Dota 2’s enormous Mistwoods upgrade has actually been released, and the game’s newest hero, Hoodwink, has scampered onto the scene. The green-hooded red squirrel brings a huge crossbow and an arsenal of acorn traps to the Dota 2 map as the game’s newest ranged assailant.

The MOBA might have had its ninth birthday this year, but the title is still going strong thanks to its esports tradition, its dedicated fanbase, and Valve’s continuous video game support and growths. The Mistwoods upgrade is the very first significant Dota 2 update that also introduces brand-new heroes considering that last year’s Outlanders upgrade included support Snapfire and bring Void Spirit. Hoodwink, on the other hand, primarily runs as a Ranged Nuker, with Escape and Disabler roles as supplemental functions. Considering she’s a squirrel, her attacks and concepts are appropriately (and adorably) focused around acorns.

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Valve’s latest Dota 2 update explains Hoodwink as “almost impossible to keep tabs on in battle,” mentioning, “Lose track for even a moment and she’ll pop out behind you– your stunned carcass already dangling helplessly in among her internet.” She works best from a range as a sniper but isn’t a slouch at close quarters, as her Acorn Shot projectile attack can bounce between opponents and deal damage while slowing them down. Acorn Shot can likewise lead to a tree emerging into life if it does not hit an opponent, an useful synergy for her Bushwhack ability, which connects opponents up with acorn-weighted internet to nearby trees and lowers their vision to absolutely no for a time. Hoodwink can likewise use Scurry, offering her a possibility to evade physical attacks and jump in between lanes.

As a sniper is where Hoodwink really enters into her own, nevertheless. Her Sharpshooter ultimate ability, when charged properly for a complete 5 seconds, is a one-shot kill on any character unfortunate adequate to be on the business end of her crossbow. Even if the shot does not eliminate, it still triggers Break and Slow for a duration of time depending upon for how long Sharpshooter was charged. Gamers should be cautious of the move’s knockback, which can knock Hoodwink backwards a distance of 350 systems. Hoodwink’s diverse variety and her kill-shot abilities will likely make her a continuous existence at the next Dota 2 International (whenever that may be).

Hoodwink isn’t the only addition to Dota 2 worth noting. The Mistwoods update has actually also included Aghanim’s Shards, which can be bought after the 20-minute mark for 1400 gold. Likewise to the Scepter, the Fragments are consumable products that either offer characters brand-new abilities or improve pre-existing ones. The upgrade also offers a shopping list of stat modifications for their existing lineup of fighters that’s worth examining out. All in all, the upgrade proves that despite some once-slipping player counts, Dota 2 is still alive and well regardless of its age.

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