Netflix loves making us expect the unexpected. After almost two decades since its existence, the world of Dota will be coming to the screens and it is met with great delight from fans all around the world. The streaming giant is making an anime series based on one of, if not, the best Valve games in the world––Dota 2. Boasting a mild eight-episode series, Dota: Dragon’s Blood will be premiering on the 25th of March and there’s still lots more to anticipate.
We're excited to announce a brand-new anime series exploring the Dota universe like never before. As fellow fans of Dota and its passionate global community, we look forward to sharing this new adventure with you when it premieres on Netflix March 25.https://t.co/rHcL5QSi5b
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) February 17, 2021
“We’re excited to announce a brand-new anime series exploring the Dota universe like never before,” the game tweeted. “As fellow fans of Dota and its passionate global community, we look forward to sharing this new adventure with you when it premieres on Netflix March 25.“
What will Dota: Dragon’s Blood be about?
According to the Netflix press release, the story will have the following storyline:
“The upcoming 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.”
As you can see, there are already two Dota heroes in the story. One includes Davion or known in the Dota world as Dragon Knight and the other being the Prince of the Moon, Mirana. However, there’s a lot more lore to discover in terms of the game. Apparently, it’s not just your ordinary online multiplayer arena video game. Why do I say that? Well, it involves an “ancient eldwurm,” and Netflix isn’t wrong in pointing that out.
WARNING! Potential spoilers ahead!
According to the lore, Davion owes the eldwurm, known as Slyrak, his powers. Once upon a time, Skyrak was a horrifying dragon who didn’t let any knight get in his way––burning them to ashes with his powerful flame. However, as time went by, Slyrak became older. Davion, on the other hand, was a dragon slayer and sought the challenge against the old Slyrak.
When both were in combat, Slyrak’s blood combined with Davion’s and therefore transferring all his powers, experiences, and wisdom into one embodiment––the Dragon Knight, as we like to call him. In the game, Dragon Knight has abilities like “Breathe Fire” which is pretty self-explanatory, and “Elder Dragon Form” that lets him transform into a dragon. In fact, Dragon Knight’s shield has Slyrak engraved on his shield––represented by a red eldwurm.
We don’t know if this is entirely what the “ancient eldwurm” is all about, but it sounds formidable and seemingly connected all the points. As for the adventure Davion is set to endure, we don’t know anything about it––maybe it’s his journey to becoming the Dragon Knight as we’re expecting he’s still a Dragon Slayer at the start of the anime.
We’re totally okay if we get this wrong, it’s just a matter of where the anime will be looking at story-wise. Either way, it’s a Dota anime and the game isn’t short of lore considering the story has been around since IceFrog, Eul, and Steve Feak’s genius in 2003.
Who will be producing the anime?
The animation of the series will be arranged by Studio MIR––the same studio responsible for The Legend of Korra Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender so Netflix already knows that the standards of the studio are worthy of the streaming giant.
As far as competition goes, MOBAs like Dota 2 and LoL has always been part of the list. Now, Dota 2 isn’t the only game that’s getting a TV show. Riot Games is also making an effort to create an animated series for League of Legends called Arcane. However, the show was delayed from an original 2020 release because of the pandemic but it’s set to premiere around 2021 as well.