In a first, Valve announced the first hero not ported from the original DotA, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King at day 5 of the International 2016.
In the midst of matches today, viewers were advised to stay seated after the last series for a special “presentation”. When Fnatic vs Digital Chaos ended, the casters mic transitioned to the arena being enchanted with Taiko drums. Performers joined the main stage, wearing Monkey King Bars and Sun Wukong Circlets, and gave an amazing performance with a touch of martial arts, highlighting Monkey King’s origins.
As the performance ended, the stage lit up with Monkey King’s face and the screens displayed the teaser for the hero. In the teaser, we can clearly see him using some of his abilities. Some of which indicate he may have the ability to spawn illusions, similar to Naga Siren and Phantom Lancer.
At day 4 of the International 2016, we had the all-stars match. Pitlord (or, Underlord as they call him now) was finally revealed after a year of anticipation. Underlord was the last remaining hero left that needed to be ported from the original DotA Warcraft 3 mod, to DOTA 2. Fans imagined that would be the end of it. Therefore, many were ecstatic as Valve announced the first original hero for the game only a day later.
Monkey King was in DotA, but was never really playable, and recently there were sightings of bananas in a test patch. Now, we finally know what the hype was all about. Monkey King will be released this fall, in “The New Journey Update” which may hold more changes and additions to the game than just the hero itself.
The International 2016 concludes on Saturday, August 13th. We have seen some amazing matches throughout the week and this year’s production quality has been out of this world. The tournament isn’t over yet though. To catch Evil Geniuses, Digital Chaos and Wings Gaming battle it out for the Aegis of Champions tomorrow, tune in to the livestreams at Twitch and YouTube at 19:00 CEST.