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New Dota 2 hero Void Spirit announced at The International 9 – Video, Outlanders Update, more

Published: 24/Aug/2019 15:04 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:10

by Connor Bennett

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Valve has announced another new hero and upcoming update for Dota 2 during The International 9 (TI9)- adding another member to the ‘spirit’ family.

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With The International being the showpiece event for the Dota 2 esports calendar, it’s also the perfect time for Valve to show off new content. At The International 8, fans in attendance were given keys for the long-awaited Artifact, while TI9 has already confirmed a new hero in the form of Snapfire.

However, the developers haven’t finished their sweep of new content just yet, as another member of the Spirit family of heroes has been announced after years of theories and speculation.

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ValveVoid Spirit will join the Spirit Brothers family of heroes in Dota 2.

Right before the Team Liquid and Team Secret match-up, which Liquid swept to victory in, Valve used a break in the broadcast as an opportunity to show off their new trailer and swanky CGI effects.

For the most part, the hero remained with their back turned to the camera – conjuring up portals and moving forward. Eventually, a figure was transported to the stage and, to the delight of the crowd, began warning ‘mortals’ about the upcoming “Great Confluence” before wielding a two-ended blade that appears to be their weapon of choice.

What are Void Spirit’s abilities?

Unlike Snapfire, not much was on show for Void Spirit’s potential abilities or hints at what type of character they will be in-game – leaving the watching audience to make up their ideas.

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However, considering that Earth Spirit, Ember Spirit, and Storm Spirit all have their own elemental Remnants and can transform into a ball for a unique movement ability. Yet, with Void Spirit conjuring up portals in a trailer, it remains to be seen as to what their Remnant and transportation ability will be.

In even better news for eager Dota fans, both characters have been announced for DOTA Underlords – the popular mobile game.

Just when they will grace the battlefield of either title, however, is still up in the air as no official date has been announced past the vague ‘Coming Fall 2019’ teaser.

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Dota 2 player Flow passes away after cancer battle

Published: 30/Sep/2020 16:45

by Jacob Hale

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Russian Dota 2 player Alexander ‘Flow’ Sazonov has sadly passed away after losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Flow, who was considered to be a standout performer by fans of the Dota 2 amateur ranks, was an offlane player that, throughout his career, represented organizations such as Vega Squadron and Double Dimension.

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In 2018, while representing Double Dimension, he took a hiatus from competitive play following his cancer diagnosis at the age of 23. Despite a period of health improvements, Flow passed away on Wednesday, September 30, two and a half years after his initial diagnosis.

Flow’s passing was confirmed by organization B8 esports, who posted to Twitter to offer their condolences to his family and friends.

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According to Flow’s VK fan page, he had been feeling healthy until early August when, after undergoing some tests, he learned that the cancer had come back aggressively, and he proceeded to undergo chemotherapy, then developed stomatitis throughout his course.

Based on the experiences he shared on VK, it appears as though his health deteriorated throughout the chemotherapy course and, despite feeling better at times, he unfortunately passed on September 30.

In the announcement on VK, his passing was confirmed, and his resilience shared with his fans. “Sasha left us this morning. He did not give up and until the very end believed that he could defeat the disease.”

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Flow passed away on September 30.

The Dota 2 community has paid tribute to Flow, and compassion for his family’s loss, most notably from the CIS community who have lost one of their own.

Flow’s passing is a sad reminder of how short life can be, and we offer our sincerest condolences to Flow’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.