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: Lots of 'em.
  • 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.
    • Lich was originally Kel'Thuzad, the arch-lich from the Warcraft series. Three of his spells were taken from the eponymous Warcraft III hero, and all received name changes: Frost Nova became Frost Blast, Frost Armor became Ice Armor, and Dark Ritual became Sacrifice.
    • 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.
    • Cairne Bloodhoof the Tauren Chieftain was changed completely in character concept and became Elder Titan.
    • Thrall, the protagonist of the Orc campaign from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, was simply named after his title, Disruptor.
    • Rounding off the Horde trio, Rexxar the Beastmaster became Karroch the Beastmaster. Rexxar was the main protagonist for the Orc campaign of the Warcraft III expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
  • 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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