Dota 2′s Battle Pass is evolving into Dota Plus, a new monthly subscription service.
“Dota Plus is an evolution of the Battle Pass. In the past we released two types of Battle Passes, ones that revolved around the Majors, and one around The International,” Valve explains. “As a result of the recent introduction of the Pro Circuit, we’ve replaced the Majors Battle Passes with a new type of service that doesn’t depend on a specific start and end date, and one that we can continually add features and content to over time.”
Players who subscribe to the service can earn Shards, a new currency that can be used to unlock rewards, from Hero Leveling, and test their skills by completing hundreds of new challenges. Subscribers also gain access to Plus Assistant, a new tool that helps players make build decisions by utilizing real-time item and ability suggestions.
Finally, all Dota Plus members will get free access to the Battle Cup, while non members will have to purchase access for $0.99.
A Dota Plus subscription is priced at $3.99 a month, but discounts are available for purchasing six and twelve-month subscriptions.