The outlandish animated adaptation of Valve’s goofy wizard wars MOBA Dota 2 is back, with the full second season of Dota: Dragon’s Blood now live on Netflix. Dragon Knight, Mirana, and their friends return to battle Terrorblade after making the classic Dota blunder of letting a late-game farm continuously carry until they stack. Should’ve kept ganking him before he ate all those dragons, nerks.
The animated series takes fragments from Valve’s world and characters and combines them with new pieces into an original story about sex, violence and politics. After the debut of the first season in March 2021, Valve added the series’ original characters to the game. Marci.
While I found the first series too edgy and ponderous, I think it’s good to separate source material from adaptations, treat them as different things, enjoy them for different reasons, and not get bogged down in differences. I was fine with Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop because I was prepared for something on the scale of a Canadian sci-fi TV series. And I’m currently watching Netflix’s Archive 81, which is based on a horror fiction podcast that I really liked but goes in a different direction with a completely different tone. It’s not the archive 81 I was familiar with, but that’s okay. I’m just disappointed that we’re not seeing a Dota series as lighthearted and silly as Valve’s game or Valve’s own animated shorts.
While Netflix offers orgies, genocide and shivers of guts, Valve screwed it up with gangs of cookie thieves.