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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:20 PM


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Minecraft: DOTA is a PvP map that requires no client mods.
Inspired by the popular Defense of the Ancients, DOTA 2 and Leagues of Legends. It plays around the same rules, with some twists!




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Every X seconds, a redstone system will allow creep spawn if there are players nearby.

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To break down a tower, you need 2 players.
When a tower is destroyed, the creep spawner and the defenses deactivates.

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When activated, the tower releases several Poison II around the tower.
The poison is deadly, it can hit up to 9.5 hearts!

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Weapon, armor and potion shops plays a big part in Minecraft: DOTA.

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In Minecraft: Dota, you will need to work as a team to unlock special shops.

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Minecraft: Dota has many sweet features!

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This map requries NO client mods at all.
However, we suggest basic server mods for team chatting and no block destroying to prevent exploiting.


HOW TO PLAY & FAQ (IMPORTANT - Some original DOTA rules has been altered)

What is the main objective ?
Kill all towers then proceed to destroy the nexus. Just like DOTA/League of Legends, but you have to destroy all towers before nexus is vulnerable. Gather items from dead NPCs and players to buy upgrades to ease your way in.
6 to 10 players PvP map.

Is there any important rules ?
1- Make sure no one enters the opposite team's base before all towers are down. (to prevents players from stealing or spawn camping)
2- Do not break any blocks, not even flowers, grass or torches. (server mod strongly suggested)

How do I start the game?
First of all, install a fresh download of the map and make sure it's the lastest version.
Once in game, you will spawn in the team arrangement room.
Wait for everyone to connect and discuss what should the team be; when it's all setup, just grab ONE cart and head to your chosen base.
IMPORTANT: When everyone is at their respective base, the most important thing is to setup your spawns. Everyone needs to sleep in a bed, in order to do that the host of the game may have to change the time to night. /time set 999999
When it's done, both teams need to lift the levers and a 30s countdown will start (see lanterns), giving you time to get stuff from the bank and maybe buy a stone sword with your, now useless, minecart.

How do I destroy a tower ?
To destroy a tower, you need 2 players. First, one of you must stand on one of the pressure plate beside the tower, doing so will release pistons from the windows, making the tower vulnerable to attacks. Watch out! The towers poisons the player near the tower with elemental damage; I suggest buying Protection enchanted armors and health potions. Without any armor it can hit up to 9.5 hearts.

How to kill a nexus ?
For of all, you need to disable all towers. When it's done you need 2 players to press both pressure plates and a 3rd one to shot it down.

How do I buy items from the shops ?
The currency system is based on items; you get random stuff from dead zombies, skeletons, players and trade them for weapons, armors, food.
Simply throw the required amount of items down in the hole. For prices over 4 items I suggest throwing them down slowly to prevent redstone bugs, 2 secs delay between throws is safe. (The buying system will be made fully automatic if needed in future versions)

Never played DOTA, what are lanes for ?
Has shown below, there are 3 lanes; top, mid, bottom. Each lanes has 2 towers, except the middle lane (unlike original DOTA games). They must be
defended with at least 1 player each, otherwise that lane could be zerged down and could create a potential vulnerability to your team because the less towers/lanes you control = the less items you make and the less efficient your team becomes over time.
The basic plan is to send 2 players top, 2 players bot and 1 middle. For advanced players, I suggest sending one player in the Jungle to farm skeletons, get buffs and be more agressive.
When you are at your furthest (not destroyed) tower , simply farm some creeps by moving in front of your tower. If you get in trouble, remember to call out for help or use the tower defenses. Most importantly, call for MIA (Missing in action) enemies, to prevent other lanes from being ambushed.

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How do I unlock special shops ?
Special shops are unlocked your nexus. At around 40 items each unlocks, they can be a tedious task if your team doesn't work as a team. Make sure to have a player assigned to deal with the team's economy.

Economy & Banking
You will die, a lot.
What does it have to do with economy ? Well, it means items are precious and should be banked! Always bank your stuff, that way you keep your enemies from getting load of items if they manage to kill you AND you can come back faster in the game.
Every single items, from rotten flesh to gold, has the same value. They are units that can be traded for weapons, potions, armors and more.
Remember that you can always throw your old stuff to pay your new stuff!

The jungle is a dangerous place, leaving you vulnerable to ambushes without any towers protecting you from players. On the other side, you get your own creep, which means more items! Also, you will encounter skeletons, the most wanted creep in Minecraft: DOTA. Skeletons drop arrows, allowing bows with infinity enchant to work (requires 1 arrow) AND skeletons drop bones, which can be used to tames wolves (that can be bought in the armor special shop). Also, you could farm buffs, RED(strength) and BLUE(speed) to help you farm creep faster or simply ambush an enemy. Having a player in the jungle can be very useful for the team to prepare surprise attacks.
To spawn a jungle creep, find buttons - if lanterns are on, it means the spawn is ready.
-Mob cooldown timers-
40s normal mobs
1m20s buffs



Tips &Tricks
As soon as you get off your cart when the game starts, grab it back and go buy a Stone Sword with it.
Grab armors as soon as possible, they are cheap and very effective!
Remember to grab food!
Because we can trade by dropping items, you could always ask an ally to buy items for you.
The hidden treasure is useful for mob farming.
When you first get back to your base, think about banking some items - in case you die.
Shops items are not expensive, getting back into the game is easy if you do your banking right.
The river is good for ganking but slows you down. Walking on the Lily Pad speed things up!
Bows requires 1 arrow to work, that can be found on the skeletons in the jungle.
When you unlock the armor shop and you want to buy a wolf, make sure you have enough bones.
Wolves can die from towers!
When a tower is destroyed, the creeps and tower defenses go offline and enables the next tower in lane, if there is any.
When the nexus is vulnerable, lanterns will light up.
Health potions are very good.
The first time creep spawns, it takes about 10s of waiting in front of your tower.
If there is no player around the tower, creep will not spawn.

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Feedback, Bug Reports, Suggestions
Leave your feedback, bug reports and suggestions in this MinecraftForum.net thread please! Thank you very much in advance

This project is kind of big and very hard for us to balance without any feedback. So far the only issues we have is with the shop, we seem to spend to much time at the shop. On the other hand items are very easy to get.
Send us your videos (reviews/showcase/play/how-to-play/etc)!
This is my favorite part of this project! If any of you guys can record a full game, review, showcase or whatever just post it here, that would mean a lot to us! I'll be happy to embed your videos on the main post

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Download: Version 1.2 (stable version)

Guide on how to run a public server by NullReff:
Guide & Pluggins setup by Nullreff

Minecraft Dota Server Plugin by Scyntrus:

Official servers running Minecraft: DOTA

Known bugs
If you try to play solo, redstone circuits won't reach the other base when you start the game.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:21 PM

Patch note 1.2 - (2012-04-15)
  • Skins are now strongly recommended.
  • All helmets has been removed from the game to help team recognition, except the aqua helmet.
  • The aqua helmet is now in a hidden chest.
  • Several signs has been added to give helpful tips.
  • Normal armor shops has been nerfed:
Iron Boots (3 items)
Iron Chest (4 items)
Iron Legs ( 4 items)
Iron Legs +2 Protection (6 items)
Iron Chest +2 Projectile Protection (5 items)
Iron Boots +2 Protection (6 items)
  • Special armor shops has been nerfed:
Diamond Chest +3 Protection (8 items)
Diamond Legs +2 Protection (7 items)
Diamond Boots +2 Protection (7 items)
  • Normal weapon shops has been nerfed:
Stone Sword (1 item)
Stone Sword +1 Sharpness (2 items)
Iron Sword (4 items)
Stone Sword +2 Sharpness (5 items)
Infinity Bow (5 items)
Ifninity Bow +2 Punch (7 items)
  • Special weapon shops has been nerfed:
Grandfather Diamond Sword +1 Sharpness (8 items)
Supreme Bow +2 Power +1 Punch (8 items)
  • Player detection for creep waves has been improved.
  • Player spawn has been revamp.
  • Jungle creep has been reduced by 1.
  • Only 1 skeleton spawn remaining to prevent bone meal abuse (also reduced chance to spawn to 44%)
  • Fix spawn rails
  • Now requires 6 players pressing on pressure plates at the spawn to open doors
  • Fixed A LOT of missing redstone. MCEdit, I hate you.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:24 PM

Nice! testing it out atm
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:59 PM

This looks incredibly cool, as someone with 280+ hours in the DOTA 2 beta.

Can't wait till there are servers up for this.



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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:03 PM

If I understand correctly, you have to destroy the opponents towers and then the nexus to win?
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

View PostAlexiem, on 13 April 2012 - 07:03 PM, said:

If I understand correctly, you have to destroy the opponents towers and then the nexus to win?

Yes, sorry if the main topic is confusing my english is not perfect :)

It was too easy to rush a single lane and go for the nexus



Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:55 PM

This looks really cool!
I can't host a server to play though :(


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

I love big games and projects like this! Subscribed to your youtube!
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

View PostBanjoPlayingHorse, on 13 April 2012 - 09:31 PM, said:

I love big games and projects like this! Subscribed to your youtube!

Cool :)
We have much more epic stuff coming :D



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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:44 PM

That's amazing ! Now find friends to play.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:33 PM

Is the map able to reset itself or should I make a copy of it ?


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:43 PM

Does anyone have any servers with this?


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:43 PM

Oh wow I love LoL I just wish I had more friends to be able to play this withh :P



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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:50 PM

View PostRDABoyko, on 13 April 2012 - 10:43 PM, said:

Does anyone have any servers with this?


People are trying to setup a game on Reddit!



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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:16 PM

View PostTobihobbit, on 13 April 2012 - 10:33 PM, said:

Is the map able to reset itself or should I make a copy of it ?

The map can't be reseted, just keep the .rar file and replace the old folder with the new one.



Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:36 PM

I've never seen the owner of a map like this make a server for it. It'd be nice if you could make one for it, and dedicated to DOTA, Zealock.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

This is a sick map! LOVE IT <3
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:20 AM

View PostCytoplasmic, on 13 April 2012 - 11:36 PM, said:

I've never seen the owner of a map like this make a server for it. It'd be nice if you could make one for it, and dedicated to DOTA, Zealock.

I'm trying to figure out a way for a dedicated server to reset the map on demand, prevent block breaking, etc.If the map gets enough attention I will seriously consider it, but I still need to make some changes to the map, such as item balances and bug fixes if there is any left!

I don't know much about dedicated minecraft server, I'll inform myself on that and get back to you! I really like the idea

Or we could simply make a resetable version, hmm



Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:15 AM

"Or we could simply make a resetable version, hmm"
How about you do that?
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