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.
However, Battle Passes for Majors are now being replaced with what Valve describes as an "ongoing, uninterrupted service" called Dota Plus.
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. Each character now gains XP and can level up across games, granting Reward Shards and responses for use with the new Hero Chat Wheel.More news: Altaf Bukhari replaces Dr Hasseb Drabu as Finance Minister
The Hero Leveling system allows experience to be earned towards leveling up a specific hero by completing matches with them. 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.
Typically, Dota 2 has monetized through the sale of optional cosmetic skins, announcer voices, or new characters so the addition of an optional paid subscription to the longtime free-to-play game is a notable change.
But perhaps the most interesting new offering included with the monthly subscription is access to the Plus Assistant, an in-game utility that provides players with a more detailed record of their own past play statistics and data-driven suggestions for things like items and abilities mid-match. Suggestions are based on hero lineups, the lane, and which abilities have already selected.More news: Ravens cut Webb, sign OL Hurst to $17.5 million deal
Dota Plus subscribers will also have access to a "Death Summary" screen providing "a second-by-second timeline of incoming damage, stuns, and other disabling effects" in real-time, and a "Lane Strategy" feature with team-wide suggestions for lane configurations. There is a six percent and 12 percent discount if the subscription is purchased in bulk for six and 12 months respectively.
And while the scheduling is gone, some seasonal flavor will remain: Dota Plus subscribers will get "Seasonal Terrain" visual elements on the map that will be active during each season.More news: Nicole Kidman sets new series 'The Undoing' at HBO