Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a custom scenario for Warcraft III, based on the "Aeon of Strife" map for StarCraft. The objective of the scenario is to destroy the opponents' "Ancient". The two teams' ancients are heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map. Players use powerful units known as heroes, and are assisted by allied heroes and AI-controlled fighters called "creeps". As in role-playing games, players level up their hero and use gold to buy equipment during the mission.

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IceFrog the current modder who is maintaining DotA (Defence of the Ancients) a popular mod for WarCraft 3 has been whisked away on the Valve success train

Posted by Henley on Oct 6th, 2009

IceFrog the current modder who is maintaining the current version of DotA (Defence of the Ancients) a popular mod for WarCraft 3 has been whisked away on the Valve success train, taking on a what appears to be a management role of a team.

IceFrog wrote:I have some really awesome news I'd like to share with you guys. I am now leading a team at Valve! I finally have all the resources needed to do some very exciting stuff that you guys will love. I look forward to revealing more specific details when the time is right.

My goal and top priority in the future is to solve the surrounding issues that affect the DotA experience in order to allow it to reach new heights. Addressing these issues will enable us to further enjoy aspects of DotA such as the gameplay, mechanics, and in-game feel that currently work well and ought to be maintained. As I've said many times in the past and especially after today's developments, I am very excited about DotA's future!

This is fantastic news, DotA and its original creators have had some very awesome success as of late with the original creator Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak has already been snapped up by Riot Games to work on the upcoming League of Legends. Lets hope more modders find success like IceFrog did, and as a form of celebration here is a song about the mod that started it all.

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Stoudemire15 Oct 6 2009 says:

Congrats to him.

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Warlock_23 Oct 6 2009 says:

Congrats to Icefrog, already heard about this on the blog,
DotA is going to get a lot better very soon now :)

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Hendrix Oct 6 2009 says:

congratulation to him!

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Daystranger Oct 6 2009 says:

DotA is old, ugly and overrated.
Nothing good or original there.

Congratulations on new place, though.

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figalot Oct 6 2009 replied:

i have to say its possibly the greatest game at lan partys

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Cypher05 Oct 6 2009 replied:

Why is this comment buried?...

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D-Sypher Oct 6 2009 replied:

its also the best game to see people argue at Lan Partys too, lol

when I played lan with friends, if we lost, I bitched out my teammates or they did they same to me cause someone screwed up, ahahah good times

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7_Seas Oct 6 2009 says:

god damnit I already preordered HoN.

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pvt.Johnson Oct 6 2009 says:

Hilarious music video :P
Congrats to Icefrog!

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FreedoM*FighteR Oct 6 2009 says:

CongratZ COmrade =] nice video

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leilei Oct 6 2009 says:

There's some words missing from this article: "Resistance" and "futile"

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violetblood Oct 6 2009 says:

nerd video. :D

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Silverfisk Oct 6 2009 says:


Congratulations to mr. IceFrog.

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HL-Rul3z Oct 6 2009 says:


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RogerRamjet Oct 6 2009 says:

Congrats Icefrog... Valve pre-emptive strikes again... well done...

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DangerousCat Oct 6 2009 says:

VALVE Rulez! They know what to do! and where to find the best people!

...Valve the best!!!!!

...IceFrog! Lucky you! xD

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hushpuppy Oct 6 2009 says:

Remember last time Valve bought a mod? Thats right, Counterstrike happend.
Get ready to be blown away...

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MrTambourineMan Oct 6 2009 replied:

The last time they bought a mod DoD happened...

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Scriabin Oct 6 2009 says:

If Valve takes on DotA, wouldn't they run into copyright issues with Blizzard? Or am I mistaken?

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Oregano Oct 6 2009 replied:

Good question! Im interested in knowing the answer to this too.

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INtense! Oct 6 2009 replied:

no because they will create their own "IP" and just use the game genre "tower defence" that DOTA pioneered

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kinesis916 Oct 6 2009 says:

Congrats. My time will come.

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xilefian Oct 6 2009 says:

The only reason this happened is because all of valve are dota fans :/
Robin Walker is in the DotA steam group

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Zanuff Oct 6 2009 says:

defenCe of the ancients?

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PytoX Oct 6 2009 says:

Dota in Diablo 3 perhaps? :P

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Bird_of_Prey Oct 6 2009 says:

Interesting. I'm wondering if this is just another step for Valve trying to diversify a little more. Valve RTS/RPG? I look forward to seeing where this all leads.

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Sprax Oct 6 2009 replied:

Valve doing RTS? Ewwwwww. That goes to Relic!

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ultimate Oct 7 2009 replied:

HEY! You obviously haven't seen what HL2 can look like as a RTS.

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56er Oct 6 2009 says:

This is going to end with an Dota lookalike, small amount of new stuff in it, and a price of 49,99 in stores or 39,99 on steam -.-

Grats to his promotion anyway...

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xonone Oct 6 2009 says:

Gratz man.

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awesomepossum Oct 6 2009 says:

Congrats, You're living the dream now!

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Redexodus Oct 6 2009 says:

Dota is pretty fun, but it's community is SO elitist. I can't join a game without someone screaming "OMG DLER KICK HIM HE FGT LULLZZZ!1!"

Nice work getting the job though, good luck with your career.

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Loftless Oct 6 2009 replied:

Then download the map first >_<

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Reactorcore Oct 7 2009 says:

So this is what Dota was. o_O
I've heard the basshunter's music vid long while ago singing about Dota, but only now I realized it was a mod infact.


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Kys Oct 7 2009 says:

Congrats Icefrog. I can say only this.

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BunnyJen Oct 9 2009 says:

Congrats to IceFrog! And lol @ video. XD

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Myloman Nov 3 2009 says:

Good on him. It's amazing how popular it is. Lucky old bum!

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