The Bloodline Champions action itself is a hybrid of Defense of the Ancients and World of Warcraft’s Arena battles. From the former, Bloodline Champions takes the top-down perspective and wide range of slick hero characters to choose from (here called ‘Bloodlines’), and from the latter it takes the idea of cooldown-centric powers and no-frills battles.
All of Defense of the Ancients’ slower-paced moments have been stripped out, producing a chopped, lightweight game of striking, blocking, trapping and fleeing, a game which isn’t about where or who you fight, but how you do it. Lots of attacks have delays or firing arcs that make them difficult to land, and even healing powers need to be aimed like projectiles.
Anyone interested in downloading and playing the skill-focused arena game can do so here.