Earlier this month, Valve announced that they were working with Drodo Studios, with respect to Dota Auto Chess, and that they’ll support the game “to the fullest”. While it was cryptic at the time when the blog post was made, it has all cleared up now.
Valve has added a new ‘Custom Game Pass’ to the Dota 2 client. These game passes are in-game purchasable items that grant additional content or features to select custom games within Dota 2. Once purchased, a pass will remain active for 30 days.
Dota Auto Chess seems to be the first Custom Game to add this new Game Pass to their game alongside a new update.
For more details about the Custom Game Pass, click HERE.
In addition to the above-mentioned Custom Game Pass, this update also adds:
New Hero: Winter Wyvern ($1 Dragon Mage)
If you didn't get any droppable items from 5 consecutive neutral creep kills, you will be compensated a consumable item (Tango or Mango in random) for your Courier.
An all new Target change mechanic where if the current target is physically immune, while alternative targets are present in the attack range, chess pieces will now consider attacking other enemy pieces.
Several cosmetic changes utilizing TI9 sets
And a few bug fixes.
Author’s Opinion: Valve has stuck to their word and is actively supporting the Auto Chess makers, as well as their player base. So it looks like the future of Auto Chess is bright, and it is here to stay.
Valve has remained tight-lipped about their own version of Auto Chess. Perhaps we’ll see an announcement at the upcoming TI9.