MOBA games are all the rage nowadays, with League of Legends causing an uproar in the free-to-play segment. The genre is gaining more and more fans each day and several studios are betting on it, with more games trying to claim their share of players. We chose the hottest Top 10 free MOBA Games to Play in 2012!

10. SmashMuck Champions (In closed beta)

Published by Kiz Studios and still in closed beta, SmashMuck Champions begins a look at MOBA games. Currently, there are 16 zany champions for players to lead into battle, each a little bit more psychotic and strange than the last. The game runs like any other MOBA but it approaches the genre at a bit of an angle by providing a series of different game modes from capture the flag, control points, and resource war alongside the standard tower-defense style.

As what might become a claim to fame is the interesting style that SmashMuck intend to bring to the playing field.

Play Now: SmashMuck Champions

9. Avalon Heroes

Huge monsters stomping down lanes like giants and colorful spells splashing across the battlefield like fireworks rings in the colorful MOBA extravaganza that is Avalon Heroes by Alaplaya. It’s an all-out fantasy game that provides a fast-paced arena action with a great deal of spirit. In order to promote the game and the foundation behind it, Alaplaya holds eSports championships and even has veteran teams who take their heroes on the road in grand tournaments with their reputations on the line.

With a set of different modes, players can go head-to-head head in the Battle mode, fight against a legendary monster in Arena mode, or co-op with up to eight friends in Adventure mode to take on boss monsters.

Play Now: Avalon Heroes

8. LOCO: Land of Chaos Online

Alaplaya sets themselves a eighth place with an extremely unique offering to the MOBA genre with a game that combines a third-person shooter aspect instead of the click-to-move approach. As an arena game Land of Chaos Online has the looks of an Asian-themed fantasy setting and some pretty fair graphics to boot. In order to keep the battles flowing, players can take three champions onto the firing range, this makes it possible to switch in and out when waiting to respawn after dying. Players receive ten talents for all their heroes; but can only bring five talents with them to the battlefield.

There are two game modes, one of which is the standard DotA, lane-pushing, tower defense and the second one is a battle royale of no-holds-barred fight to the death between multiple opponents.

Play Now: Land of Chaos Online

7. Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes

The fantasy world of Warhammer is probably best known to tabletop RPG players but it extends nicely to the online gaming market because it contains every fantasy fiction trope to ever grace the pages of a genre novel. Bioware Mythic Studio developed this game with that as a foundation and distilled down many of the elements of MOBA and DoTA-style games but then came away with something slightly different.

Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes adds a 6x6x6 (three-way) PvP game style that isn’t seen in other MOBAs and gives it an interestingly unique quality amid its brethren. It includes elements such as allowing players to change hero before the next spawn (allowing teams to change their loadout and tactics mid-game) and a mastery point system that adds experience not to individual characters but to players. It also provides the usual game play modes such as all-out PvP, capture-the-flag, and another variation on capture-the-flag that involves picking up resources (runes) and running them home.

Play Now: Wrath of Heroes

6. Rise of Immortals

Petroglyph Games developed and published this MOBA title and snagged distribution on Steam. Heavily inspired by the DoTA model, Rise of Immortals provides both PvE and PvP styles to allow players to find all the competition and gameplay that they need. RoI takes the character-based leveling model and eschews account-leveling, meaning that players can focus on one hero (or “immortal”) and bring them up personally through the ranks with an extremely complex character trait system.

Like a few other MOBA games on the market, Rise of Immortals features a social region that allows players to bring out their avatars and show off their rankings and their enhancements in an avatar-chat setting. Both PvP and PvE game types model themselves off DoTA and involve mutli-lane maps, towers, minions, inhibitors, and gameplay that anyone who plays a MOBA will know well.

Play Now: Rise of Immortals

5. SMITE (In closed beta)

Hi-Rez Studios (also known for their shooters Tribes Ascend and Global Agenda) is getting into the MOBA market with their soon-to-be-released SMITE. According to the developers, the game is heavily based on the DoTA-styled gameplay and leverages the advantages of the Unreal 3 engine to produce beautiful graphics and provide a fast-paced, blazing-glory MOBA game for the players.

The game will have a strongly mythology based presentation and looking at many of the characters there’s representations from Greek, Hindu, Northern European, and Western folklore. The Unreal 3 graphics engine makes every video from this game a beautiful sight to behold and demonstrates the game as an in-close-and-personal into-the-fray style of fighting (where many MOBAs play best zoomed out and seeing the map.)

Play Now: SMITE

4. Super Monday Night Combat (In closed beta)

One Monday Night Combat wasn’t enough, so Uber Entertainment saw fit to produce a free-to-play MOBA version in this incarnation as Super Monday Night Combat (Super MNC). As a sort of combination of third-person-shooter with battle arena, MNC hearkens back to the concept of to-the-death gladiatorial combat sport, fought by clones for the love and adulation of bloodthirsty television watchers of the future. Players are thrust into a class-based arena battle and pressed to fight for cash, fame, and endorsements.

While it’s class based (and there will be six classes available) there’s also a feature that allows players to unlock their own set of upgradable skills, providing essentially a custom class. However, most players will probably fit well with the six pre-existing classes.

The game is available across both Steam and Xbox LIVE Arcade and brings with it a lot of nostalgia about the original Monday Night Combat. Science fiction movies and games about bloodthirsty future-based gladiatorial combat have been played out in numerous times but as usual MNC takes the cake with a particular brand of brutality combined with the ring of the bell and brutally intense combat.

Play Now: Super MNC

3. Bloodline Champions

This MOBA comes to us with a series of accolades, developed by Sweden-based Stunlock Studios and published by Funcom, Bloodline Champions made “Game of the Year” and “Winner XNA” in the 2009 Swedish Game Awards and eventually released in North America in 2011. There are three game modes fought between two factions of up to five players each: team deathmatch arena game, a capture-the-flag game called “Capture the Artifact,” and a map control point game called “Conquest.”

Being a class-based MOBA there are four archetypical champions who provide melee attack, ranged attack, healing/support, and tank defense. Amid these there are 25 bloodlines with six champions in each category. Each bloodline provides a set of abilities and this benefits from the skill and choice of the player. Once a champion goes down, they stay down until the end of the round.

Play Now: Bloodline Champions

2. Heroes of Newerth

Heroes of Newerth is developed and published by S2 Games and it has seen a lot of critical acclaim and a great deal of popularity. As a MOBA it reached over 100,000 concurrent players as of March 2012, and it has seen over 12.3 million downloads. As a game, HoN started out buy-to-play but turned into a proper free-to-play online game as of July 2011. It has all the elements necessary to be a high contender in the MOBA market, with over 101 heroes, a DOTA style of gameplay, and a vast player base to meet on the battlefield.

This MOBA runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux making it a highly accessible game. It’s touted as a science-fantasy archetype due to the immense array of heroes available for play. Many of them also have skins and alternate looks that can be bought via microtransactions. Like the usual DOTA it has a few maps which players can test their might against one another.

Play Now: Heroes of Newerth

1. League of Legends

As the undisputed king of the MOBA market, League of Legends by Riot Games stalks the dark jungles of the online gaming community with pride. Since it’s open beta in October 2009 (which it remained as such until it transitioned into full release) it has received accolades and adulation from a multitude of players. In 2011, LoL received a Golden Joystick Award for Best Free-to-Play Game; in 2010 the 1st Game Developers Online Choice Awards Audience Award from Gamastutra (among many); and an award from IGN and Gamespy in 2009.

Cutting a chip right off the old block of DoTA, League of Legends is still today the MOBA to beat for any contender looking for the top of the market. LoL uses a microtransactions freemium model to draw in users who want access to the champion of their choice and to customize their look. This choice has seen Riot Games a lot of favor and done them extremely well.

League of Legends boasts lots of champions to choose from, multiple game modes, and a familiar DoTA game style and maps. As an online game they have also gotten into the eSports arena with ladder rankings, providing a chance for excellent players to complete in “$100,000 Global Finals” at the end of each season. They participated in the 2010 World Cyber Games in Los Angeles and the Dreamhack World Championships in 2011. Further future tournaments are planned.

Play Now: League of Legends

Like any emerging genre, MOBA games are still finding their stride. Looking at the bold array sighted above, the fierce competition near the top of the charts, and the introduction of yet new games, we can probably safely say that 2012 will see a lot of development.

We hope you enjoy our Top 10 free MOBA Games to Play in 2012 and don’t forget to share your own top MOBA Games with us!

*This page will be updated from time to time so don´t forget to share your top 10!

By Kyt Dotson


  1. Seriously, Heroes Of Newerth is really the best MOBA ever.
    I can’t believe there are so much people playing LoL, those people are only looking for casual play, i don’t get it.
    But hey, what ever, people have differents tastes…

  2. Lol sucks, clearly none of u have ever played DOTA 2 it is,the beast and most popular MOBA game and DOTA2 tournaments have the biggest prize pool of any game

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  4. LoL has been rated the game of the century by two different game rating organisations, and was recently awarded game of the year for the second year running. It has over 10 nominations already for next years awards and outmatches all other MOBA games to date. DOTA 2 is an initial copy of LoL as it was originally produced by the same design company as LoL however did not have a large enough fan base and so they adapted it in different ways. In general LoL is the best MOBA game available and there’s no point disputing it because it has more than triple the fan base of DOTA and even more than 10 times the fan base of LOCO. Also LoL are also expanding out into other forms of media, such as their new cut scene which attained over 100 million views in the first month of being released. This shows the extent of LoL’s fan base compared to others. Lastly with over 120 champions and more being released each month, LoL is the no.1 fastest growing FREE! online game and so it will always be better and more advanced than the other so called MOBA’s in its genre.
    If you haven’t played LoL as of now, I highly recommend it as it is completely free and more advanced than a fully paid for game.

    • so is playing football. it’s free to play once i spend the money for the pigskin and the shoes.
      as is tf2. but i don’t like either so i don’t play either.

      and please don’t write such things as game of the century recommendations. we’re literally 13% done with this century. i’m sorry but it’s a little early to call. if they said game of the century so far, maybe just maybe. jay-z madonna and miley cyrus have millions of fans, but it doesn’t automatically make their music the best. i think it just meant it was easiest for people at all levels of income, intelligence and skill to hop on board.

      the one item of critical acclaim you forgot is that it’s known to have just about the worst online community. i’ll say that’s an impressive feat. such growth in a player base which adamantly insults its new players is either evidence of a super awesome game. or people who like inflicting pain upon themselves. maybe both

  5. maybe because i dont like people or all of the references, but i’ll wait forever for demigod 2. that game was gorgeous and wasn’t bloated with tons of characters. not wacky looking and has no place even being discussed here because it was something you purchased, unless of course you didn’t but still. i think if that game was handled right it’d still be supported today.

    but like i said
    no place being here; not free
    game was gorgeous, few characters
    i’ll wait forever

  6. hahaha you kids crack me up. I like to call dota players Dota Dick riders, they love deep throating blizzard, and spending thousands of dollars on graphics cards just to run the graphics on halfway. I run a mac and league runs perfect on it no issues, Steam is garbage, that shit crashes more then Lindsay Lohan.Lets get real, dota players are mad cause league is shitting all over em.

  7. Hi all.
    I play Lol a long time ago, i tried Hon Super M , Smite, Dota2 and Wot…(not Loco, maybe my pc crash with that rubbish) and i want thank u all the opinions that i have read cause i can secure that everybody that came to flame (I except smart post and people with sense) may start to think about this things

    – I play for entertainment, i work and if i have 1 hour to play i want to play for that, for RELAX(and that takes me to second point)
    – A carpenteer have skill, a bus driver have skill….not a pc gamer eating chips at home, and not being skilled on a game its better that being it cause it means that u have life and friends (omg that takes me to 3rd point)
    -I dont have to defend with life any game, just the one that gives me that moments of entertaiment, today Lol , tomorrow Hon…. cause no ones will work for me, or educate my daughter or give me money…(4rd point here we go)
    – Think about being the players or the muppets of the company that programed the game, they do it for the same that i work, for money to live, and I´m seeing flamers not only wasting money(if u want a skin obviusly pay it, its ur money, it isnt wrong), but wasting time defending a game that doesnt give them any bennefit…. mind mature please

    Its not what is best, its what u like to play, what entertain u…my 3 years old daughter have a lot of toys and is the happiest girl i ever seen playing just with a plastic kitchen…and it doesnt means that is better or worse than a doll or a ball its just …different.

  8. LOL is the best of them all trust me i have played every single 1 and LOL comes out on top by a massive margin and dota i agree was out 1st but LOL is by far better and you can’t be weak when we are talking about computers dumbfu**

    • no LOL comes 2nd Dota is 1rst every one knows that if it was up to me i would make top 2 moba not 10 HON is a bad copy of Dota and smite dont need to say anything same for smnc only 2 game worth playing is dota and lol and u can be a lol player or dota player stop this hate now but for some people lol comes first and for some like me dota comes first and both games are different so stop saying dota sucks or league of lesbians show some respect
      keep up the good work mmobomb
      MAGICMAN we miss you <3

  9. I hate when idiots write “Games Like League of Legends”, “Games similar to League of Legends” , because it must be written Games Like Dota , cuz LOL is Dota clone not vice versa.
    But this mindf*****g list of dota clones is total nonsence how there are no dota at all this list sucks.
    and one more thing LOL is for weak.

  10. Oh my God! Can’t beleve that you guys are fighting between yourselfs… Those games are diffrent so everybody loves diffrent. Exemple, i rly like lol it’s simple to learn to play, colors are great lots of skins storries and allways some new champ come out,… but someone likes HoN, Smite, LoCo…. There is no reason for quarrel. Smite is also very god (my 2sc choise) you can see all magics rly close and the exp is very coooool!!!! HoN is petty hard to learn and i could never do it right so i stopped but i’ll try it again cuz i see new patch. Dota2 is new and i realy want to try it. I hope i’m clear and if someone think i’m idiot cuz i like those games than he’s on drugs and a little more retarded.

  11. why do u not like avalon heroes??? its awesome game simple to understand… there isnt much darkness in the screen(well in some maps)…. n there’s a certain map called “crossroad of death” which is really awesome n simple n thrilling(to fight others) u stay close…. this was challenging… but they retired on feb 8th :’,(

  12. People saying that DOTA 2 isn’t free-to-play really need to do their homework. DOTA 2 is only 99.99$ as a part of a PACK with OTHER GAMES. As soon as they release it, it will be free to play, you just can’t get in early without either buying an invite/key, or signing up to get one free. Besides, the invites are coming in large waves now, so there’s really no reason to pay.

    • Quite helpful. Plus Steam users (like yours truly) get an invite for free from Valve. At the time of this post, I just opened Steam and found out from Valve that I already own Dota 2 (when going to the game’s main page) just for having Steam. I’m currently downloading and installing it so I can give it a shot.

  13. I like Loco(old version not evo) it brought class something that LoL or dota 2 didn’t because they will always have that same feeling to a regular dota game. Loco brought a whole different apparence and multiple character swap during a match so its pretty much having a team of 3 during a match, which i though was interesting. It also had three types of I don’t like how like in LoL there are runes and in Loco you could upgrade or armor or w.e which makes games so unbalanced. I feel sad now because i wanted to get back into Loco but it seems like they are shutting down(“server maintenance” that lasted two weeks and a half and still going) It was the only moba i liked playing and I’m not trying to be biased because i played Loco,LoL, and dota 2. I admit i wasn’t that good, but these moba games need to try be more creative than other original because all i see is the same games. i might as well play the first dota.

  14. They’re all good games. They have bad qualities and good qualities. I myself enjoy playing LoL. Why can’t we all have peace :<

    • sher…? or you mean sure…and you are the noob for saying lol is best game retard lol is worst games i ever played its only popular because of 12 year old kids are playing them thats all and its
      a bad copy from dota with cartoony graphics

  15. LoL is easier to learn and has more players, but when you learn how to play HoN it’s much better because it’s much more dynamic and balanced (no f**king runes). And if you’re now going to flame I played LoL before I played HoN and I found HoN better, but it’s just my opinion.

  16. you all are noobs
    the first moba was from starcraft, a custom map:
    dota 1 was the second and the most skilled and competitive game ever
    some developers of dota1 made their own game “LoL”
    dota 2 released by valve making the same game but with a lot more features

    HoN a BAD copy of dota 1 can’t believe that shit
    WORST GAMEPLAY and i can keep saying a lot of things but i don’t want to
    the others don’t exist. such bad games (super mnc sucks)

    all of them free to play

    • its good to see some one knows some think about moba games not like other people
      ahhohhe LOL is first moba game -_- wtf are they thinking and i agree with you hon is bad copy
      and smite i dont know what was the maker thinking i can say lol is better then smite

  17. I like smite the most because it’s unique
    It introduces a different perspective of play (first person)
    Its new person friendly (recommended items and skills done for you is very significant to newbies)
    The recommended item build is actually accurate (but there’s always going to be variations)

  18. Just wait until DotA 2 is released, it has already taken poor LoL’s place in WCG and it’ll take its the 1st place which it deserves =) oh yeah and butthurt LoL geeks its free to play cuz its in beta.

  19. WTF!!!!! Dota 2 isn’t free to play. 89.99 $ isn’t mean that is a free to play

    LOL is free to play. You create an account and you can play, but Dota You need to buy the game first, then you can play (after patches…).

  20. All these games are good in their own way. I hate it when people bash another game saying (low skill needed) or (bad graphics) or (different) like really… try each game first then talk… I havent played all of them so I cant say anything and wont say anything to offend one of the games. Each are good and bad in their own way, just like people. Saying you hate a guy when you don;t even know him is like hating err SMNC or smashmuck or some other game without trying it.

  21. this MOBA games have become something similar yet different from one another. Everyone will have a favorite.. soon it will be like a comparison of Mario and Sonic.. Some people like the plumber, other like the hedgehog, thats how i see it.

  22. LoL is number one, well that’s no surprise. For a game that’s as shitty and unbalanced as it is, it’s just that popular. It’s going to be interesting when Dota 2 comes out officially but in all honesty I don’t see dota 2 beating LoL for only one reason. The learning curve for dota 2 is pretty steep AND you really are seriously punished for simple mistakes. I think that because dota 2 is a more difficult game to grasp properly, people will not take to it all that well. LoL takes some skill (depending on the champion you pick of course) but because they have plenty of champs with shitty champ balance behind quite a few, it’s not that hard of a game AT ALL. The bottom line is LoL= Since I dont feel like paying too hard today let’s pick an OP champ and NO I’m not naming the top 15 you see in just about EVERY GAME. Dota 2= This game is TOO hard….back to LoL. We live in lazy times but that’s just the ay it is.

    • because of that there is co_op mode they made for newbs and lol is more easier than dota and it has shitty graphic and no runs in game invis invisibility,2x damage,illusionand and regeneration if you played dota or hon before you will know that what run means in game not one you buying from shop in lol >_< im not saying lol is a bad game its not but its not best

    • wait? so your saying that lol is unbalanced…. wow dude thats totally wrong, they try to balance everything in the game. of course nothing can be perfect but still at least they nerf and buff things when they find it needed. and skill? sure low elo you dont need much skill but at high elo… you have to have skill for that. let me ask you something, have you gotten to level 30 and played ranked? if not then don’t judge lol to be easy. not gonna say anything about dota since I know nothing about it but you sire have no right to judge a game if you have not had the full experience yet.

  23. To all that says Dota 2 is copy of HoN/LoL – get your facts right. Dota 2 is reboot of Dota, first of which was custom made map for Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, even before Frozen Throne and Dota Allstars. All games after Dota, and that includes LoL and HoN mostly, were in fact copies of Dota, that in time deviated enough to be recognizable and have their own dedicated base of fans. So fanboys, chill out there.

  24. dota like free games
    1- Dota 2 (AoS)
    2- Heroes of Newerth (AoS)
    3- League of Legends (AoS)
    4- Bloodline Champions (PVP Arena)
    5- Avalon Heroes (AoS)
    6- Realm of Titans (AoS)
    7- SmashMuck Champions (PVP Arena)
    8- Rise of Immortals (AoS)

    WASD control MoBA/AoS free games
    1- SMITE (AoS)
    2- LOCO: Land of Chaos Online (AoS)
    3- Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes (AoS)
    4- Super Monday Night Combat (AoS,Shooter)

    And my “number 1” dota like game since a week is “BattleForge”.It is more like RTS but i get full taste of dota

    • I played BattleForge, it was quite interesting.. and fun to play as an RTS.
      but, i don’t get the point why you say BattleForge is Dota-like : \
      “DotA” is a game where you compete with others with only 1 Main Unit (some called as Heroes, Champs, etc.) and to Destroy the enemy main base, in which thorough the game, your unit become more powerful and capable to control the whole game. But BattleForge is not even any of it.. its another type of game (as u said, it’s a RTS. But Dota is a MOBA), nothing to be compared with 😀
      anyway.. BattleForge is great game, since it was F2P

      • I liked playing BattleForge too, but sadly, it’s P2W… If you can’t get XXL type monsters, you will be overrun in pvp and in difficult pve too. (I tried to collect BF points, but it’s very difficult without paying…)

  25. Smashmuck should be much higher, it looks and plays really well for closed beta. But it sets itself apart from the rest on this list via the look of the environments and characters, which I think is a strong point for them.

  26. HoN should be in 1ST place. The client system is so much better then that of LoL’s. And about the player-base differences from HoN to LoL is because HoN is much harsher and harder to grasp then LoL. You even need a decent PC and GPU to play HoN with decent graphics and HoN doesn’t scale very well with low in PCs like LoL. So you can see who will have a larger player-base just from the skill/learning curve and system compatibly.

    HoN = Sparta
    LoL = Rome

  27. Am I the only one that played dota/dota clones before LoL? More than me that think the name moba is retarded?

  28. well, this list is so objective..
    Yall must admit that LOL is better than the others,
    lol always update monthly, no space for bugs, cheat and Over Powered hero.. They always fix it..
    And the coolest thing is you can change your champions’ skins if you can afford it.
    And when you play the game, you’ll meet only those who are match with your level, you cant meet lv.1 player if you r 30. Its cool. Isn’t it?

    • hon gets update every 2 weeks there is lot of bug in lol and i never see eney bug over powered hero or cheat in hon or hon you wont fight lvl 1 to lvl hon heroes skins can purchasing by game money silver coin or you can just purchase with normal money and there is taunts and carrier

      • Except Heroes has some basic problems that League doesn’t: a minimalist tutorial, lack of games vs. bots, and the worst player community I’ve ever seen.

        Granted that League has its share of trolls, most players are actually helpful. The only person who helped me in Heroes was a GM, but he didn’t help that much to play the game. He only referred me to a *YouTube tutorial* on how to effectively play Heroes of Newerth. WTF?! The game itself doesn’t have an in-depth tutorial??? That’s the most basic thing about any MOBA is a tutorial that shows you 1) the objective of the game, 2) basic controls, 3) item building, and 4) basic strategy. The in-game tutorial of Heroes only stopped after step 1. In PvP casual games, I felt almost completely lost as for basic strategy, especially with the denial system that’s really a hit-or-miss chance on the new player’s part. And specifically because I was a new player, every veteran of the game (and I do mean every one) took advantage of that fact and totally slaughtered me or kicked me from the game (most everyone from both sides of the match). Overall, I had the worst online experience with the game and dropped Heroes of Newerth after only two days of playing it. The game indiscriminately assumes that people have played Defense of the Ancients before, which really is unfair because I never played Warcraft III online, so I never played that mod. Bottom line: Heroes of Newerth sucks and I’d place it lower on the list than #2.

  29. I want to warn you guys. Don’t play LOCO if you want to play F2P!
    I’ve kept track of it since Beta and the game is P2W.

  30. One, two, five, and six, or the only MOBA on that list I feel have any depth too them rather then just run in button mash or just sit idle..

  31. I like the list, but the ordering is all wrong. Smashmuck is a damn good game and should be far from last place when compared to many of those disgraceful games.

    • When i played smashmuck, it took me OVER AN HOUR to play the game because there was almost no playerbase so i had to play bots and half he bots are the same champion which screws you over half the time. And also the tanky champs always seem to be the ones getting kills and the supports do nothing but buff you and don’t get any kills what-so-ever. i think they could have added something else there, but it is in closed beta so hopefully they will fix some stuff

      • You do realize it’s in closed beta, right? And did you honestly think you were going to get kills by playing a support champion? Smashmuck is not League of legends, some people want champions that actually support their team. Also, not sure whats with your obsession with killing, you don’t get much out of it in Smashmuck because currently it doesn’t give you anything.

        In addition, tanky champions don’t get all the kills, offensive will easily out dps them. If you wanna play offensive, stop playing defensive and supportive champs. It’s just common sense…

        • Lets clear a few things up here first..

          Tank=A high HP/Defense based unit that can endure a beating for more then one second.

          Support=A hero or unit whos main purpose is too increase or decrease a units impact on a fight.

          The point is where in those roles are they not allowed too deal damage and get tons of kills? No where…No where at all. As a DPS role is only too dish out damage, and a “Nukes” role is too finish an enemy. So in all fairness a DPS should also not have many kills.

          • The point is that if they’re able to support and kill or defend and kill, you get a game called League of Legends. It’s unfair for one champion to fulfill multiple roles, because that would be imbalanced, don’t you think? They can do damage, but don’t expect to be killing as much as a dps.

            Another words, if you’re going to play defensive or supportive, expect to get more assists than kills. Especially if you’re playing a support. Just because they don’t get kills, does not mean they’re useless. They’re very powerful with what they do.

  32. i don’t like LOL because: many team-mates afk/leave, few maps, OP champions, no balance, same units. my nr. 1 is WO:WOH

    • Well I can respect some of those points, and feel that your statement does not doo full justice too the issues that LoL has, I have too disagree with WO:WOH standing above other games on this list. Maybe four tops.

      • Well the leavers/afkers and some of the champions feeling over powered is really a low level play problem. I have been playing league for around a year now and at my level do see some afk/leavers but not many. Also the champions are all relatively balanced, if one seems op its probably because someone is just really good at that champion, or they have just done better than you that game, keep at it you will see everything falls into place once you know what you are doing.

  33. The only thing i dont like about LoL is that if you exit out of a game so many times you get banned for 1+ days, which doesnt work well for me with my unpredictable schedule

    • What the hell? you don’t like a game because you can’t quit mid battle? You should be banned for leaving a game, if you have such an “unpredictable schedule” go play facebook games so you don’t screw anyone over when you leave.

      • I think its pretty fair to have SOME sort of consequence to leave battle mid-game just so it doesn’t get abused. however, I don’t those of us with unpredictable schedules (ever heard of having kids?) should be condemned to playing facebook games. If people leave mid game guess what….shit happens, just like in real life….something i’m not sure you know much about.

        • If you have a constant obligation (like kids) then you should probably find a game more suitable to your situation, something that isn’t league. Unless you dont mind getting banned, which it doesnt seem like you do.

  34. Its like this… DoTA2 isn’t a MOBA like LoL because DoTA2 is DoTA, just DoTA, nothing else, not labeled as some lame copypastas 😀

  35. Being as objective as i possibly can here, who ever manages to keep a straight face while saying that LOCO is better then any of the top three listed games on this list, will forever remain as something to be pointed at and laughed at. Much like they handle smokers, airports should keep special glass rooms for those kind of people. So when they feel like expressing their opinion, normal people would not be contaminated.

    This was a public service announcement.

  36. nah you are just a bad player(call name to there teammates ) or a ragequit so ofc you are baned .
    playing lol since beta and have over 3000games i never got baned 🙂

  37. DoTA 2 is F2P too!
    While League of Legends ha been getting a steady decline in quality champs, and the community is going to crap, DoTA 2 is gonna overtake the genre. C’mon now.

      • Says Me, Dota2 Community, and Valve itself!
        Get ur facts Straight.. Dota2 Was Never planned as Pay-to-play or either Pay-To-Win game..
        you can Play the game functions to the Fullest as soon as you get into it.
        who the hell said Dota2 is not F2p?

        • I just have one question, then. Can you download the client straight from the ‘net and start playing? Or do you have to pay for it first? If it’s the latter, then it’s not F2P.

          • Dota 2 will be f2p once it comes out . Dota 2 is right now in closed beta. There are two ways to play Dota 2 right now 1) Get an invite from someone , 2) Buy an invite on steam.(this is what you were referring to in earlier posts)
            Once the game becomes open Valve has already stated that it WILL BE FREE TO PLAY .

          • Neither can you download Smashmuck champions without an invite but thats there in the list . If you have an invite you can download dota 2 for FREE 😐 . and its very very easy to sign up for a dota 2 invite and get one for FREE in a few weeks at the dota 2 website . FREEEEEEEEE , its all FREEEEEEEE

    • not so sure bout this 1 LoL played their moba smart from the start going f2p to get most of the community and now most are fan or used to it. whats gonna keep dota 2 is the name and maybe the professional players if they can actually get some money pot out there cause if i recall LoL is still signed for most of the lans.

  38. I give A bomb to this selection. 1.) LOL, abusive ban button every noob uses. The forums are rigged for marketing and self help. Any time you ask “Why was I banned?” or “Did you notice this feature that doesnt work. THEY ban you. So banned from crap community or official community and for what? a crap looking fail cartoon fail game. no thanks.

    MOBA is like the poker of mmorpgs. It shouldd all be a minigame within WoW. And I hate wow LOL!

    • I’ve played LoL since beta, and i was never banned/suspended.

      If you get banned the chances are you probably did something wrong.

      • cacalips, you were banned of either 2 ways, 1) offensive language or harrasing other players, or 2) leaving games early to much. The reason u say u hate it is because they banned you its like saying you hate the government because they arrested you for drunk driving, it was UR FAULT

  39. Agree with LoL #1. Clean game/system, and they do their best to keep the game always balanced, with new things always comming up. \O

  40. Super MNC, LOCO, Wrath of Heroes, and Smite all look like the best of the list. Rest all look like crap, especial the camera angles. Its 2012 out there people, were not in the ’90s anymore. So lets keep the isometric camera angles in the past. Their old and outdated.

    • Isometric is preferred for this style of gameplay. You get a larger view of the playing field and you can queue up movements, freeing up your time to scrunge the map and prepare your tactic.

      Not saying games like LOCO are inferior, but it’s a different play-style.

    • I came on… 10 minutes.. and replied to like 7 people about how stupid they were. You are part of it…

      1.) LoCo has like…… 50 registered players.
      2.) Super MNC is hardly a MOBA… but whatever.
      3.) Wrath of Heroes is crap… nobody plays it.
      4.) SMITE IS good… but not nearly as good as LoL
      5.) LoL is the most played… game in the world, MOBA in the world, MMO in the world, and strategy/RTSG in the world.

      6.) I bet you are 7 years old.

      • LoL is the most played RTSG in the world??? O_O I knew it’s big (i’m a big player of it) but Starcraft is very present in the RTSG part of the games, with tons of competitions too… But I agree, LoL must be the most played MOBA (but if you consider also MMORPG as MMOs, i think WoW beat them all)..

    • Why the hell is…

      League of Legends here…

      It’s unbelievably imbalanced ran by people in their 20s who think of stupid ideas like a mage assassin and a tanky dps.

      Heroes of Newerth here…

      It’s just a low quality league of legends that is a joke.

      Super Monday Night Combat here…

      That game is just so damn sloppy, especially with it’s crappy camera angle. Half the time you have no idea what’s happening cause there is just so much going on at one given time with all these effects that offer nothing but confusion. I’d rather play a FPS.

      Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes here…

      Majority of the pvp is about who has the most glowgobs on their team or who has the most effective one. Never seen healing be so imbalanced in a game in my life.

      Avalon Heroes here…


      • if you think hon is a low quality league of legends ure a joke. it is the most fast paced and less forgiving both game wise and community wise moba out there and with better graphics imo even tho dota 2 is well made i like the more mature design of hon. basically any decent hon player will rape in other moba and thats a fact ive seen multiple time.

        • Yes, they’re also the biggest douchebags, too. They look down on everybody else just because they claim they’re good at HoN. If you’re losing in a League match and a Heroes player is on your team, their frequent excuse for losing is the following:

          “report (insert player name here) unskilled player”

          They take the fun out of playing any game because they rage and blame everyone else when they lose, and rub it in the other team’s face when they win. They’re what I like to call “e-jocks”.

        • Yeah, I was watching the RoI video, and the game seems sooooo slooooow… HoN is so much faster, and you die in a few seconds… In RoI, it seems that the average attack speed is less than a half per second… 🙁

      • Everything is true except one part of HoN and everything of LoL

        1.) Completely balanced, you just feed your enemies too much or you suck.
        2.) HoN was copying DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) like hell… not League.

        • Yep, that’s what I like about LoL, it’s just based on DotA, not copied-pasted from. These differences make the game easier (OMG LoL is such a ‘tard game so easy go play real games n00b) and that’s what i like about it. I played HoN and DotA too, but still prefer LoL.

  41. Lol should have more maps and more game modes, just like LOCO: Colosseum , death match, capture the flag. Riot makes Lol as simple as possible that’s not good people need an entertainment.

    • Agreed but for most people including me, enjoy the same map mainly i can get to know it better, use the same strategy on that map and lastly new champions always mix it up.

    • I don’t think people really play this game for entertainment much more.
      It’s gone the way of E-sports, which means they’ll stick with the same maps to keep it consistent.
      I would love to see more maps and modes, but I doubt it will happen and if it does, they’ll likely be derivatives of what they already have.

    • There are a few different maps: Summoners Rift, Dominion, Twisted Treeline, The Proving Grounds. Although some sort of capture the flag map does sound interesting.

        • This list is about free MOBAs. The payment methods might be different, but if you have to buy the client first before playing, it isn’t listed. The retail price of DOTA 2 is $99.99 (according to Steam). Therefore, it’s not free and it doesn’t go on this list.

          • @AdderTude
            Please research you facts properly.Dota 2 will be f2p once it comes out . Dota 2 is right now in closed beta. There are two ways to play Dota 2 right now 1) Get an invite from someone , 2) Buy an invite on steam.(this is what you were referring to in earlier posts)
            Once the game becomes open Valve has already stated that it WILL BE FREE TO PLAY .

  42. I think Super MNC should have been even higher I mean it like the only MOBA game that isn’t top-down in a fanticy setting

        • I don’t think you know whether or not it will be free to play and I was questioning the guy before me about him saying that dota 2 isn’t a MOBA.

        • DOTA2 is still in BETA so it’s not yet on the list. either it’s gonna be free or not, It will be free 2 play just like any other powerful moba games.

          • “10. SmashMuck Champions (In closed beta)”

            so what?

            i’m playing dota2.
            need a key?
            just add a friend on steam who was it.

          • So is this why DoTa 2 already has a item store being set up? Because clearly they are going too charge for ingame content, once the game is sold..

            Secondaly it has been said it will.

            DoTa while not being the oldest MOBA game it put MOBA on the map.

          • DOTA 2 won’t ever go on the list because you have to pay for it before playing it. According to Steam, DOTA 2 is $99.99 in order to play it. It doesn’t matter if it’s free-to-play or not, if the game client isn’t free, it won’t be listed here.

          • @AdderTude
            Dota 2 will be f2p once it comes out . Dota 2 is right now in closed beta. There are two ways to play Dota 2 right now 1) Get an invite from someone , 2) Buy an invite on steam.(this is what you were referring to in earlier posts)
            Once the game becomes open Valve has already stated that it WILL BE FREE TO PLAY .

    • LOL has 20 million players..must be an epic fail :S.
      DOTA 2 is still in closed beta..i think. which might be why it is not there (though there are alot of invites being sent out recently). get good at DOTA/HON move to LOL and steam roll noobs.

    • hahaha ok just for you ill say it once
      Moba = massively online battle arena
      Dota = defense of the ancients

      Dota is only the name of a game
      moba is a category of game like rts, rpg, fps, etc

      Dota is in the moba category so stfu if you dont know what youre talking about

    • Who knew the world was THATTT DUMB…. Defense of the Ancients 2 is a FKING MOBA, and… Ofc league is top.. what’you expect,,, LOCO? Yr…………

      • hmph i guess you either A: had a concussion and mistaken it for another game or B: they didn’t sell skill in the cash shop for you OOOOOOOHHH! JK, but joking aside, why do you don’t like it? it has the highest player base than every game on there with about over 90 champions to chose from AND if you say that the champions are OP you are lying because champions are only op when they are FED!

        • And OP when they come out xD to get nerfed in the next 1-2 weeks or so 😛 they do it so a lot of ppl ll buy it with cash because they’re OP…then they go back into “normal” xD…and some of them were just pure lameness honestly…like morde pre-nerf was kinda a pain in the ass…even orianna is used well xD

          • And the balance is still better then a pay too win game like LoCo what was more his point. However last I checked their was only about 60 champions. In fact outside of games in closed beta, LoL is the least pay too win game on that list. In fact its the only game where I can pay 15 dollars and just steam roll people who don’t buy cash shop unlocks.

      • LoL isnt that bad… has nice heroes/skills but i dont like its graphic and creeps also skill use is strange^^

        thats why i choosed HoN because its DotA copy 1st moba (that i played alot of time:) with better graph and alot new heroes with alt avatars/taunt/courriers… HoN ftw 😉

          • No it wasn’t… the original Defense of the Ancients was a mod for Warcraft III…

            BTW… is AoS good? I wanna try it out

        • Are you kidding? Heroes of Newerth is utter garbage! I hate it for the following first-hand reasons:
          1) The general player community treats new players like crap. The ONLY friendly player was a GM, and even then, he didn’t help much as to how to play the game; he referred me to a player-made tutorial on YouTube. I thought GMs are also supposed to be mentors to new players. Not HoN’s GMs.
          2) The tutorial is minimalist; it only tells you the objective of the game, nothing else. No item building, no basic strategy.
          3) The denial system is difficult to control and confusing (again, if you’re new player).
          4) The “Heroes” are much squishier than League of Legend’s champions. If you’re not careful, you can easily die to creeps within a matter of seconds. Not to mention most of the “Heroes” aren’t even unique characters. They say right in their bare-boned lore that there are multiples of certain characters.

          Overall, HoN automatically assumes everybody has played Defense of the Ancients before. Players who’ve never played DotA (like me), or even played a MOBA before usually find HoN too difficult and frustrating to stay with it and end up dropping it in favor of League of Legends, which is a hell of a lot easier to learn. I’d take League over Heroes any day of the year.

          • Actually I have to currect you here. DotA wasn’t actually copying anything. At least not intentional. It was initially created BY the players of Warcraft III, through the use of the map making system, and a little hacking know-how. I should know. I made a few DotA maps myself, and I can tell you for a fact I was not copying any game. Well Blizzard took the idea and ran with it, and because any content created through their program was legally theirs, no one could dispute it. Just thought I’d make that clear.

      • Yes, i’m sure the 30 people registered to your LoCo game are correct and the 32 million registered to LoL are completely wrong.

        Loco looks like garbage and no doubt is, LoL is king of the MOBA market and shall remain king of it for years to come, if you can’t handle it, go play other types of games./\

        • what LoL u forgetting something !!! ..HON

          try play it and continue
          In 2012 HoN is become extremely AWESOME !!
          And if u a hater of HoN …….fck u
          BTw Lol steals Monkey King
          S2 made in FIRST !!!!

          • You are wrong sir. Sun Wukong is the Monkey king, and he is sort of a “god” in china, so S2 DID NOT MADE IT FIRST, not defending LoL, but yeah, “The Monkey King” is a sacred entity, that hundred of games have him as a base.

          • First of all… half your message is caps, so I’m assuming that you are 5 years old.

            Secondly, HoN is a complete copy of DotA… DemoPvP just pwned ageettin’s head for 418 gold! Ya…. not DotA, at all.

            Third, Monkey was not stolen, because first… RG made it in LoL before HoN was even free to play (even if im wrong, its still not copying) and second… Monkey king is a chinese legend… not a completely S@-thought-of character in HoN.

            Lastly… Monkey in HoN sucks crap compared to the Lol wukong…


      • Are You kidding me? LoL is bad game?! I guess that’s why it got all awards for MOBA RPG style games, has the biggest player base & it gets more and more players every day!!!

      • Are you jking or what? LOCO is fking shitcakes to LoL. Do you even know what the hell a MOBA is? and if you do, are you three years old? I bet money you are, judging from your apparent knowledge………..


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