A suave armadillo and mysterious sylph are Dota’s next two heroes
Valve ended the second to last day of The International 2017 Dota 2 tournament with a bang, announcing two brand new heroes coming to the game.
The first hero is a stylish armadillo wielding a rapier reminiscent of Zorro. The preview video shows him hopping around on hills, dancing around his enemies and dispatching them with quick swipes of his blade.
These preview videos generally are representative of a heroes abilities, meaning this currently unnamed hero will likely be highly mobile, with the ability to disarm opponents and curl up into a ball, rolling around to initiate or escape.
The second unnamed hero was given much less screen time, but appears to be the rumored fourth spirit, Sylph. Our freshly introduced armadillo friend tells her the forest is safe thanks to him, to which she replies, “ohhh, safe? It’s really not,” before attacking him with a minion.
The video ends with a teaser for the “Dueling Fates” update, likely dropping shortly after The International ends, as is usual tradition. The update presumably includes both new heroes, as well as major balance changes to the game.
The International 2017 has been packed full of announcements, including a brand new Dota 2 card game. Earlier today Valve also let artificial intelligence company Open AI test its Dota playing bot’s prowess against the game’s most famous player.
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