After the Artifact ordeal, Valve is back with yet another game, but a completely different one this time. Dota Underlords bears no resemblance to the company’s previous card game and, despite its name, it has nothing to do with the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre.
Dota Underlords is an Auto Chess clone, a community mod originally made for Dota 2. Players mix and match a team of heroes and items to compete in the arena for glory and, ultimately, candies. You can use candies to buy custom couriers, which are basically the administrators of your chess board.
Fights happen automatically, but players get to choose the heroes composing their team, as well as which heroes to upgrade and when. If you’re acquainted with Dota 2, you’ll feel right at home in Dota Underlords. However, keep in mind that their powers are very different in Valve’s latest game.
Valve’s Dota Underlords is still in beta, but Android and iOS users can try it out for free via Google Play Store and App Store, respectively. Just a day after going live, the Dota Underlords Beta is off to a great start. According to stats from SteamDB, as of Monday night (24th June 2019), it had over 200,000 players at the peak. This is way higher than Valve’s troubled Dota 2 spinoff Artifact ever had. It topped out at around 60,000, while Underlords has already had over 150,000+ simultaneous participants.
The tracking site believes this number includes players on mobile devices. Moreover, the game benefits from crossplay. It means that you can start a game on PC and finish it on your mobile, or the other way around.
Each player’s Dota Underlords profile is shared across all devices. So, no matter where they play from, they will always make progress. To make things more appealing, Valve announced that it will soon introduce a so-called Battle Pass. It will add progression, cosmetics, custom boards and a plethora of other new features.
And since the Dota universe has so many heroes, even for Underlords, Valve will rotate certain heroes, items, and Alliances. This will make room for new additions, allowing the game to evolve and be more interesting even for Dota players. Finally, not to forget that you need a little bit of luck as well if you are to beat all the other players in the arena.