Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Valve Introduces New DotA 2 Subscription Feature For $3.99 A Month

Valve Introduces New DotA 2 Subscription Feature For $3.99 A Month

While the subscription is still brand new, features like the Plus Assistant already have some players questioning whether the feature borders on pay-to-win territory.

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

The Dota Plus subscription will cost $3.99 per month, though there is a six month subscription option for $22.5 and a yearly option for $42. With that in mind, it is big news that after all of these years, Valve has chose to implement a new subscription for the game, dubbed "Dota Plus", which will replace the tournament Battle Pass going forward. Dota Plus will be a continuous subscription instead of the temporary schedule behind a Battle Pass during a Major, though Valve noted it is not a replacement for The International Battle Pass.

This update also includes the return of the Battle Cup.

According to a Dota 2 blog post, Valve will "continually add features and content" in Dota Plus over time.

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.

More information on Dota Plus, including fees, can be found on the service's official website. Now, with the help of Plus Assistant, that global repository of Dota knowhow can be brought to bear on every single game 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. You'll earn shards, which is a new currency for unlocking rewards.

But perhaps the most interesting new offering included with the monthly subscription is access to the Plus Assistant, an in-game utility that provides players with a more detailed record of their own past play statistics and data-driven suggestions for things like items and abilities mid-match.

"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.

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