Dota 2 Reveals New Monthly Subscription Service Dota Plus

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Dota Plus is a monthly subscription service that is the next evolution of the Battle Pass.

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". There are two types of Battle Passes; one was all about the Majors, the other about The International.

The ongoing service from Valve is one that's said to provide "both progression and opportunities for improvement" for players. It's priced at $4 per month, with some small discounts available if you lock in a subscription for six or 12 months. 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". Dota Plus will allow Valve to add features and content over time. Sarcasm aside, let's go over what Dota Plus has to offer real quickly.

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Some notable features of Dota 2 plus include Hero Leveling, which will let you rack up XP for each game you play with a hero to unlock hero badges, Reward Shards, and more; Hero-Specific Challenges, which function as challenge-based achievements that earn you XP; the Hero Chat Wheel, which lets you say a number of phrases in allied or all chat and unlock more with hero badges, and more.

More information on Dota Plus, including fees, can be found on the service's official website.

Furthermore, Dota Plus grants a new weekly reward of 1,000 shards for winning three games. Also, you'll be completing new challenges. The Dota Plus site that describes the Assistant's objective 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. Those suggestions will be based on data taken from millions of recent games at each skill bracket-and if you decide to go in a different direction, a GPS-style "recalculate" button will bring up new suggestions based on your current inventory. Lastly, we have the Plus Perks. Dota Plus members can enter for free, while non-members will still need to buy tickets at $0.99.