VGC writes: "Defense of the Ancients (DotA) has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a custom map for the original StarCraft. It only really took off in popularity with its release and refinement in WarCraft III, from which point it went on to feature in the World Cyber Games and has become the sole inspiration for several full retail releases that have been built solely around the concept. Heroes of Newerth (HoN) is one such retail release; a DotA clone, to put it crudely. If you’re looking for something inspired and original in its own right, then HoN is not for you. HoN is an appeal to the core DotA fan – someone who’s looking for more of almost everything the source material offers, from heroes, items, and recipes; to a dedicated community, stat tracking, ladder rankings and tournaments."