Editor: Chia Hui Min
For the unaware, Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a custom scenario for Warcraft III, based on the “Aeon of Strife” map for StarCraft. The objective of the scenario is to destroy the opponents’ “Ancient”. The two teams’ ancients are heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map.
Eddie from Block A describes this game otherwise however. Using 5 words, he describes the game that he has been playing for the past 5 years: “Owning! Imba! KS-er! Leaver! Stunner!”
It is amazing how guys get addicted to a particular game and I am speaking with experience, although Eddie claims that DotA is not an addiction for him. Ah well, we all know that DotA is not an ‘addiction’. (I hope you can catch the sarcasm!) The strategy and tactics involved in the game make it more than just a mindless computer game and that is what he likes most about the game.
Eddie’s fondest memory of the game was when he went to play the game at Coronation Plaza between two ‘A’ Level Examinations, which supports his claim for the game being a stress buster. Nowadays, he does not have time to play other games. (Hmmm…I wonder why?) Spiritbreaker and Lightning Revenant are his favourite characters, as they can run very fast. According to him his weakness lies in his inability to decide when to retreat whereas his strength is his peaceful mannerisms with his teammates. He is very modest in stating that he is quite lousy at the game and is not as hardcore a gamer as other people.
“Battle Fury sucks” is all he wanted to tell his counterparts. (I guess a true gamer does not disclose much information). My final question to him was, “Do you use cheats?”
Eddie answered, “HELL NO! THAT SPOILS THE BEAUTIFUL GAME!”
And with this, we now hope that you have a better idea of what DotA is about. As many of us know by now, there is a DotA club in hall, led by none other than our KEWOC 08/09 head, Chong Kah Hsiung! Here are some interviews conducted by Xiao Shuang, with the chairperson and a member of this club. Read on to see what they have to say!
DotA with Kah Hsiung and Wu Hong
by: Ling Xiao Shuang
Editor: Chia Hui Min
Why do you want to play DotA?
KH: Initially I was forced to, but then later I became the one who forced others and slowly this committee grew to more than 20 people. Some of my members said it is a way to escape from being hooked by your girlfriends.
Playing with humans instead of the computer is more fun. Another reason is more and more people want to escape from similar tragedy.
WH: I play DotA to de-stress, to make friends and to know one’s true self. One will reveal his true colors in a few rounds of DotA.
What can you learn from DotA?
KH: This game is highly dependent on EQ. It unveils the innermost part of you without knowing. I do not learn much about the game but I learn more about the behavior of guys through the game and also their girlfriends in reality. I learnt that all guys are envious of me over my truly supportive girlfriend too. Credit has to go to her for the success of this club. No prize for guessing my girlfriend right? Try guessing the girlfriends of the other members!
Wu Hong, I heard that you previously stopped playing for a while. Why did that happen?
WH: That was when I first started playing DotA. I found it quite hard to strike a balance between DotA and my love life. After a few rounds of discussion, I finally found a balance between them. If anyone experiences problems in balancing your love life and DotA, please contact the president Kah Hsiung :D
So it was Kah Hsiung that influenced you to play the game?
WH: Yes, he forced me to play even when I was sleeping!
What is the strategy that you use most frequently in the game?
KH: Some said farming is the best. Some advocate wind walk. But I believe that committing suicide overwhelms the others.
WH: Depends on which hero I am using. I like to use Earthshaker and Naga siren. I will farm then on!
Have you experienced any side effects from the game?
KH: My CAP increases like the ascending KE staircases because I have better time management so that I have time to play DotA. Some of my members suffer mentally though when they realize 2 pairs of eyes are staring on the laptop screen.
WH: No, it’s just a game. But I have learnt to manage my time because I have to find a balance between studies, love life and DotA. Also sometimes you need to learn how to be flexible and adapt yourself as each time I will play with different teammates.
Do you plan to participate in DotA tournaments?
KH: We did have a plan last time. But we were busy with our studies so we abandoned it.
How do you grade your performance in a game?
KH: It depends on your chosen hero and also the capability of your enemy. Just like our participation rate in games depends on the mood of girlfriends.
WH: Below average. B-
What is your overall view on DotA?
KH: NUS life is stressful enough. A DotA a day keeps your girlfriend away. Call 81187675 (editor’s note: Kah Hsiung’s number) to join the club!!