Year after year, MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) remains one of the most sought-after games around the world. With several renowned titles, the genre receives very little news in terms of new titles or new mechanics. Even so, there are always those who innovate in some way, whether it’s changing perspective or even to 2D! Here you’ll get to know of the best MOBA games of 2021.
If you’re looking to get started in the MOBA life or just switch games, check out our list of the best games of the genre for 2021 below!
League of Legends
It had to be him. League of Legends is, without a doubt, the biggest MOBAS phenomenon in the world. The game far surpassed its rival Dota in terms of popularity with its slightly simpler mechanics and more friendly graphics for weaker PCs.
Currently, LoL is the MOBA with the largest community of active players in the world. The game receives periodic balance and content updates that always revitalize gameplay and the metagame. In terms of electronic sports, LoL is also the most popular, with numerous competitions worldwide and locations around the planet.
The franchise that put the MOBA genre on the map, Dota established the model used in basically every MOBA that came after. Its second version was released in 2013 and keeps loyal players active to this day. With more elaborate graphics and a slightly more complicated learning curve, Dota 2 serves a different niche of players than those who prefer LoL.
Dota 2 also receives periodic updates, although more sparse than League of Legends. The game is also the MOBA that offers the biggest cash prize in world championships.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is a Blizzard MOBA that brings together heroes from several of its titles: Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, and Nexus.
In terms of gameplay, HotS is simpler and easier than League of Legends, mainly because there is no money, shop, and items. Furthermore, a great difference in the game is the fact that all the experience received by one of the players is shared among the team. This makes the game, as a whole, much more focused on the team, making it very difficult for just one player to stand out.
Unlike other MOBAs, HotS matches take place on more than one map, each with its own goals.
Smite is a MOBA whose theme focuses on different mythologies around the world. All characters are gods or fantastical creatures drawn from Roman, Greek, Hindu, and even Slavic or Polynesian mythology. In all, the game has more than 100 playable characters.
Smite is one of the most different MOBAs out there as it departs from the standard model in many ways. To start with, the perspective is in the third person, that is, the player has much less vision of what is happening around him, which greatly increases the importance of communication between the team (the matches are fought between teams 5×5). In addition, skills need to be targeted manually, which opens up a range of possible interactions that are not common in other games of the genre.
Heroes of Newerth
Heroes of Newerth, better known as HoN, is a MOBA released in 2010 that, despite having been very successful, never managed to overcome bigger names like LoL or Dota. This is not to say that the game is bad, just that it doesn’t innovate in any way.
HoN has the visual identity most similar to Dota 2, with a darker feel and a more “serious” air. The game also features more than 130 characters, outnumbering the playable heroes in Dota 2 and League of Legends. Apart from that, Heroes of Newerth is just an alternative for those who want to try a different MOBA on PC.
Awesomenauts is a very different MOBA from the others, mainly because it’s in 2D! Despite looking strange at first glance, the game has successfully managed to translate the genre’s basic mechanics into a 2D platforming setting.
Even in 2D, Awesomenauts retains all the essential elements for a MOBA: team matches, lane division, minions, items, skins, classes (tanks, DPS and support), etc. Furthermore, the objective here remains the same: advance across the map, dominate territory and destroy the enemy base while protecting yours. Without a doubt a very original game that runs well on a weak PC.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends has been the most popular MOBA for mobile phones for years. With simple gameplay and medium graphics, the game is very accessible to novice gamers and still runs on most medium devices. The game has more than 80 characters and several game modes, achievement systems, skins, and much more.
Mobile Legends also receives periodic content updates and balancing, which makes it increasingly competitive and attractive. The game already has a very active national and international community.
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor is a MOBA that, in addition to having its own characters, includes some famous names from the DC universe such as Superman, Batman, Joker, and Wonder Woman. Apart from that, the truth is that there isn’t much difference between Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends. The games have great similarities to each other, ranging from the interface, talents, star ratings, identical commands, etc.
Perhaps the only difference worth mentioning is that in Arena of Value you can win free skins by winning matches, which, let’s face it, can be quite attractive.
Without a doubt one of the best MOBAs for mobile phones. Vainglory has top-notch graphics and gameplay and allows crossplay across platforms, meaning PC players can compete with Android and iOS players, which greatly increases the game’s active community. With that, the game is also great to be played on a weak PC.
Vainglory is also the most balanced MOBA for mobile phones so far and with very well-crafted heroes. Perhaps the only downside is the lower number of heroes than the average for other games. Altogether, there are only 43 playable characters.
Heroes Evolved Mobile
Another MOBA that deserves your attention. Although Heroes Evolved doesn’t innovate in any aspect, the game delivers everything a fan of the genre can hope for. In all, the game has more than 50 playable characters and several modes that range from the most serious to the most relaxed.
The main focus of Heroes Evolved Mobile is to offer games that are shorter than the average for other games. Until December 2019 the game also had a PC version, but this was canceled, keeping only the mobile version.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
The newest addition to the mobile world of MOBA, Wild Rift is the adaptation of League of Legends for handheld devices. The game has the same visual identity as Lolzinho, but much less content so far, especially in the number of champions available. Even so, fans of the world’s most powerful MOBA can wait for future updates to bring the game closer and closer to its original version. We’ll see!