Dota 2’s The International 2017 Battle Pass Out Now, Includes Co-Op Mode
As the biggest tournament in Dota 2 (and perhaps, the biggest esports tournament in terms of prize pool) draws closer, Valve has made the Battle Pass to accompany this year’s The Invitational available. Each year, players get to buy this Battle Pass which includes a variety of content and 2017 is no exception with access to an exclusive co-op campaign: Siltbreaker. It’s a two-part campaign for four players, with the other half coming later in July.
Aside from that, there’s plenty of items to unlock should you keep on playing and winning. Once a battle Pass is bought, you can then gain battle points to up your battle level, which will give you more unlocks. Team Quests (work together as a team to accomplish small objectives), Prestige Towers (cosmetic upgrades for the towers), Queue Trivia (answer trivia questions about the game), rank double down (doubles the gain and loss of MMR in Ranked matches) and many more. Check out the site here for the full list of unlockables.
The Level 1 Battle Pass costs RM44, and a headstart of Level 75 Battle Pass is RM165. You can also buy Battle Levels separately. With the last tier of unlock at level 2225, there’s tons of rare items that long-term players would love a chance to get, and a whole lot of games to play in order to reach the higher unlocks.
For each sale of the Battle Pass, 25% of the money goes into the prize pool for The International. At the time of writing, the prize pool has now reached up to $6,000,000 USD. This is a major sum, but if the trend from previous International tournaments, it will only be increasing. 2016 saw the total prize pool reached $20,770,640 USD which the now-defunct roster of Wings Gaming took the $9,139,002 main prize, while the previous lineup of Fnatic comprised of four Malaysians took fourth.
The International 2017 starts on 7th August and will be held at Valve’s home turf at Seattle, Washington, USA.