Game: Dota Underlords
Dota Underlords is presented by Valve Corporation.
About the game
Dota Underlords is an auto battler, a chess-inspired competitive strategy game, where players place characters, known as heroes, on an 8×8 grid-shaped battlefield. After a preparation phase, a team’s heroes then automatically fight the opposing team without any further direct input from the player. A match features up to eight players online who take turns playing against each other in a one-on-one format, with the winner being the final player standing after eliminating all of the opposing heroes. In addition to the online matchmaking, single-player matches against bot are also featured, as well as a “freestyle” practice mode that puts no limits on hero combinations. Over the course of a match, players earn gold and experience points, which are used to upgrade heroes and other playable units to make them stronger. Players also make use of items, which give stat bonuses to units. The game also features a “duos” mode, allowing two players on separate boards, but sharing health and levels, to perform as a team, with the winning duo having the best-combined damage totals by the end.
Dota Underlords is available for Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux.
Tips and tricks:
The following are tips and tricks for the smooth gameplay.
- Upgrading Heroes
Upgrading your Heroes is a pretty important step to getting in more damage and survivability. To upgrade a Hero, you will need three of that Hero of the same level. Heroes start at 1-star and can be upgraded to 2 and 3-star. You will need three 1-star of the same Hero to go to 2-stars, and three 2-star Heroes to go to 3-star. Upgraded Heroes get more health, mana, damage, and all the other stats. Their special ability is also upgraded when you gain a star.
What this really means is that you want to purchase heroes in the hopes that you will be able to upgrade them in the future. You might hold onto a 1-star Hero you have already out on the board on your bench for a while just to wait and upgrade. These upgrades are pretty significant, especially early on in the game. If you can get a couple of two-star Heroes out on the board, you can do very well early on in the rounds.
- Shake Things Up
Speaking of Assassins, there’s one surefire way to mess with them. Just move your beefiest units into the rear! That will cause these backstabbing baddies to waste time trying to chew through your defenses, while your all-important ranged unit’s fire away. Of course, this only works if you know your opponent has a high number of Assassins, so plan accordingly.
- Locking is Free — And Useful
There is a very tiny icon on the left side of your hero selection screen every round. It’s shaped like a padlock, and it can be massively important. Tapping this icon will cause whatever lineup of heroes you currently see to “lock” for one turn. This lets you keep rare or otherwise useful heroes around until you have enough money. Don’t have five gold to buy Lich just yet? Lock that lineup and use the money you earn this round to buy him next time!