Valve adds optional 'Plus' paid subscription to free-to-play Dota 2


Notable features include Hero Leveling, which allows players to rack up experience points for their chosen hero and unlock new tiers of hero level badges.

However it looks like Valve is trying to find new ways of monetizing DotA 2 and have since announced Dota Plus.

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Dota Plus is available for $3.99 a month, though discounts are also available for players who want to go ahead and subscribe for either six months or a year. With that in mind, it is big news that after all of these years, Valve has made a decision to implement a new subscription for the game, dubbed "Dota Plus", which will replace the tournament Battle Pass going forward. There are two types of Battle Passes; one was all about the Majors, the other about The International.

According to a Dota 2 blog post, Valve will "continually add features and content" in Dota Plus over time.

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The ongoing service from Valve is one that's said to provide "both progression and opportunities for improvement" for players. 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". The subscription will cost you $3.99 per month and offers Hero Leveling, so as your progress with a hero you get Reward Shards and new chat wheel responses; Hero-specific challenges to get more XP for leveling up your hero; Hero Relics, see Achievements; as well as a weekly reward and new Plus-exclusive items. For a more detailed approach, you can check out the Dota Plus section of the website.

But the real hook for serious players will likely be the Plus Assistant, a multi-function toolset that will offer hero, item and ability suggestions to help optimize builds.

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KitGuru Says: If you are a serious, competitive Dota 2 player, then the additional data Plus subscribers gain access to seems quite valuable. These suggestions are based on data gathered from millions of recent games at each skill bracket, ensuring your builds stay current in the ever-evolving meta.