My experience with DOTA (or Defense of the Ancients) is minimal at best, and so I feared trying out Blizzard DOTA for the first time against a team of experienced action-RTS vets at BlizzCon. Given the original game’s reputation, I half expected them to start bashing my feeble attempts at victory in person. My only hope of redemption came in the form of four longtime friends from World of Warcraft who happened to be at BlizzCon as well, and we all laughed at our chances since only three of us had experience with the game. We were right to do so. We put up what I thought was a valiant fight, but in the end our more experienced foes crushed us on the very stones of our base. And you know what? We loved every minute of it.