Dota Plus subscribers are complaining about the low quality of the Seasonal Treasure amid revelations that the designs come from 2014.

The Dota Plus Fall update is supposed to reward dedicated subscribers of Dota 2’s premium services. However, the included Seasonal Treasure has garnered widespread criticism. Released on August 2nd, the patch added new Nemestice features, quests, Guild rewards as well as the new hero sets.

But shortly after the treasure was revealed, criticism of the included sets arose. With comments about the low quality and seeming simplicity of the designs swirling around Reddit and Twitter, one keen-eyed Redditor looked deeper into the collection.

Workshop Woes

On August 2nd, just a few hours after the update’s release, Reddit user “reignbeox” submitted a post entitled “New Dota Seasonal sets are actually ~2014 sets that never got approved.” In the post, he includes a screenshot of the workshop detail of each set in the new Seasonal Treasure.

A screenshot of the image posted by reddit user /u/reignbeox that compiles the seasonal treasure sets' original submission dates.
Reddit user /u/reignbeox’s compiled screenshot of the Seasonal Treasure sets’ original submission dates.

Airing their grievances, reignbeox detailed their issues with the sets: “Low polycounts and textures on which I could count the pixels. So it got me thinking. Are there some interns at Valve that churn these out? Because, for the record, I am okay with the designs. I was just baffled by the technical quality of the items. It looks old and dated – BECAUSE IT IS.”

Reignbeox’s claims are easy to verify. Navigating through Valve’s workshop system and finding the most recently accepted sets, you can view the history of each item. Every set dates from between late 2013 to 2015. Some sets have received updates, but none have had significant changes since July 2016.

Tuskar's Glacial Squad Commander Papakha was posted on 26th February 2021. The Item was finally accepted in 2021 and was released to the public as part of the Dota Plus reward.
The original 2014 submission of the Glacial Squad Commander set for Tusk (image via Valve)
The 2021 newly release Conscript of the Frost Brigade set for Tusk (image via Valve)

The most damning element of these dates is that almost all sets predate Dota 2’s 2015 graphical update. “Dota 2 Reborn,” as the update was titled, moved the game to the Source 2 engine. It also drastically increased the polygon count of every model in the game. As a result, any models produced pre-2015 are highly likely to have lower polygon counts, smaller textures and overall lower quality.

Simple isn’t Bad… When it’s Not Premium Content

In the post, reignbeox clearly states that they do like the designs, a sentiment echoed by others in the thread. Recently, the general consensus on the Dota 2 subreddit has been that over-the-top sets are bad for the game. One of the most upvoted posts currently is “After 12k hours of Dota 2, i was not able to identify what hero was till i open the description screen, sets like this shouldn’t be allowed.” In the post, user Brooklyn1986 complains that a wildly elaborate Keeper of the Light set made it virtually impossible to identify their opponent.

Still, with only the included courier, a “very rare” bonus reward, as recent content, it’s easy to see why Dota Plus subscribers could be feeling a bit short-changed. The service is Dota 2’s premium option, that enhances the game to the next level. But inclusions like these dated treasures don’t reach that mark. Overall, the unfortunate quality of Season Treasure sets has marred what was otherwise a heartfelt and positive update to Dota 2.

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Michael is a UK-based content creator who caught the esports bug in 2010, but took eight years to figure out he should write about it. Throwing away a promising career in marketing and PR, he now specialises in MOBAs, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and esports in general since 2019. When not glued to tournaments taking place on the other side of the globe, he spends time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.