It has been a while since Dota 2 had a new hero added to the game. Inai, the Void Spirit and Snapfire were the last ones added in late November 2019. Traditionally, Valve announces their new heroes at The International Dota 2 Championships. However, considering the fact that TI10 has been postponed to 2021, the heroes were not revealed. But we still have hints and whispers about multiple new heroes on the horizon in the game files and hero responses. One of them is the ‘Puppet Master’.
‘Puppet Master’ is a hero that was originally a part of another MOBA called Heroes of Newerth. The hero had a number of cool and unique abilities, some of which allowed him to push and move enemy heroes according to his will.
In August 2020, Reddit user /u/UnnamedUser- posted a data mine that details the abilities and talents for potential new heroes. The ‘Puppet Master’ by far had the most number of these abilities and talents which makes it the likeliest hero to be released next by Valve.
On Wednesday, Reddit user /u/WellisCute found even more data that had information about the Puppet Master’s spell icons which increases the likelihood that this hero is actually in the works at Valve.
Although the hero is yet to be released, several of the new heroes and cosmetics including Arcanas and Personas have voice lines which give us some hints on what to expect from this new hero.
All this information indicates that these responses are targeted at a hero with some form of mind control ability. Surprisingly, such a hero already exists in the forgotten realm that is Dota 2 Underlords.
The hero’s name is Anessix, The Mistress of Secrets. And would you look at that official description of the hero in the bottom left corner?
Yep, it is likely that she is the Puppet Master who will be added to the game. However, this isn’t a confirmation that she will be added to the game. There could be multiple Puppet Masters in the Dota 2 verse, but it is quite unlikely.
We currently do not have any information on when Valve intends to reveal or release these new heroes. But the increase in the leaks we are finding in these Data mines indicates that the Dota 2 developers are ramping up steam and that it could be just around the corner.