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5 Best Alternatives For League of Legends (LoL)—Top MOBA Games

Updated on September 15, 2014

League of Legends is probably the world's most-played MOBA (multi-player online battle arena game). I'm personally a huge fan and have been playing for more than a year. But, I've faced some problems with the game: it runs with an irritating lag that has made me search for some alternatives. And so here is my list of the five best alternatives to League of Legends.

#5 Defense of the Ancients 2

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DOTA 2 ScreenShot

Defense of the Ancients 2, or Dota 2, was released on July 9, 2013 and is an online mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne. Dota 2 pits two five-player teams against each other with the goal of destroying the other team's "Ancient," a building in the center of each team's stronghold. Each player controls and develops a "Hero" character by leveling up, collecting gold, and finding new items and weapons. Check out some sample gameplay below.

#4 Smite

Phoenix
Phoenix

Smite is a third-person shooter MOBA developed by Hi-Rez studio and was released on March 25, 2014.

Like all MOBA games, there are two teams of three or five players each that spawn at the opposite ends of the map. Yet what distinguishes Smite from other MOBAs is that the game "camera" is placed behind the back of your character - a Greek or Egyptian mythological figure - which takes away the player's peripheral vision. This makes killing enemies more challenging, since each shot must be carefully planned.

In addition to the "Conquest" mode, in which each team tries to destroy the other's stronghold, there are several other gameplay modes. "Arena" has teams participate in deathmatch-style combat and there are also daily specialty matches as well.

#3 Heroes of Newerth

Heroes of Newerth, or HoN, was developed by S2 Games and was released in July, 2011. Using the template established by Dota and League of Legends, HoN improves on its source material with better graphics and an improved gameplay interface. To deter people from just quitting games that they're losing, you have the option of limiting games only to people with good track records in that department. There are also many hero characters to choose from, very thorough and helpful tutorials along with in-game guides.

#2 Bloodline Champions

Bloodline Champions is a free-to-play online battle arena game developed by Stunlock studios.This game was named "Game of the Year" by the Swedish Game Awards.

Like most MOBA games, Bloodline Champions has three different player modes: a death-match style gameplay, a "capture the flag" style game play, a conquest-style play that focuses on controlling the map.

One of the great things about BloodLine Champions is that it is a game that relies 100% on skill. There are no random occurrences and every ability requires aiming and careful planning to succeed.

The gameplay interface is also well-designed, giving each player an aerial view of the game. All in all, Bloodline Champions is a great alternative to League of Legends.

#1 Infinite Crisis

Gameplay ScreenShot
Gameplay ScreenShot

This game was released in beta on March 2014 by Turbine Developers and published by Warner Bros. Though it's still being developed, it's shaping up to be an excellent MOBA, with many of the same features of Dota. The best part of the game, though, is that it takes place in the DC universe (and some DC alternate universes as well), meaning you can play as Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Catwoman, or Aquaman. For fans of comics, this is the game to play. All in all, it's very fun to play online with your friends and one of the best alternatives for League of Legends.

Which one is your favourite?

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BONUS: MOBA Tips and Tricks for N00Bs

1) Always take care to help your team members. Unity is the best policy. Be prepared to take on whatever role your team needs and take care not to badger them when they make a mistake.

2) Personalise your character as much as possible. You can purchase or earn a number of add-ons like the latest weapons, armor, and much more.

3) Keep your cool. People can get competitive and sometimes emotions get out of control. Don't let your teammate's anger get to you and don't get angry at your teammates and remember that revenge is a dish best served cold.

4) Get some specialized equipment. Especially if you play off a laptop you may want to buy a dedicated keyboard and mouse - like the ones below - which will be more responsive to your commands and will save your laptop keyboard from wear and tear.

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