Key elements of Dota Underlords

On the night of June 14, Valve released its own version of Auto Chess – Dota Underlords. Despite the immense popularity of the genre, a lot of players just now decided to play their first game of “chess”. We talk about the main gameplay mechanics and share basic tips for beginners.

How to play it?

All games in the Auto Chess genre are not about pushing buttons, but about strategy and economics. The player buys pieces with different characteristics and abilities, and then puts them on the chessboard. After that units fight on their own.

Each game involves eight players who fight each other. Opponents are selected randomly in each round. If the opponent’s pieces are stronger, the player takes damage, which consists of the levels of units remaining on the field after the battle. The winner is the one who outlives the rest.

Luck is no excuse

The main elements of Dota Underlords are: Money, experience and heroes. There is no single way to win, largely due to the influence of the random market. Nevertheless, the odds can change in your favor by making smart decision. A player is given 30 seconds, so there’s just no time to read all the characteristics.

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Shop and Economy

Regardless of the outcome of each round, except for the first three, each player receive five coins. For the winning a round you will get one gold. You will also get more gold for getting consecutive wins on the board, as well as for the series of defeats. But you shouldn’t spend everything at once on the units in each round. Because for every ten coins in the bank the game grants you extra gold which helps a lot in the later stages of the game.

In Underlords, the player has only one characteristic: A level that determines how many pieces you can put on the board. For each round, you get one exp. Free points will not be enough – you have to invest the earned money. In the store, you can spend five gold for four experience points.

Make smart investments

At the beginning of each round, the game offers five random units to choose from. They are divided into five categories: By price – the higher their value, the stronger they are and the higher their rarity. With an increase in the level, the chances of getting expensive heroes increase. If a player doesn’t like the characters that Underlords has offered, he can spend two gold pieces to get a new selection of units.


All units are taken straight from Dota 2 and have the same indicators of health, attack, speed and other characteristics. In addition, each of them has only one skill: it can be passive or active – in the second case, it will require mana. You hero gets mana when he receives and deals damage.

Unlike Dota 2, underlords units do not gain experience for killing enemies. Heroes can be leveled up only after collecting three identical figures. This feature can be used twice in a single game. For the strongest version of one character you will need nine copies of it.

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