(Official website) I first played DOTA, or Defense of the Ancients, on Warcraft III back in 2004. Subsequently, I played for around 3 years more before devoting my time on other games. League of Legends (LoL) and Heroes of Newerth (HoN) came along not long ago, but I was never really into them, finding something lacking compared to the original DOTA. Could you imagine how glad I was when I first heard about Dota 2 back in October last year?
Even though 2 of the “Big 3” of the DOTA modders, Pendragon and Guinsoo are working on League of Legends (link), the media shy IceFrog is still undeterred in developing Dota 2 using Valve’s Source Engine. I found an interesting article on DOTA’s history (link) and why it is Dota 2, not DOTA 2. Have a read and don’t forget to sign up at the official website (link) for Beta!