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Marci – From Media to Mouse & Keyboard

At the broadcast of this year’s iteration of The International, Valve made the announcement that Marci—a character from the animated series Dota: Dragon’s Blood—would be Dota 2’s newest hero. In record time, Mirana’s sidekick is available for Dota 2 players to enjoy. It’s an innovative concept to cross media in this way, but more importantly—the character just looks really cool. She has a really strong design, and has a very fun and unique kit. Marci’s abilities are as follows:

  • Dispose
    • Marci grabs an allied or enemy target and throws it effortlessly behind her, damaging and stunning the unit if it’s an enemy. Any enemy units in the landing area will also be damaged and stunned.
      • Ability: Unit Target
      • Affects: Heroes
      • Pierces Spell Immunity: No
      • Damage Type: Magical
      • Dispellable: Only Strong Dispels
        • Throw Distance: 350
        • Stun Duration: 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.8 / 2.1
        • Impact Damage: 70 / 140 / 210 / 280
        • Cooldown: 16.0 / 14.0 / 12.0 / 10.0
        • Mana Cost: 90
  • Rebound
    • Vector targeted. Marci bounds to the targeted unit, choosing a direction and distance she will spring away from it. Upon reaching the unit, Marci lunges to her final destination, damaging and slowing enemies in the area.
    • If the unit she runs to is an ally, it receives 35.0 percent bonus movement speed for 5.0s.
      • Ability: Unit Target
      • Affects: Heroes
      • Pierces Spell Immunity: No
      • Damage Type: Magical
      • Dispellable: Yes
        • Max Jump Range: 850
        • Impact Damage: 90.0 / 160.0 / 230.0 / 300.0
        • Movement Slow: 30 percent / 40 percent / 50 percent / 60 percent
        • Slow Duration: Three seconds
        • Cooldown: 15.0 / 13.0 / 11.0 / 9.0
        • Mana Cost: 70 / 80 / 90 / 100
  • Sidekick
    • Marci’s loyalty helps ensure survival, imbuing a chosen allied hero and herself with lifesteal and attack damage.
      • Ability: Unit Target
      • Affects: Allied Heroes
      • Dispellable: Yes
        • Duration
        • Lifesteal
        • Bonus Damage
        • Cooldown: 36.0 / 28.0 / 20.0 / 12.0
        • Mana Cost: 45 / 40 / 35 / 30
  • Unleash
    • Marci taps a hidden power, gaining Fury charges that allow her to deliver a rapid sequence of strikes. The last strike in every Fury combo creates a damaging pulse around the target that slows movement and attack speed for 2.0s. In between Fury combos, Marci is unable to attack for 1.5s.
    • Marci receives a basic dispel when Unleash is cast and gains 15 percent movement speed.
      • Ability: No Target
      • Damage Type: Magical
      • Dispellable: No
        • Duration: 18 seconds
        • Strikes Per Fury: Three / four / five
        • Pulse Radius: 800
        • Pulse Damage: 80 / 150 / 220
        • Pulse Movement Slow: 30 percent
        • Pulse Attack Slow: 60 / 80 / 100
        • Cooldown: 90.0 / 75.0 / 60.0
        • Mana Cost: 100 / 125 / 150

The most brilliant thing about the design of the character is the fact that Valve has incorporated ideas from the show into her kit. Having an ability like “Sidekick” to illustrate her role in the animated series is a really neat touch, and could be a hint for future Valve heroes. Certainly an innovative and welcome development in Dota 2’s content. 

Image courtesy of Valve

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