Valve adds subscription model to Dota 2

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Valve has added a subscription option to Dota 2, its previously free-to-play MOBA. 

Entitled Dota Plus, the new model brings extra features to Dota 2 players in return for a $3.99 per month subscription (Valve has not yet set a price in pounds).  Valve describes Dota Plus as: “An evolution of the Majors Battle Pass”.

Among the benefits Dota Plus offers subscribers are hero levelling; Valve says that under Dota Plus, “Every game with a hero now earns you XP towards that hero’s level progress. As your hero level advances, you’ll unlock new tiers of hero level badges. Each level grants Reward Shards, and each tier grants new Hero Chat Wheel responses. Just play a single game with a hero to unlock the first of your progression rewards.” 

Dota Plus also brings hero-specific challenges and Hero Relics, which Valve describes thus: “Each hero has gained a reliquary with slots for 14 Relics—10 Common and 4 Rare—that track a variety of battleground achievements. Once unlocked, Relics update and display your statistical milestones as you play. You can unlock Relics for any hero by using Reward Shards.” 

It also adds a Hero Chat Wheel and various awards not available to non-subscribers, along with the Plus Assistant which, Valve says “Offers real-time item and ability suggestions—generated from data gathered across millions of recent games at each skill bracket—to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends.”

Meanwhile, the ESL has announced the first major Dota 2 event to take place in the UK. The ESL One Dota 2 Major will take place at Arena Birmingham on 25 to 27 May 2018, with twelve world-class teams competing for a $1 million prize-pool. It should comfortably be the biggest Dota 2 tournament ever held in the UK.