DotA Dev Joins Valve, Hints at Future Game

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Known only as 'IceFrog,' the mysterious developer behind popular Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients: Allstars has announced that he is now leading a team at Half-Life developer Valve and teased the move will be "great news for DotA fans."

IceFrog has developed the action RTS-RPG mod since 2005, taking over from Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak--now working at Riot Games on the DotA-inspired League of Legends.

"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!"

"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," he says, though it's unclear whether this will be working on DotA itself or a new project at Valve.

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    October 5, 2009 9:07 AM

    Holy shit wut.

    He'd better do something new, because S2 is pretty damn good competition for "next gen" dota titles.

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      October 5, 2009 9:21 AM

      I have to agree. S2 has this..... what's the word....season,round, couple years locked down for a DOTA type game.

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        October 5, 2009 9:33 AM

        They definitely have the best DotA but when it comes to DotA-type games, I'm a huge fan of League of Legends.

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          October 5, 2009 9:35 AM

          I love DotA and I love HoN!

          Why don't I "get" League of Legends? I mean, it's the same formula, I just don't "get" it.

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            October 5, 2009 9:45 AM

            IMO because it's drastically simplified and lacks the polish HoN has (at least right now).

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              October 5, 2009 1:08 PM

              HoN with League of Legend's Skill Trees, and Rune System and Stat Tracking is what i want.

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                October 5, 2009 1:11 PM

                I really dislike the extra skill trees and such in League of Legends. It's an abstract layer that doesn't really add anything to the competitive team nature of the genre.

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                October 5, 2009 1:13 PM

                absolutely this. as it stands I don't want LoL but S2's networking support is incredibly poor at the moment (HoN just stopped working in the middle of a match for me and now i can't connect - yet every other game of mine I can. weird. also, S2_Maliken is a racist, so there's that). Here's hoping Icefrog can kick some ass with valve's money - but here's ALSO hoping the commuity from dota/hon doesn't come with it, one of the worst ever.

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              October 5, 2009 1:33 PM

              Polish? The item system is a fucking joke in HoN.

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                October 5, 2009 4:39 PM

                What dont you like about it? Feels pretty good to me and they keep improving it with each patch.

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      October 5, 2009 2:28 PM

      Just so we're clear, s2 = the company making HoN, not Starcraft 2 XD