This is the thread to discuss Dota Auto Chess
, an excellent mod that was released recently and has now become the most popular custom map in Dota 2.
It's an 8 player competitive strategy game where each player assembles an army of Dota 2 heroes to attempt to survive the longest against waves and waves of enemies. It's very complex and hard to explain as exhibited by this 37 minute video by Kripparian explaining how to play it:
I don't like watching videos. Sum it up for me.
In Dota Auto Chess, each player is given a chessboard. A preparation round begins, where you can buy chess pieces and place them on your board. After that, the boards are locked and a combat round happens. An enemy is chosen and their pieces are placed on the opposite side of the board, then your chess boards automatically fight each other. If you lose at combat, you take damage from any chess pieces your opponent still had on the board. After a few rounds of combat against creeps, the combat rounds randomly face you against one of your competitor's boards. Your goal is to survive longer than everyone else.
There's a limited pool of chess pieces, so every chess piece bought by your opponent makes it less likely for you to get the same piece. You can upgrade chess pieces to level 2 (and again to 3) by gathering 3 pieces of a kind. Leveled up pieces are incredibly powerful. You receive some gold every round, and there are gold bonuses for winning rounds and win/loss streaks. Gold can be spent on new chess pieces, to reroll the offered pieces at the store, or to gain experience. Leveling up allows you to place an additional chess piece on the board, as well as better odds at higher quality pieces. Each piece has a race, class, and ability. Multiple unique units of the same race/class can be assembled on the board to produce powerful synergy bonuses. There are currently 55 different pieces and the tier list
is woefully inadequate at really communicating how adaptable and strategic you need to be to survive.
How hard is it to play?
It's free to play, all you need is a computer capable of running Dota 2. The mod can be downloaded quickly and freely within the game. Lobby queues are currently more-or-less instant, and each game tends to last ~40 minutes but you can drop out early if you lose at no consequence.
How do things work?
In short, without a lot of established documentation. Here's
a recent subjective assessment of the units that you can use to get some basic familiarization with what each unit does and what makes it strong or weak.