LoL Vs Dota 2 Vs Hon: Which MOBA is right for you?

In the world of FTP MOBA games [Free-to Play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, but you knew that ;)] there is a heated debate over which is “The Best” and here at we’re hoping to clear up some of the confusion.

For those unfamiliar with a MOBA, they are 5v5 matches that can take anywhere  from 10 minutes to over an hour to finish. Each player selects a unique hero with their own attributes and skills and set off to destroy the enemy’s base by fighting through AI “creeps”, towers, and, of course, player-controlled heroes. All of these games are extremely rich in content and take a while to get decent at because you need to know not only what your character does, but what your enemy’s and ally’s characters do. It’s a deeply involved and passionate (nice way of saying full of angry racist kids) community that certainly takes some breaking into. All three have great competitive gaming outlets, friend lists, in-game achievements/unlockables, and a great support staff.

With this article I’m hoping to clear up some of the controversy and help you decide which one you want to be a n00b at first, or if you’re already well versed, which one you should be playing.( This may seem harsh, but just wait till you start playing, the communities on these games are absolutely ruthless, there is no end to the verbal bereavement and if you have an aversion to racism, sexism, classism, or any other kind of hate speech, I recommend you play something else.)


This is the sequel to the game that started it all, Dota, originally released as a mod to Warcraft 3, Dota 2 is a faithful sequel and very true to the original. The graphics are updated (though a little “cartoony” so if that kind of thing is your bag, baby, then you’ll love it), and gorgeous, many of the favorite heroes have returned, and the mechanics are the most like the original, which can be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on your perspective. The main difference I have noticed in Dota 2 is the pacing of the game, Dota 2 is incredibly slow. Like, it’s so slow it feels like a beginner version of the original, spells take longer to cast, everybody moves slower, and the game just feels longer than it needs to be. This can be seen as a good or bad thing, but as somebody who learned the MOBA ropes on the original Dota, it just isn’t fast-paced or frantic enough. Dota 2 is a fine option if you’re just starting off, really want to use Steam (It’s the only one of the 3 on Steam), or just want to stay with the name you trust.

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Also, Dota 2 is still in it’s “Early Access” stage, anybody can download it, but updates are constant and it is 9.99$ I know I said F2P at the front, and I think it will be once it officially launches, but I just don’t know



Lol is definitely the most accessible of the MOBA games. Lol has an almost identical hero roster and many of the same items as Dota and Hon, so it’s a good way to learn, but the challenge isn’t nearly as satisfying for the experienced player. Lol has no denies , where you can kill a friendly AI creep to prevent your enemy from gaining gold/xp, and a come-back is almost guaranteed, winning feels more dependent on luck than anything. Lol feels like Dota, but without the momentum, it requires little skill and even if you are down 5 levels you can come back after one good gank, gang-kill. Now this can be seen as a good or bad thing, on the one hand,  you can come back easily if the other team gets sloppy, but on the other hand you can lose very quickly if one team member starts to suck.

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Lol also has a kind of “meta-game” wherein players can level up as a “summoner” and choose to develop offense defense or utility skills which affect certain things in-game, [e.g. Deadliness from the offense tree grants 0.17 / 0.34 / 0.51 / 0.68 attack damage per level (3 / 6 / 9 / 12 at level 18)] This is cool because it lets you customize yourself and pick things that match your play style, but personally, I’m not a fan, it gives players who have been playing a lot an edge over others, and while the matchmaking will steer you from players too far ahead, it can produce some WTF moments. Lol is also the only one of the 3 where the entire roster is not free from the get-go, you can earn in-game currency to unlock champions individually, or pay  some cash to get them. Lol definitely has the best match-making, I rarely wait more than 1 minute for a game whereas with Dota and Hon the wait can be anywhere from 1-10 minutes depending on situation.



HoN is where the pros go for their MOBA. This statement will probably get all kinds of people in these communities up in arms, but having played all 3 , I can say this with confidence. HoN is certainly the most difficult to master, a few mistakes during the landing phase, giving up an early kill, or not denying enough can lead to the other team straight up stomping you. Denying is a big part of the game, if you’re playing in Normal mode, and a game can easily get out of hand if you aren’t careful. I’ve had games where an enemy hero has been so fed that (s)he one hit the entire team, all 5 of us, gone in a flash.


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Yes, the game can become an exercise in masochism, where your only option is to just sit back and lose, but it isn’t guaranteed. Coming back in a game where you’ve been out leveled and out farmed (the enemy has much better items than you), isn’t impossible; if your team is able to come together, and overcome incredible odds, unlike in Dota 2, you can win. One bad player doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the game, but it most definitely doesn’t make it any easier. The pacing in Hon, as well as the interface, is my favorite of the three. Quick and fun, easy to use, and plenty of information to read up on.  However the community on Hon is ruthless, any fault or mistake will be scrutinized endlessly and you gotta have tough skin, or just not care what some 12-year old from England thinks of your ability to play a game. Also, all the heroes are available right away for free, you can get extra stuff (Alternate skins, announcers, etc.) by putting in some real money, or earning silver coins.


I can haz Moba?

I can haz Moba?

If I had to pick one MOBA it would absolutely be HoN, great interface,decent matchmaking, consistent updates, plays on Mac, PC, and Linux, Dota 2 and Lol are PC only. For beginners though, LoL is where you want to start, you can get familiar with the items and heroes in a much more supportive and forgiving environment/community.

So download and start playing, remember its free (except for Dota 2) , so give them a shot and see which you like best!

Heroes of Newerth  League of Legends   Dota 2

And If you’re looking for a friend on HoN I’m Samson4200, feel free to add if i’m online, or leave your name in the comments and I’ll add you.

10 Comments on LoL Vs Dota 2 Vs Hon: Which MOBA is right for you?

  1. What is HoN? is that a game

  2. Hi!

    You made a mistake. LoL is for Mac too:
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    And in LoL there was denying by Gangplank's skill (in S1, nerfed out cause boring pro matches, he was always a pick). Instead of denying, you have to do some risky action like zoneing in LoL.
    Yeah you can comeback "easily". But I think its good that one moment can turn a whole game or it could be easily calculated.
    In the end, in video games there are no luck man. Its pure binary math. 😀 (I dont know what do you mean on luck but it could be the "lucky shots" and I think that is in every moba where you have skill shot abilities. So there are no exceptional luck in LoL).
    Where did you play in LoL that you met with slightly idiot community, I know you can mute but idiots everywhere you cannot avoid them.
    Thanks for reading, bye

  3. I don’t think comebacks are very prevalent in HoN as they are in DoTA 2. For one there is no ‘Surrender’ option in DoTA 2 forcing you to commit and play to the best of your abilities. I’ve played around 50-60 games in HoN and after a hero buys a wrong item or dies a little too early I keep seeing a prompt for me to surrender.

  4. so many mistakes

    dota2 is available for windows/linux/mac already

    and dota2 is soooooo free-to-play, and everything you can buy wouldn’t change a thing in game except for the appearience

    • As of my writing this it was not available, now it is though, so i’ll update that. Agreed it is free to play, I just don’t like the lack of an “earnable” currency where as you play you can unlock some of the stuff that people pay for, just over time.

  5. True, but I’d say about 1-in 3 games of DoTA 2 I’ve played have had a leaver at the first sign of a loss. Agreed that they call it too often in HoN, but still takes the full team to do it

  6. its so often people dont comment about the game itself, butthe community, if its free to play and what not. the discussion should be about which is better when you for example have unlocked all champions, runes and what not in lol, when everything is available. because then people which game in the end is worth going for. the discussion should be about gameplay, possible comebacks, spells, combos, teamfights, items, possibilities, graphics, turn rate, in some cases skins (cosmetics) etc.
    Surrender buttons, community, availability early on, which game is easier in the beginning etc. is for casual players, who never are reaching for example level 30 in lol, never gonna understand the ground rules in dota or hon etc. (sorry but i think ground rules in lol are easier to get). I would like LoL way more, if the game itself ingame was better than dota or hon (not saying it isnt), and i would play it more even if i only started with 10 heroes, and had to play maybe 100 games or how many it is to get to equal footing with runes and what not with all the other players. and farming points for a new hero which you like is fun btw, i dont see how that is a good arguement to not play lol. i play dota myself, and if i had to farm for heroes in dota, i would still choose dota anyday.

  7. Unless I’m much mistaken, cast times, BAT, and damage points during attack animations have always been identical for the same hero between Dota and Dota 2. AFAIK, spells never took longer to cast in Dota 2 as compared to Dota and BAT was similarly not higher – but even if that were once the case, it certainly hasn’t been the case for the last several patches of both games.

  8. If they were compared to the operating systems
    Hon=Linux. The best system to use if you know how to use it
    Dota 2:Mac. It’s not the most popular but is seen as a cleaner version of the same product.
    LoL:Windows. Everyone plays it simply because everyone plays it. The community is more full and it is the most popular because it is simple and easy.

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