If you spent a lot of time back in the day in CCs (cybercafes), you’d have seen screen after screen throwing up images of forests – maybe a river – and, definitely, a lot of fighting.
Even now, after 18 years and a sequel, Dota (short for Defense of the Ancients) has a strong, solid following. What started as a mod from World of Warcraft 3 that turned into its own battle-arena game, Dota still holds its place as an influential, highly played game in the esports circle. And that circle, is no joke, with the Dota 2 tournament in 2019 amassing a prize pool of over $30 million. And even if it’s been a while since you’ve spammed the QWER keys, a show that will breathe more life into some of our favourite characters is definitely intriguing! So what can we expect from ‘Dota: Dragon’s Blood’?
It will be…
An 8-part anime. Unfortunately (or, maybe, it’s a good thing? We’ll have to wait and see) the show will only have 8 parts, despite the stellar crew behind the series. Headed by Ashley Edward Miller (co-writer for ‘Thor’, ‘X-Men: First Class’) with animation by Studio Mir – the Seoul based South Korean animation geniuses behind ‘The Legend of Korra, ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ and the 2018 movie, ‘The Death of Superman’. Miller said of the series:
“Fans will love how we’ve imagined the DOTA 2 universe and woven together an epic, emotional, and adult-oriented story about some of their favourite characters. The cinematic animation, acting and music are simply next level and I’m grateful to Valve for supporting our creative ambitions.”
The dragon [that] comes for war! Well, if the name was any indication, the story will focus on the character, Dragon Knight. The synopsis reads:
“The sweeping fantasy series tells the story of Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the world. Following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm as well as the noble Princess Mirana on a secret mission of her own, Davion becomes embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.”
Expect to be able to watch the new show…
‘Dota: Dragon’s Blood’ is slated to drop on Netflix on March 25.
Watch the trailer here:
Dota 2 isn’t the first (or last, probably) multiplayer online battle arena game to get a show of its own. At present, Riot Games is working to release a series called “Arkane” this year, set in the League of Legends (LoL) universe.