Dota 2 Heroes: Tidehunter

While we are on our journey through lore and stories of mythical characters in Dota 2, let us take a closer look at one of the most noticeable heroes, though from a different perspective. He is big and green, not very bright, but actually—it is not that important. He is still one of the most demanded and significant heroes in Dota 2. Behold the story of “The Watermelon”.
If you’ve ever played Warcraft III and Dota 1, you most likely remember that each hero had 2 names. Often, one of them would contain mythological hints, using which one could trace what was the basis for creating one or another hero. So, in DotA Allstars, Tidehunter Tidehunter’s second name was Leviathan. Let’s analyze what that means.
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The word “Leviathan” meant different creatures at different times. It is hard to tell what time and nation owns what tale of those monsters. But it is suggested that initially, Leviathan was mentioned in The Book of Job(part of Christian Old Testament), where it is described as a huge sea creature(Job 41:1) “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?”(Can you draw out leviathan with a hook? Or his tongue with a cord which you let down?) As time went by, the word became a name for any huge creature, particularly sea dwellers. For example, whales are often called “leviathans of sea depths”. Nowadays, “leviathan” is something grand and awe-inspiring: the first huge steamship “SS Great Eastern”, launched in 1858, was initially called “The Leviathan”.
Since a leviathan is a concept that has no commonly accepted form and a set appearance, he is often depicted as a monstrous sea serpent, or another amphibian. Let’s see what is Tidehunter’s story is in DotA Allstars
"Formerly considered by the Old Gods as an oeuvre of the cosmos, Leviathan was thrown into the watery abyss after an alleged connivance with the Titans whom they have fought against. Chained to an anchor and guarded by a virtually indomitable kraken, the Tidehunter had lain dormant in the unfathomable depths for eons until he finally mustered enough strength to break away. He killed his enslaver, took its shell as armor and the once loathed anchor became his weapon. Unforgiving and frigid as the sea, Leviathan had sworn to disembowel everyone who would dare disturb his much valued freedom as he knocks them out with ravaging force. The terror of the tides had come at last and all those who will try to stop him shall be swept away."
Notice that Tidehunter’s model in Warcraft III resembles neither sea monster nor an amphibian. Honestly, Tide resembles vodyanoy from Slavic folklore, the closest analogue being knucker. But there are some general features that hint we are looking at a leviathan. At least, Tide is an enormous strange sea creature.
                                        Vodyanoy from Slavic folklore                               Tidehunter's model in DotA Allstars                                Vodyanoy from a cartoon
It so happened that Tidehunter’s model changed. In Dota 2, there’s no trace of former leviathan: troll-like face transforms into that of a lizard, and skin gets strips. Here’s his official lore in Dota 2:
"The Tidehunter known as Leviathan was once the champion of the Sunken Isles, but his motives are as mysterious as those of his people. We all know the importance of the Drylanders' shipping lanes, how empires may rise and fall according to who controls the open water. Far less is known of the submarine lanes, and how the warring tribes of the Meranthic Diaspora have carved out habitations through endless undersea skirmishes. In the fragile treaties between the Mer and Men, we can glimpse the extent of the drowned empires, but their politics appear complex and opaque. It would seem that Leviathan tired of such petty strife, and set off on his own, loyal only to his abyssal god, Maelrawn the Tentacular. He stalks the shallows now in search of men or meranths who stray into his path, and with a particular loathing for Admiral Kunkka, who has long been his nemesis for reasons lost in the deepest trenches of the sea."
We advise you to watch this parody on Kunkka Kunkka and Tidehunter’s rivalry in the following SFM-clip:
By the way, Kunkka hates Tidehunter because during a naval battle, the fleet of former sunk due to the effort of the latter. Without a second thought, Tidehunter summoned a violent god Maelrawn who has destroyed the whole fleet. Since then, the Admiral is planning revenge, and hopes, soon enough, to strike back.
Tide facts:

  • His name comes from “Leviathan”—enormous mythological sea serpent
  • In early versions, Tidehunter used a giant hook as a weapon.
  • In hero’s description, as well as in his responces, there are some sneers about Kunkka.
  • It’s worth noting that Tide’s model is one of the largest in Warcraft III.
AuthorPemberton Date27 November 2015, 18:40 Views3009 Comments0
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