Valve have introduced a new monthly subscription service for Dota 2.
In an announcement this afternoon, Valve said that the new service "is an evolution of the Battle Pass", which previously came in two forms - one for the majors, and one for The International. 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.
Each week allows you to earn 1,000 extra shorts too, and you can use these shards to choose rewards from a list of items exclusive to Plus subscribers, not to mention select legacy item sets.
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. There'll also be skill-based challenges to complete, and the Plus Assistant, which will gather data from different skill brackets to keep builds constantly up to date.
Dota Plus will also give players access to a "Death Summary" screen that will provide "a second-by-second timeline of incoming damage, stuns, and other disabling effects" that led to the death of the hero. The community seems pretty divided on the new service, however, with some players going so far as to call it pay-to-win in regards to the real-time item and skill suggestions that will be provided to subscribers.
Subscribers to Dota Plus will be able to participate in the weekly Battle-Cup for free. Suggestions are based on hero lineups, the lane, and which abilities have already selected. While non-subscribers will still be able to buy a ticket for $0.99 (Rs 64 approximately). I feel for all the DOTA players, at $3.99 a month, this smells like another one of those "Make you an offer you can't refuse" type things. To cap it all, Dota Plus members will have access to the Seasonal Terrain that is active during each season.
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