Dota Plus is the name of Valve's monthly subscription service for multiplayer game and e-sports fixture Dota 2, offering cosmetic items, statistical insights, and character perks as part of the package.
A post from Valve on the Dota 2 blogs detailed the goal behind the new subscription while drawing comparisons to the Battle Pass system that Dota 2 players are likely familiar with.
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.
Valve Corp, which develops Dota 2 and both owns and operates PC gaming service Steam, describes the Dota Plus scheme as a replacement for its previous tournament-oriented Battle Pass system.
"Dota Plus is an evolution of the Battle Pass", the announcement read. Subscribers will also have free access to weekly Battle Cup tournaments (non-subscribers can take part by purchasing Battle Cup tickets for $1 each) with special emoticons, profile accolades, and Shard awards for winners. There are two types of Battle Passes; one was all about the Majors, the other about The International. Dota Plus will be similar, with hundreds of new challenges including hero-specific challenges, but as an ongoing service rather than a scheduled, seasonal one. Now, Valve is introducing a new subscription service, called Dota Plus. Leveling up will reward players with Shards, an in-game currency used to buy Plus-exclusive and legacy item sets, while ranking up in tier gives out phrases for the new Hero Chat Wheel, available to all Dota Plus members to use in allied and all chat.
Dota Plus can be bought within the in-game client for $3.99 per month. This includes levelling for Heroes in the game, various challenges and the Plus Assistance, which will help consumers make decisions within the game. 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.