Valve Introduces Dota Plus Subscription Service

Valve Introduces Dota Plus Subscription Service

Valve has announced a major revamp of Dota 2's Battle Passes.

Dota Plus is a subscription service that features a variety of perks, some of which stem from what you'd expect to see in a Battle Pass.

Some notable features of Dota 2 plus include Hero Leveling, which will let you rack up XP for each game you play with a hero to unlock hero badges, Reward Shards, and more; Hero-Specific Challenges, which function as challenge-based achievements that earn you XP; the Hero Chat Wheel, which lets you say a number of phrases in allied or all chat and unlock more with hero badges, and more. In the past, these have taken the form of limited-time compendiums that centered around major Dota 2 esports tournaments, including The International and Majors.

A post from Valve on the Dota 2 blogs detailed the objective behind the new subscription while drawing comparisons to the Battle Pass system that Dota 2 players are likely familiar with.

On top of that there are also tailored challenges for each hero too, allowing you to train your skills with said hero, and each challenge offers three tiers of difficulty, with more XP awarded depending on how many stars you get. "Once unlocked, Relics update and display your statistical milestones as you play, with a breakdown of progress in each match available on the post-game screen". "Use the Plus Assistant to help you make build decisions by utilizing real-time item and ability suggestions". There'll also be skill-based challenges to complete, and the Plus Assistant, which will gather data from different skill brackets to keep builds constantly up to date. Non-subscribers will still be able to participate, but will have to purchase tickets to be able to do so. I feel for all the DOTA players, at $3.99 a month, this smells like another one of those "Make you an offer you can't refuse" type things.

While reactions to the release of Dota Plus have been mixed, one new announcement dropped recently has made people very happy, with the reveal of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch.

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