Originally Posted by DyzaztyR
Its the generosity of Valve which actully stunned me. When I read DotA2 is Free to play and I dont have to buy heroes, I was like 'WWOOOAAAHHHHH love you valve'
it's not generosity as much as the only way to get asia DotA scene to transfer to DotA 2. it was a must to make DotA 2 F2P and all the heroes free. otherwise valve would have killed their chances to get asians in DotA 2. and that would have probably costed them way more than the money they would have made form western players buying heroes or the game from them.
aswell as it was the only way to compete with LoL. HOWEVER, DotA needs all heroes to be available, otherwise the game sucks. so LoL format doesn't work for DotA 2