Dota 2 is almost turning ten, which is a big deal considering just how much larger the game has grown over the years.
In fact, Dota 2 is just as popular as ever, and with Dota Underlords looking pretty much like a sure success, as well as The International 2019 likely set to establish a new esports prize pool record, it’s safe to say that Dota 2 is going to be here for quite a while.
Then again, why wouldn’t Dota 2 be popular?
The graphics are top-notch, and it’s backed by Valve, who, despite all of the criticisms, is one of the better video gaming companies out there. Not to mention, Valve made sure that Dota 2 nailed all of the little things to make every game more enjoyable.
Like, for example, the voicelines.
Employing some of their best writers to come up with a truly engrossing lore and giving Dota 2 heroes in-depth sounds, as well as responses, the game is a treasure trove of quotes.
With that said, we took the time to list down some of the best Dota 2 hero quotes available in the game.
10. “I’ve been to hell and back, and back to hell, and back, and now back again.” — Lion
Have you ever hated someone so much that you went down to the bowels of hell itself just to follow them and tear them apart, limb from limb?
No? Well, Lion has.
Left and abandoned by the demon who once so cleverly seduced him with promises of power and prestige, Lion felt so angry that he felt the need to follow the demon to hell and maul him there.
As if that wasn’t enough, he took the demon’s hand for his own, transfiguring him in the process and transforming him into something else.
Now fueled with rage and hate, Lion seeks to wreak havoc on the battlefields of Dota 2, and not even hell is going to stop him from laying waste to the very same lands that he once called home.
9. “Death and I, we have an understanding” — Abbadon
There’s just something about that glorious music playing in the background as a golden circle glows around your hero while he is resurrected a few seconds later because of the Aegis of Immortal.
Plenty of Dota 2 heroes say some pretty memorable stuff once they resurrect, but there’s just something about Abbadon’s cockiness when he talks about his revival that just gets.
Plus, it also helps that he’s one hell of a hero to take down when equipped with the right items.
8. “Holy shit, it’s me” — Viper
A cheeky reference to the “Holy shit, it’s Viper” voiceline uttered by Gyrocopter, which in itself was a reference to a line in 1986’s classic film Top Gun, this Viper voiceline has just the right amount of sarcasm and humor to get you everytime it’s uttered.
7. “You Shall Not Cast” — Keeper of the Light
Another line, another reference.
This time around, however, Keeper of the Light bases his phrase on someone who he could easily pass off.
Given both character’s similarities aesthetically, this line from Keeper of the Light is a clever reference and homage to arguably one of the most iconic lines in pop culture — Gandalf’s “You shall not pass!” in J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.
6. “Well, some people ask if I’m really a king. And I always wonder why no one asks if I’m really a monkey.” — Monkey King
Monkey King is one of the more mischievous and self-aware heroes in Dota 2, as he rightfully should be. He is, after all, based on the legend of Sun Wukong, also known as the “Monkey King”, who is a prominent feature in many Chinese legends and whose origins can be traced back as far as China’s Sung dynasty, which lasted from 960 to 1279.
While many of Monkey King’s lines are purely attempts at mischief and poking fun at his fellow heroes, this one takes the cake for how good of a point it makes.
Seriously, no one is really wondering if the Monkey King is really a Monkey?
5. “I want to die.” Oracle
This is arguably the saddest fourth wall break in all of Dota 2.
You can just feel the pain and agony of someone who must be aware that he is trapped in a loop which he has no control over.
While Oracle is usually his proud and boastful self, this rare glimpse into how he really feels definitely helps puts things into perspective.
4. “Strange … we feel … sadness” — Juggernaut
Another candidate for one of the saddest lines in all of Dota 2, this one is only as good as if you know the entire story behind it.
Uttered whenever the Juggernaut kills the Templar Assassin, whose real name is “Lanaya”, while he has the Bladeform Legacy arcane equipped, the line stands out because it’s the only time that the Juggernaut, who is now under the control of the spirits within his mask, shows any signs of emotions.
Juggernaut’s other line for the Templar Assassin when he kills her, “Farewell Lanaya”, and how he seems ashamed about what he’s done when he says, “Lanaya will not recognize us… It is for the best.” shows surprising depth for a rather straight-forward Dota 2 hero.
3. “Divine Rapier. The End” — Ember Spirit
For those that do not know, the Divine Rapier is the ultimate all-in weapon in all of Dota 2.
When you buy it, it signals that you’re ready to end the game, one way or another. But, out of all the heroes in Dota 2, perhaps the only hero that can make the most use of the Divine Rapier is the Ember Spirit.
To say that the Divine Rapier was built exactly for the Ember Spirit is only fitting as it takes full advantage of the hero’s kit.
So, when the Ember Spirit says, “Divine Rapier. The end.”, whenever the player picks up a Divine Rapier, you know that something big is about to happen, and the hero itself is probably aware of that.
2. “From the Ghastly Eyrie I can see to the ends of the world, and from this vantage point, I declare with utter certainty that this one is in the bag!” — Skywrath Mage
Skywrath Mage is hands down the most obnoxious heroes in all of Dota 2.
From how self-righteous and condescending he is, and how his skills are just downright annoying to deal with, especially when picked in the right circumstances. But, none exemplify Skywrath Mage’s obnoxiousness more than his taunt when you try and make a prediction.
It’s so obnoxiously long that you can’t help but admire how perfectly Skywrath Mage’s voice actor pulled it off.
1. “Fresh Meat” — Pudge
If you were to pick a poster boy for Dota 2, “The Butcher” would be right up there among the list of potential contenders, and why not?
Pudge’s hero design was mostly carried over from Defense of the Ancients and his voice work is just top notch.
Teammates just can’t help but feel secure whenever they hear a Pudge roaming around the map for them, regardless of whether the one playing it is good or not.
And, as for the enemies, Pudge is the sort of hero that will force opposing teams to make changes to their gameplans, including dedicating more resources to preventing blind spots and making sure that the squishier heroes, especially carries, are well protected.
That dreaded “Fresh Meat” voiceline whenever Pudge has found his victim will always put any player on high alert.
WIth literally hundreds if not thousands voice lines to choose from in Dota 2, singling out 10 wasn’t an easy task, but we’d have to say, we’re pretty satisfied with the results.
From the annoying to the cheeky and inspiring to the downright obnoxious, as well as the dreadful, these are some of the best hero quotes that Dota 2 can offer. But, of course, given that it is Valve’s handiwork, nearly every line in Dota 2 is high-quality and well-executed.