Okay, this has bugged me for ages: What the heck is up with the naming scheme in DotA 2?
I mean you’ve got heroes who are referred to by their titles…
- Purist Thunderwrath, the Omniknight
- Rooftrellan, the Treant Protector
- Krobelus, the Death Prophet
While others are referred to by their names…
- Chen, the Holy Knight
- Rubick, the Grand Magus
- Viper, the Netherdrake
And some don’t event GET a name
You know where this really gets galling? When you look at the sisters, Lina the Slayer, and Rylai the Crystal Maiden? One’s Lina the Slayer, the other’s Rylai the Crystal Maiden! THEY’RE SISTERS!
God’s sake, say what you will about the trumped up pseudo-rivalry between the two, but at least League of Legends is CONSISTENT with their naming scheme (Name, the Title) (Like Riven, the Exile, or Renekton, the Butcher of the Sands)
In an attempt to answer this, the reason that some characters are named one thing and some the others is that Blizzard has some portion of the copyright and valve has an agreement with them to differentiate them to some degree. Its pretty stupid and arcane but I believe that is the main cause.