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The Best Arcanas and Immortals in DotA 2

Apr 8, 2020
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Dota 2 Arcanas and Immortals – Best of the Best!

In this article, we are going to look at the best thing we’ve got so far in Dota 2. No, it`s not matchmaking. These are skins. We present to you the top 8 skins and items in Dota 2!

Censer of Gliss

The 8th place goes to the Shadow Shaman’s Censer of Gliss. A long time ago, Valve released another Immortal weapon which changed the hero’s Hex ability – Lamb to the Slaughter. And if we compare the price of these two items, we will see that the latter one is 20 times expensive. Of course, one of the criteria of this top is a price-quality ratio, which makes Censer of Gliss a perfect candidate for 8th place.

Sure Lamb to the Slaughter offers ambient customization, changes for Hex model, as well as the sound of the ability. But so does the Censer of Gliss. The immortal item that changes your Hero customization and visual spell for just $2 should not go unnoticed.

Edict of Shadows

Edict of Shadows is another underrated Immortal item with ambient effect, animation of Smoke Screen, sound, and ability icon. But what makes this Immortal really stand out is PRICE! Today you can purchase this Immortal on the market place for JUST $0.11! Who could possibly think that such incredible skin as this one would be that cheap? Besides, Riki is kind of in the meta right now. So this is a perfect time to get this skin. 

Bracers of Forlorn Precipice

Not that long ago almost every Dota 2 player wanted to get his hands on ANY golden skin. It didn’t matter whether you played Earth Shaker or not, you just wanted his Genuine Golden Gravelmaw. But there’s one small snag, it costs almost 300$. Well, who could`ve thought that in 2020 Golden Skin from International Treasure would cost just $0.15? Yes, we are talking about the Golden version of Dark Seer’s Bracers. For just $0.15 this item offers animation that spins faster when Dark Seer spawns, attacks, and uses abilities. It also changes ability icon and default sound of Surge. 

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Golden Profane Union

Considering there are not that many sets for Lifestealer, this one particularly standout. How come that there are so many great and affordable Immortals out there in 2020? This is another Golden skin that you can buy for as little as $0.60 on the Steam Marketplace. It changes your Rage effect, ability icon, ambient, and idle animation. Although released in 2017, this is still the most popular skin for Lifestealer, and a lot of pro players use it. 

Mournful Reverie

Another great example of a classical set for Vengeful Spirit that everyone probably has. It’s a shoulder Immortal slot released back in 2018. The origin of this skin is Immortal Treasure 2018. This is probably one of the best skins for Vengeful Spirit, with the exception of Crimson Mournful Reverie. You can check the difference between them here. Although the price is apparent to the naked eye, both of them are still Immortal quality, both change ambient animation, and Magic Missile effect and sound. 

Price-wise, you can get them for just $0.22. Queen of Pain’s Genuine Bloodfeather Wings, for instance, would cost you for as much as $8. 

Ghastly Nocturne

Burn everything to the ground with Ghastly Nocturne Immortal for Batrider. Released in 2018, this is still one of the popular mounts for Batrider. You could see this set used by W33 at the ESL Los Angeles in the game against OG. For just $0.18 you get the best mount for Batrider that changes loadout spawn animation, Firefly effect, debuff, and ability icon. You can also drop your opponent’s fps down by 50 and emerge victorious.

 Manifold Paradox

Sure, this Arcana does not add new voice responses, it just changes and modifies previous ones. But it does not mean that this Arcana should go unnoticed. Not only does it change the appearance of the hero, but it also dramatically adds up to the lore of Phantom Assassin. Don’t forget that this Arcana was released with the addition of the new hero – Oracle. So, Valve decided to kill two birds with one stone by releasing a small event and comic book. Not bad for 2014.

The customization and style of the Arcana is 10 out of 10. The thing is that most of the new Immortals and Arcanas dramatically change the style and appearance of a hero. That ruins the initial concept of the hero, his color-grade etcetera. A case in point is Lion’s Finger of Death, Juggernaut’s Arcana, and other recently added sets. As a result, all we have are just bright pixels.

Phantom Assassin’s Arcana, however, does not ruin the concept and lore of the hero. Without any exaggerated effects, it still manages to emphasize the default cold-blooded nature of the character.

Like any other Arcanas, it changes the Spawn, Run, Teleport, Attack, Loadout, and Spells animations. 

Paradox Memorial is another unique mechanics that Arcana offers. After killing an enemy, a permanent memorial appears on the map. It can be selected by any player to view the details of the kill. 

Feast of Abscession

Let`s come to the heavy artillery – Pudge’s Arcana Feast of Abscession. First of all, Pudge is the most popular hero in the game. This fact alone should tell you something about the Arcane and what it means to the community. 

Feast of Abcession
Feast of Abcession. Image via Valve.

This skin has 1000 voice responses, as well as re-recorded lines. They all add to the lore and relationships between the heroes. This is, perhaps, the most diverse and elaborate skin in the gaming industry. Customization includes 9 dismember gibs for every single hero in the game, 4 Meat Hook animations, Teleport animation, 6 attack animation (regular and injured), 5 Loadout Animations, Rare Run and Haste animation, Hero Icons (including on the map), Ability Icons, loads of sounds for Dismember, Hook, and movement. 

This skin drastically changes the concept of the hero. With this Arcane, you will no longer play a plump butcher, but a bloody, cutthroat machine. 

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Eugene Torubalko
Eugene has a major in Germanic languages and literature. Being an avid gamer and esports enthusiast, he found himself writing and covering the competitive Dota 2 and Hearthstone scenes. He is always ready to deliver reviews, game predictions, tournament analysis, and anything else related to the world of esports.
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