Today, Valve announced a new monthly subscription service for Dota 2 called Dota Plus. The new monthly subscription plan will replace the Battle Pass system for the Majors and offer a continuous stream of updates and progression opportunities for subscribers.
Dota Plus is being called an "evolution of the Battle Pass" which won't depend on specific start or end dates, where subscribers will have access to new features and content on a more regular basis. Valve says that this will be an "ongoing, uninterrupted service" with a variety of new features already planned.
One of these will be Hero Leveling which offers conditions players can progress during every match and earn "Shards," a new currency used to purchase in-game rewards. There are also new Challenges at different difficulties as well as something called "Plus Assistant" which Valve says will help players make build decisions and ability suggestions based on data gathered directly from the game. The real-time data will make sure that players will have the most current builds amid the changing meta.
The update also includes the return of the Battle Cup. Dota Plus members will get free, weekly access to the weekend tournaments. Weekend tournament passes will cost $0.99 for non-Plus members.
Dota Plus is now available for $3.99 and you can check out the Dota Plus page to learn more about the program and how to subscribe. Players can also get a discounted six and twelve month subscription, or gift memberships for friends and family which can be activated for a fixed number of months.