Defenders 013: Skeleton King
November 21, 2011
Congrats to ShogunPhone, and enjoy your Skeleton King. Don’t forget to vote for tomorrow’s hero over in the comments at r/Dota2. I’ll draw the suggestion with the most upvotes.
SK is a pretty vanilla hero, as far as I’m concerned, but what I do find interesting is his lore, and how that’s being handeled in Dota 2.
Most of you probably know this, but although his model comes from WC3, the character (King Leoric) comes from Diablo. His Diablo counterpart even dropped a crown with lifesteal, so the Dota community borrowed more than just the name. Because SK could stand for Skeleton King or Sand King, people usually called him Leo. I wonder if that trend will continue, even though his name is Ostarion now…
Come to think of it, the item Buriza also has its roots in Diablo lore. Buriza-Do Kyanon is Japanese transliteration of Blizzard Canon, which was a unique crossbow from Diablo II that dealt cold damage. Cold damage? Blizzard? Get it?
Most of the Blizzard IP that has been re-imagined for Dota 2 has come from the Warcraft universe (Nature’s Prophet is an example of that), but these are the only two instances of cross-franchise IP that I can recall.
What do you think? Are there any other Diablo references in Dota that are going to need to be censored out?
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