Neslyn A. January 4, 2020
The Dota 2 vs. League of Legends debate rages on.
G2 Esports CEO Carlos Rodríguez Santiago chimed in on the discussion with a minute-long video on Twitter comparing and contrasting the two games, using cars as an analogy.
He told fans that League of Legends is like BMW i8, a machine he said is “crafted by the gods.” On the other hand, Dota 2 can be compared to a 1993 GMC Typhoon that beats the i8 in “a quarter-mile race that nobody cares about.” He concluded the video by saying he preferred the magic of a luxury vehicle over a “scrappy monster engine.”
OG offlaner Sébastien "Ceb" Debs seemed to respond directly to Santiago’s analogy with a similar video on Twitter, saying that Dota 2 is a Candar 26-inch Tricycle while League of Legends is a 1996 GT4 bike. He ended the video by saying that some people prefer the safety and comfort of the bike, but he prefers the complexity of the tricycle.
Santiago made a short response, seemingly mocking Ceb’s accent.
The tongue-in-cheek videos continue what has been a fun, surprising beef between the two-time The International champions and the entire League of Legends pro scene.
OG stoking fires of the Dota 2 vs. League of Legends debate
Dota 2 vs. League of Legends is a rivalry that has existed for almost a decade, with the two fandoms mocking one another in various ways over the years. For the most part, this hasn’t played out at the professional level but things started getting snippy just before Christmas.
During a Twitch stream, famed Team Liquid player Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng claimed that League of Legends is harder than Dota 2. The LoL player told fans that there is “a zero percent chance” that Dota 2 has higher mechanical skill ceiling than LoL. Shortly after the interview went viral, two-time TI champion and four-time major winner Johan "N0tail" Sundstein took to Twitter and criticized the game’s lack of action.
He ultimately concluded that both games are great and stated that he’d like to bring together pros from both games to discuss the topic.
To this point, the back-and-forth has been lighthearted but it will be interesting to see if things continue on deeper into 2020.