The Netflix Epic Fantasy Anime Brings One Of The Most Popular Video Games To Life

By Nina Phillips | Published

When listing popular video games, especially from a competitive standpoint, Dota 2 is easily at the top of the charts. With so many video games being adapted into movies and streaming shows, it’s no surprise that Dota 2 managed to get its own streaming series called Dota: Dragon’s Blood.

The Complicated History Of Dota 2

Dota: Dragon’s Blood is based on a video game called Dota 2. Dota 2 is a popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) created by Valve. Dota 2 is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos by Blizzard Entertainment.

Dota 2 is incredibly popular as an esports game. Teams from around the world come together to play in professional tournaments, with The International having a prize pool well into the millions for the winning team. With a prize pool so large, it’s considered the most profitable esport to be involved in.

Adding Lore To The MOBA

It’s also no surprise that the game garnered enough attention that it was picked up and turned into a TV series. In 2021, Studio Mir released the first season of Dota: Dragon’s Blood on Netflix.

Dota: Dragon’s Blood follows the life of a Dragon Knight, Davion (Yuri Lowenthal). His role is to hunt dragons to prevent them from attacking innocent people. However, he finds his role in life soon changes when a princess named Mirina (Laura Pulver) and a dragon called Slyrak (Tony Todd) cause him to become mixed up in much more serious events than he could have ever predicted.

There’s No Meepo

Dota: Dragon’s Blood doesn’t seem to adapt the game directly. Instead, based on the information provided in the game and the TV show, the series is more of a prequel. This isn’t confirmed, but based on information known about the Dragon Knight, Slyrak, and the war, a prequel makes the most sense.

However, there are many character overlaps, including the Oracle, the Terrorblade, the Dragon Knight, Mirana, Marci, Luna, and The Winter Wyvern.

A Hit With Fans Since No One Was Arguing Over Position 1

Ashley Miller (Lore) and her company Kaiju Boulevard created Dota: Dragon’s Blood alongside Studio Mir (Devil May Cry). Several directors handle the episodes across three seasons, including So Young Park (The Legend of Korra), Yu-Won Pang (The Legend of Vox Machina), and Seung Woo Han (Lookism).

Dota: Dragon’s Blood had a pretty good reception. Across three seasons, it managed to keep a score of 7.7 out of 10 on IMDB, and an audience score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Dota: Dragon’s Blood isn’t the first, or the last, video game to be turned into a series, especially by Netflix. Castlevania, Dragon Age: Absolution, and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners are just a couple more examples of animated shows that adapt popular games on Netflix. The Last of Us, Fallout, and Twisted Metal are further examples of how popular video game adaptations are, even as live-action adaptations.

If you want to watch Dota: Dragon’s Blood, whether you’re a fan of the video game or are just interested in the plot, it’s available on Netflix. All three seasons, known as books, are available to watch with your membership.