Blizzard working on official DOTA, Left 4 Dead clones for Starcraft II

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Kerrigan versus an angry Murloc. The Blademaster versus Sylvanas. All of this is now possible with the forthcoming Blizzard DOTA, that's been revealed and is playable, at Blizzcon. It follows the same template as traditional DOTA games, with teams of five heroes hiding behind hordes of automated armies, beating up towers. Heroes then level up, and buy new abilities and items.

They've also revealed Left 2 Die - a co-op version of the zombie defense mission in the Starcraft II single player campaign.

Riot Games' dev counter-files "DotA" trademark

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No developer has a bigger stake in what "DotA" (the highly popular Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients) means today than Riot Games, the budding developer of the free-to-play DotA-esque arena game League of Legends. League of Legends has quietly developed into an enormous community, and it's a game all PC gamers should at least try. So when the suprising news came out last week that Valve had submitted an application to trademark "DotA", we sat down with two of the top dogs at Riot Games who were major forces in the DotA community before they signed up at Riot--Steve "Guinsoo" Feak and Steve "Pendragon" Mescon. If anyone has a right to claim the name "DotA", it seems like it would be these guys, so we asked them what they thought of the recent announcement and what they plan to do about it.

Galio, League of Legends' newest champion.

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Riot Games has just announced the newest member of their ever expanding lineup of champions. Galio, the Sentinel's Sorrow, is a construct forged to look like a gargoyle. Being made of stone and metal, it's looking like Gallio's shaping up to be LoL's newest tank. Check out his powers after the jump.