Dota 2’s newest gunslinger Muerta is now playable
Dota 2 just released the newest addition to its hero roster, the gunslinging avenging spectral soul — Muerta. Dying in the hands of dirty bandits who tried to ransack her hometown, Celeste wins a game of Artifact against the Reaper to claim her soul back. With no town left to defend, she takes the Reaper’s pistols for herself to seek vengeance on wayward souls.
In-game, Muerta is an Intelligence hero loaded with nukes and a few soft crowd-control abilities. This allows her to become a formidable frontline commander despite having no mobility and a rather squishy build. As a high-damage nuker, she would most likely be played in the middle and safe lanes. However, thanks to her soft crowd control, she could also be played as an offlane roaming support, helping set up early ganks.
But what exactly does Muerta bring to the Dota 2 roster? Let’s take a shot (pun intended) at her skills.
This is Muerta’s bread-and-butter ability. The ricochet feature allows for some flashy trick shots, like hitting two enemies trying to pincer you. The fear on the second shot also works as a great disengage tool, making those who are chasing you run in the other direction. When played as a support, Muerta can use this to shake off enemies from her carry, as well as redirect enemies towards her allies if they try to run away.
This is Muerta’s main zoning ability. It allows her to create space, as well as ground enemies unfortunate enough to get caught inside. The movement and attack speed slow provides great utility during smoke ganks, and could work as a good counter-engage tool. The circling wraiths also provide enough magic damage to catch out those trying to escape while low on health.
This passive ability makes building full physical and attack speed on her kind of worth it. Although she is an Intelligence hero with pure magical damaging abilities, Gunslinger allows her to be an auto-attack machine. So go ahead, slap on a Yasha and Kaya on her, then go full physical damage and attack speed.
Pierce the Veil
Nope, not the pop-punk band.
Muerta’s ultimate ability gives her a free ethereal blade at level 6, making her immune to physical damage. However, her auto attacks now deal magical damage, and can easily be blocked by magic-immune targets. This makes her incredibly strong at level 6, but quickly falls off once enemies start picking up Black King Bars, or even just basic magic shielding abilities.
The release of Muerta also came with the Dead Recoking mini-game, as well as changes for patch 7.32e. Read the full patch notes here.
Muerta is still fresh off the vault, so it is expected that players would try to experiment with every type of build on her. It’s expected that every lobby starting today until the next few weeks will be filled with a Muerta.
A little piece of advice from the folks at Esports INQ though:
Please refrain from experimenting in ranked games. It may seem logical to test out serious builds in serious matches, but for the sake of your mental health, just don’t.
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