DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Book 3 has been released and the series is likely over, and it may have introduced a new character who could be the next new hero in Dota 2.
Valve has made it clear that it will not muster up the energy to further promote the animated series based on one of its most popular games. Valve couldn’t even post a tweet about it. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t pull some inspiration from the series, as was seen with the Dota 2’s most recent hero, Marci.
Marci was one of several original characters in the DOTA: Dragon’s BLood series that was a candidate to be added to the game. While Fymryn and Kaden haven’t made the cut just yet, there’s actually something of an canonical explanation for why Marci is in the game and others aren’t. This also opens the door for a possible new Dota 2 hero who checks out.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Book 3.
For those who haven’t watched the third season of DOTA: Dragon’s Blood yet, this might seem strange. But there’s a good chance that Filomena, daughter of Invoker, could be the next new Dota 2 hero to come to the game.
After a certain point in DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Book 3, a young adult version of Filomena essentially becomes the main character of the story. As part of her journey, she produces an interesting addition to Dota 2 canon.
What is the difference between a hero and a creep? This hadn’t really been explored or discussed at all, but the show actually puts forward a clear explanation as to what the difference is. It’s specifically a matter of how people are impacted by the Ancients.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Book 2 established that dragons become sentient when they come into contact with a piece of an Ancient. Book 3 adds the addendum that other species aren’t nearly as lucky. In most cases, when a creature of any kind comes into contact with an Ancient they effectively become a zombie. This applies to both the Radiant and Dire Ancients, with slugs, rabbits, and people all becoming part of a hivemind that reflexively attacks and consumes everything that isn’t a part of that hivemind.
It can be inferred that this is the nature of creeps. Meanwhile, it’s explicitly noted that heroes are immune to this, with Phantom Lancer, Windranger, Tiny, and Axe being shown as examples of immune Dota 2 heroes. Filomena discovers a piece of the Radiant Ancient, and is unaffected, meaning she herself could be a Dota 2 hero.
Alongside this, Filomena is shown having some powers of her own. She can invoke with Quas, Wex, and Exort orbs and seemingly brought a stuffed animal to life to serve as her companion. Filomena could become the next new Dota 2 hero, but she’d also fit comfortably as a hero persona or arcana skin for Invoker should Valve choose to go in that direction instead.