The title of ‘best MOBA game’ is a hotly contested one, and often reduced to two warring champions: League of Legends and Dota 2. But, despite being the most popular in the genre, these two games may not necessarily be the MOBA for you. Thankfully there are several fantastic choices out there, meaning there’s almost certainly a MOBA that you’ll love. If you’re new to the genre, you may not know that this 5v5 game style was born as a mod for Warcraft III, and has since transformed into a full-blown gaming revolution. Developers across the world have sought their slice of the battle arena pie, and the fierce competition has meant that only a few have emerged victorious. When we live in a world where the DC comics MOBA failed to take off, you know that the games that did succeed must be special indeed. Many games in this list are influenced by ancient mythology, but Smite takes the gods of old as its direct inspiration. Each player takes on the role of one of the Smite godsand battles it out across a three-lane arena. Ever dreamed of a muscle-bound head to head between Thor and Zeus? Here’s your chance to make it happen. Smite’s esports scene is thriving, featuring regular tournaments and a world championship at the annual Hi-Rez Expo. Despite not having the prestige of League of Legends or Dota 2, Smite still commands international recognition on the sporting stage, with massive multi-million dollar prizes. Unlike its contemporaries, Smite is played from a third-person perspective. As a result long-range skillshots and maintaining awareness of immediate surroundings can be more challenging. Group engagements are often chaotic. However, the added dimensionality does have its advantages: the spider goddess Arachne can crawl above her opponents, and Thor can launch himself far up into the sky to then crash downward with his hammer. Smite’s viewpoint lends it the feel of an MMO but with the mechanics of a MOBA.