I've only barely tried the beta, and hadn't played dota in some time prior to that, but it's pretty good. Less hassle than the real DoTA. No need for third party addons to remap your inventory keys or reduce in-game delay
Most important of all though, one profile and one profile only, with persistent stats. Hopefully, the need to use IRC channels due to leavers/griefers will be, if not totally removed then at least significantly reduced.
I wonder how it will pan out though. Will people migrate to HoN or stay with DoTA? I also assume the DoTA team may move to SC2 in the not so distant future.. They probably have access to the editor already. Will HoN try to copy DoTA every step of the way and always stay one move behind, or will they diverge and add new heroes? Since there are a few non-dota heroes in already, I'm guessing the latter, but this may make some people all the more eager to stay with the "original" for now..This comment was edited on Aug 30, 2009, 18:55.