DOTA has announced a new subscription program called "DOTA Plus". Some of these features focus on helping players in their progression through the game and in improving their in-game performance, like the new Hero Leveling system.
And while a number of the new features offered to subscribers are also purely cosmetic, the plan includes access to an in-game digital advisor that gives paying players on-the-fly advice for character selection, item builds, and ability upgrades. With the game being a popular eSports title, the tournaments are a great way to get into the more competitive side of Dota 2. Additionally, characters get their own challenges that are designed for that specific hero and their mechanics; challenges feature different tiers of difficulty and reward XP based on what you complete. "Once unlocked, Relics update and display your statistical milestones as you play, with a breakdown of progress in each match available on the post-game screen". 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.
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The service also grants access to the Plus Assistant, a tool that provides various helpful information as you play based on "data gathered from millions of recent games at each skill bracket, ensuring your builds stay current in the ever-evolving meta". Those shards can then in turn be spent on, among other things, new items that are only available for Plus subscribers.
The Battle Cup will give subscribers free weekly entry into the weekend tournaments. Non-subscribers will have to buy tickets for $1.
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Dota Plus goes for $4 per month, with discounts for six and 12-month subscriptions.
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.
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