What does Juggernaut’s face look like?
Dota 2 fans have asked themselves this exact question on many occasions, as the iconic hero’s mask is central to his character. While Valve doesn’t seem all that interested in actually answering that question, but the publisher has always been keen to keep fans intrigued with Dota 2’s dizziest swordsman.
This has come up on a few occasions in the past, but The International 10 Battle Pass added some new fuel to that fire.
The Cavern Crawl is one of the biggest features of the battle pass each year, tasking players to win games as a number of different heroes. There are a variety of challenges that can be completed using these different heroes, typically with the thread connecting them together being the heroes’ physical appearance.
Juggernaut is a part of several of these challenges, but he isn’t described as having “great pecs” or anything of that sort. Instead, he’s a part of numerous challenges related to his mysterious face.
According to the TI10 Battle Pass, Juggernaut joins Sniper and Phantom Lancer as being luxuriously bearded, joins Razor and Morphling in having no nose, and has bad teeth ljust ike Lifestealer and Bloodseeker. This has inspired some laughs across social media, as well as some hilarious fan art.
So does Juggernaut actually look like that? Or is Valve just trolling Dota 2 players a little bit? The answer is probably more the latter than the former.
From a strictly literal perspective, Juggernaut doesn’t actually have a face in the Dota 2 game client. He barely even has a head. Though many masked heroes such as Bounty Hunter have a fully rendered face behind their mask that can be seen when the game bugs out and removes parts of character models, when Juggernaut’s mask disappears, only a lump with eye sockets remains.
From a lore perspective, it’s very possible that Juggernaut doesn’t even have a face. Various media has alluded to Juggernaut’s mask being an extension of his body, or some sort of spiritual connection to his ancestors.
The Bladeform Legacy arcana for Juggernaut hovers around the idea of his mask being broken, with the description being “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.”