Valve finally released The International 2018 Battle Pass. Let’s examine all the features, game modes, items, and special effects available this year.
Exclusive game modes
A team-based dungeon game that will be available at a later date. You will fight in a subterranean map against other teams to acquire the priceless Roshan’s cheese.
Explore the maze, beat monster, earn XP and Gold to empower your heroes, and finish before the other teams. It is a timed game as the Roshan can find you and put an end to your race.
- Rewards: Battle Points.
Win with the designated heroes in your Dota 2 games, and you will be able to explore the caves in search of rewards.
- Rewards: exclusive item sets, style unlocks for the sets, Battle Points, utility items for the game mode, and a cosmically rare Jade baby Roshan.
Mutation is a new unraked game mode where all players receive random gameplay modifiers, such as the ability to resurrect a teammate.
All new items (hats) available
Custom lane creeps
New skins for both Radiant and Dire creeps based on TI8 subterranean theme.
New terrain: The Emerald Abyss
- Unlocked permanently at level 160. The terrain will never expire.
- Unlocked from levels 1 to 563.
Eimer “Tubs” Hillburrow
This year’s evolving courier - it has six additional styles.
- Unlocked from levels 1 to 1058.
Chat Wheel sounds
A collection of Chat Wheel sounds containing famous lines from personalities of the Dota 2 community. They include all the best sounds of the 2017 edition plus five new caster packs and a sound pack.
- Unlocked from levels 24 to 1205.
Special seasonal effects
Seasonal in-game effects for fountain, teleport, Blink Dagger, and more items.
- Unlocked from levels 2 to 1245.
Chat Wheel sprays
Finally, sprays are available also in Dota 2. You can place them anywhere on the map.
- Unlocked from levels 26 to 1875.
The River Vials are back! Each vial transforms the appearance of the river for three minutes, and can be used a single time in each map. There is no limit to the number of games in which you can activate them.
- Unlocked from levels 65 to 1905.
The 2018 Immortals
As usual, there are three chests that are awarded upon reaching specific Battle Pass levels. Only the first treasure is available at the moment - the others will be released during the next months.
- Treasure I: 1 - 10 - 22 - 34 - 46 - 80 - 220 (repeats every 30 levels).
- Treasure II: 1 - 98 - 112 - 132 - 152 - 230 (repeats every 30 levels).
- Treasure III: 1 - 164 - 178 - 194 - 206 - 240 (repeats every 30 levels).
- Level 125 - Earn bonus pack of 3 Immortal treasures.
- Level 375 - Earn bonus pack of 10 Immortal treasures.
Each Treasure gives the chance to find a cosmically rare item, the Emblem of the Crystal Echelon, which can be equipped on any hero until the next year’s International.
You can also drop more Immortal treasures and extra rare items with the Trust of the Benefactor - granted at level 83 and every 50 levels starting from 245.
More items not yet available
Meepo announcer pack
The new Meepo Announcer and Killing Spree bundle.
- Unlocked at level 75.
Hell - Spar Anathema
A new prestige item for Lion with custom Finger of Death effects and an alternate unlockable style.
- Unlocked at level 255.
Promise of the Eminent Revival
A legacy bundle containing updated versions of five select items from previous Battle Pass Immortal treasures.
- Unlocked at level 615 - will be available later this summer.
Levelling up the Battle Pass you will earn Team Challenge Tokens, which can be used to match your five-players stack in a higher difficulty ranked game. Winning the game will reward your whole team with extra MMR and bonus Battle Points.
A new ranked mode limited to Battle Pass owners. Before searching for a game you must select your position: Support, Safe, Mid, or Offlane. The matchmaker creates a balanced group based on these preferences.
More new and old features
A new feature to celebrate the success of the team. You can tip up to three players in the same game, and ten per week. The tips don’t come from your own Battle Points, so keep using them to thank your teammates!
Initially, tips are worth 25 points, but they will increase to 50 from level 92, 100 from level 337, and 200 from level 1505.
Pro Circuit predictions
You can now predict the results of Dota Pro Circuit matches and earn extra Battle Points. Match predictions will be live starting from the MDL Changsha Major.
Teams sprays are awarded for collecting a full set of Fantasy Player Cards for any team. Now, you can also buy specific cards with Dust!
Dota Plus bonus
Dota Plus subscribers will earn 5,000 extra Battle Points and Shards every 100 Battle Levels from 100 to 1,0000.
Collector’s Aegis and Baby Roshan
The exclusive 1/5th-scale alloy replica of The International 2018 Collector's Aegis will be delivered to level 1,000 Battle Pass owners, while for the 2018 Collector’s Baby Roshan is required to reach level 2,000.
You will also receive a special glow effect for the in-game fountain Aegis and a replacement for the Roshan’s in-game model.
Price and Prize Pool
The 2018 Battle Pass has the same price of the past one, and again 25% of all sales will contribute to The International 8 prize pool.
- Level 1 Battle Pass - $9.99 USD
- Level 75 Battle Pass - $36.99 USD
If you plan to buy extra levels, starting with the level 75 version is the best option as you will save about 5 dollars.
- 5 levels - $2.49
- 11 levels - $4.99
- 24 levels - $9.99
If TI8 prize pool will surpass last year’s $24,787,916, every Battle Pass owner will receive 10,000 bonus points, and the same bonus will also be awarded at $30,000,000.
Learn more: All free levels you can get in the Battle Pass.
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