Dota 2 finally gets a storyline!

When the latest 7.06 patch went live, along with it came the latest Dota 2 Battle Pass known as The International Battle Pass. Selling at RM44 at Level 1 and RM165 at Level 75, The International Battle Pass gave gamers access to a host of newly-added features that others without a Battle Pass will not receive. Such features included the ability to vote on the next hero to receive an Arcana cosmetics upgrade, new chat wheel phrases, new active item animations and even a new Arcana for IO and a new Prestige item and Quest Path for Kunkka (the Arcana is unlockable at Level 245 while Kunkka’s is available at Level 225).

Another new addition to The International Battle Pass would be the inclusion of Siltbreaker, Valve’s very own and first-ever co-op storyline that pits you and three teammates (party stack or random) through a grueling storyline instead of the traditional PvP match-up you’re used to seeing the moment you open the Dota 2 client. Siltbreaker is available to existing Battle Pass owners as well as new owners. This will be the first time Valve created an event based on a storyline rather typical in-game event that usually happens annually or even as a one-time promotional event Dark Moon, Diretide and Frostivus.

The First Act, known as The Sands of Fate, will see you traverse the realm of Dark Reef – an underwater prison – custom map battling your way through waves of enemies and challenges as you set out to save the seas from the evil that is undoubtedly near. Campaign XP points will be awarded each time you adventure out into the Dark Reef, which can then be used to spin a wheel for rewards, much like Rylai’s Battle Blessing. A release date for the Second Act – A Vault in the Deep has yet to be announced but it has been rumoured to be somewhere in July, right before the start of The International 7.

You can purchase your Battle Pass here, which will then be contributed to the overall prize pool of The International 7. At the time of writing, the prize pool has reach US$14,073,872 and it looks to be on course of living up to the tradition of eclipsing the previous International prize pool of US$20 million. You can click here to check out the Dota 2 prize pool tracker on how well The International 7 prize pool is doing.

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