- Valve compared data from this year’s Battle Pass and previous ones
- It found out casual players are not being awarded as many Battle Points as they deserve
- Interest in the Battle Pass is still low and my negatively impact TI11’s prize pool
Valve finally acknowledged the fanbase’s feedback on Dota 2’s Battle pass and is implementing changes, although they might not be enough.
Valve Compares Previous Battle Passes to the Current One
The biggest Dota 2 event of the year, The International 11, is fast approaching. To celebrate this and also raise more money for the tournament’s prize pool, Valve has released this year’s Dota 2 Battle Pass. However, interest in it has been lower than expected. Because of this, Valve has acknowledged the fans’ feedback and is bringing some changes to the Battle Pass.
The company compared data from the TI10 Battle Pass and the current one and found out that “the amount of points players can potentially earn is similar between the two Battle Passes, the median amount that has been earned is lower in the 2022 Battle Pass.” What effectively this means is that a hardcore player will have a similar amount of points, but a more casual player is likely to have fewer points than before.
What Is Valve Changing?
To address this issue, Valve is implementing several changes to the battle pass to make participation “feel rewarding for all players.” The main change that is coming to week two are reworked Weekly Quests that include different rewards to make things more accessible to casual players:
- For non-Bonus weeks, instead of rewarding 500/1000/1500 Battle Points at 4/9/15 stars, players will now receive 1000/1000/1000 Battle Points at 2/8/15 stars.
- For Bonus weeks, the first Bonus Week Battle Chest is now available at 2 stars instead of 3 stars.
To further compensate players on the 0utage of the Dota Plus service, players who have played a match since the release of the battle pass on September 1, will get one free week of the service.
Although these changes are welcomed, many of the wider community’s complaints have not been addressed. Interest in the Battle Pass has been low after the first week because much of the content has been labeled “coming soon”. The low interest can also have an impact on The International 11’s prize money. Although TI11’s prize pool surpassed $10 million, the event still lags behind previous years. This is because the majority of the money is gathered through Battle Pass sales, and this year’s low interest in it will most likely mean that TI11’s grand prize will not reach that of previous years.