Dota 2 (opens in a new tab) announced a new hero at The International 11 world championship, with returning shooter Muerta set to bring the moba’s hero total up to 124 early next year. She is a black-and-gold creature, perhaps some kind of automaton, who wields a pistol and deals with traveling between life and death. At the moment we only have a trailer (opens in a new tab)but that trailer is packed with some neat details.
“A persistent returnee reveals himself with promises of a devastating reckoning to follow. Pierce the veil between the living and the damned as a new hero – Muerta – arrives to haunt the streets in early 2023,” says the official description.
With a floral aesthetic that mixes Mexico’s day of the dead aesthetic skulls with deep video game neon, and Spanish-speaking gamers are already sounding off in video comments with excitement and requests for a Spanish-language voice pack for her. Muerta promises to be a hero that has a lot in common with the current Dota 2 stable—at least legally.
Because it turns out she’s been teased since at least February, when the Revenant’s Brooch item was added to Dota with the description “The cursed brooch of a fallen guardian that haunts forever between the veil of life and death.” In the trailer, what is supposed to be Muerta’s portrait on a candle-lit altar is wearing the Revenant’s Brooch. Given that item’s focus on attack damage and speed, and Muerta’s gun, my money is on an auto-attack Carry role hero that can use or use ethereal effects.
Muerta’s design, coloring and visual effects have a lot in common with Death Prophet and Wraith King, two other spirit-themed characters who regularly return from the dead. Also, I think she’s the first normal-sized hero to use a gun? The others are all small Keenfolk like Sniper, Gyrocopter, and Snapfire.
Last year’s new hero was Primal Beast, a big angry crocodile thing.
In other Dota 2 news, Valve announced in a deeply and deeply weird video that there’s an announcer on the way for Portal 2’s Cave Johnson, the oddly upbeat CEO of Aperture Laboratories played by JK Simmons. You can watch it on YouTube, but I’ll embed it below.