This summer's International Battle Pass for Dota 2 is now upon us. It brings with it a number of new features including Guilds, pause screen mini-games, and a new event. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.
First up, Dota 2 is getting player-run Guilds. Anyone can join a Guild, but you can only create one if you're a Battle Pass holder. Each Guild will get daily objectives to complete in the form of Contracts. Completing those objectives will net you Guild Points for your guildmates and Battle Points for yourself. There are also Guild Challenges that will give rewards upon completion. Every game you play once you're part of a Guild will net you Guild Points, whether you win or lose. The Dota 2 Guild system features Steam Chat integration, as you might expect, so you can keep up with your Guild via Steam.
There's some new fun stuff on the way to Dota 2 with the Battle Pass as well. Each time the match pauses, you'll now have access to one of three different mini-games: Whack-a-Meepo, Musical Chairs, and Hero Hunt. That should give you something to pass the time while you're waiting for everyone to get back into the game. Here's hoping people don't get addicted to the pause screen minigames and prefer them over the full Dota 2 experience, eh?
Dota 2's latest Battle Pass also brings with it a new summer event. Described as a "four-player maze of madness and mayhem", Valve says the new event will offer the chance to "uncover a mystery long lost within the fog of this great war". Even if you don't own the Battle Pass, you can take a shot at this event. If you do own the Battle Pass, you'll gain special rewards, though, so if you're a huge Dota 2 fan it's probably worth picking it up. There's also a new Cavern Crawl in the form of Nightsilver and Foulfell, which will net you item sets and Battle Points if you complete it.
If you want to check out the full list of features added with this summer's Battle Pass, you can do so right here. There's an absolute smorgasbord of stuff on offer including a new Bounty Killing system, a revamped Most Valuable Player screen, and a new interactive Versus screen to enjoy. You can grab Dota 2's battle pass in three tiers: the first for $9.99, the second for $29.35, and the third for $44.99. If you do purchase the pass, 25% of all sales will go directly to the prize pool of the upcoming International 10 Dota 2 tournament, which will happen at... some point in the future after the current situation with COVID-19 has been resolved.
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