Valve announced the return of the iconic custom game mode, Diretide earlier today after nearly 7 years. The Dota 2 community has gone bonkers over this update as it involves a number of rewards, changed UI and a fun Diretide game mode. A trailer of Diretide was released by Valve which according to a Reddit user named u/Doggytalents, might hold some hints of a new hero.
A New Hero On The Horizon?
In the Diretide trailer, Snapfire holds a newspaper with a big bold cheeky headline which reads: “What was so great about Diretide anyway?” Clearly, a playful dig aimed at the rabid Dota 2 fans who were clamouring for the release of Diretide in the past.
However, what many of us missed is a picture of some kind of a creature with a crossbow on the other side.
The Toy Butcher Persona, Pudge:
The Compass of the Rising Gale Arcana, Windranger:
“Forest Creatures” are mentioned in a voiceline in Queen Of Pain’s Arcana, Eminence of Ristul,
Wraith King in his One True King Arcana mentions a “tiny carcass”, thereby talking to an animal.
Anti-Mage's persona, The Disciples Path:
So, as per the above-mentioned similarities, one can conclude that the new hero could be an animal-themed one. The newspaper shows a cat with a crossbow while the voice lines clearly mention words like birds, pet and forest creatures. There could also be a possibility of two hero releases considering so many exciting elements have been noted. However, all of these details fall opposite to the speculations surrounding the release of the ‘Puppet Master’ hero.
The last time new heroes were included into the game was a year back in November 2019 when Snapfire and Void Spirit were officially added to the total pool of heroes. Valve generally follows a custom of releasing a couple of heroes at every TI but with the ongoing global health crisis, TI was indefinitely postponed by Valve. This also meant that no hero would be revealed this year but with Valve releasing the Diretide and potentially teasing the players with such sly stuff, we could witness a new hero being unveiled in 2020 itself.