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Skeleton King removed from Dota 2

onGamers gets the reactions from players, casters and personalities after Valve removes Skeleton King from Dota 2.

Today's minor Dota 2 patch resulted in the unexpected removal of Skeleton King from Dota 2, the patch that only had one change listed that "pressing ceremonial reasons" was the reason behind the removal of the King.

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- Skeleton King: Removed for pressing ceremonial reasons

Source: http://store.steampowered.com/news/12055/

onGamers caught up with a number of prominent members of the Dota 2 scene to get their reaction on the news of Skeleton King's removal.

Bruno 'Statsman Bruno' Carlucci:

"You know I'm usually a Valve fanboy, but this time, they've gone too far. To which hero will I now lead the hordes of new players that ask me how to approach Dota 2 as a beginner? This change is the most unbalancing and metagame damaging one since the blink dagger-disables-on-cooldown and spectre's-dispersion-doesn't-kill-absolutely-every-enemy-if-you-disperse-culling-blade. I just don't know what they're thinking!

On second thought, however, we totally should've seen this one coming, they didn't even do it in one go! Mortal strike removal on 6.79 was CLEARLY Skeleton King slowly being phased out of the game, how could we have missed that?"

Jonathan 'Loda' Berg:

"In a time like this my thoughts go out to Skeleten Queen and her closest. Year after year Skele has been bullied, and if I'm not wrong he WILL thirst for vengeance!"

Ted 'Pyrion Flax' Forsyth:

"I hereby revoke my allegiance to the KINGSLAYERS at Valve HQ. May they suffer the fate of all treasonous vermin - to be hung, drawn and quartered and dragged around St Paul's Cathedral by shire horse, till they be dead."

Visar 'twiSta' Zymberi:

"If they wont bring Skeleton King back I'm changing over to LoL so I can play some Kassadin mid."

Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg:

"IF VALVE REMOVES LONE DRUID I WILL FIND ICEFROG AND ENTANGLE HIS ASS."

Sébastien '7ckingMad' Debs:

"The Skeleton King will be very missed....I will focus for my next public & pro games on killing Roshan and collecting as many aegis as I can... Hoping he'll accept to come back in exchange of those."

William 'Blitz' Lee:

"Skeleton King is the height of skill. anyone that can win with a hero that literally has one button to press has both skill on there side and courage. after the whole Halloween incident I figured Valve was better at learning how to keep in touch with the community, but I guess not."

Brian 'FLUFFNSTUFF' Lee:

"Skeleton King was a hero that no one will miss except for PyrionFlax."

Theeban '1437' Siva:

"Every game I've lost I know that if I had picked Skeletron King I would've won instead... thanks for ruining my doto experience T_T"

Kevin 'Purge' Godec:

"I went 12-0-10 with skeleton king last night in a pub so valve obviously had to retire the hero."

Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov:

"Once again the Skeleton King has been sent to his grave.

Fear not Ted with no hair on his head and be brave.

I accept Valves move of vile betrayal,

since I know this is not the end of our King's tale."

Toby 'TobiWan' Dawson:

The news of Skeleton King's removal also came with an update to the Frostivus announcement page stating that Frostivus was now also cancelled. This is a sad day for Dota.

20 Comments
Posted by EHOME

king is dead long live the king

Posted by Symmetry

I see what they did there

Posted by schochr

I know this is only a holiday event, but does anyone wish they just reworked the hero completely.

Edited by BabyChooChoo

This is amazing lol

Edited by funnypenguin97

People obviously don't see what valve did. They release that a hero called "Wraith King" is in developement months ago. Now they remove SK, but they announce that frostivus is cancel, but it's the way they said it: "By Decree of the only KING that matters; Frostivus is canceled." they are clearly replacing SK with Wraith King.

Posted by thL_

wow, that is so smart, wooow.

Edited by Acti

What the fuck VOLVO?!?!? Do you think I can play other heroes beside SK? FUCK!!!

Edited by glawio21

Somebody call spooky!!!

Edited by Corin_Rodger

Are we just going to ignore that the symbol in the center of the page IS SKELETON KING'S CROWN!?

This is just like how we missed axe's hair in the first blood update.

Posted by xservot

Posted by iamo

NO TEARS, ONLY DREAMS NOW

Posted by eljaso

Guys i see what valve is doing, and trust me, it's not to get rid of skeleton king. You see, this is all an elaborate plan to introduce Holdout mode with the Wraith King AND release legion commander. Yes. LEGION COMMANDER. i mean, if you carefully inspect the insignia in the middle of the scroll, you see that it sorta look like the decepticons. That, my friends, is wrong. In fact, it's just a hint that legion commander will come tomorrow! if you check out the unreleased content in cyborgmatt's blog...thingy...you see that the symbol looks like the helm of legion commander! :O My guess is that tomorrow, hold out mode will be introduced as an event like The Greeviling, and you'll have to battle hordes of monsters produced by the "wraith king". Skeleton king's removable is just to put more drama in the event...and hopefully he will be back...hopefully.

Posted by 772

welp, sleep tight.

j/k he'll reincarnate in 5.. 4.. 3... 2... 2..

Posted by Eeram

Is there a reason your not doing Content Analysis anymore? I understand you have a new job now. but i mean its been far to long since ive seen one.

Posted by Greed

lol.

day 1: FROSTIVUS IS ANNOUNCED

day 2: FROSTIVUS CANCELLED! because of THE KING

day 3: THE SKELETON QUEEN IS COMING!

HAHA!!! VALVE GOT SOME PLANS!! THEY WONT DO THIS IF IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FROSTIVUS,. IT IS SOME KIND OF EVENT!!

IF NOT:

SOMEONE WILL CREATE DOTA 3. i wanna LEAVE valve.

Edited by beaverknight

Im so laughing at this. I'm sure valve had plans so just wait i guess :)

Posted by fredchen777

this is obviously temporary. i expect valve to either change his model permanently or to introduce new hats that make him be the wraith king. maybe they even rename leoric because at the moment, there are two SKs in the game...

additionally, there are even more hints to even more hero releases... the most obvious one is the "wanted: experienced commander" that has to bring his own "legion" -> legion commander. may expected her to be implemented prior to TI3 and even after that as the next hero (three spirits update made us all look stupid though :D).

another one is regarding zet, the arc warden. in the background of frostivus2013/day2 you see 5 or 6 pairs of wolve-like eyes in the background (keep in mind that arc warden had a wolfish character desing in dota 1). that together with the presents from day1 (the new master for lifestealer might hint to LC, the electric blanket for AA might hint towards the arc warden -> arc warden

the last one is really presumptious, but since there have been 3 presents and not just 2, we need to think about the last one. it was the box'o'magic for anti mage. in dota 1 anti mage had a brother called the soul keeper. additionally, in the day2 picture there is some text about soul and stuff, which cannot be read as well... -> possibly soul keeper

last but not least i expect something to happen to the queen of pain as well, since in day1 there were 2 cuckoo clocks in the top, SK in the left and QOP in the right. in day2, the SK one is gone and the QOP is gasping. this might be nothing (last year in day 1 there were orange greevils in both and from day2 onwards they were destroyed), but i think that there might be a chance that the queen of pain will be leaving us as well... on another note, i dont think SK will really be missed by the professionals for this short amount of time, while QOP leaving can change things...

Edited by Tr1pL3D

Well, having played over 1500 games of DoTa, this is one of the most bizarre situations I have ever, ever, ever run into.

Every now and again, I get a hankering to play a certain hero. I'll play a hero like this for maybe 20 games and be done with them for awhile. Just recently, it was none other than...SKELETON KING.

I had my hankering, so I went ahead and played him, and incredibly (I'm still savoring it), I won 13 games straight with him. I've never done that with any hero. Ever. I was amazed. Still am.

I was so inspired by this, that I went to the shop, and for Christmas, decided that I was going to buy myself one of Skeleton King's sets. $15. Cool beans.

Then....I saw.......he was gone. Gone? Gone. Gone! Gone? Gone!!

Synchronistic. Hilarious. Still stumped. Is he going to use his ult?

Posted by Okoo

LOL Bruno!