Garena has apparently removed virtual LAN from Garena+ client without any notice. All games including Warcraft 3 TFT/DotA, Counter-Strike and Age of Empire etc. are no longer supported. Users around the world are unable to join game rooms as loading gets stuck at "Auth in Main Server". Also, new Garena+ update is being rolled out in which LAN Games button is completely removed.
Garena's main forums are also put under maintenance. A week has been passed but there is no official announcement from them. According to some reports, Garena is short listing countries for LAN support meaning that only selected countries can access it. In the next Garena+ update, we may see significant changes to Garena+ client.
The sudden removal of LAN feature is indeed frustrating because a huge number of players have spent a great time on this platform and most importantly you can't play your favorite game DotA. But don't worry, until the things get sorted out you can play DotA on the following clients:
- Ranked Gaming Client - has a hostbot feature and automatic leaver ban, good community
- GameRanger - client configuration is a bit complicated at first but plays DotA fine
- ICCup - Similar to RGC, has hostbots, anti-hack support and ladder
- You know more? tell us in comments!
It would be unwise to assume that Garena is shutting down, no it is certainly not going to happen because Garena+ is still in collaboration with many other games such as Fifa Online, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and Path of Exile.
We will provide more updates soon, stay tuned!