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The DOTA 2 International competition took place this weekend, so of course Valve took the opportunity to introduce a pair of new characters who will soon be coming to the game. While they didn't name either of the characters, fans have a pretty good idea of who at least one of them is.
Over the weekend, the folks at Valve decided to show off a new trailer for DOTA 2 as a sort of teaser for the upcoming Dueling Fates update. That update is expected to come soon now that the International has wrapped up and, in it, players will also discover a brand new pair of heroes to choose from.
We're going to start where the trailer ends; with the arrival of a character who almost certainly is Sylph, the long-rumored fourth spirit set to arrive in the game. Months back, folks dove into the DOTA 2 code and came up with references to the character Sylph. Her name is pulled from a breed of woodland fairy spirits so, when a woodland fairy spirit shows up at the end of this trailer, it's no wonder folks figure they've got her pegged.
All we know is that she seems to be on the side of evil, as her closing words make it clear that the forest the first character was defending is in some deep trouble now that she's arrived. She also whips out a cool lantern with a sinister-looking floating light, so we figure we've got a flittering caster on our hands.
As for the character who occupies the vast majority of the trailer, we have no idea who he is. He certainly has a lot of personality, though. This unnamed DOTA character is all about fighting with style, using trickery and quick movements to humiliate his enemies as he defeats him. The obvious comparisons here are to Zorro, Puss in Boots or even a more lighthearted take on The Three Musketeers. Resembling an armadillo, it's no surprise that his quick movements are complemented by a move where he balls up and rolls over his enemies.
What this means for DOTA fans is two more heroes to learn, and they'll be here as soon as the Dueling Fates update launches. We know it's coming near the end of the International, so you might want to keep an eye on the game's official website, as that could be any day (or hour) at this point.
Releasing new heroes is certainly a good way to keep players interested in your MOBA and, given the genre's crowded market these days, Valve might have to make these kinds of updates more regularly if they want to maintain their spot near the top of the boards. As for the new heroes we've now had a gander at, let us know what you think of them in the comments below.