21 May, 2018

Dota 2 TI8 Battle Pass: Is it Worth Buying?

On May 8 2018, Valve had released its highly anticipated Dota 2 The International 2018 Battle Pass which not only added some brand new exclusive cosmetic items, but also a ton of new features and game modes. However, the release has led to a number of complaints to take shape in the Dota 2 community regarding the Battle Pass and its rewards’ list. Well, now that I have finally had the chance to log some hours in Dota 2, here is my review on the all-new 2018 Battle Pass. Is it worth your money? Let’s find out.

Dota 2 Battle Pass Banner

I understand that I am a little late with my review, however, this time I decided to take my time to understand and experience everything that has been released along with the Battle Pass 2018. Since the new Battle Pass has added in features like Mutation Mode and Role-Based Matchmaking, I needed a bit more time.

That being said, I am finally here with my “Worth It” review. So, if you have been wondering whether you should buy The International 2018 Battle Pass, or not, then you have come to the right place. Read my review, and hopefully, you will find your answer.

Buying the Battle Pass

So, kicking things off, let’s talk about my experience with the new 2018 Battle Pass. Like most Dota 2 players, I went for the starting bundle which costs US$37 as it comes with not just the Battle Pass but also 75 levels. However, I believe this was my biggest mistake.

Dota 2 Battle Pass

With previous Battle Pass, reaching the 75 level granted players with quite a bit of goodies. However, this was not the case this time as it seems Valve has spread out its rewards’ list quite a bit. By this I mean, all of the amazing items and features have been pushed further down the Battle Pass.

Battle Pass 2018 Terrain 

For instance, in 2016, the terrain was available on level 125 which was pushed to 150 in 2017. Well, in 2018, the developers have pushed the terrain even further to level 160. Hence, if one wishes to get his hands on the new terrain, you will have to either play a lot more games or will have to pay more.

Dota 2 battle Pass terrain

It’s not just the terrain which has been pushed further in. All of the key cosmetic features of the Battle Pass have been pushed further away. This includes the Chat Wheel Unlocks, Taunts, Announcer, Ryali’s Battle Blessing and the Courier Upgrades. If you wish to get your hands on this, you will have to do a lot more grinding than before.

Additional “Pushed Back” Features 

Just look at some of the features which have been pushed further away in the Battle Pass 2018:

Battle Pass Chat Wheel Battle Pass Creep Battle Pass Prestige Item

And when it comes to grinding, Valve has made changes to that as well. Unlike the 2016 Battle Pass where you can Battle Pass points with every game you play, things have taken a completely different route this time around. Now, players can only grind up levels by tipping, applying tokens, completing achievements, betting and through the new Cavern Crawl feature.

I understand that these can get you quite a few levels in the Battle Pass but with the rewards list spread out that much, I don’t think players who don’t buy levels, can get some really good rewards. Last year, by just buying the same bundle, I managed to reach level 386 on Battle Pass. This year, I think I’ll hit somewhat the same number, but the difference the rewards and items I will get, will be much lesser.

Not All is Bad

It’s time to mention the good things for this year’s Battle Pass. I must say that the new Immortals (though we have seen just the first treasure) are quite impressive. Like previously the treasure contained only a couple of items which looked good. But this time, each and every one of the Immortals are worth having.

Dota 2 Immortals Treasure 1 2018

Furthermore, with Valve introducing features like the Mutation Mode, Dota 2 players now have something unique to play at all times. However, it is the Role-Based Matchmaking game mode which takes the cake. This minor addition has elevated the game to unprecedented heights.

The players can actually define their roles before heading into a game. Now you might ask why this is so important, well for that I have just one thing to say to you. No more five men carry lobbies. Hence, to break it down, I think the Role-Based Matchmaking mode is the best feature of the 2018 Battle Pass.

Role Based Matchmaking

Final Words

Back to the question! Is all this worth buying? Well, I think it is but upgrading it? Is not. I say this because all of the items which make this Battle Pass good are available from level 1 so why pay extra to get just a few more cosmetic items? Bringing this review to an end, I would like to say that if you really want to buy the Battle Pass, get just that. Do not go for the level 75 bundle or the additional levels which I think is a waste of your hard-earned money.

For those of you who are interested in knowing more about The International 2018 Battle Pass and the prize pool it has collected till now, then read up on my other piece. It lists down everything you need to know about how Dota 2 is dominating the esports and what the future holds for the title.

What do you think of my review on the Dota 2 The International 2018 Battle Pass? Do you agree with my point of view or not? Sign off with your opinions in the comments section.

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Dota 2 TI8 Battle Pass: Is it Worth Buying?

Unlike Professional Dota 2 players, Dani is toxic, aggressive and has zero gaming sense. But, his timely puns make up for everything. He has been playing Dota 2 since it was in its early access stage. And when he’s not, he spends his time writing about it.

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