DOTA 2: Bristleback Emerges As New Character

Valve’s DOTA 2 doesn’t have all of the characters from the original DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) as the game’s still a WIP, but they’re making good progress on making sure that all of the characters who featured in the original game, a mod for Warcraft 3, will make it into its latest incarnation.

The latest hero to make the cut is Bristleback, a fan favorite from the original game and the first new hero in six weeks to find a place in DOTA 2. He’s named Rigwarl the Bristleback in full, and he looks like what Sonic the Hedgehog would look like if he had yellow quills and given a more realistic aesthetic.

Bristleback serves as an initiator who’s capable of slowing down and reducing the armor of his enemies with Viscous Nasal Goo and finishing them off with Quill Spray. He fires quills from his back as a medium-range attack.

True to his name, he has a Bristleback passive ability which allows him to take far less damage from attacks and spells from his side and rear and automatically unleash a Quill Spray for every 250 damage he receives from his rear. Players facing him head on are encouraged to give some thought into their positioning.

Finally, Bristleback’s ultimate is Warpath, a passive ability which allows him to boost his movement speed and damage with each spell he casts. The effect stacks, allowing him to move 10%/17%/25% faster and hit for 100/125/150 more damage.

Needless to say, Bristleback is a badass and you can start playing him immediately in the latest version of the game.

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