'Dota 2' benches Battle Pass for subscription plan

'Dota 2' benches Battle Pass for subscription plan

That is all standard fare of a subscription within a free to play game, but where things get unusual are with the addition of "Plus Assistant".

"Dota Plus is an evolution of the Battle Pass", the announcement post read.

Dota Plus is available for $3.99 a month, though discounts are also available for players who want to go ahead and subscribe for either six months or a year. However I do play several free-to-play games, and several of them have an optional subscription service of some kind. Traditionally the Battle Pass was broken into two types, one that revolved around the Majors, and one that revolved around The International. It will replace the Majors Battle Passes. This is a new subscription feature for the game which for a price of $3.99 a month, will give users access additional features. Finally, Valve is bringing back the weekend Battle Cup tournaments, which Plus members will receive free access to. Rather than offer services dependent on start and end dates, the official Dota 2 blog explains, Dota Plus will continually offer new features and content over time.

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Well, "an ongoing, uninterrupted service filled with features that provide both progression and opportunities for improvement", of course. According to the announcement, Dota Plus will be "a new monthly subscription service created to help you get the most out of every match you play". Each character now gains XP and can level up across games, granting Reward Shards and responses for use with the new Hero Chat Wheel. This includes levelling for Heroes in the game, various challenges and the Plus Assistance, which will help consumers make decisions within the game.

Furthermore, Dota Plus grants a new weekly reward of 1,000 shards for winning three games. Teammates of Dota Plus subscribers will also be able to see lane strategy suggestions that help create plans for how players will go about their laning phases.

"These suggestions are based on data gathered from millions of recent games at each skill bracket, ensuring your builds stay current in the ever-evolving meta", Valve wrote.