Dota 2 currently has 107 heroes, while its predecessor Warcraft III (WC3) Dota has 112. Simple math tells us that there are only five more heroes waiting to be ported to the game: Goblin Techies, Winter Wyvern, Pit Lord, Nerif the Oracle, and Arc Warden. So what’s going to happen after all the heroes have been ported from WC3 Dota to Dota 2? The answer seems to be simple—make new heroes.
Valve’s Erik Johnson told IGN that new heroes will be created for Dota 2 once the original heroes from WC3 Dota have all been ported to the game. He also shared that new heroes and changes will be coming to the game, and that the development will keep going because “Dota never stops”. When asked about Dota 3, Johnson remarks that it doesn’t “really make sense”:
There’s no point where we say, ‘Alright, we’re done. Let’s move on to the next one.’”
With that in mind, what do you think the first original Dota 2 hero from Valve is going to be?
There aren’t many clues to work off, but one of the characters that got some people wondering is the 6.79 alternate reality game (ARG) mini-boss Sun Wu Kong. Since the 6.49 map, characters appearing in the x.x9 ARG have been ported in the game as heroes. Invoker (6.49), Tauren Chieftain/Elder Titan (6.59), and Phoenix (6.69) are some of them.
However, news of Wu Kong in the Dota games has been scarce. If he were to be ported into the game as a hero, there’s also the question of whether it would be for WC3 Dota or Dota 2.
If new heroes appear in Dota 2, it might be unlikely for them to also be ported to WC3 Dota, due to its limitations as a custom map using the dated Warcraft III engine. Although Dota 2 is big enough to challenge League of Legends (LoL) globally, WC3 Dota is still king in some countries like the Philippines. Will new Dota 2 heroes urge WC3 Dota players to totally switch to Dota 2?
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