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Postmortem: Defense of the Ancients

March 19, 2009 Article Start Previous Page 5 of 5

Appendix: The Team

Over the five years that DotA Allstars has been in development, thousands of people have worked on the game in one way or another. Due to the anonymous nature of this community project, many of the contributors are only known by their pseudonyms.

The following list includes contributions made only by Guinsoo’s team, which carried the map development from version 2.0 to 6.01, as information about the current and previous development teams is often unavailable to the public or inaccurate.

Steve "Guinsoo" Feak -- Primary map developer, versions 2.0 to 6.01

  • Created item combination system
  • Added Rune system
  • Added Roshan
  • Created alternate game modes
  • Created Creep Scaling System
  • Created 50+ items
  • Created Heroes
  • Darchrow, Enigma
  • Ezalor, Keeper of the Light
  • Ulfsaar, Ursa Warrior
  • Aggron Stonebreaker, Ogre Magi
  • Boush, Tinker
  • Furion, Prophet
  • Azwraith, Phantom Lancer
  • Tiny, Stone Giant
  • Squee and Spleen, Goblin Techies
  • Chen, Holy Knight
  • Luna Moonfang, Moon Rider
  • Kardel Sharpeye, Dwarven Sniper
  • Jah’rakal, Troll Warlord
  • Rhasta, Shadow Shaman
  • Mangix, Pandaren Brewmaster
  • Bradwarden, Centaur Warchief
  • Gondar, Bounty Hunter
  • Knight Davion, Dragon Knight
  • Magina, Anti-Mage
  • Traxex, Drow Ranger
  • Purist Thunderwrath, Omniknight
  • Terrorblade, Soul Keeper
  • Leshrac, Tormented Soul
  • Kel’Thuzad, Lich
  • Krobelus, Death Prophet
  • Lion, Demon Witch
  • Lesale Deathbringer, Venomancer
  • Magnus, Magnataur
  • Visage, Necro’lic
  • Nessaj, Chaos Knight
  • Banehallow, Lycanthrope
  • Black Arachnia, Broodmother
  • Mortred, Phantom Assassin
  • Medusa, Gordon
  • Balanar, Night Stalker
  • Leoric, Skeleton King
  • Lucifer, Doom Bringer
  • Anub’arak, Nerubian Assassin
  • Slardar, Slithereen Guard
  • Akaska, Queen of Pain
  • Bone Clinkz, Bone Fletcher
  • Darkterror, Faceless Void
  • Viper, Netherdrake
  • Razor, Lightning Revenant
  • Naix, Lifestealer
  • Pugna, Oblivion
  • Leviathan, Tidehunter
  • Atropos, Bane Elemental
  • Rotund’jere, Necrolyte
  • Pudge, Butcher
  • Anub’seran, Nerubian Weaver
  • Nevermore, Shadow Fiend
  • Crixalis, Sand King
  • Mogul Kahn, Axe
  • Strygwyr, Bloodseeker - Added Unreal Tournament sounds

Syl-la-ble: Worked with Guinsoo from v3.0 until v6.01

  • Helped with balance
  • Helped create Syllabear hero
  • Helped create map modes
  • Zetta: Helped with balance and bug fixing
  • Neichus: Worked on DotA after v5.0 -- mostly with conceptual design and complex code implementation
  • Mortred & About 11: Real-life friends of Guinsoo's. Helped with balance and bug fixing


  • Launched as the official DotA Allstars community near the end of 2004

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