Dota 2 is a free-to-play, MOBA game created by Valve, who are best known for their games such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Portal. This game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (shortened to DotA), a community-made mod for Blizzard’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as well as its subsequent expansion pack The Frozen Throne. Dota 2 is renowned for its steep learning curve and rewarding gameplay with a player base of more than 600,000 on average. Dota 2 pins two teams of five against each other to achieve the goal of destroying the large structure in the opponent’s base called the “Ancient.” Players must work together to collect kills, gold, experience, and items to achieve the goal set before them. Dota 2 lets players choose from more than 100 heroes of varying roles to control. Some heroes are called “carries” who tend to be weak early on in the game and will progressively get stronger as the game goes on by focusing on gathering gold and experience. There are also heroes classified as “supports” who help the team with their strong presence in the early part of the game. Supports usually help carries gain the gold and experience they need faster as well as protect them from any kill attempts the enemies may try to pull. Multiple game modes are also available for Dota 2 that adds some spice to the regular way players usually play. Valve has also opened Dota 2’s gates to community modders who make up new game modes that players can download and play within the game. From the classic tower defense games to the chaotic anime fighting arenas, players looking to take a break from the regular game can find something for them there.