While several Dota 2 heroes made their debuts in DOTA Dragon’s Blood, Marci’s addition to the game after her appearance in the show marked the MOBA’s first anime-original playable hero.
With DOTA Dragon’s Blood book 2 now out, yet more eligible—and badass—candidates have tossed their hats in the ring. Now, it’s no longer implausible to consider that soon, you might be playing one of your favorite characters from the show. Just who could be the next Dota 2 hero from the anime?
Warning: Spoilers if you are yet to watch DOTA: Dragon’s Blood book 2.
Who could be the next Dota 2 hero from DOTA Dragon’s Blood?
Kaden is a legendary name in the Dragon’s Blood universe. Reputed as the strongest Dragon Knight, he’s the only known person to take down each of the eight types of dragons.
Besides his experience, he’s got some interesting abilities as well. His equipment in the show was forged from the remains of dragons, according to Dragon’s Blood creator Ashley Edward Miler, which explains his supernatural strength and swiftness in battle. These could be exciting starting points for his in-game abilities.
Kaden’s Blade is already an item in the auto battler spin off, Dota Underlords. It wouldn’t take much more for the man himself to participate in the war of the Ancients—and maybe claim a few more dragon scalps on the way.
The mysterious Vinari is often the showstopper in Dragon’s Blood, despite her relative lack of screen time. She’s a ruthlessly efficient cutthroat for hire, but there’s more to her than meets the eye.
In a surprise reveal, Vinari shows her true face to Luna while in battle—with a terrifying, jagged mouth that splits into three.
Her golden arrows would make for a distinctive signature skill. Turning an enemy into lifeless statues might be too strong of an in-game effect, but we’ll let IceFrog think of how to balance the numbers.
Whether it’s as a demon or assassin, Vinari would make a chilling addition to Dota 2.
As the goddess of the fervent Dark Moon Order, Dota 2 fans would have been familiar with Selemene’s name way before the anime ever came out, with Mirana and Luna consistently bringing her up. And Artifact (RIP) fans would recall one of the strongest cards to exist in the card game, Incarnation of Selemene.
That hasn’t changed in the anime as Selemene is one of the most important and powerful characters. Her status as one of the Dota world’s actual goddesses would probably make for fascinating conversations with the likes of Zeus and Mars, should she ever come to the game.
As for her skills, besides the obvious moon abilities, her lotuses would be a fine addition to her kit. As a symbol and catalyst of her power, themed abilities around the lotuses would make for unique visuals.
Along with Marci, Fymryn was probably one of the show’s most anticipated characters to become a Dota 2 hero. She’s grown tremendously over the anime’s run, and it seems like she’ll continue to be a pivotal character in a potential Dragon’s Blood book 3.
Besides her overall cuteness that had people spamming her fan art online, her abilities in the show could make for an elusive character suitable for varied playstyles.
Fymryn displays a dizzying array of powers in the Dragon’s Blood—short-range teleportation capable, creating clones, true sight, and even shapeshifting. So yes, if you want to be Naruto in Dota 2, your best bet would be the elf ninja.
Viceroy Kashurra of the Helio Imperium was a kindly old man one second, and a forceful Void Dragon the next. Likewise, his Dota 2 hero could be the same.
Transformation heroes like Lone Druid, Lycan, and Dragon Knight in Dota 2 often improve their base skills, but they are mostly limited to buffing numbers or improving their physical stats.
Kashurra could be a transformation mage that completely changes his skills. The Viceroy could be a supporting character in his human form, before transforming into a fearsome dragon that’s able to launch a full offensive barrage. With new heroes now often experimenting with new mechanics, this can be a unique archetype for Kashurra to fulfill.