While some in the Dota 2 community reacted to the new assistant feature as "pay-to-win", others said it is putting quality of life features behind a paywall that should be available for newer, less experienced players.
Called Dota Plus, the service is being touted as an "evolution of the Majors Battle Pass".
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Priced at US$3.99 (RM15.50) per month with discounts for six- and 12-month commitments, the Dota 2 Dota Plus subscription is being rolled out as a year-round replacement for event-based Battle Pass bundles. Long-time Dota 2 players looking to showcase their mastery of using certain heroes will appreciate the new hero-specific challenges, which arrives with three levels of difficulty. Dota Plus will be a continuous subscription instead of the temporary schedule behind a Battle Pass during a Major, though Valve noted it is not a replacement for The International Battle Pass. Now, with the help of Plus Assistant, that global repository of Dota knowhow can be brought to bear on every single game you play. Sarcasm aside, let's go over what Dota Plus has to offer real quickly.
More information on Dota Plus, including fees, can be found on the service's official website.
First off, there's hero leveling. Also, you'll be completing new challenges. This is a pretty expansive feature that seems to be incredibly useful. The Dota Plus site that describes the Assistant's objective 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. Lastly, we have the Plus Perks. All Dota Plus members will have free weekly access to play in the weekend tournaments, while non-members can still purchase tickets for $0.99 to participate.