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League of Legends vs Dota 2 – The Definitive Comparison

League of Legends vs Dota 2

Hi guys! Today I will talk about League of Legends and Dota 2. I will do a comparison between them and I will let you be the judge of which game is better. First I will talk about the storyline of those 2 games, then I will talk about the difference or similarities in their gameplay, and lastly, I will compare the visuals and tell you my final thoughts. Now let’s begin.


First I will talk about the storyline or we could call it lore of League of Legends. Riot has invested a lot of time and effort in the lore of League of Legends. Each character has its own backstory that makes him unique and the world of League of Legends has each own lore.

I think this is something that LoL has an advantage over Dota 2 since the lore of Dota 2 isn’t something that will catch your eye. Most of the lore is open-ended for the reader to decide what is really true. There is some backstory behind each of the heroes Dota 2 but the heroes don’t feel as unique and interesting as the champions of League of Legends.

Of course, the importance of the backstory of the game is different for each person. Some people are extremely interested in the backstory and the world of the game that they are playing and others don’t really care much.

If you really care about backstory then League of Legends is the game for you.


The main difference is that Dota 2 is more complex than League of Legends and it is much harder to get the hang of it. I will explain why that is the case in this section as I will compare both games in many different aspects.

I won’t go into a lot of details about the gameplay. We have detailed reviews about both games on our website so you can read them if you want more details about the gameplay.

Both games are MOBAs and they have a lot of similarities in their gameplay. The objectives of both games are more or less the same but they have some differences.

One of the differences is the size of their map. Dota 2 has a larger map than League of Legends. That translates to a longer average duration of games compared to League of Legends.

That isn’t necessarily good or bad. Just like the lore, this also depends on the preferences of each person that plays the game.

Another difference is the balancing of the champions/heroes in both games. League of Legends is more restrictive when it comes to balancing. That means that champions have more clearer limits in what they can do compared to Dota 2.

Again this isn’t necessarily good or bad, but I personally prefer the way Dota 2 handles its heroes. I believe that a strict balancing system takes away from the fun of the game. Having heroes with abilities that can give them the power to 1vs5 the enemy team is extremely fun and puts an interesting new element in how you strategize to win the game.

In Dota 2 I remember winning a game 2vs5 with literally 3 people on my team going AFK and we still won thanks to the op abilities of the hero that my teammate had. This can’t happen in League of Legends except if you intentionally put 5 Bronze players with 2 Challenger players as opponents.

The way that Dota 2 handles its heroes extends to the items that you are able to purchase in the game. The items have some amazing and unique actives that can change the flow of the game.

League of Legends also has items with actives but there are nowhere near as impactful in the flow of the game as the items in Dota 2 and when an item reaches becomes so impactful, they immediately nerf it.

I guess you can say the developers of both games have different philosophies on how their game should be.

One more difference is that in Dota 2 you can’t teleport back to base to restore hp and mana unless you buy a scroll(which has a cooldown) and you have to use a courier most of the time to transport the items you need to get from the base.

In League of Legends, you can just press a button and teleport to base after a few seconds.

My personal opinion is that League of Legends is made for more casual players than Dota 2 since its easier to get into for a new player.

The last difference that I will mention is the business model of both games when it comes to champion/hero availability.

In Dota 2 all the heroes are unlocked from the moment you start the game but in League of Legends, you have to purchase each champion(with in-game currency that you get by playing the game) to be able to play them. There are free champions that you can play each week but you can’t play them in Ranked unless you purchase them


Both games have similar quality when it comes to visuals. It’s hard to say which game has the better graphics. So I will leave it for you to decide.

When I talk about visuals I think I should mention skins. Both games have skins for the champions/heroes though League of Legends skins are of higher quality cause they are made from the developers of the game while the skins in Dota 2 are made from the community. Because of that, the prices of League of Legends skins are higher than Dota 2 skins.

Final Thoughts

Both games are good in their own way. As I said the philosophies of the developers when it comes to what is good and what is bad, differ so you have to decide what you prefer and what is more enjoyable for you.

That’s it for my article guys. I hope you liked it. Write in the comments below if you agree or disagree with what I said and if you think I forgot something. See ya in the next article.

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Autor was drunk when writing this article. Skins in dota are more expensive, you probably never heard of arcana skins.

I won a game 3v5 in LOL, and I heard from friends they did once too.

About graphics, styles are just different, LOL has more comic artstyle.


Nice article! I enjoyed reading it!


no wonder no comment.. your article is trash