Valve Introduces Dota 2 Subscription Service Called Dota Plus

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The Plus Assistant also comes with this new subscription, helping you to improve your game by suggesting items based on what lane you've selected and the roster of heroes, as well as ability suggestions, hero suggestions, lane strategy, and death summary, breaking down the reasons you met your end, which may also be helped by post-game analytics.

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. Heroes will advance through levels via XP awarded for matches played, earning level badges, new Hero Chat Wheel responses, and Shards, a new in-game currency used to unlock rewards. "You can unlock Relics for any hero by using Reward Shards, and when you unlock multiple Relics, they all track simultaneously". One of the ways it'll do this is through Hero Leveling alongside various Challenges and a Plus Assistant that'll help players make the best decisions possible by "utilizing real-time item and ability suggestions" based on data from millions of games.

Typically, Dota 2 has monetized through the sale of optional cosmetic skins, announcer voices, or new characters so the addition of an optional paid subscription to the longtime free-to-play game is a notable change. 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. In the past, these have taken the form of limited-time compendiums that centered around major Dota 2 esports tournaments, including The International and Majors. Non-subscribers will still be able to participate, but will have to purchase tickets to be able to do so. This is a new subscription feature for the game which for a price of $3.99 a month, will give users access additional features.

While reactions to the release of Dota Plus have been mixed, one new announcement dropped recently has made people very happy, with the reveal of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch.