Valve introduces a Dota 2 subscription program with various benefits

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

Valve announced a subscription service today for Dota 2 players named Dota Plus, arriving as a replacement for the Battle Passes that revolved around the Valve sponsored tournaments, Majors. Described as an evolution of the Battle Pass, Dota Plus is a combination of the existing system involving the unlocking of rewards through gameplay, alongside a new Plus Assistant, created to help players make in game decisions involving item and ability suggestions.

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. Test your skills by completing hundreds of new Challenges of varying difficulties. 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. And characters also get Relic slots; these allow various stats to be tracked and display on the post-game screen. 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. This includes suggestions for your pick during a draft or what item or ability to choose during a match. Those shards can then in turn be spent on, among other things, new items that are only available for Plus subscribers. All Dota Plus members will have free weekly access to play in the weekend tournaments, while non-members can still purchase tickets for $0.99 to participate.

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. It's $3.99 for one month, with a 6% discount for a 6 month sub and a 12% discount for a 12 month sub.

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