Steven R. February 12, 2020
At one point or another, every Dota 2 player has asked themselves, “What does Juggernaut look like under the mask?”
Many Dota 2 heroes that wear masks or face-covering helmets have had their faces revealed through in-game cosmetic items at some point. Skins like Bounty Hunter’s “Hunter with No Name” hat revealed his feline face years ago, while Dragon Knight’s Uldorak's Hide quickly removed any mystery over what Davion looked like before he killed the dreaded Slyrak.
Juggernaut is one of the few heroes whose face has remained a mystery. Until now.
Dota 2 fans haven’t yet gotten a definitive answer on what’s behind the mask, but with Dota 2 currently dealing with a slew of cosmetic bugs, fans now know what the game has rendered behind his iconic mask. A Reddit user’s game of Dota 2 encountered issues, with this being displayed as the character’s portrait:
While many masked Dota 2 heroes with helmets and masks have a fully rendered face hiding underneath, Juggernaut has a comically small head with no features outside two empty eye holes. Though this may not give a definitive answer on what Juggernaut looks like, it should give Juggernaut mains a good chuckle.
Is this what Juggernaut’s true face looks like?
Juggernaut’s entire character revolves around his mask. According to his lore, Yurnero the Juggernaut comes from the Isle of Masks. His background story even starts with “No one has ever seen the face hidden beneath the mask of Yurnero the Juggernaut. It is only speculation that he even has one.”
The Bladeform Legacy arcana doesn’t reveal his face, but suggests that his mask is much more than simple headwear.
"Yurnero’s mask has been cleaved in two, awakening the ancient souls that once laid dormant inside it. These spirits have become one with Yurnero, giving him both the wisdom and fury of his ancestors,” the description reads.
Fans may not ever get a real answer on what Yurnero looks like under the mask. At one point, Valve tied events into the lore and mythos surrounding heroes. The Nemesis Assassin event revolved around Oracle and Phantom Assassin, while Dark Moon tasked players with defending the temple of Selemene, the goddess of Mirana and Luna.
With Dota 2 events these days offering little more than chat wheel sounds and the ability to high-five other players, it feels unlikely that players will ever find out what’s behind the mask.