At this year’s International Dota 2 Championships, Valve once again took the opportunity to introduce a pair of new heroes to its free-to-play juggernaut.
While Valve did not name either hero in a trailer showed on stage following the day’s matches, one of them clearly resembled a frequently speculated on addition to the game.
Sylph has been rumored for some time, as references to the character appeared in Dota 2’s codebase in May of the this year. This also comes after Team Secret manager Matthew Bailey disclosed on Twitter that Valve informed players and organizations it would attempt to add more heroes more quickly to the game.
However, the trailer on display opened with a different, unknown hero debut, featuring a dapper, armadillo-inspired swashbuckler apparently also on the way to the game. Both heroes are expected to launch with the Dueling Fates Update patch expected some time after The International concludes this weekend.
Last year’s International featured the debut of the Abyssal Underlord and the announcement of Dota 2’s first truly new hero — i.e., one who wasn’t ported from the original DotA mod to Warcraft 3 over its decade of development — with Monkey King, who was released a short time later.
The 2017 International Dota 2 Championships continues tomorrow. You can read more about how to watch and understand Dota 2 with our primer.