Defenders 050: Riki

February 29, 2012


Just a reminder to go vote for the hero you want to see printed next in the Defenders series.  You can do that here:

The big five-oh.  Fifty heroes down, and that’s not even half way!  At any rate, this one goes out to Deity_Link.  Enjoy!

So, here’s a bit something that has been bugging me.  Rikimaru, the Stealth Assassin is now just plain old Riki.  And, really, that’s what I’ve been calling him the whole time. But my problem is that ‘Riki’ isn’t a very fantastic or fear-inspiring name.  It’s one thing to call him that in the meta-game, but in the lore… I feel like it’s kind of weak.  Riki sounds less like an invisible assassin, striking from the shadows, and more like someone’s annoying little brother; “Moooooom.  Riki’s in my room again!”

Which isn’t to say Riki isn’t annoying or little. But I digress…

Problem is, Rikimaru is the name of one of the ninja in the Tenchu series, and like many of the other Dota names, can’t be used in Dota 2.  They could have called him Stealth Assassin.  But frankly, there are too many _____ Assassins in this game (Nerubian, Phantom, Templar) already. Short of a full-blown name change, what else can be done?

I don’t really have an answer.  Maybe I should “put up or shut up”.  Or maybe I should stop worrying about stupid little things like names.

Do you think Riki’s name fits his role?  Would you change it if you could?

Wallpaper. 1920 x 1080.

PNGs.  Square / Wallpaper.


  1. February 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm
    Deity Link says:

    He sometimes says his full name so I don’t mind it too much. True dota players will still call him Rikimaru I believe. “SA” comes often too on the forums.

    Also great drawing, I was using Kunkka’s 5v5 Dota 2 wallpaper until now but this one will take its place.

  2. March 1, 2012 at 7:42 am
    Simon says:

    Can you please do Naix next please?

  3. March 1, 2012 at 9:59 am
    I suck dicks says:
  4. March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Anon says:

    Night-hound, motherfucker.

  5. March 3, 2012 at 2:06 am
    HydroMule says:

    I`m not sure if I`m blind but I would like to see a Kunkka wallpaper if its not made, Also I know he has been released yet but if you could do Lycan as close to his release as possible I wold love you long time,

    I <3 Lycan

  6. March 20, 2013 at 8:06 am
    Ultymir says:

    Can u make a Nyx Assassin artwork? Please.! I love Nyx…*chitter

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