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Valve's Dota 2 has been free-to-play since its inception. The game has allowed players to dive into the game at no costs at all. However, Valve has decided to do something a little different by adding a subscription option for the free-to-play, highly competitive MOBA.
According to Gamespot there is an all new Pass available for Dota 2 players, specially for those who want "uninterrupted service." These are no longer going to be called Battle Passes, but rather a Dota Plus Pass.
The Plus pass works as a subscription service for $4 a month, which features additional XP gains for characters across various games, additional reward shards when using the hero chat wheel, and specific character challenges designed around the skillsets of specific heroes.
Some of these new challenges will be specifically themed around the character traits in Dota 2, and you will be rewarded additional XP if you manage to complete them. There's also additional stat tracking that will be displayed in the post-game screen, so you can monitor and evaluate your performance and the performance of your teammates after each match.
What's more is that the monthly subscription will come with access to the Plus Assistant. This new tool will be designed to help gather and display information that is accumulated throughout a match.
The Plus Assistant is also designed to help give you suggestions on your hero builds, which will likely be invaluable to players just starting out or those who need a bit of a helping hand to stay up to date on what the best builds are for certain scenarios. Anyone who plays Dota 2 seriously knows that builds change all the time based on the new seasons, team makeups, opponent skill, and a myriad of other factors. So, I can easily imagine the Plus Assistant coming in handy for players looking for some help in that department.
What's more is that for every three games you win you'll be rewarded an additional $1,000 shards each week. Shards can be spent on special items only available to subscribers. Additionally, subscribers will be able to participate in the Battle Cup weekly tournaments for free, where-as non-subscribers will need to cough up $1 for a weekly ticket.
It's a little tough to tell how this new Plus Pass will work out for the Dota 2 community. While games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are a hot commodity right now, will players eventually tire of the Battle Royale game and head back to Valve's MOBA? Will the lure of a subscription pass with extra benefits be enough to keep gamers entertained? Are the weekly tournaments going to convince gamers that the monthly subscription is worth the price of entry?
There are a lot of questions that obviously won't be answered until we see just how well this new Plus Pass works out. Given that Valve has already made millions upon millions of dollars from Dota 2 already, it seems as if the company is willing to step out of the box and try something new when it comes to experimenting with the free-to-play MOBA title.