This game takes place in a well-described universe.
Prioritised having a flexible meta and streamlined a number of game systems to make the genre more accessible. The game allowed its community to steer the direction of the story through an accompanying webcomic, and was considered very successful at engaging its players in world-building and lore.
All of its characters are based on real-world gods and myths from pantheons from around the world. It was among the first games played from a third-person perspective, offering a more immersive experience and affecting its vision and movement mechanics. The game uses almost entirely skill-shots, and offers a variety of competitive lane-pushing modes.
All heroes are designed to use and interact with 'conditions', a fixed set of debuffs that can be manipulated in complex ways.
Due to its two boss objectives and carefully tuned economy, it has a stable meta with fixed lane positions for each hero role.
Has a large number of deeply interwoven mechanics, leading to a complex and deep competitive experience. Players have shown a high level of engagement with its massive esports scene: with the annual 'The International' tournament consistently offering the biggest prize-pools in esports history.
Ambitious and heavily-featured game of grand strategy. Teams select a race, providing access to different heroes and armies, before clashing on one of five battlefields, each with different objectives and sizes.