Valve’s decision to lock the main events of the Nemestice Battle Pass behind a paywall has sent much of the playerbase up in arms.
Paywalled arcanas and upset players
With The International just around the corner, Valve released its yearly Dota 2 Battle Pass accompanying it last week. Titled the Nemestice, its announcement was first met with general excitement, especially after it was revealed that longtime fans of the late-game queen herself, Spectre, would be getting the Arcana skin they were wishing for for years now.
There’s also something for those who dipped into Dota 2’s foray into animation, as Davion the Dragon Knight gets a persona that’s ripped straight from his appearance in the Netflix series, Dota: Dragon’s Blood. These two premium cosmetics are undoubtedly the highlight of the Battle Pass, and as such, they are highly valued in the community.
However, there are a few caveats for those who just went into the cheapest option for the Battle Pass. After much deliberation and research from the Reddit Dota 2 community, it appears that the Spectre Arcana and even the Dragon Knight persona are still locked behind a hefty paywall at the moment, and as such the Nemestice content is now under fire by tons of irate players.
Grinding for levels will only get you so far
There are only a few ways at the moment to acquire points to go towards the Battle Pass levels. They are: playing the Nemestice game mode (which only gives out a set amount of points a week), weekly quests that will run until a few days after The International 10 and the Cavern Crawl. Generously assuming that you bought the Battle Pass once it went live, and you managed to complete every single weekly quest, played the Cavern Crawl to completion and did not miss out on a single point from the Nemestice game mode, you would get a total of 103 levels unlocked at the time of writing.
Anybody familiar with how the Battle Pass for Dota 2 works will know that you would need more than that to even get to the meat of the actual pass, which is the two rare cosmetics. The Dragon Knight persona gets unlocked at level 195, which means that you would need 92 more levels if you want to get it for yourself.
The Spectre Arcana is even harder to acquire. You get this ultimate skin for the late-game queen at level 330, which would amount to a whopping 135 levels even after unlocking the Dragon Knight. At any rate, both are impossible to get even if you grinded out everything, which in itself is incredibly difficult given some of the weekly quests and the Cavern Crawl requiring different heroes for completion.
Purchasing Battle Pass levels: when should you do it?
Valve, of course, has given players a way to acquire those top-tier cosmetics, provided they’re willing to pay for it. And pay for it you will, as Battle Pass levels are priced at around $2.49 for five levels to $9.99 for 24. Assuming you want the Spectre Arcana and you bought the basic Battle Pass, you’d need to cough up around $150 more; if you’re only after the Dragon Knight persona, $80 will get you there. Of course, this is taking into account that you skipped the tedious grinding altogether just to get the sets as painlessly as possible.
It’s worth noting that you should still not rush buying levels for the skins: the Steam Summer Sale is currently ongoing, and while it may only last for eight or so days, it’s still possible that Valve will put Battle Pass levels for sale at a discounted price.
There’s also the fact that in the weeks leading to The International, we may see a new set of events for the Nemestice which will give out additional points for those tedious Battle Pass levels.