It changes the gender of the hero, but what else?

How Good Is the Dota 2 Anti-Mage Persona?

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Dota 2 Anti-Mage Wei Disciple's Path

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The second-ever persona in Dota 2 and the first one for this year’s Battle Pass is out. With it, Anti-Mage turns into Wei, a female version of the hero.

This year’s Battle Pass has around two months left, as Valve announced it’ll be coming to an end on September 19. With that in mind, there’s still a lot of content missing from the game. For instance, the Summer event (psst it’s already summer, Valve). Out of the three hero arcanas in the 2020 Battle Pass, two are already out – The One True King and The Eminence of Ristul. There’s still Windranger, but we might have to wait a little longer for her.

In the persona department players were promised not one but two – Toy Butcher (for Pudge) and Disciple’s Path (an arcana for Anti-Mage). In the early hours of Sunday, the latter was officially released. Finally! In order to unlock it, you’ll need to get a Battle Pass and reach level 305, which is simply impossible if you’re not planning to spend some extra cash.

Dota 2 Disciple's Path Anti-Mage

Image credit: Valve Corporation

Is the Persona Good?

Well, that’s really a subjective matter. Let’s compare it to the previous one we received last year – Kid Invoker.

Kid Invoker

  • a brand-new model
  • new attack animations
  • modified voice lines
  • new orb icons
  • a new Forge Spirit model

Disciple’s Path

  • a brand-new model
  • brand-new voice lines (over 900 of them)
  • new attack and spell animations

At first glance, they’re pretty equal. Kid Invoker had a new model, but the voice lines were the same. Wei has her own voice lines which are separate from the original. Furthermore, there’s the new spell animations that are quite different from Anti-Mage. From the overall comparison, Wei is lacking new icons. Also, her voice actress is Laura Bailey, who also voiced Abby in The Last of Us 2. Thankfully she won’t be receiving a backlash from fans in Dota 2, as almost everyone is pleased with the results.

So is the persona good? If you ever wanted to play Anti-Mage, but you wanted a different model with different voice lines, attack and spell animations, then it’s a must get. There are some things to consider though. Like Wei’s huge stance which was already criticized by the community.

Wei's weird stance which goes outside the ring

Wei's weird stance which goes outside the ring. (Image credit: Valve Corporation/Reddit)

We’re sure Valve will be more willing to address this though.

Pros and Cons to Personas

With the release of the first persona (Kid Invoker), Dota 2 fans were thrilled by the number of possibilities as many hoped for various combinations between the persona and different skins. The thing is, all of those people were let down. Combining cosmetics with the persona is not possible at this point and it looks like it won’t be in the near future. The only solution, for now, would be creating sets specifically for the persona, which isn’t such a great idea as the item is exclusive and a huge part of the playerbase won’t have it. Proof of that is the fact that it has been a year since Kid Invoker and there are currently zero skins created for him.

The persona gives you an entirely new feel for the hero but at the end of the day you’re stuck with it and you can’t customize it. Things might improve in the future though. Anyone who has a wide repertoire of Invoker or Anti-Mage skins will probably decide to use them instead.

Valve Tying the Story of Dota 2, Artifact and Underlords

For the first time ever, Valve managed to connect the lore of their three games. Artifact, Dota 2 and Underlords take place in the same universe and a connection was made thanks to the latest comics. The latter was released with the Anti-Mage persona and connected the story between the three titles. You can find it on the official Dota 2 website, along with more details about the Disciple’s Path.

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