If you ask any Warcraft fan to create a list of his top preferences (we're talking about games of course), Defense of the Ancients will surely be somewhere on the top of that list. Starting from the Warcraft universe, Defense of the Ancients imported heroes (each with an interesting background story) into an RTS/RPG game. Riot Game took that success and capitalized it into a stand alone game. This is how League of Legends was born.
League of Legends comes with two modules: one for online playing and one for single playing that uses AI controlled units (heroes). League of Legends is relatively friendly for newcomers. It has an intuitive and easy to use interface that will allow a fast and smooth learning of the game basics. In the same time, League of Legends can provide quite a challeng
e for RTS veterans. During a game you need to carefully calculate and choose your actions. If you play too aggressively, too fast, you can find yourself surrounded by enemies in no time. Using a hero's abilities is the key to success in this game. Each hero has his strengths and weaknesses but all these are perfectly visible even from the beginning. In this way, you can wisely select what skills to use in order to fit your playing style as well as possible.
The purpose of each battle should be quite familiar to any RTS player: overwhelm and destroy your enemy. This means that standard rules: risk vs. reward will also apply here. For example, you conquer a control point. You can choose to fortify your position or pursue the retreating forces into a possible trap.
From the graphical point of view, League of Legends is a bit too full of striking colors. Even if the characters are quite well stylized, the overall aspect of the game can dazzle your eyes. It may look nice at the beginning, but after a few hours of game play you may change your opinion.
In conclusion, League of Legends is definitely an improvement over Defense of the Ancients and deserves to be played. You will not regret it.