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Valve’s Dota 2 Gets its Own Netflix Anime Series

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Image courtesy of Valve

One of Valve’s most popular IP’s – Dota 2 –  is getting its very own anime series courtesy of Netflix. The announcement was made across channels on the Netflix and Dota websites, and by industry insiders, and its trailer is already out.

Also, a note, there are potential spoilers at the bottom of the article.

The series is titled DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, named after one of the abilities of the in-game hero, Davion the Dragon Knight. This fantasy epic narrates the adventures of “Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the world”.

Its synopsis reads as follows: “Following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm as well as the noble Princess Mirana on a secret mission of her own, Davion becomes embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.”

Mirana and Dragon Knight are featured on the cover image of this article alongside the dragon. You can watch the trailer here. Needless to say, as my good friend pointed out to me, Riki and Bounty Hunter are looking super good in the trailer.

The anime series will premiere on Netflix on March 25, 2021, which is soon, but not soon enough to prevent us Dota 2 fanatics from drooling until it does. Dota’s official blog announcement stated, “We are excited to share an all-new anime series exploring the Dota universe like you’ve never seen before — premiering on Netflix March 25th… check out the Dragon’s Blood section of the client as we reveal more updates in the weeks to come.”

What’s better is that the production for the show is handled by Studio MIR; the same studio behind the hugely popular and superbly made show, The Legend of Korra. The in-game update has added a new splash screen and a separate page listing the dates of the series announcement, teaser trailer, main trailer, and date of the release of the series itself.

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Image courtesy of Valve

Clicking on the active tab redirects you out of the game client to the YouTube trailer for the series in your browser. Presumably, the other tabs with the countdown will do the same as they become active.

Dota 2 fans have long been craving for some new content from Valve, especially in light of their competitor LoL having music videos and short series delving deep into the intricately woven universe and lore of the game. Dota 2 comics were the only thing sustaining its fans for a very long time, but they’ve stopped as well. Now the game’s getting an anime series even before Riot Games’ League of Legends does, after the League’s anime series was delayed in 2020.

Hype train is here!

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!

For the curious, Dragon Knight’s official lore reads as follows:

After years on the trail of a legendary Eldwurm, the skilled dragon-slayer found himself facing a disappointing foe: the dreaded Slyrak had grown ancient and frail, its wings tattered, its few remaining scales stricken with scale-rot, its fangs ground to nubs, and its fire-gouts no more threatening than a pack of wet matchsticks. Seeing no honor to be gained in dragon-murder, the young knight prepared to turn away and leave his old foe to die in peace. But a voice crept into his thoughts, and Slyrak gave a whispered plea that the knight might honor him with death in combat. The knight agreed, and found himself rewarded beyond expectation for his act of mercy: As he sank his blade in Slyrak’s breast, the dragon sank a claw into his throat. As their blood mingled, Slyrak sent his power out along the Blood Route, offering all its strength and centuries of wisdom to the knight. The dragon’s death sealed their bond, and Dragon Knight was born. The ancient power slumbers in the knight, waking when he calls it; or perhaps it is the Dragon that calls the Knight…

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