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Valve adds optional 'Plus' paid subscription to free-to-play Dota 2

13 March 2018

The Dota Plus site that describes the Assistant's goal 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.

The new update for Dota 2 has included something of a surprise for players, with the introduction of Dota Plus. In the past, these have taken the form of limited-time compendiums that centered around major Dota 2 esports tournaments, including The International and Majors.

On top of that there are also tailored challenges for each hero too, allowing you to train your skills with said hero, and each challenge offers three tiers of difficulty, with more XP awarded depending on how many stars you get.

Valve's DotA 2 is completely free to play where players get to enjoy all of the game's features without having to shell out a single cent. Valve is obviously not a charity organization which means that they still need to make money, and this is done by selling in-game items such as skins which in no way affects the gameplay.

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". Completing those new tasks rewards players with things like new voice line slots or the in-game currency needed to pick up Plus-exclusive items from the store. Finally, Valve is bringing back the weekend Battle Cup tournaments, which Plus members will receive free access to.

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. Non-subscribers will have to buy tickets for $1.

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.

Dota 2 is now available for PC.

Valve adds optional 'Plus' paid subscription to free-to-play Dota 2