Developer Valve Software announced on Saturday (16 October) that Marci, a character from DOTA: Dragon's Blood — the Dota 2 Netflix animated series — will be joining the game as a full-fledged hero this fall.
Valve announced Marci will be the 121st hero to join Dota 2's extensive roster of combatants after the upper bracket finals of The International 10 (TI10), this year's iteration of the game's annual world championship tournament, which saw Chinese team PSG.LGD book their ticket to the grand finals and send European powerhouse Team Secret to the lower bracket finals.
In DOTA: Dragon's Blood, Marci is the loyal servant of Mirana, Princess of the Moon, among the most iconic Dota 2 heroes and one of the principal characters of its animated series.
Marci has become quite the favourite among fans of both Dota 2 and DOTA: Dragon's Blood, due to her expressive and bubbly demeanour — which shines through despite her being mute — that belies her fierce loyalty and proficiency in hand-to-hand combat.
Marci's announcement trailer didn't reveal much about how she will be depicted as a Dota 2 hero, though it seems she will be a melee brawler that relies on her skill in hand-to-hand combat — alongside some mysterious power that she has yet to use in DOTA: Dragon's Blood — as she joins the battle of the Ancients.
In addition to announcing Marci as Dota 2's newest hero, Valve also revealed that Season 2 of DOTA: Dragon's Blood will be released in January next year.
The series premiered in Netflix back in March, with its first season having eight episodes.
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