The 2020 edition of the Dota 2 International, the MOBA game’s biggest annual tournament, might have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, but Valve still has a hefty battle pass packed with new content for fans to sink their pearly white teeth into. This year’s Dota 2 International pass has landed, bringing a hearty batch of new features and rewards to the game.
As posted by Valve on the multiplayer game’s site, there’s a huge new feature in the battle pass: Guilds. “There’s nothing more satisfying than smashing an Ancient with a great group of friends, and then doing the same thing again and again,” the studio posts. As you’d expect, the new feature lets you group up with a bunch of pals to “ensure that you always have the right team at your back on that road to victory”.
The all-new feature offers daily contracts, challenges, and even a chat system via Steam for your Guild. Earn points as a Guild and you’ll get access to special rewards, like “emoticons, bonus challenges, in-game Guild Banner upgrades, Battle Pass bonuses, and more.”
You’ll be able to level up your Guild as a team, and score some hard-earned goodies together. It’s worth noting that only pass holders can establish guilds, though anyone can join one.
The International Battle Pass is here! https://t.co/ccUPd5UBzb
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) May 25, 2020
In addition to Guilds, the new battle pass brings “an even more competitive twist on your daily Dota experience” in the form of a Battle Gauntlet. Lay down an entry ticket and score two game victories before you lose two, and you’ll earn a sweet reward: 1500 Battle Points, a Battle Tier upgrade, and 200 Sideshop Gold.
There’s also a new mode to try out – Nightsilver and Foulfell – which lets you power through a “moonlit forest” to chase down “exclusive item sets, Battle Points, and special tools” along the way – and potentially access a second, hidden map: Foulfell, “where even more riches and dark terrors await”. Hmm.
That’s far from all, though. Dota 2’s International battle pass also adds a Bounty Killing feature, “Gift-a-Battle-Pass initiative”, community match predictions, The Sideshop, Immortals rewards, as well as a bunch of tweaked and returning features. Oh, and a big “special summer event” on the way. Phew. Take a look on Valve’s blog post here to find out more.
There are three levels of battle pass – the level 1 bundle for $9.99, level 50 bundle for $29.35, and the level 100 bundle for $44.99 – all of which you can grab from the Dota 2 site. 25% of battle pass sales goes directly to The International 10’s prize pool.