The International Battle Pass typically arrives in May. So what’s to be in the TI11 Battle Pass, and will it release soon?
The International is in limbo when it comes to its scheduling. Though the event happened in either July or August each year from 2012 to 2019, the cancellation of The International 2020 turned the Dota 2 esports scene upside down. Things got worse in 2021 when the event was pushed back from August to October as Valve’s attempt to wash its hand of organizing the event went awry.
That two-month delay forced a significant shift in Valve’s overall schedule for Dota 2 esports. That schedule turnover is now being felt in 2022, and it carries big ramifications for the TI11 Battle Pass’ release date. Here’s what’s known and when it might come out.
TI11 Battle Pass likely has July release date
The TI11 Battle Pass will likely come out in July and will feature many of the rewards Dota 2 players are accustomed to receiving, including special announcers, new hero skins, and themed effects.
The TI Battle Pass has come out a few months ahead of The International each year and that’s likely to remain the case in 2022. The sticking point is that The International 2022 isn’t likely to be happening until October or November, which could delay the TI Battle Pass release date in 2022.
The date for The International 2022 is unknown at this time, but it’s in the books that the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit season will run deep into August. The final major of the season is set to be the PGL Arlington Major, which will run from August 4-14. The TI10 qualifiers picked up two weeks after the end of the final major of the season. This means that the lineup of teams likely won’t be fully sorted until September.
If all goes according to plan, this would mean that The International 2022 would take place in early or mid-October. With the battle pass typically coming out three months prior to The International, this would put the TI11 Battle Pass’ release date in July. Dota 2 players could get lucky and receive the battle pass in June, but that’s unlikely.
Until that happens, Dota 2 players will likely be playing the game just for the sake of it. Don’t expect another Nemestice or Aghanim’s Labyrinth-style battle pass until after TI11 is finished.
As for what will be included in the TI11 Battle Pass, fans can largely expect more of the same, but with a higher price tag. Valve using battle passes to introduce new premium skins is a winning formula. The key difference is how Valve will find wring extra dollars out of players.