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2002

2003

2004

November - DotA Allstars v.5.84 is released by Guinsoo. The first competitive version of DotA.

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2005

November - DotA Allstars v.6.27 is released by IceFrog. The second competetive sầu version of DotA.

From Aeon of Strife lớn 6.27

To understvà the history of DotA, one must begin from Starcraft. In the early days of Starcraft, there was a Use Map Settings (UMS) map called Aeon of Strife (AoS) made by a modder called Aeon64 that featured a cooperative sầu game with four heroes facing off against endless waves of computer-controlled creeps in four lanes. The players would have sầu endless computer-controlled creeps on their side as well, except these were weaker than the enemy creeps. The familiar game mechanic of the player who last-hit an enemy unit being rewarded with money can be found in this bản đồ. The game would kết thúc once key buildings on either side were destroyed or with the deaths of all four player-controlled heroes. A second version was made so that four players faced off against each other in a 2v2 fashion with endless creeps on both teams.

Once Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos was released on July 3, 2002, Aeon of Strife was ported over to Reign of Chaos where không tính tiền of the limitations of the Starcraft bản đồ editor, a much more interesting game could be made. Players could gain experience alongside money, gain levels, learn more powerful abilities & buy equipment. Many of the game mechanics in modern DotA can be found in maps from this period.

The first Aeon of Strife-styled map that took advantage of the ability lớn design custom spells provided by the powerful Reign of Chaos World Editor was Valley of Dissent made by a modder called Karukef. Another modder called Eul borrowed some ideas of his predecessors to lớn create an Aeon of Strife-styled bản đồ called Defence of the Ancients (DotA), which would become one of the most popular UMS maps on Battle.net.

When Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne came out on July 1st, 2003, Eul made a version called DotA 2: Thirst for Gamma in TFT, but it wasn"t successful in replacing the original DotA that had been ported into lớn The Frozen Throne. Eul then disappeared, but not before making his code open-source.

At this time, many people modded the The Frozen Throne version of DotA. These derivatives of DotA started becoming popular on Battle.net. During this time, DotA wasn"t called DotA Allstars, but instead the EX series. This was the version of DotA optimized by a modder off of the Reign of Chaos version. Other well-known series were the "DotA DX Series", "DotA Unforgiven" và "DotA Outland".

These ancient DotA maps led to lớn DotA becoming one of the most popular maps on Battle.net & created very good conditions for DotA Allstars to flourish on its release.

The birth of DotA Allstars

So it was that DotA entered a new period in its history. New versions of DotA were officially called "DotA Allstars". A couple of modders called Meian and Ragn0r compiled particularly fun-to-play heroes from these different versions of DotA và put it all together calling it DotA Allstars. This is the historical reason why the term "Allstars" was added khổng lồ the name. After releasing an official version of DotA that pitted Human against Orc, these talented modders stopped making new versions.

The first version of the Allstars series was "DotA Allstars Beta v0.95" released on February 3, 2004. This was a milestone in the history of DotA. In the development of later versions, the "Allstars" series was accepted as the best DotA series.

The Allstars series gradually became more balanced and refined. Once the 4.xx series was reached, DotA already carried a certain amount of influence.

Inchoate development

At this time,Guinsoo appeared và began the 3.xx và 4.xx series. DotA Allstars v.3.0d was released in March 2004. A month later, v4.0a was released. It was the first version khổng lồ feature Roshan, which was named after Guinsoo"s bowling ball.

A particularly big event in the history of DotA was the release of the 5.xx series. It signaled that DotA was reaching maturity. During the 5.xx era, two changes with historical significance occurred: The competitive sầu mode was stabilized & organized competitions emerged.


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The 5.xx series inherited the essence of the 4.xx series" & also introduced many new heroes và items. It also made generated many new breakthroughs và added substance to the scope of the game. The first AI DotA bản đồ also appeared during the 5.xx era.

Since more & more players were joining, the work of making new versions had also become massive. In October 2004, Guinsoo recruited the help of fellow members from Clan TDA. Neichus & IceFrog joined DotA as new developers.

The 5.xx series" first new hero was Tidehunter appearing in the 5.74 version. In the 5.75 version that followed it, Ursa Warrior & Atropos were introduced one apiece khổng lồ Sentinel & Scourge. 5.76 introduced Keeper of the Light, Tinker, Ogre Magi, Pudge 2.0 & Svà King, while nerfing most of the old heroes.

The final version of the 5.xx series was "DotA Allstars 5.84c v2". This was an extraordinary version with historical significance, because the popularity of DotA had finally exceeded the confines of its players. Official, organized and influential competitive sầu DotA began with this version. This qualifies it as the very first stable competitive version of DotA Allstars.

At the same time, 5.84 was a huge classic. Even long after 6.xx had been released, this bản đồ was still very popular. Rumour has it that even during the 6.2x era, South-East Asia was still hosting competitions with 5.84. Even now, this version can be found in the bản đồ directory of some Chinese cybercafés.

In truth, 5.84c wasn"t actually released by Guinsoo. Due to lớn a bug in 5.84b, a modder from Russia called True.Rus developed an unofficial 5.84c. This modder rewrote the code, reduced the load time from 3min to lớn under 20s và fixed some bugs.

The Emergence of Organized Competitive Matches: TDA và IGS

During this period, some (very few) people formed the first DotA discussion forum called 9nid. This was the first semi-official DotA diễn đàn, where players would discuss DotA-related matters. Even to this day, some of the earliest members are immortalized on a các mục.

With the spread of WC3, DotA also became more & more popular. 9nid"s users gradually increased eventually reaching a point when its servers could not withst& the traffic. At this point, the diễn đàn moved khổng lồ RTSGamer. So it was that DotA leagues were formed.

The first league was Clan TDA (Team DotA Allstars) formed in April 2004. Its spread in popularity was helped in great part by the trang web DotA-Allstars.com founded on October 14th, 2004 by TDA thành viên PenLong. It was the official trang web for the DotA Allstars map, as well as a place for the DotA community to partake in discussions.

With DotA"s growing popularity, the diễn đàn would eventually grow from khổng lồ over one milion visitors every month, a million page views every day, và a staff of over 100 volunteers. Sadly, the website was shutdown in July 2010. For this reason, the official trang web of the DotA Allstars bản đồ was moved to PlayDota.com & the term "Allstars" was dropped from the maps name.

International Gaming Syndicate began hosting DotA competitions in 2004. The first season had 20 teams participating. The second season had 45 teams, so more and more people joined.

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We have sầu some DotA items lớn commemorate these old bản đồ makers: Eul"s Scepter of Divinity và Guinsoo"s Scythe of Vyse (Scythe of Vyse which has been stripped of Guinsoo"s name in Dota 2)

A Gathering of Parts: The 6.1x Era

On February 28th 2005, not soon after the release of DotA Allstars 6.00, after Guinsoo announced his departure from the map-making world, Neichus và IceFrog officially took over development from 6.01 continuing the process of improving DotA. Rumour has it that Guinsoo went into World of Warcraft. Neichus had been working on the project since October 2004.

Neichus took over the project lead position and under his leadership, Earthshaker, Tiny, Chen 2.0, Stealth Assassin 2.0, Phantom Lancer, Enchantress, Enigma, Axe, Shadow Fiover, Visage 2.0, Nerubian Weaver, Bloodseeker and Dazzle were added. After several versions, Neichus grew disenchanted with the project, so he left IceFrog as the head developer of DotA Allstars.

Perhaps it was due khổng lồ 5.84 being overly amazing that many die-hard fans refused lớn accept the huge changes instated by the 6.xx versions. This led lớn the early 6.xx versions not being hugely influential. However, these setbacks couldn"t stop mighty IceFrog"s momentum of churning out new versions.


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A common proverb is "A new broom sweeps clean." In 6.10, IceFrog made large numbers of modifications and improvements, completely remaking Faceless Void. He added a new Scourge anh hùng, Invoker (It"s lượt thích the current Invoker, but has 31 spells rather than the current 10. He was too overpowered, so IceFrog shut hyên ổn in a small blaông xã room for a long time before letting hyên out). During the 6.1x era, IceFrog made many modifications to lớn the old version of DotA. While fixing many bugs, he also rebalanced many heroes that were too imbalanced.

It was during this time that Heintje"s Chinese 6.12 came out. This is the first 6.xx Chinese DotA version you can find. Following this, Heintje continued his efforts to translate DotA Allstars inlớn Chinese contributing immensely to the popularization of DotA in Trung Quốc.

The First Light of Dawn: The 6.2x Era

On November 1st, 2005, IceFrog released DotA Allstars 6.đôi mươi, which abandoned the previous snowfield theme returning lớn the 5.84"s grassfield theme but with colours slightly altered, resulting in today"s style.

In 6.trăng tròn, IceFrog continued the process of nerfing many heroes. In this version, the immensely popular Prince Arthas from the chiến dịch entered the world of DotA. In 6.21, another new anh hùng was added. Then until 6.27, fixing bugs và balancing the game took priority. 6.27 was released near the end of November.

Since IceFrog was slow but continuous khổng lồ release new versions, 6.27 lasted a relatively long time (until February 2006). After consolidating over several versions, DotA reached a new pinnacle in game balance with 6.27.

During this era, DotA Allstars became an sự kiện in the World Cyber Games Singapore 2005. 6.27b was declared to be the official version to be used in future leagues và championship tournaments. 6.27 became the second stable competitive version of DotA Allstars, the first being 5.84.

In 6.28, IceFrog added two new heroes: Witch Doctor and Spectre (bachồng then, Spectre was considered useless). The -cs command was added (lớn display creep kills & denies) và a brvà new loading screen. Since 6.29 had some critical bugs, 6.28 was the most stable map amongst DotA 6.2x versions.


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Compared to lớn 6.27, 6.28 wasn"t as significant a change balance-wise. The addition of two heroes was the only change. Rumour has it that khổng lồ quench the gamers" desires of 6.30, IceFrog hastily rushed through that version. This led lớn 6.27 taking the limelight amongst 6.2x versions.

After taking over development at 6.10, IceFrog did large amounts of bug fixing và anh hùng balance improvements in order khổng lồ get an UMS bản đồ that was originally only used for sheer entertainment lớn take large leaps towards competitiveness. This paved a solid foundation for DotA"s swift development as an e-sport. While improving nhân vật balance, a series of new heroes, items & models were introduced strengthening the amusement factor of the game as well. This helped meet the conditions for DotA khổng lồ rapidly become popular.

Happenings in the EU/NA scene

DotA"s rapid popularization & balance improvements greatly increased DotA"s competitiveness. Lots of teams began to emerge. Internationally renowned teams such as PluG (later known as compLexity), Apex (later known as Jax Money Crew (JMC)), Say Plz, Team Q, TeG (The Elder Gods) & Boomtown Odense (BTo), front-runner of Jukes on You (JoY) và later, Meet Your Makers (MYM) were influential in competitions during this era. Some of these teams such as Apex had their beginnings in earlier leagues such as the IGS baông xã in 2004-2005.

EU/NA competitions were mainly TDA & CAL, as well as Dota-League"s Piông xã League. In the first season of Pick League taking place in November 2005, Team Q claimed victory, while BTo took first place in the next three seasons asserting their dominance.

Happenings in the Asian scene

Compared lớn these tournaments in EU/NA, DotA was still in an embryonic state in Trung Quốc. EU/NA competitions didn"t have sầu a big influence on the Chinese scene.

In China in the month of November 2005, some players famous on the U9 forum formed team GL under the leadership và organization of Xiaoxiongmao. Ever since they formed, GL has been one of China"s strongest, mightiest and most low-protệp tin teams. During the same period, Mage (not to lớn be confused with later Russian team MaGe) & IFNT formed in succession.

The appearance of teams naturally led lớn contests. During the 6.2x era, there weren"t many competitions. Everyone learned from each other by comparing their views on how to play the game. The records we have sầu on matches baông chồng then doesn"t amount lớn much. I"ve sầu only noted down the influential competitions.

On February 7th 2006, a Taiwanese team was on the U9 forum challenging teams và met the recently-formed GL. Due lớn poor connections, the match wasn"t very good. Nevertheless, the Taiwanese team used Keeper of the Light and Tinker"s long-range nuke strategy which broadened the DotA worldview of GL, who had until then worked diligently on their Area of Effect strategy. This also gave Chinese DotA players a taste of the fascination that exists in CW (clan wars). As the first CW match in Trung Quốc with some influence, it deserves mention in this history.

In March 2006, the first RDL DotA competition was hosted. Using 6.27 as the official version of the competition, the tournament originally planned khổng lồ have 32 teams, but in the end only 23 teams participated. GL was too strong for the other teams và took the victory claiming the very first national Chinese title.

This tournament is something that can"t be omitted from any Chinese DotA history. It could be argued that due lớn the experiment that was this tournament, more Chinese DotA experts switched from playing for amusement in pubs lớn having organized và competitive team games. This tournament also led khổng lồ more people appreciating the competitive sầu nature of DotA to break away from the preconception many people had of the game as a WC3 ladder bản đồ meant only for casual amusement.

This tournament spread the fame of first-generation Chinese teams such as GL, HUST, IFNT, Mage & EDU which declared the arrival of the strong teams. Following the popularization of replays, Chenlun, Huiyue, Xiaoxiongmao & mAroBoRo (Wanbaolu) và other players left a deep impression in people. They were the first generation Chinese DotA stars. They were also who DotA beginners tried to lớn model themselves after.

During the 6.27 era, the mainstream strategy was Area of Effect. For late-game, the 4-protect-1 strategy was also developed. The most famous strategy was the Divine Aegis (Divine Rapier, Aegis of the Immortal) Medusa. These strategies flourished through the 6.32 era until the 6.37 era.

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At that time & in the following years, a large number of players in Đài Loan Trung Quốc were playing DotA. DotA has become a popular game in Đài Loan Trung Quốc Internet bars.