The second season, officially known as Book 2, of the anime series based on Valve's MOBA title, Dota 2, was confirmed by Valve following the success of its first season, which premiered on March 25 on Netflix.
Dota 2 Anime Off to a Good Start
Book 2 is coming! The second season of DOTA: Dragon's Blood is in the works.
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) April 19, 2021
News of Book 2 of Dota: Dragon's Blood came from the Dota 2 Twitter account. However, Valve didn't offer any new details regarding the upcoming season of Dota: Dragon's Blood. For now, all fans have to go on is the official logo for Book 2 of Dota: Dragon's Blood.
As previously mentioned, Dota: Dragon's Blood premiered on March 25 on Netflix. Soon after, it topped the charts of the popular video streaming service in multiple countries. Thus, it comes off as no surprise that Valve and Netflix decided to run the anime series for yet another season. Although this was probably expected considering earlier statements from the show's animation editor, who said that he's worked on as many as 24 episodes so far.
Book 1 of Dota: Dragon's Blood focused mostly on the story of David, better known as the Dragon Knight in the Dota 2 game. So far, the story has glossed over the eternal conflict between the Radiant and Dire. Instead, it mostly focuses on Davion's attempt to reconcile with his newfound powers. Dota 2 heroes like Mirana, the Priestess of the Moon, and the Moon Rider, Luna Moonfang, both play central roles in the story as well.
Other familiar Dota 2 characters that also made an appearance in Book 1 of Dota: Dragon's Blood include the Invoker, who seems to have made a deal with the literal devil that is the Demon Marauder, Terrorblade.
With no release date nor window for Book 2 of Dota: Dragon's Blood, fans are currently speculating when the season might premiere. Many believe that Valve could drop the trailer in August. In particular, right in the middle of The International, Dota 2's biggest annual tournament and one of the largest esports tournaments in the world.
This certainly makes a lot of sense. It is also a guess backed by the fact that Valve's announcement tweet ends by suggesting fans go and check the Free to Play documentary on Netflix. Valve's documentary originally premiered back in March 2014. It revolved mostly around the first-ever TI tournament that saw Natus Vincere take home a then-record $1 million in prize money in an invite-only tournament held at Gamescom 2011.
Studio Mir, in partnership with Netflix, was in charge of the development of Book 1 of Dota: Dragon's Blood.
What's Next for Dota: Dragon's Blood?
As we previously discussed, Book 1 of Dota: Dragon's Blood leaves the series open to multiple possibilities for its sequel. It could continue on its current course and follow David closely once again. Or, it could offer a more in-depth explanation regarding what Terrorblade and Invoker were planning to do.
Valve could even go as far as to use Dota: Dragon's Blood to reveal and tease upcoming new Dota 2 heroes. This is especially true now that Valve has halted development on Artifact, a card game based on the Dota 2 universe.
For now, fans can only speculate and make do with re-runs of Book 1 of Dota: Dragon's Blood. Conversely, those interested in tracing the roots of Dota 2's competitive scene can also watch Free to Play on Netflix.