Autochess War

Dota Underlords Versus Dota 2 Auto Chess Mod Review – Hotspawn

When a Dota 2 mod known as Auto Chess was launched within the Dota 2 shopper, followers have been instantly intrigued. The mod was a mix of the Dota 2 characters and objects with the simplicity of a sport of chess. The Dota 2 group has been utilizing the instance of a sport of chess to elucidate what Dota 2 was to family and friends who weren’t huge into video video games. So the thought of a mod that was performed much like a sport of chess however with Dota 2 heroes was fully too attractive for lots of gamers – particularly for the staff at Valve. After being unable to work with the Drodo staff, makers of Dota 2 Auto Chess, Valve determined to launch their very personal Dota 2 Auto Chess – Dota Underlords.

Dota Underlords is just not meant to be a totally totally different sport from the unique mod however they did make some modifications to the general really feel to the sport with minor modifications to heroes, objects, gold and the U/I. After taking part in numerous hours of Auto Chess, I took my hand at evaluating the 2 video games to see how the 2 in contrast.

User Interface

The interface design in Underlords is a big enchancment from Auto Chess. That’s a extremely contested opinion amongst my peer group as many see Underlords as being too much like a cellular sport with huge buttons and simplistic designs. I believe it makes for a straightforward-to-use system. Yes, the buttons are a lot greater and it clearly appears like a cellular sport however contemplating Underlords is slated to go cellular quickly – it is smart. Why have a totally totally different U/I for all of the totally different platforms when you would simply have one which works throughout all of them?

Screencap from Dota 2 Underlords.

The board and the heroes in Underlords have the same look to Auto Chess however feel and look extra like a Dota 2 surroundings along with your favourite heroes. The heroes are rather less detailed than in Dota with some type decisions that make them look a little bit like League champions however I’m not complaining. I attribute that to the interface’s extra cellular really feel and lowered polycount.


The heroes have largely remained the identical throughout the Dota Auto Chess mod and Underlords – which is a giant reduction to followers of each video games. There are a couple of heroes like Bloodseeker, Warlock, and Pudge which have been modified however for the higher, in my view. Bloodseeker capabilities extra like an Armlet of Mordiggian the place he’s continually shedding well being however offers extra harm the much less well being he has. Similarly, some heroes that had been faraway from Auto Chess have been ‘reintroduced’ into Underlords, corresponding to Lich and Slark.

In addition to altering a few of the skills from Auto Chess and including some eliminated heroes, Underlords additionally modified the “Alliances” within the sport. While it was mildly disappointing to see Valve simply copy and paste the identical Alliances into Underlords, it does make for a straightforward transition for followers of Auto Chess. There’s a few tweaks that have been made to the Alliances: Deadeye replaces Dwarfs (which provides a major buff to Gyro), Blood-Bound replaces Ogres (this solely impacts the 2 blood-certain models within the sport Ogre and Warlock), Hunters (now have the prospect to proc an extra assault somewhat than getting further harm), Knights (acquired harm discount aura somewhat than defend proc), and Druids (lowest star Druids obtain a bonus star in case you have sufficient Druids on the board).

I actually get pleasure from attending to mess around with the hero compositions given the tweaks they’ve made, though a few of the strongest methods are nonetheless centered round Assassins.


If you performed Auto Chess and had the luck that I did, you recognize that RNG may be merciless. I’d continually get objects that have been miles behind my opponents and there wasn’t a lot to do about it besides hope I ultimately would get one thing helpful. Underlords modifications this random side of things by introducing the flexibility to decide on your objects throughout particular components of the sport. This consists of world objects and equippable objects.

Screencap from Dota 2 Underlords.

Screencap from Dota 2 Underlords.

There are world objects deal with buffing Alliances, such because the Soul Sucking Syphon, which buffs Warlock’s heal and Unstoppable, which lets Warriors reside an additional two seconds after receivng a killing blow towards them. Equippable objects, not like world objects, have an effect on solely the objects bearer. These modifications permits for gamers to strategize extra with their objects and select what most closely fits their lineup. Don’t be fooled into pondering that you just get your choose of all objects – there nonetheless is a good bit of RNG if you end up given your collection of objects.

There are two actually vital components of the merchandise system which can be vital to notice: every hero can solely maintain one merchandise which implies it’s essential be selective along with your decisions and you can’t mix objects in Underlords as you’d in Dota 2.


As I admitted beforehand, I performed far too lots of Auto Chess video games when it was launched and though I poured so many hours into the sport, I felt it was all the time missing a purpose or a narrative behind it. Auto Chess didn’t idiot round with a backstory or a compelling purpose as to why the heroes have been preventing. Underlords has ‘started’ to introduce a backstory into the sport and it’s harking back to the mini-video games from Battle Passes prior to now.

The very fundamental lore we’re given in Underlords is that we’re being pitted towards seven opponents and with a purpose to outwit your opponents, you need to construct a crew to battle for dominance of town of White Spire. It’s a spot for the shady heroes in Dota 2 to indulge of their vices so it is smart that the lore can be centered on constructing a crew to beat your opponents. I’m actually hoping that Valve builds on the lore and delivers a completely fleshed out background story that brings the sport extra to life.

Final Verdict

I personally actually get pleasure from Dota 2 Underlords greater than I did Auto Chess. There’s much more that Valve has completed with the sport than merely taking the unique idea and streamlining it. Valve’s added in a backstory that we’ll hopefully get to examine quickly, and so they’ve made the U/I extra accessible (thank goodness they eliminated that blasted courier!). The sport itself isn’t too totally different and the meta is comparatively the identical, however what stays is a chess-like sport that displays the MOBA we’ve all come to get pleasure from. After all – having fun with a great mod is what the Dota 2 group was constructed on.




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