Its almost exactly the same. Most of the heroes are ported over (with some new ones), and most of the items are exactly the same. The classic map is in, plus a few others. Its only beta right now, but i haven't looked back. The graphics are much better, while not being too system intensive (I can't run Demigod, but i run this on all high settings). Also, the multiplayer system is WAY better than BNet. Games are hosted server side, so if the host leaves the game continues. If you disconnect from game, you can still reconnect and keep playing. If you like DoTA, this is where its at. its not open beta, but i was given 3 invites so you may be able to find one around. I think they have a facebook group that when it hits 30,000 everyone gets a key. you might also try asking on forums.