Valve just revealed TWO new heroes at The International 2017. One is a completely unknown rapier-wielding pangolin [Editor’s note: or armadillo], while the other might be the much-anticipated Slyph.
While we wait for more details about Slyph, we’ve done a frame-by-frame analysis of the trailer to find out what our new pango-friend is all about (complete with placeholder hero and skill names):
“Pango”, the “Pangolian Duelist”
Our new “pangolian” hero is most probably designed to be a tanky/initiator-type hero, given the overall look and feel of the character model.
“Pango” has an aesthetic that screams “I’m durable!” or “I’m nigh unkillable!”, using a large/muscular character model similar to Axe, Timbersaw, or Dragon Knight. Although “Pango” looks very agile, we’re convinced that he was not designed to be a carry based on what we saw in the trailer.
Unlike his tanky predecessors, he seems to focus on dexterity and evasion to survive, a unique concept in DOTA 2. Valve has been constantly exploring new directions to take hero development in, so having a new frontline-type hero that breaks the mould is not surprising.
Catch the entire teaser trailer here:
Throughout the trailer, he mentions 4 attributes: Speed, Strength, Wisdom and Style, which neatly sits with the idea that a DOTA 2 hero has at least four skills.
Here are our guesses to his skills, based on the teaser trailer:
- “Strength” – Rapier Strike
This is probably a simple skill which allows you to move forward while attacking an enemy, possibly having certain bonuses when used to kill creeps.
- “Speed” – Acrobatics / Duellist’s Dexterity
This might be an innate ability that allows him to hop up and down cliffs and can be activated to reduce an enemy’s armor, based on what the animation is representing.
- “Wisdom” – Duellist’s Challenge
Pango will shout, “ah-ha!” to a single enemy, taunting him to attack him while also gaining evasion. If Pango reaches a certain distance between him and the taunted enemy, he will jump behind the enemy and apply break/silence.
- “Style” – Rolling Thunder (Ultimate)
Pango throws his sword to indicate where/who he is targeting (ala Kunkka’s Ghost Ship) and starts rolling towards the opponent (ala Tusk Snowball). Upon collision, the enemy is knocked down (stunned, probably) for X amount of seconds.
While not much is known about the Nymph-like Slyph, she does fit the bill of a trickster-type utility hero. Think forest guardians who use wisps and tricks to deceive invaders.
The following skill lines which were datamined about this “Hero_Slyph” might be of interest to you.
On Twitter, reception for the 2 new heroes were relatively warm. Here’s what our local DOTA 2 star Daryl “iceiceice” Koh had to say:
This year’s The International host could not resist teasing us with his knowledge as well:
…And compared to the Artifact announcement, this teaser was welcomed wholeheartedly by the audience:
Here’s the live view…
…and here’s the stream view.
Now, that’s the reaction all Dota 2 fans at home wanted to have for new announcements by Valve!
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