Trivia / Dota 2

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Tinker is voiced by Harry S. Robins, who has done numerous voices for Valve's hit First-Person Shooter series, Half-Life. Many of his lines make reference to, if not direct quotations from, the series.
    • Lich has a particularly specific line when casting Sacrifice:
    Lich (casting Sacrifice): "I'll POOTIS soul to use."
    • Similarly to Tinker in the above example, Oracle quotes the G-Man in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Both are voiced by Micheal Shapiro.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Necrophos is a Greek version of his original name Necrolyte, "phos" meaning light in Greek.
  • Fan Nickname: Beyond simply shortening names for ease of use (Ie. Wraith King becomes WK, Abbadon becomes Abba), we have.
    • The Animal Courier is referred to as a "chicken" due to its character model from the original Dota. For the same reason, the Flying Courier is referred to as a "crow". Acknowledged by Valve with "Cluckles the Brave" courier.
    • Anti-Mage: "Anti-Fun," since his main mechanic punishes the opposing team for casting spells, which is a major component of the fun of the game. Also because he's no fun to play against if he manages to get farmed.
    • Axe's ultimate, Culling Blade, is colloquially referred to as a "Dunk" due to the jumping motion he makes prior to bringing the weapon down overhead on the target, much like a basketball dunk. It's also referred to as Culling Beard, as part of his manly nature.
      • Earthshaker's ultimate, Echo Slam is also referred as a "Dunk". Referenced in his voice line, too!
    • Bloodseeker: "Pubseeker", due to his high popularity in public / pickup games. He also goes by the moniker "Bloodcyka" (pronounced "Bloodsuka") for his popularity among Russians in the low-skill brackets note . But, now that he is a viable pick in competitive scene...
      • He's also sometimes referred to as "Race Car" and "Ferrariseeker" due to the 6.79 patch which completely removes his speed cap when his Thirst passive is triggered.
    • Chaos Knight, Ogre Magi, and Phantom Assassin are respectively referred to as Casino Knight, Casino Magi, and Casino Assassin, due to their Random Number God based abilities.
    • Chen: The creeps controlled by Chen's Holy Persuasion are collectively referred to as "the Chen army".
    • Dark Seer: "Sonic" or "Sanic" due to the spikes on his back giving him the appearance of a hedgehog, and his Surge ability allowing him to GO FAST.
    • Disruptor: "Dis Raptor", given his mount of choice.
    • Enchantress: ''Bambi". Her fun name at Dota 1.
    • Faceless Void's ultimate, Chronosphere, is sometimes referred to as a "blueberry" due to its appearance.
      • Also, Gorzerk. His fun name in Dota 1.
    • The Hellbear neutral camp is referred to as "Tomato and Potato," due to their colors (yellow and red). It even ties in with the term "farming." The big red Hellbear Smasher also gets the moniker "Killer Tomato".
    • Huskar is occasionally referred to as "Michael Jordan" since he jumps at the target with an overhead stabbing motion when casting Life Break, similar to Axe's ultimate.
      • He's also occasionally known as "Rambo".
    • Invoker's Chaos Meteor is often dubbed "Chaos Meatball" (or just "meatball") because it looks like one. There's also the much less flattering "Injoker" for the hero himself, used when the player controlling him has no idea what they're doing.
    • Although more prevalent in the original Defense of the Ancients, the Iron Branch is sometimes referred to as the "GG Branch" due to its original description: "Wearing one of these ensures a Good Game."
    • Lion's Aghanim's Scepter version of Finger Of Death which has an AoE, shown as multiple beams, is referred to as Fist of Death. Also ties in nicely with the Double Entendre of "Fingering"/"Fisting" the enemy.
    • Nature's Prophet: His original name in DotA was Furion, but this was changed in the transition to DotA 2 due to copyright reasons. However, his actual name (prior to it being redacted) is very rarely used due to being unpopular and Furion is frequently used instead. The game files still refer to him as Furion.
    • Night Stalker: The Legal Map Hack for his Aghanim's Scepter upgrade. Sometimes, Batman... because he has bat wings and active at nights.
      • Keeper of the Light shares this name, as his Aghanim's Scepter gives him the same effect in daytime as Night Stalker's does at night.
    • Speaking of Keeper of the Light, "Gandalf". Also his fun name in Dota 1.
    • Phantom Lancer: "Cancer Lancer" or "Phantom Cancer" due to his rapid multiplication and the ability to win even the most hopeless games by "infesting" all the lanes with powerful illusions.
      • Related: Gyrocopter was "Chemocopter" during Phantom Lancer's heyday, due to Flak Cannon damaging the entire "Cancer Lancer" army at once.
    • The item Rod of Atos is sometimes called the "Rod of Aui," after competitive player Aui_2000, one of the few pro players who advocates its utility.
    • The Satyr Tormentor neutral creep's Shockwave spell, which it fires off as soon as enough heroes are in the area, is refered to as a "Hadouken".
    • Shadow Fiend: "Swagger Fiend" due to his distinctive walk animation in the original Dota. His new character model introduced in the Rekindling Soul update faithfully replicates the walk, and the nickname was acknowledged by Valve with his "Fiendish Swag" taunt.
    • Slark: "Fishi", due to his appearance and (as a ganker) inevitable comparison to Riki.
    • Spirit Breaker: Space Cow, after the PyrionFlax guide to Spirit Breaker. This later became an Ascended Meme with the Three Spirits patch; Earth Spirit refers to him as a "space cow" in some of his responses. Another name that's gaining some traction is Spirit Baker. His fun name is "Roadrunner".
    • Treant Protector: "Tree" or "Treeman" for being a tree person.
    • Venomancer: "Bananamancer", due to his old model's curved posture and bright yellow-green color.
    • Warlock's ultimate Chaotic Offering is sometimes referred to as the "Dropping the Rock" as a nod to its original name in War 3 Dota, Rain of Chaos, in which the Infernal would fall from the sky. It was changed to its current form since both Rain of Chaos and the Infernal are owned by Blizzard.
    • Windranger: "Windginger", because she's a redhead.note 
    • Witch Doctor: "The Walking Fountain," because of his constant AoE heal and ultimate. His ultimate is given the name "Dubstep Ward" for its sound effect.
      • "Magic Coconut" is a semi-common name for his Paralyzing Cask spell, especially when it achieves some truly impressive bounces. Acknowledged by Valve with his "Bonker the Mad" Immortal item, that change his Cask into a coconut.
    • Zeus: "Mario," since his model design (one of the earliest and worst in the game, to the point where Valve have restricted additions of cosmetics to him until the model is redesigned) bears uncanny similarities to Nintendo's mascot. Valve acknowledged this with his Taunt item, "Heavenly Jump".
    • ChrisC, a developer at Valve, is frequently nicknamed "Bot Guy", as he's often the only one who works on the AI hero bots.
    • The Scythe of Vyse has always been referred to as "The Sheepstick" by players and even some heroes (because it turns a target into sheep). In fact, Heroes of Newerth has an Expy called the Kuldra's Sheepstick. Interestingly, it turns unit into pigs.
    • When Crystal Maiden uses her ultimate, Freezing Field, casters sometimes refer this as "Let it Go".
    • Sometimes, players refers to heroes redundantly. Such as Kotl of the Light, Potm of the Moon (Mirana), Qop of Pain, etc. In a similar vein, we have "Dota of the Ancients" for the game itself.
    • The act of playing DOTA until sunrise is known in Spanish as "amaneciDOTA", which literally means "big all nighter".
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Puck was the winning submission of a contest to create a hero based on the Faerie Dragon unit in Warcraft III.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Could be coincidence, but in one game, both Jen Taylor and Gin Hammond end up voicing two occasions of pairs/rivals: Lina-Crystal Maiden and Windranger-Drow Ranger.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Many Heroes have had their names changed from their initial iterations since they bear similarities to characters from Blizzard franchises (the main issue coming from the Blizzard-Activision merger making lawsuits a very real possibility):
    • Brewmaster was previously Pandaren Brewmaster. Due to the Pandarens being a World of Warcraft race, the "Pandaren" was removed and his design was shifted to resemble the red panda.
    • Similar to the above, the three Spirits (Storm, Ember and Earth) used the Pandaren model in the original War 3 Dota, and had their designs changed to more closely resemble humans. In the case of Earth Spirit, who was created long after Dota 2 became its own game, his DotA 1 model was still a Pandaren for the sake of consistency.
    • Magnus is referred to as Magnataur in the game files. The Magnataur are a race in the World of Warcraft universe, so the Magnoceros race was created in its place.
    • Nature's Prophet had the name "Furion" in DotA 1, being a shortened version of "Malfurion Stormrage," a prominent WarCraft character.
    • Necrophos was originally known as Necrolyte (and is still referred to as such in the game files).
    • Outworld Devourer's original name was Obsidian Destroyer, based on a Warcraft III unit, so his initial Dota 2 name was Outworld Destroyer. It was very briefly changed to Outworld Demolisher, and then again changed to the current Outworld Devourer. Some fans jokingly refer to him as Ongoing Developer due to this.
    • Windranger was originally known as Windrunner. The change came due to Windrunner being the surname of a prominent family of heroes in the WarCraft universe. In DotA 1, Windranger was actually Alleria Windrunner, but used Sylvannas Windrunner's in-game model.
    • Wraith King was originally Skeleton King, who was based on the Diablo character King Leoric. The entire Frostivus 2013 event was created around the complete change in his appearance.
    • Carine Bloodhoof the Tauren Chieftain was changed completely in character concept and became Elder Titan.
    • Thrall, the protagonist of the Orc campaign from Warcraft III, was simply named after his title, Disruptor.
  • Talking to Himself: Despite having well over a hundred different heroes, there are scarcely more than ten or twenty voice actors to give them all voices. While some of these are fairly obvious (Anti-Mage, Beastmaster, Necrophos and Warlock are all voiced by Sam A. Mowry, and sound like the same person at different ages), quite a few are very surprising (Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Enchantress, Mirana, Phantom Assassin, Spectre, and Vengeful Spirit are all voiced by Gin Hammond, and Timbersaw, Bristleback, Skywrath Mage, and Abaddon are all voiced by TJ Ramini).
    • This can reach its peak when certain Heroes give responses after killing others.
    Nature's Prophet (voiced by Eric Newsome), after killing Leshrac (also voiced by Eric Newsome): Leshrac, now the earth splits you.
    • Up to Eleven: Since the addition of Earth Spirit, it is now possible to play a match where all 10 heroes are voiced by Nolan North.
    • Techies is composed of three characters. All of them are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker with varying voice levels.
  • The Wiki Rule: A fan-made one. The lore is chronicled here.

    List of Hero Release Order: The Original DOTA Allstars 
  • Original release set:
    • Crystal Maiden
    • Drow Ranger
    • Lich
    • Lina
    • Lion
    • Razor
    • Shadow Shaman
    • Sven
    • Vengeful Spirit
    • Slardar
    • Faceless Void
    • Viper
    • Venomancer
    • Nature's Prophet (Furion/Prophet)
    • Pugna
    • Doom
    • Chen
    • Riki
    • Queen of Pain
    • Wraith King (remained Skeleton King until today)
    • Death Prophet
    • Silencer
    • Nyx Assassin (Nerubian Assassin)
    • Visage
    • Magnus
  • Released at the year 2004 (simultaneous release is in one bullet together)
    • Terrorblade
    • Anti-Mage, Sniper, Omniknight, Dragon Knight, Clinkz, Lycan, Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin, Luna
    • Medusa
    • Zeus, Leshrac, Juggernaut, Lifestealer, Bounty Hunter, Naga Siren, Techies (Goblin Techies)
    • Morphling
    • Pudge, Night Stalker, Brewmaster (Pandaren Brewmaster)
    • Troll Warlord, Centaur Warrunner (Centaur Warchief)
    • Broodmother, Lone Druid
    • Treant Protector
    • Tidehunter
    • Ursa, Bane
    • Necrophos (Necrolyte), Sand King, Tinker, Ogre Magi, Keeper of the Light
  • Released at 2005
    • Axe, Dazzle, Earthshaker, Enigma, Tiny, Enchantress, Shadow Fiend, Weaver (Nerubian Weaver), Bloodseeker, Phantom Lancer
    • Spirit Breaker, Bristleback
    • Invoker
    • Abaddon
  • Released at 2006
    • Witch Doctor, Spectre
    • Beastmaster, Jakiro, Outworld Devourer (Obsidian Destroyer)
    • Warlock, Alchemist
    • Mirana
  • Released at 2007
    • Meepo
    • Storm Spirit, Dark Seer, Huskar, Undying, Templar Assassin, Abyssal Underlord
    • Puck
  • Released at 2008
    • Clockwerk
    • Windranger (Alleria/Windrunner), Kunkka (Daelin)
  • Released at 2009
    • Batrider, Elder Titan (Cairne/Tauren Chieftain)
    • Ancient Apparition, Slark
  • Released at 2010
    • Shadow Demon, Gyrocopter, Io, Disruptor (Thrall)
    • Tusk, Phoenix
  • Released at 2011
    • Rubick
    • Timbersaw (Goblin Shredder), Skywrath Mage, Ember Spirit, Legion Commander
  • Released at 2012
    • Winter Wyvern, Arc Warden
  • Released at 2013
    • Earth Spirit, Oracle

    List of Hero Release Order: Dota 2 
  • Original release set:
    • Crystal Maiden
    • Drow Ranger
    • Lich
    • Lina
    • Lion
    • Razor
    • Shadow Shaman
    • Sven
    • Vengeful Spirit
    • Anti-Mage
    • Zeus
    • Morphling
    • Pudge
    • Tidehunter
    • Necrophos
    • Sand King
    • Axe
    • Dazzle
    • Earthshaker
    • Witch Doctor
    • Mirana
    • Storm Spirit
    • Puck
    • Windranger
  • Released at 2011:
    • Slardar
    • Enigma
    • Faceless Void, Viper, Tiny
    • Venomancer
    • Nature's Prophet, Clockwerk
    • Sniper, Dark Seer
    • Pugna, Beastmaster
    • Leshrac, Enchantress, Shadow Fiend
    • Tinker
    • Weaver
    • Night Stalker
    • Spectre, Ancient Apparition
    • Doom
    • Chen
    • Juggernaut
    • Bloodseeker, Kunkka
    • Riki
    • Queen of Pain, Wraith King, Broodmother
    • Jakiro, Huskar, Batrider
    • Omniknight, Dragon Knight
    • Warlock
    • Alchemist
    • Lifestealer
    • Death Prophet
    • Ursa
    • Bounty Hunter
  • Released at 2012:
    • Silencer, Spirit Breaker
    • Invoker
    • Clinkz
    • Outworld Devourer
    • Bane
    • Shadow Demon
    • Lycan
    • Lone Druid
    • Brewmaster
    • Phantom Lancer
    • Treant Protector
    • Ogre Magi
    • Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin
    • Gyrocopter
    • Rubick
    • Luna, Io
    • Undying, Disruptor
    • Templar Assassin
    • Naga Siren
    • Nyx Assassin, Visage, Keeper of the Light
    • Meepo
    • Magnus
    • Centaur Warrunner
    • Slark
    • Timbersaw
  • Released at 2013:
    • Medusa
    • Troll Warlord
    • Tusk
    • Bristleback
    • Skywrath Mage
    • Elder Titan
    • Abaddon
    • Ember Spirit, Earth Spirit
    • Legion Commander
  • Released at 2014:
    • Terrorblade
    • Phoenix
    • Techies
    • Oracle
  • Released at 2015:
    • Winter Wyvern
    • Arc Warden
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