One of our favourite parts of every year in the Dota 2 community is the release of the Battle Pass
Although we have already had confirmation that The International 2020 will be postponed, we are all still holding on to hope that the Battle Pass will be released in its normal time period. And what time period is that, you may ask? Well, for the answer to that, we merely have to look back through the years at each Battle Pass and remember some of our favourite aspects of each along the journey.
Battle Passes are purchasable items that grant access to tournament and event features, as well as a wide variety of earnable cosmetic items. They were previously known as Compendiums. Proceeds from sales of Battle Passes usually go towards a tournament’s prize pool.
The first Battle Pass came to Dota 2 in 2016, but prior to that we had the Compendium – which acted in a similar manner but with far fewer stretch goals and freebies inside. From 2013 (TI3) through to 2015 (TI5), we saw the Compendium give us something to work towards with the 2014 and 2015 versions covering a host of different tournaments through the year too.
2014’s Compendium is one to remember as it gave us control over which hero would receive an Arcana – an especially set for one specific hero which included huge customisations, sound packs, animations and more. Although some heroes had received an Arcana prior to this, the Compendium allowed the community to vote on who their favourite was and this feature has yet to disappear.
I am sure we all recall the epic vote battle between the finalists of the last few years – with Io even receiving an Arcana after finishing in second place back in 2016. This year’s BP is sure to be just as tantalizing.
While it’s all fun and games looking at Immortals and other cosmetics, let’s build the hype for the Battle Pass a bit more with a look at something much more factual. Although the current global pandemic has resulted in many tournaments and events being cancelled or postponed, the TI10 dream still remains within all of us and the timing of the Battle Pass has been a constant from Valve throughout the years. We are currently in the prime period for release – with yesterday being the latest Valve have announced and released a Battle Pass since 2016.
- TI6: May 16th, 2016
- TI7: May 4th, 2017
- TI8: May 8th, 2018
- TI9, May 7th, 2019
Just from this alone, we can assume that, even with the confirmation of a postponed TI10, the Battle Pass should be made available to us in the coming days or weeks – depending on how Valve feel. One aspect that has also hinted toward its release is the Collector’s Cache, which had its submission deadline extended through to early May – which means that Valve are definitely looking through those submissions right now.
While Valve did state that the Battle Pass would be delayed a short time due to employees working from home through the COVID-19 chaos, we’re still hoping for a small shining light of good news through these troubled times.