Dota (Defense of the Ancients) 2 is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena game by Valve Corporation in July of 2013. The game is a sequel to a mod created for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. In Dota 2, two teams of five battle to destroy the other team’s base known as the “Ancient”. Each player controls a powerful character called a hero. Each hero has its own unique playstyle with different strengths and weaknesses. Heros gain experience and gold throughout the game to level-up and buy items that make them more powerful. Both teams have npc (non-player controlled) units called creeps that help them fight. There is also a jungle within the game that has neutral creeps.
Dota 2 is free to play and there is no competitive advantage to spending money on the game.
Dota 2 has a very different professional structure than League of Legends. In Dota there aren’t the same sort of seasonal leagues that LoL has. Instead Dota has big tournaments with massive prize pools. The largest tournament is The International which takes place every summer in Seattle. There are smaller tournaments that happen a few times a year known as Majors. Dota 2 professional tournaments have given out more prize money than any other esport. As of March 2019 Dota 2 professional tournaments have given out a total of $131,073,305.
Right now the Dota 2 collegiate scene takes place entirely on Collegiate Star League. For the 2018/19 season CSL ran one major varsity tournament that goes for most of the school year with a a $30,000 prize pool. There was also junior varsity tournament which offered prizes of gaming equipment such as headsets and keyboards for the winners. There was also a Winter Invitational during the downtime of the major tournament for both varsity and jv.
Quick Summary for Varsity Gaming-
Most comparable game- League of Legends
Number of players per competitive team- 5
Cost to buy game- Free
Costs to be on level playing field- Free
Where to compete- CSL
PC Requirements- Medium