Valve adds optional 'Plus' paid subscription to free-to-play Dota 2

Mindy Sparks
March 13, 2018

A post from Valve on the Dota 2 blogs detailed the goal behind the new subscription while drawing comparisons to the Battle Pass system that Dota 2 players are likely familiar with. The service is being replaced by Dota Plus, which Valve states is an "evolution of the Battle Pass" that costs $3.99 per month.

Valve has announced that a new subscription service called "Dota Plus" has been created for Dota 2, a monthly subscription that evolves the Battle Pass and provides players with a hero leveling system and other features. And now players, as well the hero played, will be earning experience for each match played. The Dota Plus site that describes the Assistant's goal says that it'll suggest items that should be purchased, abilities that should be leveled based on what lane players are in and on the compositions of both teams, and will even suggest heroes for players to pick before the game based on what allies and enemies have already picked.

Subscribers to Dota Plus will be able to participate in the weekly Battle-Cup for free. It'll include hero levelling, which will allow players to make progress as well as helping them improve, by earning Shards, a new form of currency that can be used to unlock rewards.

Furthermore, Dota Plus grants a new weekly reward of 1,000 shards for winning three games.

Valve adds optional 'Plus' paid subscription to free-to-play Dota 2
Introducing Dota Plus | Dota 2 - Dota 2 Blog

Another new feature, the Plus Assistant, can help players by offering advice on picking certain skills or items that may be more effective. 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. There will even be graphs that can be viewed during or after matches for checking stats to see how effective a certain build or playstyle was. With the game being a popular eSports title, the tournaments are a great way to get into the more competitive side of Dota 2. While non-subscribers will still be able to buy a ticket for $0.99 (Rs 64 approximately).

Dota Plus goes for $4 per month, with discounts for six and 12-month subscriptions.

Dota 2 is now available for PC.

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