million prize pool for its first step into the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre, DOTA 2, took many journalists and gamers by surprise.
But once the screenshots were leaked, followed by streaming of the event live from Gamescom in Germany this week, I couldn't help but agree with a tweet from gaming journalist, Junglist:
For all intents and purposes, DOTA 2 is a port of the classic Defence of the Ancients on to a brand new engine. Heroes of Newerth promised to do exactly the same thing, although DotA fans have been put off somewhat by the regular addition of new and sometimes unbalanced heroes.
Commentators pandora com au radio reckon that in the weird pandora bracelet outlet triangle of HoN, League of Legends and DOTA 2, HoN's audience is the most likely to jump ship.
That may be a factor in S2 Games' move to adopt a free to play model, but should the doomsday scenario occur for HoN, it's worth looking back at what we've gained from a year in Newerth.
One of the trailer's biggest draw cards is the amount of features built into HoN, probably one of the smartest moves S2 Games could have made. Unlike many movie studios, S2 realised that its source material was strong enough on its own and opted to use the beta period (where most gamers got a free invite) to iron out systems like matchmaking, Public Skill Rating and under the hood systems.
By far and away one of the biggest improvements was the ability to reconnect to a game, but S2 also included an improved netcode and a host of in built statistics with the game features now standard for the MOBA genre.
Even more critically, HoN made great steps towards negating the skill curve of MOBA games with the addition of in built guides. One of the greatest problems in games like DotA and HoN is coming to grips with items and recipes not knowing how to buy them, but identifying what works best with your particular hero and the situation at hand.
Fans have created plenty of their own guides, but S2 Games took the extra effort to post their own tips to YouTube. (Watch for the little Rick Astley tune at the end.)
To commemorate the release of a new patch, S2 Games also got together two of the gold pandora bracelet sale best teams in Europe Online Kingdom and the MSI sponsored (and Australian registered!) Fnatic for an exhibition.
HoN has a decent following in Australia, with Cybergamer running an open and professional ladder. About a hundred active players participate in the open season, while Sydney internet cafe chain, Cityhunter, has its own sponsored team in the professional division. The finals of the open ladder took place earlier this year, and you can watch some of the games below.
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