While some in the Dota 2 community reacted to the new assistant feature as "pay-to-win", others said it is putting quality of life features behind a paywall that should be available for newer, less experienced players.
A post from Valve on the Dota 2 blogs detailed the objective behind the new subscription while drawing comparisons to the Battle Pass system that Dota 2 players are likely familiar with. I feel for all the DOTA players, at $3.99 a month, this smells like another one of those "Make you an offer you can't refuse" type things. However I do play several free-to-play games, and several of them have an optional subscription service of some kind. It will replace the Majors Battle Passes. Traditionally the Battle Pass was broken into two types, one that revolved around the Majors, and one that revolved around The International.More news: Bullseye icon Jim Bowen dies, aged 80
The Dota Plus system is an evolution of Valve's past, limited-time Majors Battle Pass and grants players access to new character-specific progression, challenges, and rewards for the duration of their subscription.
Dota Plus is a subscription service that features a variety of perks, some of which stem from what you'd expect to see in a Battle Pass. Finally, Valve is bringing back the weekend Battle Cup tournaments, which Plus members will receive free access to. 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.More news: Probe corruption charges against Shami: CoA chairman
The new Plus Assistant feature in Dota Plus offers real-time item and ability suggestions to help players improve their game. Now, Valve is introducing a new subscription service, called Dota Plus. For a more detailed approach, you can check out the Dota Plus section of the website.
Dota Plus can be bought within the in-game client for $3.99 per month. It gathers data from "millions of recent games", making sure that the suggested builds are in line with the current meta.More news: France Accuses Apple of Abusive Contracts, Will Sue Company
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