The Battle Pass season is coming soon.. not.
As the season approaches near The International 2023, TI12, Dota 2 fans are starting to wonder about the annual Dota 2 Battle Pass release date. It is one of the most anticipated events in Dota 2 every year, with thousands of fans flocking to purchase the Battle Pass and acquire exclusive cosmetics and perks. But when is it coming? And will the Battle Pass be in the same format as the previous year? Here's what we know so far.
UPDATE: Here is the Dota 2 Compendium 2023 release date
UPDATE 2: On June 24, Valve teased that the Dota 2 2023 Compendium will drop next week!
A data miner has also posted some unconfirmed Battle Pass or Compendium leaks on Reddit. This could hint towards a couple of cosmetics and features ready to be launched in the upcoming Compendium! Read more below!
UPDATE: On June 20, Valve reveals that there will no longer be Battle Passes but a "TI-themed update" that "focuses on the event, players, and games" instead of new cosmetic items. This TI-themed update will still contribute to the TI prize pool.
This change is made so Valve can deliver more updates and diverse content including cosmetics throughout the year instead of everything clumping together during the BP and TI season. The blog post also clarified that the update is already in the works and is to ship in September.
We break down the update below!
When is the 2023 Dota 2 Battle Pass potential release date
The 2023 Battle Pass release date seems to be in late August to early September. If Valve follows the same format as the 2022 Battle Pass, we might also see this year's BP be separated into two parts.
As there are no announcements regarding the 2023 Battle Pass yet, we'll have to speculate about its arrival.
In previous years, the Battle Pass was released in May, roughly three months before The International begins. However, the Battle Pass and TI schedule shifted since the "leap year" in 2020. TI was canceled due to the pandemic. The DPC schedule also suffered significant delay.
In 2022, Valve released the Battle Pass later in September and separated it into two parts. This caused the Battle Pass to have a longer active period. However, it was only available a month before TI11, which had potentially caused a plunge in the TI prize pool.
All Battle Pass release dates since 2018
TI start date
Battle Pass Release Date
Days before TI
June 24 & December 14
As we can see, the Battle Pass pattern completely changed in 2021 - showing the aftermath of the pandemic. Last year, in 2022, Valve released the Battle Pass in two parts. The first part arrived on September 1, only 44 days before TI11 began.
Valve's blog post on May 7 announced the location of TI12 which will be in Seattle, USA. The post also mentioned the start date of TI12, which is October 14.
If TI12 begins on October 14 and the Battle Pass arrives around 44 days prior, we can speculate that the 2023 Battle Pass drops on August 31 - September 1, 2023. This goes in line with the previous dates in 2022.