[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Custom Games That Are Fun! (Latest Patch)

Sometimes, you just want to kick back and relax, enjoy a drink or have some food while playing Dota. Custom games or arcades as they’re often called, provide you with an immersive yet casual and enjoyable experience regardless of your medal or skill, thus relieving your stress. This list ranks the top 10 loved Dota 2 Custom games.

10. Dota 2 IMBA


If you don’t think Dota is a balanced game, then Dota 2 IMBA will change your mind. This custom mode is what you would expect if the devs just decided to buff everything in the game. Everything, including towers, runes,  most heroes, and even Roshan is buffed in this mode. Essentially, this is Dota on steroids.

Dota 2 IMBA is a hilariously fun mode that has unique spells and animations which can be rather humorous at times. This is one of the few custom games on this list which does not require the player to be skilled at the game. It is a real example of a casual mode. 

If you are having difficulties in landing those game-changing skillshots, then this mode will help you learn how to land them precisely while having fun. In Skillshot Wars, every player has the same spells, Mirana Arrow, Pudge Hook, Invoker Sunstrike, and Clockwork Hookshot. Your goal is to lock down and slay the enemies with those skillshots. 

This custom game mode is extremely gripping if you are a new player struggling to land the skillshots. This game may get competitive pretty quickly since it requires some team communication so you don’t end up stacking the spells!


8. Roshpit Champions

Once the rage, Roshpit champions is one of the most played custom games in recent times. It is an RPG that can have up to 4 players, with 23 unique heroes to choose from. There are over 270 items, which vary in their purpose and ability. 

The game begins with you slaying different NPCs, which drop loot or other items which can be beneficial in the later stages of the game. There are various different levels to the root items as well, making the game more interesting. The goal of the game is to get extremely overpowered and destroy the final NPC boss, which takes quite the coordination and team effort to do so. This game is extremely enjoyable with friends and gets better as you keep on playing.

Hardcore Nina was designed to test your reflexes. It can be played both as a 5v5 or 1v1 if you like the standoffs. You play as Juggernaut, but with the abilities that you only see in the Ability draft mode. You have both offensive and defensive spells which are the same for all players.

You can dodge spells with Refraction, move away from enemies using Blink, or you could show your offensive side by using Shockwave or Stifling Dagger to assassinate your enemies. If your offensive spells land then it is a confirmed kill. Adapting to this mode can be hard for casual players, as the skill level required is high. The regular and more competitive players will have an edge in this mode. It all boils down to your reflexes!

6. Angel Arena Reborn

Originally designed as a mod for Warcraft 3, Angel Arena has found its way into Dota 2, hence the name Angel Arena Reborn. It’s a 5v5 PvP mode with a simple goal in mind, the first team to reach 100 kills wins the game. 

And that’s not it! With over 10 unique heroes and 50 interesting items, you are guaranteed to learn a new strategy or playstyle no matter how many hours you’ve spent playing it. Good team coordination and synergy will lead you to victory in this mode. If you plan on having a Dota game night with your friends, Angel Arena Reborn can result in long-lasting and fun memories.

Legends of Dota is quite the niche arcade mode, it has been around for a while, but it hasn’t been getting the deserved attention that it deserves. The game mode is extremely similar to Ability Draft, where you get to craft a new hero by picking abilities from a pool, barring a few exceptions. 

Earlier, you could select up to 4 abilities like the normal Ability Draft, but now the number has been upped to 6, making it extremely chaotic to play. The game is immensely fun if you’re planning to end the game night with your friends, so much chaos and everlasting memories!

As if the game couldn’t get any more chaotic, Dota 10v10 is exactly what it’s called, 10 players on two teams each, battling it out on a normal-sized map of Dota. Talk about claustrophobia! Other than increased XP and gold there aren’t many changes in this game, except the chaos that ensues every two minutes.

On paper, this may sound like a hectic and competitive mode, but in reality, it is hard to take this game seriously due to its vast and unpredictable nature. Wander in the enemy jungle alone and you are guaranteed to get ganked by 6 blood-thirsty enemy heroes!


3. Atomic War

One of the recent sensations in Dota custom game world is Atomic War. To master this game, it is essential to be well versed in the normal game of Dota. Currently, you can choose from over 20 lords to use for a skirmish in this arcade mode. You get to choose between one of the four options in the picking phase, every lord has added bonuses that are different from the actual game’s bonuses. 

The game finally begins, you get to buy heroes with the starting gold. You can place only one hero at a time on the battlefield board. The fight starts and your hero skirmishes with the other heroes, which is out of your control, you can only buy items before the start of every round to strengthen your heroes and dominate the game. The last man remaining is considered to be the winner. This game may sound complex to play but is extremely easy if you get the hang of it.

As if one pudge on your team wasn’t enough, this game mode lets all 10 players enter the battlefield as the hook-wielding butcher! The two teams of 5 are divided by an uncrossable river, with only the hook ability available. As you progress, you will gain certain abilities that can give you an edge over your enemies. The first team to reach a set amount of kills wins the game.

Not only is Pudge Wars one of the most played Dota Arcade games, it is a blast from the past for many Warcraft 3 players, bringing back those LAN cafe memories. It is an ode to the Pudge Wars mod from Warcraft 3, providing the exact fun and exciting experience.

1. AutoChess

Auto Chess is by far the most famous arcade game in Dota 2. There aren’t many similarities to chess except the layout and a few basic concepts. Auto Chess has achieved acclaim from gamers outside the Dota space. Tens of thousands of people downloaded Dota just for this custom mode. It is a turn-based game (akin to chess), where you’re up against 7 other players, but after you place the heroes, they automatically start fighting each other! Have you never seen that in a real chess game, have you? This game is entirely dependent on RNG, so you just sit back and watch your heroes slay the other heroes and proceed to the next round until one player proves victorious.

The game may look rather easy for a beginner, but it takes hours of play to understand the dynamics of it, but just like real chess, you improve with time!

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