12 Games Of Christmas - Hearthstone Vs DOTA 2

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:00 PM
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The holidays can be a horrifyingly expensive time of year. Everywhere you turn there’s someone or something telling you to “Buy This”, or “Get That”. It can be a wallet sapping experience, but there is help at hand for those who love a bit of gaming.

The advent of Free To Play is often met with looks of disgust or tuts of disapproval, but it’s easy to forget that two of the biggest multiplayer games of this age are completely F2P. Yep, I’m talking about Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Valve’s DOTA 2. Two F2P giants that show no signs of waning popularity, from two of the most beloved development outfits in the world of PC gaming.

Hearthstone came along earlier this year and absolutely dominated since, notching up more than 20 million players hooked into its dangerously addictive card-battling antics. Immediately gratifying and awesomely slick, Hearthstone is a perfectly pitched free-to-play title that is exactly that, F2P. There’s bits and bobs that can be bought, but there’s nothing that can’t be earned through playing a bit more.

DOTA 2 meanwhile, is nothing short of astonishing in its success and long-term appeal. It might have been out a good 18 months now, but this is one game that isn’t going anywhere soon. Pushing the boundaries of eSports like few others, DOTA 2 is one of the deepest and most rewarding multiplayer titles ever made.

Ultimately you can all go and play both of these completely free right now, but which is the game that is more worth your time? Would you rather be dealt a hand in Hearthstone or go jungling in DOTA 2? Get voting in the poll below, because there can be only one winner in this 12 Games of Christmas 1st Round battle!

Yesterday's winner was Shadow of Mordor, delivering an absolute trouncing to Dark Souls 2 that left it battered and bruised. That means Shadow of Mordor are into the next round and will be facing one another on Sunday, but who goes through with them? It's up to you to decide!

12 Games of Christmas Rules

In celebration of all things festive, we thought there was no better way to salute some of 2014's biggest games than a good old-fashioned punch-up. A battle to the death if you will. 12 of this year's most memorable titles will be going head to head in a series of knockout rounds over the next 9 days, and there can be only one winner.

To make things a little spicier we'll also be giving away a copy of the winning game on December 24th, perfect for a spot of gaming in the holidays. All you have to do to win a copy of that game is tweet your support for any game in the 12 Games of Christmas, using the links provided in each article, and we'll pick a winner out of all of the tweets after the final bout. Multiple tweets for different games will count as additional entries to the competition. Tweeting is separate from the poll and does not count as a vote in the 12 Games of Christmas.

How the community voting works

Each day at 18:00 GMT two titles will battle each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six rounds will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals, where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas.

The winner of this knockout competition is Game Debate's favourite choice of game to be played this Christmas, doing its best Rocky impression and swatting aside the rest of the competition like flies.

Each bout will last 24 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article.

Tweet to be in with a chance to win a copy of the overall tournament winner on Christmas Eve.

Vote in our poll at the bottom to help determine this round's winner.

Hearthstone DOTA 2
{{{Twitter:::I voted for @playhearthstone in the @GameDebate 12 Games of Christmas #GD12Games:::http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=15309&game=Hearthstone:%20Heroes%20Of%20Warcraft&title=12%20Games%20Of%20Christmas%20-%20Hearthstone%20Vs%20DOTA%202}}} {{{Twitter:::I voted for @DOTA2 in the @GameDebate 12 Games of Christmas #GD12Games:::http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=15309&game=Hearthstone:%20Heroes%20Of%20Warcraft&title=12%20Games%20Of%20Christmas%20-%20Hearthstone%20Vs%20DOTA%202}}}

Which game is your winner?

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08:15 Dec-19-2014

thanx ofr info that they both are free, i just love the free stuff :)

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13:23 Dec-18-2014

What are these games ???

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18:31 Dec-18-2014

Hearthstone is an MMO where you go up against other players and battle it out 1v1 using cards with different effects. Whoever has the better cards and strategy (and also luck, of course) wins.
DotA is short for Defense of the Ancients. Two teams of 5 players, each controlling one of over 100 heroes, go up against each other in an attempt to destroy the other team's ancient while keeping their one safe. But it's a lot more complicated than a basic skirmish, trust me. A person described it as a cross between football (soccer for the US side of GD) and chess, which is a pretty good description.

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10:42 Dec-18-2014

DOTA bashes and crits Hearthstone anytime and life leeches while at it...

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10:31 Dec-18-2014

Dota wins easily

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07:10 Dec-18-2014

Dota2 of course..
pinoy and russian not included (joke)

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12:20 Dec-18-2014

peenoy doto best doto

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03:43 Dec-18-2014

DOTO all the way !!! :D

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00:59 Dec-18-2014

It should be DotA 2 vs LOL *grabs popcorn

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10:19 Dec-18-2014

It should be, because these two games have nothing in common. One is a MOBA the other is a card game.

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12:19 Dec-18-2014

Well it shouldn't be LoL vs DotA since LoL is an exact copy of DotA.
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21:37 Dec-17-2014

Dota 2 is so old. It's all about Hearthstone now.

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23:43 Dec-17-2014

The Kappa is stronk with this one.

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01:18 Dec-18-2014

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

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19:49 Dec-17-2014

Dota

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19:21 Dec-17-2014

So, what happens if Dota wins? Someone might get lucky enough to get a free game?

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19:30 Dec-17-2014

lol

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12:54 Dec-18-2014

If dota wins, free arcana maybe

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18:44 Dec-18-2014

DotA won't win. I mean, it's a great game and all, but who would vote for it over Shadow of Mordor or FC 4 :D

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19:15 Dec-17-2014

Hearthstone wins easily!
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Kappa.

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19:30 Dec-17-2014

^ this xD

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19:03 Dec-17-2014

i have played both and i consider them both great games. i gave up on hearthstone though because the amount of grinding needed to have the same level of cards as other people is extraordinary. Sooner or later you will find that other people have more cards than you and you wont have the same chances as them. A game has to make money of course but the price of one card pack is very high too. Dota 2 has the perfect free to play system for me. purchasable items affect in no way your performance or your chances to win. they are purely cosmetic. and the game still has lots of profit. Dota 2 +1

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19:00 Dec-17-2014

LOL REALLY ???? DOTA?? Insta Win :D

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18:33 Dec-17-2014

Being both free game how would we win a copy?

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18:14 Dec-17-2014

I don't really know... they have nothing in common besides warcraft ;D

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18:05 Dec-17-2014

I'll sit this one out ... never played any of them :)

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06:35 Dec-18-2014

Yep , me too :P

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18:04 Dec-17-2014

DotA can't lose, we have Gaben on our side.

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18:32 Dec-17-2014

For GabeN!

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18:03 Dec-17-2014

DOTO FOR EVER

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18:01 Dec-17-2014

hmmm I don´t like both of them :P. but I like valve more then blizzard so thats dota 2 for me :D

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18:52 Dec-17-2014

lol wasn't dota derived from a wc2 map mod? if that's so then one could argue that blizzard co-developed dota. i could be wrong, but im pretty sure it was.

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01:02 Dec-18-2014

wc3 map I think. Icefrog I think was the one who created DotA

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