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Dota Underlords alliances tier list [October] - the best alliances in Dota Underlords

Or: why Knight, Mage, and Troll are disgustingly powerful

Dota Underlords builds [October] - 7 best builds for Knight, Troll, Mage, Savage, and more

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

Dota Underlords strategy guide [October] - top strategies and beginner's tips

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

18 hours ago

Dota Underlords is adding prison

I presumed Dota Underlords was already set in some sort of dungeon, so it pleases me that Valve will soon add an additional prison. This is just one part of the upcoming Big Update, which will add a buncha new heroes while substantially changing how the game works. Valve will be jailing 8-12 random heroes each day in an attempt to keep things fresh, but…

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1 week ago

Feature: Or: why Knight, Mage, and Troll are disgustingly powerful

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

The carefully crafted selection of Dota Underlords alliances available to you each match is one of the game's defining features. Just as much as deciding which heroes to use, where to position them, and which items to equip yourself with, your combination of alliances will decide who lives and who dies on the 8x8 battlefield. With all the minor and major updates that have happened…

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2 weeks ago

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

Dota Underlords builds [October] – 7 best builds for Knight, Troll, Mage, Savage, and more

Dota Underlords builds are wondrously complex and finnicky beasts. 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 you also have to factor in the new Ace Tier heroes and effects with versions #245 and later.…

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

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

Dota Underlords, I think we can all agree, 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 we've put together this comprehensive Dota Underlords strategy guide, packed with beginner-friendly tips and explanations of everything that goes on…

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

Dota Underlords heroes cheat sheet [October] – 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: How about those new Contraptions, eh?

Dota Underlords items & contraptions [October] – best items for early-game and late-game

The Dota Underlords items roster is no stranger to upheaval - not since the August Update, which removed every alliance item from the game and added three entirely new items into the fold. But now, they've only gone and added a whole new type of item in these new-fangled Contraptions, which can be placed onto the board to affect the outcomes of fights in various…

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Feature: Getting your money's worth

Dota Underlords gold [October] – economy and gold tips and tricks

Mastering the Dota Underlords gold and economy system is absolutely essential for winning matches with any sort of consistency. It is what enables you to start from nothing and end with an insurmountable army of 3-star Knights and Mages and Trolls and whatever else you desire to populate your board with. Our Dota Underlords gold guide will walk you through the very best practices for…

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1 month ago

Dota Underlords adding Duos mode and actual Underlords

It's gone a bit quiet down in Dota Underlords. Valve's autobattler hasn't received a chunky update for a few weeks, with team-battle tacticians left to twiddle their thumbs while the meta stagnates. Last night's patch made Arc Warden a bit weaker and poked at a handful of other numbers, but I'm more interested in Valve's explanation for why update's have slowed down a tad. It's…

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2 months ago

Feature: Exploring the new meta

Dota Underlords patch notes analysis [#245] – Ace Tier Heroes and Contraptions Update

Dota Underlords patch notes tend to be pretty game-changing - as it should be, for a game still in early-access. But boy, does it make my life as a guides writer busy! Now they've gone and added two entirely new mechanics (Ace-Tier Heroes and Contraption items) amid a plethora of other balance changes and features. So it's time once again to sit down and have…

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Void Spirit will descend to Dota 2 this autumn

Another new Dota 2 hero has been announced at The International, hot off the heels of Snapfire, the elderly lizard-riding goblin announced earlier this week. They should have lead with this one. Snapfire is not an easy act to follow. Still, Void Spirit will also be joining the MOBA this autumn, though he seems somewhat reluctant to do so in his introductory video, which you…

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Steam China will be a curated, separate store for the Chinese market

Steam is in an odd position in China. It’s like a pirate radio station, sitting offshore and letting the gamers access all that unfiltered content. With no official servers and awkward payment methods, the experience that the huge numbers of users have isn’t optimal. So Valve and local partners Perfect World are setting up a version of Steam for China, named Steam Platform. The first…

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3 months ago

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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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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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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4 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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