Did you break the bank on Dota 2 after all these years? Find out how much money you have spent on Dota 2 through three simple steps:

One of the best things about Dota is that the game is never pay-to-win. However, you do have to pay to look and feel good with skins and cosmetics. Through the years, Valve has released countless of cosmetics such as hero equipment, map terrains, voice packs and other enhancements.

More often than not, players feel the need to have them all. They would blow their money just so they can look a little better while they get first blood or destroy the throne. And Valve has made sure that everyone continues to do so through various channels. The question is how much money have you spent on Dota 2?

Three steps to determine how much money you have spent on Dota 2

You can easily determine the total amount of money you spent on Dota 2 through three simple steps.

  • Step 1: Open your Steam profile and click on "Badges" on the right hand side of the page.
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  • Step 2: Scroll toward Dota 2 and click on "How do I earn card drops?" on the right hand side of the page.
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  • Step 3: Find out your total approximate lifetime spending on Dota 2.
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(Screenshot by esports.gg)

This method gives an approximate estimation of the total amount you spent on Dota 2 based on badges or card drops. You receive one card or badge each time you spend around $9. The system then multiplies the total amount of cards you have by nine in order to calculate your total spending. For example, if you have 100 card drops, your total spending is approximately $900.

All the ways you can spend money on Dota

If the number shocks you, you're probably not alone. That said, knowing all the ways you spend money on Dota 2 can help gauge your expenses so that you can make better spending habits in the future. The following list are the primary channels where most players spend their money on:

Dota Plus

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Dota Plus is a subscription service by Valve that enhances your gameplay experience. It includes exclusive cosmetics that can only be purchased using Dota Plus Shards. It also offers Plus Assistant, a tool that provides a plethora of technical knowledge to help you level up your game. Strategic information based on current trends as well as post-game analytics are just some of the benefits. There are other features you can explore in Dota Plus which you can find out on the Dota 2 website. As for pricing, they are as follows:

Price (USD)
6 months
12 months

Community Market

Dota 2 items for sale at Steam Community Market (Image via Valve)
Dota 2 items for sale at Steam Community Market (Image via Valve)

The Community Market is where all the Dota 2 items are placed on sale once they are available for trade among players. Not all items can be traded via the Community Market. Otherwise, you can buy and sell all kinds of Dota 2 items. The players determine the value of each item by looking at the market price as if they are playing the stock market. Naturally, supply and demand affects the prices. They can go as low as a penny or as high as your monthly rent! Bottom line, if you desire a specific cosmetic, chances are it is available for purchase at the Community Market.


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Once in a while Valve will have special event treasures for sale. In most cases, you can buy them directly for a fixed price of around $2.99 a pop. However, there are cases where the treasures are free but you need keys to unlock them. Sometimes you can acquire the keys by winning games. Other times you will have to buy the keys. In addition, every year Valve releases Treasure of The Crimson Witness that can only be obtained by attending The International and witnessing a First Blood. These treasures can be traded via the Community Market and they usually fetch high prices ranging from $300 to $500.

Battle Passes

The Battle Pass is most likely where most of your money went to in Dota. It is a seasonal event that builds towards The International, which Valve released every year. You could get all kinds of cosmetics and other exclusive items by leveling up the Battle Pass. And to level up the Battle Pass you'd either have to win games, complete challenges or buy levels directly.

The Battle Pass prices started at:

  • $9.99 for Level 1 Bundle
  • $29.35 for Level 50 Bundle
  • $44.99 for Level 100 Bundle

After, each Battle Pass level costs around $3 per level. You can get some discounts if you purchase in bulk. Later in the season, Valve usually offers more level bundles at a hefty discount.

That said, Valve has plans on replacing the Battle Pass with a "TI-themed update" that "focuses on the event, players, and games" Although there are no further news about the update at this time.

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