Valve has released another update to The International 2020 (TI10) Battle Pass that removes the newly-introduced Sideshop feature and reverts Weekly Wagering and Recycling to how they were last year.
The Sideshop has been shuttered after many among the Dota 2 community complained that the new feature introduced another tedious grinding system that didn’t give away enough rewards for the effort it required.
As a result of the Sideshop’s closure, Immortals can now be recycled using the same system used by the previous TI Battle Pass. TI10 Battle Pass owners that have already recycled Immortals will be granted additional Immortal treasures and have their progress filled as appropriate in the reintroduced system. Ticketing requirements for the Gauntlet have also been removed, since additional Gauntlet tickets were previously acquired through the Sideshop.
Any rewards previously earned by TI10 Battle Pass owners through the Sideshop will remain in their inventories. If you still have Sideshop Gold left over and wish to use it, then you can use the dota_show_sideshop command in the console.
In addition to those Sideshop-related changes, the amount of weekly battle points available from wagering is now the same as last year.
This is the second update to the TI10 Battle Pass released by Valve since it was released back in May, with the first update making leveling up the Battle Pass easier than before.
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.