The Dota Plus End-of-Summer Update finally here, it seems like Valve was listening to the Dota 2 community all along.
For months, subscribers of the newly-introduced Dota Plus subscription system cried out as it took a back seat while Valve focused on the TI8 battle pass. During which time, subscribers complained about the lack of updates and dearth of exclusive sets. There were also reports that features of the system itself was not working as intended. This likely led to a lot of players ending their subscription out of frustration.
Now that the Dota Plus End-of-Summer Update is here, however, we’re probably going to see a lot of players subscribing once again.
Dota Plus End-of-Summer Update: What’s New?
Perhaps the most notable of all the additions is the chat wheel, which many viewers and players alike will likely recognize because of how often it was used — much to the chagrin of a number of casters, analysts and players — during the matches at The International 2018.
For those that don’t know, the chat wheel allows players to send audio clips in-game to both allies and enemies alike. While Dota Plus won’t have a lot of the chat wheel lines that prolifirated TI8, it will have plenty of generic sounds that Dota Plus members will likely still find a way to use to annoy their opponents.
Ranked Roles also makes a return as an exclusive to Dota Plus subscribers. In case you missed it, from May up until September, those who bought the TI8 Battle Pass could queue ranked matches in specific roles. This resulted in less conflict over roles, which helpd improve the quality of matches, especially in lower ranks.
In-game tipping also makes a return. Although instead of points, players will instead swap Dota Plus shards — the in-game currency that players can use to buy items from the Plus Store.
Starting today, Dota Plus subscribers will now have access to all of these new features.
As an added bonus, players who win 5 times (it doesn’t have to be consecutive) while queieng Ranked Roles will earn an extra 5,000 shards. Dota Plus members who play at least 4 games this weekend will also receive 10,000 Shards as a reward.
For those who are interested, Dota Plus remains $3.99 per month, with bundled packages available for discount (up to $41.99 for a 12-month subscription).
Touted as Valve’s way of replacing the old Majors Battle Pass system with the introduction of the Dota Pro Circuit, Dota Plus doesn’t nearly have as much content. However, the Dota Plus End-of-Summer Update is a good start.
Hopefully, Valve doesn’t decide to leave it alone again for months after this. And, while they’re at it, maybe they could work on adding in an in-game cosmetic set or two to the Plus shop.
What do you think of the Dota Plus End-of-Summer Update? Is it enough to make you subscribe to Dota Plus? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.