Popular MOBA Dota 2 is set to receive an update to its current Battle Pass Plan. The service is being replaced by Dota Plus, which Valve states is an “evolution of the Battle Pass” that costs $3.99 per month.
The new service promises to bring a host of improvements and new features the Battle Pass didn’t offer Dota 2 players. Some of these features focus on helping players in their progression through the game and in improving their in-game performance, like the new Hero Leveling system. It will also grant subscribers access to weekly Battle Cups.
The Hero Leveling system allows experience to be earned towards leveling up a specific hero by completing matches with them. Leveling up the hero will unlock different rewards, like badges and a new currency called Shards. Shards can then be redeemed to purchase other rewards, and extra shards can be earned weekly by completing a minimum of three games.
Another new feature, the Plus Assistant, can help players by offering advice on picking certain skills or items that may be more effective. It gets this information by analyzing data from recent games from all skill levels to help keep gamers up to date with current meta builds. The assistant will also give advice on what hero to choose, depending on which ones have been picked, as well as which lanes to focus on with said hero to be most effective. 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.
The Battle Cup will give subscribers free weekly entry into the weekend tournaments. Non-subscribers will still be able to participate, but will have to purchase tickets to be able to do so. The tickets for non-subscribers are $0.99. With the game being a popular eSports title, the tournaments are a great way to get into the more competitive side of Dota 2.
Dota Plus is now available and will cost $3.99 per month, with discounts being offered by signing up for 6 or 12 month plans.
Dota 2 is currently available for PC.
Source: Dota Blog