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Our brave heroes must venture into the alien realm of the Great Rift to close the portal that is spewing apocalyptic creatures across Newerth. The Great Rift has its own chaotic reality, however, and each warrior will possess an ever-shifting array of abilities. Prepare for countless opportunities to showcase your skills and non-stop OMG anarchy!
Towers are located in the lanes throughout the map. They are very sturdy defensive structures that deal a lot of damage early on. They must be destroyed before advancing to the enemie's base.
These structures are found deep in the base and are essential for destroying your enemies shrine. Destroying a barracks will significantly increase the strength of your team's creeps in that lane. There are 2 sets of barracks per lane and cannot be attacked until towers in that lane are destroyed.
Neutrals are found dormant in the forest. They yield gold and experience like other creeps but can be more dangerous than your average lane creeps.
The primary game objective and heart of the legion and hellbourne defenses. The game will end if you can destroy the opposing team's shrine.
Players are allowed to shop from a limited selection of items rather than taking a trip to the base. On Rift Wars, one outpost is found in the middle of the map.
Players are allowed to purchase certain consumables that they would normally find at the base, saving them a trip. On Rift Wars, The Observatory is located in the middle of the map.
Fountains provide a safe haven to replenish life and mana without cost and resurrects your hero on death. Enemies that approach your team's fountain will be attacked. The fountain is also home to shopkeepers that allow you to spend gold to purchase powerful items.
Powerful runes will spawn every 2 minutes. These runes provide temporary benefits to the player like double damage or invisibility. On Rift Wars, there is only one spawn point located at the center of the map.
Teleporters exist for faster travel throughout the map. The teleporters on Rift Wars are located near the middle and can be accessed by both teams.