Valve is upgrading the Dota 2 Battle Pass and is introducing a new subscription service in its place, called Dota Plus. This feature, even though it’s really cheap, is bringing too many new perks for subscribers meaning it really is a gamechanger for everyone who buys it.
As the company announced today, Dota Plus will cost $3.99 USD per month and will grand you hero challenges, relics, an exclusive store, a new form of in-game AI assistant and more. Everything is detailed on Dota 2 website, however, let’s take a quick look at all the new features:
If you need an extra push into leveling up your heroes in Dota 2, the new challenges will give you just that. Before the game starts and right after you have selected your hero, you’ll be able to select one of three available challenges to complete in-game. Such challenges may ask you to deal specific amounts of damage, debuff time and so on and will have 3 total tiers of difficulty. If you complete all three then it’s time to switch to another character since they refresh only once per two weeks. Last, challenges completed will grand you EXP towards your level progress.
Each hero has gained a reliquary with slots for 14 Relics—10 Common and 4 Rare—that track a variety of battleground achievements. Relics update and display your statistical milestones as you play, with a breakdown of progress in each match available on the post-game screen. You can unlock Relics for any hero by using Reward Shards, and when you unlock multiple Relics, they all track simultaneously.
Dota Plus will grand you shards weekly as a reward for using the service, which can be used in an exclusive store, available only for Dota Plus members. The items available in this store will either be exclusive for Plus or Legacy times returning to the store.
This is where the controversy begins. The new Dota Plus Assistant is an AI feature that offers real-time item and ability suggestions as well as more in-depth statistics after each match. It can suggest items that better suit your hero, recommend abilities to upgrade and even tell you what hero to choose taking into account what heroes allies and enemies have picked.
Furthermore, the Death Recap tab is overhauled, giving you a second-by-second timeline which is also available in spectator mode. As for the Lane Strategy tab, the Assistant will provide suggestions for how your team may choose to lane. There are even more things that the Assistant provides, making that game a bit more accessible and easy for Plus members to understand. Does this sound a bit unfair to you?
More Plus Perks
The Battle Cup will be free for all Dota Plus members, however, Non-members can still buy Battle Cup tickets for $0.99 in order to participate. The prize for winning, in addition to the special emoticons and profile accolades, will be 20,000 Shards. In addition, Plus members will have access to the Seasonal Terrain active during each season.
Will you be subscribing to Dota Plus? What do you think about its AI Assistant?