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Dota Underlords

3 days ago

Feature: Here's a good one: a Knight, a Mage, and a Dragon walk onto a board...

Dota Underlords builds [Juggernaut Update] – 7 best builds for Mage, Knights, Brawny, and more

Dota Underlords builds are things of wonderful complexity. Combining your knowledge not just of heroes and abilities and items and alliances, but also the pacing of a match and your relative needs on different rounds can all get pretty mind-boggling pretty quickly - especially now that the August Update for Dota Underlords has shaken up the meta with its medley of groundbreaking changes to alliances…

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Feature: Exploring the new meta

Dota Underlords patch notes analysis – Juggernaut Update [#228]

Dota Underlords patch notes are something of a bigger deal than in many other games. Much like with Dota 2, Valve see each Dota Underlords update as an opportunity to completely rewrite the current meta much of the time. Thankfully (for me, writing this), the most recent Juggernaut Update is a comparatively minor one; but it still introduces a number of significant changes to certain…

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Feature: A guide for those who don't know what the hell is going on

Dota Underlords strategy guide [Juggernaut Update] – top strategies and beginner’s tips

I think we can all agree that Dota Underlords is a real head-scratcher of a game. Simplified heroes and systems it may have compared with its perplexing, ponderous progenitor Dota 2, but then Dota 2 never had multiple 10v10 fights happening at once, did it? So, to help turn that head-scratching into head-bashing, we've put together this comprehensive Dota Underlords strategy guide, packed with beginner-friendly…

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Feature: The answers to all your questions on a single screen

Dota Underlords heroes cheat sheet [Juggernaut Update] – the best heroes in Dota Underlords

The Dota Underlords heroes roster is sublimely complex and difficult to wrap your head around even if Valve weren't shaking everything up with massive content updates every week or two. With each hero sporting different alliances, abilities, and basic stats across three different levels, there's an awful lot to bear in mind when forming your army. Our Dota Underlords heroes guide will walk you through…

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Feature: Or: why Knights, Mages, and Trolls are disgustingly powerful

Dota Underlords alliances tier list [August] – the best alliances in Dota Underlords

A great many of the Dota Underlords alliances received a substantial rework after the enormous August Update. With nearly all Alliance items abolished, several key alliances have been reimagined to adjust to this new meta - so it's high time we go back through our Dota Underlords alliances tier list and repopulate it with our rankings of the relative power and viability of each alliance.…

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Feature: I mean, Refresher Orb was already great, but okay

Dota Underlords items list [August] – best items for early-game and late-game

The Dota Underlords items roster was completely and fundamentally altered by the recent August update, removing a grand total of 23 items and adding just 4 new ones to replace them. And seeing as items, just like alliances, are a crucial facet of your ever-expanding army, we're gonna need to bring you up to speed on exactly what the new items meta looks like. Our…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Getting your money's worth

Dota Underlords gold [August Update] – economy and gold tips and tricks

Success in Dota Underlords relies upon an intimate knowledge not only of heroes and alliances and items and builds, but also gold, and creating a strong economy in a short space of time. If gold is the chocolate sauce that seeps through the crushed viennetta of all the game's other systems and complexities, then this Dota Underlords gold guide is the recipe for that sauce,…

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Dota Underlords glams up its heroes for a new unranked mode

Turns out, Dota Underlords is a liar. See, this whole time we were all effectively building two teams. One might be fighting the good fight out front, but it's only the defensive game playing out on my telly. Sure, I could beast out a player on my end screen, but it's possible enough unlucky rolls could make the away game play out completely differently. It's…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: MOBAs mark 2

Spawn Point: What on earth is an auto battler?

What is an auto and how do I battle it? This is going to be a tough one. Seriously, why are all the cool kids suddenly talking about level three Dragon Knights? That would be because they are playing Dota Underlords, the best of the auto battlers. At least for beginners.

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Feature: What new heroes are coming to Dota Underlords?

Dota Underlords Battle Pass – Proto Pass details, Season 1 new heroes and upcoming content

In preparation for the release of Dota Underlords' first season, Valve have released a prototype Battle Pass (the aptly named Proto Pass) to all Underlords players, free of charge. The catch? No catch; they just want feedback on how it works, so they can get the Season 1 Battle Pass perfect before it's released. I don't know about you, but that sounds like a square…

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Feature: But not a great one

Why Dota Underlords is a good board game

Most of the board games I like are exciting. They're about betrayals, surprises, audacious cunning. They're games that weave drama around humans rather than systems, driven more by the delights of psychology than the dryness of systems. They pop because humans, at least when they're onto you, are hard to control - but that can be exhausting. Board games cater for less aggressive competitions, too.…

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1 month ago

Dota Underlords patch due to change flippin’ everything this weekend

Oh, I'd missed doing this: combing through reams of arcane patch notes, jointly audibly reacting as you and your friends stumble across change after change that unravels your understanding of a game you're invested in. Valve are upending Dota Underlords this weekend. Neutrals will be nastier, spells will no longer target (most) summons, over half the heroes are due to be rejigged and - most…

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Feature: Lords of luck

Dota Underlords review

I look at my enemy, and I despair. Their army bristles with max-level units, scary abilities, synergies between both. Losing one more fight will knock either of us out of the game. It's do or die. I plunge all my funds into last-ditch recruitment, refreshing the available roster of heroes time and time again in the hopes of stumbling across one - just one, please,…

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2 months ago

Feature: Game is hard

Dota Underlords seems great, but only for those versed in Dota

I fell pretty deep down the Dota 2 hole. I’d say the game served as another life for a teenager that didn’t really have one, but that would undersell what Dota 2 was for me. I played hours of it, every single evening, for several years in a row. That phase had as much to do with the friends I chatted with than the wizards…

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Dota Underlords, Valve’s take on Auto Chess, is now free for all

With today's exceptionally quick launch of Dota Underlords, I finally understand Valve Time. When unhurried, the studio takes longer, compressing the excess time for use later. When they need to hustle to get a game out of the door before the competition heats up? They reverse the valves and work like demons. At least, that's how I'm explaining it. Underlords is a turn-based tactical deckbuilder…

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Valve launch Dota Underlords early for 2019 Battle Pass owners

Defying all we thought we knew about Valve Time, the studio have just simultaneously titled and launched Dota Underlords. It's Valve's take on ultra-popular Dota 2 mod Auto Chess, which they had been teasing for a while now. While the game will eventually be free-to-play, with an open beta due in approximately a week, they've just opened the floodgates to anyone with a Dota 2…

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