That amazing teaser:The legend of Sun Wukong is one of the most enduring from East-Asian history, of a Monkey statue brought to life and given incredible fighting strength by the power of Taoist practices. As one of the protagonists of the 16th century Ming dynasty novel Journey to the West, Wukong travelled across the continent to aid Buddhist monk Xuanzang in obtaining three sacred texts to return home with.
Among Wukong’s unique powers are his flying cloud, Nimbus, a magical Bo staff and his hair. Each of his hairs possess magical properties, capable of being transformed into clones of the Monkey King himself, just as in the teaser trailer. He can also somersault over 13,000 miles.
His staff, called Ruyi Jingu Bang (如意金箍棒, The compliant golden-hooped rod), was a red and gold-adorned staff which could transform at Wukong’s will to be small enough to tuck behind his ear, or large and heavy enough to break open mountains. This staff may be recognisable to any Dota 2 player as the Monkey King Bar, which grants extra damage and, most importantly, true strike to its owner.
Monkey King Release Date
Monkey King is to be released in the Journey update. After the Boston Major ends on December 10 and Valve have said the next patch will arrive shortly after. “Our next update will come at the tail end of fall, on December 12, 2016,” the team wrote in the announcement post.
Monkey King Abilities
Originally a move performed by a single illusion, this basic nuke now appears to be used by Monkey King himself. A magic damage sweep of a radius in front of him, now seemingly punctuated by a slam of his bo staff on the ground. In the teaser, Monkey King appears to clear a wave of creeps with this move, suggesting it won’t have too dissimilar stats as its beta version - a cooldown between 9-12 seconds and dealing 100 to 250 damage.
The datamined version of Monkey King would quickly dash in a straight line for 600 units and leave up to six illusions in his wake which would then automatically attack anyone in range. This sounds similar to the move used at the end of the teaser trailer, however the illusions all charge in a horizontal line, similar to Keeper of the Light’s Illuminate, before pummeling on Beastmaster. This could have been adapted into an ultimate (as it’s the most prominently displayed move in the teaser) and offer a way to build up a large army of illusions similar to Chaos Knight’s Phantasm. The plucking of his own hairs before the illusions charge is a reference to his mythological powers from Journey to the West.
In the original Dota 6.80 beta, this passive skill gave Monkey King (and his illusions) a 10-25% chance to vault 180-degrees over his opponent with each attack, leaving them facing the wrong direction and giving him the chance to get in a quick backstab attack while they’re turning back to face him. The Monkey King in the teaser trailer was sure agile, but he didn’t appear to jump over any foes. It could be possible that this passive has been reworked into some sort of movement method involving trees, as he does appear to traverse them quite easily in the trailer. Perhaps Monkey King is the first hero to be able to innately travel over trees without having to use active abilities?
The old ultimate saw Monkey King somersault up onto his cloud, locking an opponent in place before elbow dropping onto them and surrounding them with illusions. This showed no signs of being part of his new kit in the trailer, however, and the only remaining ability to address is some sort of invisibility. While waiting for Beastmaster to chase him into the forest, Monkey King is invisible while stood next to a tree, but that sounds a lot like Treant’s Nature’s Guise ability. Perhaps his new ability is the reworked version of Flicker as described above, or he has another passive.
Latest Patch Releasing Announcement by Valve: http://www.pakgamers.com/forums/f192/dota-2-jumping-patch-6-a-259098/