My brothers and guy friends and almost every non-gay guy friend i know play the ubiquitous DOTA. I couldn't get more than mildly interested. Because after my addiction with Counter Strike and Battle Realms in high school, I vowed not to associate myself with games that are obviously so addictive as evidenced by the number of people playing them. However, this summer which consists of afternoons of being idle and hours of wanting to escape reality, I tried playing DOTA. I know you guys know this game but still I want to write about it because I love it to bits.

DOTA stands for Defense of the Ancients. It is a custom scenario for the real-time strategy video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. This game is all about destroying the opponents' Ancients which are heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map. It is a role playing game, so one gets to play as a hero backed by AI-controlled fighters called "creeps". As in role-playing games, players level up their heroes and use gold to buy equipment during the mission. The trick og the game, as I discovered is picking the right items for your hero. This one is tricky because there are so many heroes in DOTA whose strengths and weaknesses are so varied. I am yet to get to know each and every hero.

So far, I am favoring Rylai the Crystal Maiden. For no better reason than she looks good. No, seriously, because I like her skills and she is not very strong which makes her challenging to use. Above is a screenshot of the first time I became beyond godlike which means that I have killed more than 9 heroes in a row without being killed. It's not too much to celebrate about because my opponents are not on the insane category but EASY. But come on, I just learned to play the game. It felt good to hear : "BEYOND GODLIKE!"

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