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The Next Generation - Hero Concepts
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The Next Generation - Hero Concepts

Play and test hero concepts from /r/Dotaconcepts and Playdota![] The objective is simple: lets create the next original Dota 2 hero. Though these concepts are not at all guaranteed to make it into the main game, we will continue to improve, rework, and rebalance them as we add more to play.

You can watch spotlight videos made by Carbon and ILikeDota above to understand the concepts before you try them out ingame, or read the original concepts in the links below. If you want to test these heroes by yourself, I recommend entering a private lobby of hero_demo, with cheats enabled, to gain access to the demo tools and have the ability to switch your hero ingame.

Have a good time folks!

Current Heroes:

These are threads to the original concepts and are different from the versions playable in this gamemode.

Achlys, the Eternal Night[] (designed and coded by houthhakker)
Alpha Stryder[] (original concept from /u/TheGreatGimmick)
Bellatrix Venai, the Blood Cultist[] (collaboration with Pongping)
Cherub, the Dancing Flower[]
Hylonome, the Bewitched Centauride (designed and coded by slayer)
Ixhotil, the Hlotl Precursor (Artisan Runner-up 2015)
Karnage, the Keen Commander[] (concept from /u/orcsetcetera, coded by Pongping)
The Lightbringer[] (Pongping)
Rasetsumaru, the Onimusha[] (Pongping)
Proteus, the Kraken Offspring (coded by houthhakker)
Scaw'mar, the Wildwing Scryer[]
Sirocco, the Dust Devil[] (designed and coded by /u/ZizZizZiz)
Skoros, the Blindseer[] (Pongping)
Sunagakure, the Puppeteer[]
Veera, the Plains Runner
Viscous Ooze[] (Artisan Winner 2015)
Tenebris (from Hammer's Heroes)
Xarax, the Trickster[]
Zeros, the Archduke of Stonehall (Artisan Winner 2014)
Zulf, the Stormhunter[] (original concept from /u/ZizZizZiz)

Upcoming Heroes:

Borus, the Magnet Warrior[] (Pongping)
Vardor, the Yari Archmage (concept & code from Nibuja)
Yggdrasil, the Soul Trader (Pongping)
Tikal, the Voodoo Worshipper[] (concept from /u/Fireslide)
Baylatyck, the Crimson Mist (from the Reddit Creates a Hero thread)
Many more!

Other plans and future implementations:

The Black Market - A special sideshop that is only open an night, selling niche items that have limited stock shared by both sides. (concept by ZizZizZiz)
Updated UI - To better present the heroes and the project's main objectives.
Promotional Videos - For showing off heroes and gathering feedback.
Tournaments - Competitive to help balance heroes, or casual for the enjoyment of watching Dota 2 personalities play it. Hats may also be included!
Art, lore, voice responses, and even hero models!

Steam Group
Concept Art by Kevin Glint[]
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Satan Claws Mar 11, 2018 @ 4:38am 
Hello! I would like some help from anyone that knows where and how can I get started with modeling hero and adding animations as well as scripts? I mean all is fine to write it down and such but would be nice to also make it possible to test it in game and change it accordingly so it gets ballanced and all...

Here is the concept I made:

And yes the hero icon and all will be changed as soon as model is made...
skeletalhammer Dec 28, 2017 @ 1:05pm 
Hey, this is Hammer the creator of Tenebris. I noticed you changed the mechanics of Fade Strike pretty heavily, which I feel really neuters the core mechanic of Tenebris, which is to channel DPS into single powerful blows. The original abililty modified the damage of an attack to be equivalent to 2.5 seconds of DPS with a 2 second cooldown. This one DRASTICALLY decreases your dps.
Explorer Oct 22, 2017 @ 5:42am 
Русскую локализацию сделайте пожалуйста :steamhappy:
SwordBacon  [author] Oct 12, 2016 @ 10:11am 
Good find! Will update description with a link to the new website.
JonMcdonald Oct 12, 2016 @ 3:16am 
Hey, it might be a good idea to update the description. It currently links to , which is a redirect to the archive. You should change the link to for the reborn site. Keep up the great work, guys!
Darthseid Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:33pm 
I don't have a heroe idea, but I have an item idea, how do I submit that?
SwordBacon  [author] Aug 26, 2016 @ 1:42pm 

Sorry I've been gone these past few months. I've been implementing some custom abilities for a new Legends of Dota mod, you guys should check it out!

I'm going to update this soon with a new hero and some balance changes. I'm a little worried that the hero demo map is not going to work anymore since it seems to crash when I load it in Hammer. I'm unable to add bots since they also crash the game. Hopefully I can resolve that issue so you can always have a full game to play if you want!

As for new heroes, I haven't had much time to look over them (there are so many!) and I've got a rather long queue. Let me know if you want to help me add them!
Darthseid Jun 30, 2016 @ 9:42am 
Do bots work with this?
pɹɐʍpǝ ʇuǝʞ Mar 22, 2016 @ 9:44pm