League of Legends is well into its thirteenth season, with tons of new content coming with patches and much more. New champions and new and returning items are just the beginning, as there's no better time to head into Summoners Rift.
While it may have defined the MOBA genre for the better part of a decade, there are plenty of other options to sink your teeth into. Let's take a look at what else the genre has to offer if you've played one too many games in losers' queue or just fancy a change.
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Before League of Legends, there was... DOTA 2
Valve took DOTA and made it more playable, accessible and just plain better. The graphics were better, playability improved, and just about everything was kicked up a notch. This is why DOTA is still fairly popular in 2022, with a well rounded competitive scene.
While it's a little trickier to pick up than League of Legends, DOTA is in many people's eyes, much more immersive. If you're able to master the basics you can go far, and the rewards for doing so are great.
SMITE is another game that is 3D and uses a third-person view. It's much trickier to pick up than League of Legends, in no small part due to all abilities being skillshots.
This does however create a much more authentic feeling, and it feels a great deal more satisfying to master. Many other parts of the game are also much simpler, so if you're after a game that focused largely on mechanics smite is for you.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm comes from the gaming giants Blizzard. Additionally, it features characters from all of the company's games. This MOBA mashup is done in a typical Blizzard style. The game also takes a more light-hearted approach to the genre.
Awesomenauts... the chill League of Legends
Awesomenauts takes the MOBA genre and simplifies it. This is why it's one of the most popular MOBAs for consoles. The style is a little different though. Also, Awesomenauts is a 3D platformer style instead.
Paragon is one of the prettier games on this list. It uses the unreal engine to get that realistic look. Additionally, a close-up scene of the battlefield allows players to feel a little more intimidated by a foe.
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