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Today the developer behind the popular Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients: Allstars, known only as ‘IceFrog,’ announced that he is going to be leading a team of developers at Valve.

According to IceFrog, this is “great news for DotA fans.” He stated, “I finally have all the resources needed to do some very exciting stuff that you guys will love,” notes IceFrog. “As I’ve said many times in the past and especially after today’s developments, I am very excited about DotA’s future!”

IceFrog went on to say, “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.”

Does this imply that Valve will be producing a DotA clone like Riot Games’ League of Legends or S2 Games’ Heroes of Newerth? As more details arrive, you can be sure I’ll post them here on Gamer Limit.


  1. This should be interesting.

  2. I don’t think any particular ‘dota’ game is particularly well-balanced in competitive play – not even DotA itself. However, DotA is probably the most balanced one. I’m curious to see what happens with the DotA developer making a commercial DotA game.

  3. Haha, I was just talking about IceFrog the other day. What an awesome guy.

    LoL is decently balanced. The HoN community also swears that their game is balanced as well.

  4. Haha yeah i’ve seen a lot of people on the HoN forums ask why he isn’t working for them.

  5. I’ve heard really weird things about League of Legends that make me wary of it (no denying creeps is one random thing that made me go “WTF?”), although I would rather not make judgments about it until I can give it a good try.

    Heroes of Newerth isn’t too unbalanced, but every time they make something new, it’s either really weak or really strong for a long time. There are certain things that are way too strong in “Easy Mode” games like the ones we used to do for staff nights (MadMan for example is way too good in easy mode, but he’s just fine in normal mode), but that’s the case for DotA as well; Easy Mode wasn’t made to be viable in a competitive setting. Still, I don’t think it’s better than DotA in terms of balance yet.

  6. avatar Vishal

    OK so Icefrog, the man who saved Warcraft III tanks to his tireless effort in constantly updating and refining DoTA, joins Valve?

    Hi Blizzard? Did you maybe want to consider offering him a bigger sign-on bonus since he did keep Warcraft III popular only because of his work? What are you guys thinking?

    Anyway good to know you have a team behind you Icefrog, hopefully they can help you balance overpowered characters right? You know like how you keep buffing Luna and Drow, but still keep Visage as the weakest hero in the game?

    Yeah that’s right, I love and hate you.

    • avatar Roberto

      bruno bronze disse:26/09/2011 19:58Vou fazer minha parte pqroue o brasil merece mais prestigio e respeito na comunidade dota. Eu nao quero a key pqroue ainda estou dando um upgrade na minha maquina para rodar o jogo liso. Valeu galera

  7. avatar MagmaFrog

    Dear Vishal…
    Do you really think Visage is a weak hero?
    All you need, is the right item build and play him right.
    But its true that he is kinda difficult to play for some newbies.

  8. avatar BadSector

    Visage rules… cannot count the number of games I won with him… By the way, will Icefrog continue updating Dota if he joins Valve? We should thank him for all the time he put in to give us an excellent game!

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