Dota Underlordsby Mikhail Jun 29, 2019 | 1 Votes | 65 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate DOTA Underlords is a strategy battler developed by Valve, featuring your favorite heroes from DOTA 2. Assemble your own team of heroes, upgrade them, and equip them with a variety of weapons. Make timely upgrades and purchases and climb to the top of the leaderboards. Practice with your friends against bots or engage in combat against real human players. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Not a lot of people like spinoffs, but we disagree: they give games a different look and perspective which is always welcome. Some of them are well-made and are just as good as their mother games. DOTA Underlords is one of those titles, joining popular spinoffs like Persona and Final Fantasy Tactics. It’s a strategy battler akin to Auto Chess and Teamfight Tactics featuring DOTA 2 heroes.
DOTA Underlords is still in the open beta phase, so there are quite a few issues, ranging from connectivity and matchmaking. Regardless, it still provides a decent singleplayer experience (and multiplayer if you can find a match) while providing crossplay - Steam and mobile devices. Thing is, should it be something you’d want to try out? Let’s check out what it has to offer:
There isn’t a story in DOTA Underlords. It’s a pure, PvP and PvE experience. That being said, there’s no distinction between the Dire and the Radiant: you can create a team with all of the heroes together. Speaking of heroes, they retain a skill and the way they look and attack.
If you haven’t played a strategy battler or anything like auto chess before (which is surprising considering that this is a craze today), it’s highly recommended to go through the tutorial first and read a few guides. Though it’s simple to learn its mechanics, it’s a pretty difficult game to master. Before playing, be sure to learn how to upgrade units, the ideal hero placement, and the best unit combinations.
DOTA Underlords’ biggest gameplay element is its heroes. Heroes are divided into several classes and types, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Having the same types of heroes deliver buffs while other types can rain down debuffs. For example, Abaddon’s mere presence reduces enemy armor, while Kunkka provides a damage buff.
Heroes are divided into several types and classes, each complementing each other. For example, savage-type heroes can provide added damage to their peers while assassins and hunters provide other types of buffs. Though this may tempt you to play the same type of hero, don’t. Everything needs to be balanced: you need to have mage types that specialize in AoE, and assassins that can take out mages before they can cast a spell or two. You’d also need to have stunners and silencers. Note that Underlords does not only rely on DPS but on AoE damage and hero skills.
Apart from giving your heroes skills, you’ll need to manage your gold and upgrade them. In a nutshell, buying the same hero over and over again will upgrade it and increase the star level. You’ll earn gold at the end of every round - more if you’re on a winning streak - and you have to decide whether to increase your level or purchase new heroes. Apart from which, you’ll also have to go through the loot rounds where you’ll have to win to get good equipment for your heroes. These are just one of the many tactical decisions you’ll have to make.
Matches in DOTA Underlords are quite long. It takes at least 20-30 minutes for an entire game to run its course. This isn’t a surprise since you’ll be taking on seven other players (eight players per match) where the ebb and flow of every battle can change in every round. Of course, the last man standing wins and you’d want to make sure that it will be you. Damage is calculated depending on the units on the battlefield.
DOTA Underlords has a large community and it’s easy to find a match. However, due to its early access state, it’s uncommon to disconnect in the middle of a game or not connect at all. It’s extremely frustrating, but hey, the game is continuously improving thanks to the daily patches. In any case, there’s always the option to hone your skills and tactical decision-making first by going up against bots. The game also allows crossplay, enabling you to both play on a mobile device (you have to log in using your Steam account) or via a PC on Steam.
In terms of presentation, DOTA Underlords does well, even in low settings. Character skill effects pop up nicely and the animations are quite smooth. However, you’ll be able to feel that the presentation feels lacking. Voice acting or sound effects are lacking, especially when you navigate around the game’s multitude of menus.
Overall, DOTA Underlords is a game in development but even so, it’s already good. It has easy to learn yet challenging auto-chess mechanics and does well in integrating its heroes into the mix. If you’re looking for an outstanding strategy battler, then this game should be on top of your list. So, give it a shot and start battling today.