Defenders 019: Pudge

December 1, 2011

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In light of yesterday’s bloated diatribe, I’ll try to keep it short today.  I am glad to be able to fulfill kflay‘s wish with this most gruesome of Pudges.  You know the drill by now; vote for tomorrow’s hero in the most recent Defenders thread over at r/Dota2.

Pudge is one of those iconic Dota heroes.  He might even be the most iconic hero in the game.  Not sure exactly why I feel this way.  It’s probably a combination of tenure, a great signature ability, and the global sound effect of his ult.  When Pudge is in the game, you know he’s in the game.  I like Valve’s rework even more than the original, too.  Pudge’s voice is actually intelligible for a change, the cockney old-time butcher angle really works, and I am downright smitten with that pompadour.

What hero do you think best represents Dota?  Who is the face of the game?

Wallpaper.  1920×1080.

Comments

  1. December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    Yiro says:

    Just…. AWESOME

  2. December 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    Crepuscertine says:

    Like you, for some reason, I always thought of Pudge as the iconic Dota hero. League of Legends has Ashe, Ryze or Katarina? I think Dota has Pudge.

  3. December 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    Keith says:

    Awesome stuff. Could you do Slardar next?

  4. December 2, 2011 at 12:26 am
    Iryz says:

    you even went for the red/green disgusting look…. YOUR THE BEST MAN!

  5. December 2, 2011 at 6:01 am
    Morty says:

    Interesting fact if you weren’t aware, Pudge was one of the orignal heroes introduced in the game, along with axe. He goes back to the very start. His ultimate back then was called Jimmy Eat World, probably a shout out to the band and if your hp was below a certain % you literally “devoured” the player model. Fond memories.

  6. December 2, 2011 at 7:22 am
    Player13 says:

    I have a hard time with that cockney accent, and I ~really~ miss Pudge’s Rot going ‘joojoojoojooooo’… I guess I’ll have to get used to it.

    Iconic Dota heroes: SA is all I can think of. ES I guess. CM and Zeus used to have a lot more ‘revered’ status a few years back… the many changes to Dota have made them much less significant now.

    Funny that buddy mentions Ashe from League of Legends. Can’t help but feel a big part of that champ’s flavor was borrowed from Drow Ranger even though the spells vary enough.

    For anyone unaware the lead dev from LoL (Guinsoo) did some significant work with Dota Allstars for about a year and a half. Made it standout as a popular casual mod amongst hundreds of versions of Dota. The game’s balance, diversity and resulting tournament popularity is all Icefrog though. He’s been working on it since 07 or 06.

  7. December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am
    Alandramus says:

    Think your work is great man, but my favorite is earthshaker so far. you should do more with full body, cuz in game you rarely focus on the faces.

  8. January 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    WayNy says:

    I want a poster!

  9. January 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    Adam says:

    LOL! Nice try…

  10. December 9, 2012 at 7:28 am
    Wolf says:

    great! i want a t-shirt with it and a quote “make room for Pudge” :3

  11. February 4, 2013 at 6:05 am
    Andre says:

    Do troll warlord next! pls!

  12. February 4, 2013 at 6:06 am
    Andre says:

    and could i use your awesome artwork for my team banner?

  13. November 11, 2013 at 8:29 am
    Goran says:

    I think the face of the game is invoker, because of his versatility or Sven.

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