After we'd locked down the more expected, archetypal characters for our MOBA, we eagerly shifted focus to developing more unique, "out-there" hero units, including Maneki here. If you've ever been to an Asian take-out restaurant, you probably get the reference right away.
We wanted our characters to run the gamut from large to small and from horrifying to cute. Guess where this guy comes in? Not too surprisingly, Maneki's special abilities centered on luck and probability manipulation. Nice change of pace from other units.
Fun fact: this one could of gone a bunch of different ways. Check it out:
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