The announcement of the Dota 2 anime in and of itself was pretty much earth-shattering for all. With barely two weeks to spare for the launch of the Dota 2 anime, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, Netflix has put out another video. Only this time, it’s not as much a teaser for the anime as it is a teaser for the entire Dota universe. Cherry on top, it features three of Dota’s biggest community members.
The video focuses on the lore of Dota, featuring casters Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden and Owen “ODPixel” Davies alongside the endlessly energetic Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner. Slacks dives right into the thick of it by introducing viewers to almost two decades of lore, starting with how the world of Dota came to be.
The 6 minute video is a crash course tackling the creation of the Dota universe, its distant world, and what led to the events of the game now played by millions. Sheever takes up the charge to add to the world-building tale, and finally, ODPixel gathers it all up by focussing on the hero whose tale the upcoming anime will be telling: Davion, the Dragon Knight.
The surprising bit about the video isn’t as much that Dota is being promoted – something that fans had assumed wouldn’t happen in their lifetimes – but that Netflix has let Slacks go uncensored. While he doesn’t go ham as he usually does in his own Loregasm videos exploring the Dota universe, you can still hear his signature no-BS language right off the bat.
The video is meant to help ease new and upcoming fans into Dota’s deep and intricate world. It bodes well for Dota that its community members are also in on the upcoming release, meaning fans can expect a lot more to come, and hopefully from the people behind Dota as well.
With unprecedented promotions already in tow for Dragon’s Blood, it is very likely that Dota will get new players in the coming week and months. But there are bigger issues with the game that Valve needs to address.
Dota in its current state is not approachable by any means. New players become fans only if they have prior experience with similar games, play with a friend who is getting them into it, or they abound in willpower and persistence. Smurfers, cheaters, and toxicity firmly gatekeeps Dota against new players. All this gets worse in the lower bracket, where inevitably, all new players start. It doesn’t help that the game’s ‘new player experience’ is a joke. But at least jokes exist, so nevermind that analogy.
If Valve is to keep the game enjoyable and open for all, they need to address all these issues. With no initiative from Valve in the last 5-6 years, it’s the community that’s trying to do something. SirActionSlacks announced in February that he would be working on a tutorial for new players, and even managed to raise $25,000 for his project courtesy of the community.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood is set to release on March 25, 2021. We can’t wait to see it for ourselves.