Valve has released an update to Dota 2 that makes it easier for owners of The International 2020 (TI10) Battle Pass to level up by simply playing the game.
The update comes after many among the Dota 2 community voiced concerns over the difficulty of leveling up this year’s Battle Pass compared to those from previous years.
While Valve assured the community that they have read their feedback and acknowledge their concerns, the developer also released figures which showed that Battle Pass owners earned more free levels this year compared to last year.
“For Battle Pass players of all levels, on average players have earned 1.95% more free levels than last year. If we consider only players who after a week were below level 200, on average they have earned 7.91% more free levels than last year,” Valve said in the update announcement.
Even so, Valve said that they still “recognize that players still feel that they wish playing granted more” and implemented changes that increased rewards from Wagering, Guild Contracts, and Sideshop Gold.
Rewards from successfully wagering Battle Points have been increased by 50%, while Battle Point rewards from completing Guild Contracts have been increased by 100%.
Sideshop Gold is now also easier to acquire, as gold gained from Recycling as well as Guild contracts and upgrades has been increased by 65% and 100%, respectively.
The TI10 Battle Pass is easily the biggest one yet, as it notably gives its owners the chance to acquire three Arcanas and two Hero Personas right off the bat, alongside the customary Immortal Treasure sets and other Battle Pass features.
Despite complaints from TI10 Battle Pass owners that leveling it is more difficult compared to its predecessors, contributions from sales of the Battle Pass grew TI10’s prize pool to over US$10 million after just its first two days on sale.
Even if the crowdfunding for TI10’s prize pool is in full swing, the tournament itself won’t be happening this year after Valve announced earlier this month that TI10 has been delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“After extensive consideration of the global health emergency stemming from COVID-19, we have made the difficult choice to delay The International. We have been exploring various date possibilities, but it is likely that the event will need to happen in 2021,” Valve said in a statement.
TI10 was originally scheduled to be held from August 18-23 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Even if we’ll have to wait until next year for TI10 itself, the tournament seems to be already set to break the record for the biggest prize pool for a single esports tournament that its previous iterations have set before.
Last year’s event, TI9, notably had a total prize pool of US$34,330,068, with the grand prize of over US$15.6 million going to the first-ever two-time TI champions, OG.