1. ‘DOTA 2’
Valve’s DOTA 2 is unquestionably the queen of MOBA games, if League of Legends is the king. DOTA 2 is based on Warcraft III’s setting and characters, just as League of Legends. In a five-person squad, each player assumes the role of a hero and takes on the role of a member of the opposing team. Each hero has a unique ability set and way of interacting with the world around them, which gives gamers a lot of room to experiment. DOTA 2 has some of the most intriguing and high-stakes competitions for eSports enthusiasts, with a total prize pool of over $34 million at 2019’s “The International.”
Smite is a free-to-play fighting game that can be played on almost any device. Players can take control of a variety of gods, goddesses, and legendary creatures. Smite’s surroundings and character designs may resemble those of League of Legends, but instead of viewing the action from a bird’s eye view, players see everything from a third-person point of view. There are numerous modes of play to select from in Smite, making it an exciting MOBA game that keeps players coming back for more.
3. ‘Marvel Super War’
Choosing a MOBA to devote yourself to can be difficult if you’re just a fan of the genre. This is the best option for those who have no prior knowledge of combat games but still want a known franchise to help them navigate their way around. Although the game is currently in beta form, it is available to play for free on both Android and Apple smartphones. Players form teams and race to destroy the bases of other legendary Marvel characters, such as Hawkeye and the Hulk, using a variety of team positions like marksman and tank.
4. ‘Arena of Valor’
Tencent Games’ Arena of Valor is one of the most popular games in China and is quietly making a reputation for itself in the worldwide eSports scene, despite its relative obscurity in the United States.
Playable on both mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch, Arena of Valor lets players command a squad of three or five heroes, each with their own special abilities. There are a plethora of abilities to master and teams to form when you have a choice of 101 heroes to join.
First-person shooter Overwatch was released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2016 and has since become one of the most popular video games of all time. Overwatch, like League of Legends, allows users to assemble their own online squad by selecting from a variety of playable characters.
Switching heroes throughout a match is a feature that separates this game from others on this list and allows players to fulfil multiple roles on their team or simply fool around when they grow bored. Even though a sequel to Overwatch has been revealed, the developer is still working hard to keep the present game fresh and exciting for players.
6. ‘Starcraft II’
Starcraft II, which was published in 2010 and still has a large fan following, is one of the most popular video games in the world. Gamers are thrown into an inter-species, cosmic battle and must organize their soldiers to victory in this sequel to the original Starcraft. Since players can see the entire match from a bird’s eye view, similar to League of Legends, they can adjust their plans in real time.
7. ‘Heroes of the Storm’
Heroes of the Storm is a team-based game in which five players work together to destroy the “King’s Core” of the opposing team. It is based on a buffet of Blizzard properties to create the ultimate multiplayer experience. The free-to-play game is an action-packed adventure with over 89 unique heroes to choose from and unleash on the battlefield. It features aspects from franchises like Warcraft and Overwatch.
8. ‘Airmech Strike’
Airmech is a first-person shooter that lets players control mechanized robots and pilots as they battle for supremacy in the battlefield. League of Legends-style five-player teams aren’t possible in any game mode, yet the game nevertheless retains a high level of intensity. Airmech Strike is one of the best free-to-play MOBA games out there, thanks to the continual barrage of explosions and bullets ricocheting across the screen.
9. ‘Paladins: Champions of the Realm’
Similar to Overwatch, Paladins is an exhilarating hero shooter in which players select from a diverse cast of heroes to assemble a cohesive team. Palladins is a free-to-play game that can be played on any platform, featuring a sci-fi and fantasy setting that draws players deeper into the game. Paladins stands out from other free-to-play MOBA games because of its art style and excellent graphics, but it’s actually the explosive action, especially when the battlefield gets very congested, that makes it so enjoyable.
10. ‘Team Fortress 2’
With its classic first-person shooter that pitted two teams of unique heroes against each other, The Orange Box was released by Valve in 2007. Players will have to adapt their playstyle depending on which hero they choose to play as, such as the Engineer, Medic, or Pyro. More than a decade later, the game’s cartoony art direction still catches the eye, and the varied arsenals of each character add to the game’s bright appeal. There is a good deal of strategy involved in the game, but it’s also feasible to simply run and gun your way to victory.
As with League of Legends, Riot Games developed and published Valorant, the newest game on our list. Like League of Legends, players can select from a roster of 11 characters and form five-person teams to compete in a series of battles against an opponent team’s base.
Valorant, a first-person shooter, places players in the thick of the action rather than giving them a bird’s eye view of the map. While Valorant does have a learning curve to overcome, its beautiful graphics and unique weaponry make it an enjoyable experience.
12. ‘Apex Legends’
Free-to-play Apex Legends has done an excellent job of attracting gamers, despite the many other battle royale games out there. Taking place in a continually diminishing world, Apex Legends is a first-person shooter that allows players to control distinct heroes and build four-person squads as they battle for supremacy. There are a number of different ways to play Apex Legends, from a fast and furious run-and-gun experience to a methodical, slow-crawling game where squads wait for other players to fall into a trap set up by their teammates.
13. ‘Teamfight Tactics’
Teamfight Tactics is a brilliant attempt by Riot to expand the League of Legends franchise into the auto battler genre. It is set in the League of Legends environment. Players choose and optimize their optimal hero teams, much like in Dota Auto Chess, before facing battle against seven other players’ teams. Players compete in a number of rounds to be the last team standing, each with their own set of special equipment and powers. After launching on PC and Mac, the game has since been released on mobile platforms, making it more accessible to a wider audience.
14. ‘Planetside 2’
Similar to League of Legends, players in Planetside 2 battle for control of enemy territory. Planetside 2’s open-world gameplay is one of the largest contrasts between the two games, with hundreds of players vying for control of a large area. For each kill and team activities like conquering a base, Planetside 2 rewards players with experience points that can be used to develop certain player skills or upgrade weaponry. Due to the large number of participants, it is better for players to work together and communicate with their team rather than try to win the match by themselves (like in League of Legends).
15. ‘Warcraft III’
It’s possible that League of Legends might never have been released had it not been for Warcraft III. In fact, DOTA 2 is the direct sequel to the “Defense of the Ancients” mod that was the inspiration for League of Legends, and a glance back at the game confirms this.
Both games have heroes fighting and gathering artifacts as they try to take control of the world. There are a countless number of different maps that may be created in the World Editor because to the game’s customizability.