Invoker From Dota 2 is Now a Shota

After months of waiting, those who purchased the Dota 2 The International 9 Battle Pass and leveled it up significantly were more than happy to see the announcement of a new Persona item in Dota 2 for Invoker, after months of teasing and a single splash art with very little information. I am no fan of Dota 2 myself, my editor however is a massive fan and has been a part of the community since its early beta, years before its official release.

 The International, if you don’t know, is an annual competition for Dota 2 where Esport organizations from around the world throw their teams at one another to compete. It’s one of the very few e-sports that North America actually has a chance of winning and one where Korea doesn’t get too involved with, so yes, it’s pretty fucking exciting. Every year they have a Compendium or a Battle Pass, though they started moving to a Battle Pass in 2016 and, yes, Valve started the Battle Pass trend even if Fortnite popularized it in 2018. These battle passes, much like Fortnite’s, give exclusive rewards, items and skins through leveling it up. However, unlike Fortnite, it’s pretty damn difficult to earn these levels yourself. Most of it is through purchasing levels, to which 25% goes to funding The International. While these rewards like Invoker as a Shota or an exclusive Arcana for Earthshaker, these items can get pretty damn expensive. 24 Levels are $10, 11 are $5 and 5 levels are $2.50. To give an idea how expensive these items are, Shota Invoker can be unlocked at level 305 and the ES Arcana is at level 365, to get both and more you need to throw in nearly $150 into the game. Which leads to a much bigger problem.

 The International wasn’t always this expensive to get good items. In 2017, IO’s Arcana was around level 230, a whole underwater map reskin at level 170, and an exclusive Kunkka item was unlocked at level 225. Getting your pass to level 300 with the sale cost around $70 with a Steam Summer Sale deal. Even if you didn’t miss the 2019 Summer Sale deal, you still would have to spend $110 this year. This is a problem because Valve needs to make a bigger and better prize pool every single year. They’ve now reached over $31 Million for the prize pool, which is record-breaking. So Valve has no choice but to constantly throw gimmicks and make any permanent cool items go up in level each year to meet that exponential growth that is the prize pool. No only that but since 75% goes to Valve, they’ve earned over $90 million so far in this tournament which is a huge score for investors. If Valve doesn’t break the record each year, they could fuck over investors and their community would be let down. Plus, you have plenty of Dota 2 players that instantly level their passes to the thousands anyway. So only the casual player that wants cool exclusive items will be severely disappointed within the next few years unless Valve does something. But they’re Valve, and Valve does whatever the fuck it likes.