Monday, October 19, 2020

Updates to Dota Plus After Battle Pass 2020

After introducing Dota Plus in March 2018, this is the first time I know, that Valve made some significant update to their paid subscription called Dota Plus.

On Dota2 blog it says:

Dota Plus members can now purchase a new treasure with shards. This treasure features 12 community-created sets for Nyx Assassin, Leshrac, Medusa, Vengeful Spirit, Weaver, Clockwerk, Faceless Void, Doom, Sven, Axe, Crystal Maiden, and Tusk. It also includes the re-introduction of Ethereal and Prismatic gems, with the very rare Blazing Hatchling courier coming pre-equipped with a random one of each.

The next treasure will be available on Dec 1st, and then again every 3 months after that

My Shards

Seasonal treasure can now be purchased using Shards. Each one cost 10,000 shards

Several features from the Battle Pass have also moved into Dota Plus:

  • The Chat Wheel sound effects (e.g. Moo, Orchestra Hit) are now available by redeeming shards.
  • The pull timers when holding ALT are now available to Dota Plus members.
  • The post-game healing and gold breakdowns have now merged with the existing Dota Plus damage tab.
  • The Battle Pass MVP feature is now available for all players, but Dota Plus customers can earn extra shards with a new Seasonal quest.

We’ve also bumped up the number of players allowed to be on the Avoid Players list from 16 to 25.

…the following subset of features to be available for all players:

  • All players can now reach up to Hero Level 5 without a Dota Plus subscription. Only subscribers can reach Silver tier and above.
  • All players can now use tipping for shards.
  • All players can now earn the weekly shard reward for winning 3 matches. Non-subscribers earn 500 shards per week, while Dota Plus members earn 1000.
  • The Dota Plus Rewards store has been renamed to the “Shard Shop”, and the premium hero sets, legacy hero sets, and tools are now purchasable by everyone. The Seasonal treasure, Chat Wheel sound effects and Hero Relics remain Dota Plus exclusive.

The Guild system that is part of Battle Pass 2020 remained.

Once a week, guild members will receive their new guild rank and can claim a reward of shards; Dota Plus members earn double the amount of shards.

Guild contracts now earn both guild points and shards. All players have access to one contract slot per day, and Dota Plus members have access to a second slot.

Ranked Season

For this season, we are going to try a new approach to MMR resets. We are making the MMR reset optional, and for those who want to participate, we instead spread it out so it doesn’t create too much volatility at the same time (ontop of the volatility that already exists when you enter calibration).

Upon logging in, you can go to Settings, and under the Account tab there is a new MMR Recalibration section. To prevent everyone from recalibrating at once, start-times will be spaced out evenly between October 22, 2020 and November 22, 2020 and can be activated anytime until the Season is over

We are currently aiming for end of November for a new hero release, followed by more that are spread throughout next year with the next one in the first quarter next year.

In terms of toxicity and game ruining behaviors from players, we are working on a new Overwatch style system, similar in some ways to that of CS:GO.

Dota Match

The new look of Match Rewards after each game

Dota Reward

My first purchased of Autumnal Treasure 2020 using 10,000 Shards


Our guild named Isolation eSport

Seasonal Quest

There are now Seasonal Quests similar to the time that they first launched Dota Plus.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

DOST Caraga Is Giving Coursera Grants

Caraga is also known as Caraga Administrative Region or Caraga Region and is designated as Region 13 in Mindanao. It is composed of 5 provinces – Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

I saw one of the ads of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga on Facebook that they are giving Coursera Grants. Coursera is a website that offers online learning. I have an account there but I don’t have access to certificates because that requires a grant.


When I saw that ad on Facebook, I immediately signed up and yesterday was our orientation (done via Facebook Live). It’s the 13th Coursera Orientation facilitated by Engr Noel M Ajor and Director Domina D Mallonga. It took about 1.5 hours but it was worth it.

Engr Ajoc explained the history on how they got the grant and the basic of taking Coursera online courses. In this time of pandemic, the demand for online learning increased and it’s a great opportunity to take online courses. The only requirement is Filipino citizens 18 years and above.

During the orientation, they provided a QR Code that served as the attendance sheet. After the orientation, when I logged to Coursera, I already received the invite from DOST. Engr Ajoc encouraged us to take a short project and test if it will really generate a certificate.

I took the Gmail project (30 minutes duration) and true enough, I got a certificate from Coursera which contain a link that would validate that the certificate indeed came from them. Their next orientation is on October 13, 2020 and there are a lot more grants to be given.

If you have plenty of time this pandemic and you have Internet access, it will be a great opportunity to learn new skills from Coursera. I already enrolled in courses from Facebook, Google and Wordpress. I commend the leadership of DOST-Caraga for this very useful project.

Please visit their FB page to sign up for their next orientation: 

Coursera 2

Friday, October 2, 2020

Stay Tuned! ROBA’s CBT#1 is Coming Soon!

There’s another Ragnarok Game in town! I’m not sure if it’s PC-based or mobile, but let’s wait. Here’s a copy of the press release that I’m fortunate enough to receive.

ROBA Cover

Adventurers will be able to test and experience the Battle Academy in CBT #1 soon.

ROBA’s Closed Beta Test #1 is coming this Q4 of 2020.

Last year, Electronics Extreme Limited and Gravity announced the newest Ragnarok game title, one of the well-known and successful games in the world. The new title is a combination of the Battle Royale and RPG genres, taking the best of both worlds and combining it with elements from the game that were part of everyone’s childhood. It garnered positive responses and high hopes from the RO and gaming community, having them looking forward to the new title and game play. Now, the wait is soon to be over as Ragnarok: Battle Academy (ROBA) Closed Beta Test #1 date is fast approaching.

ROBA Blog Image

Extreme Studio, the developer of ROBA has given quite a few insider information to the public through their website. The creative process and its concept arts are all shared to the blog which indicated a sneak peek regarding the origin of the game and what it has to offer.

To get more insights about ROBA, visit the Developer’s Blog through this link:

Are you ready to take a new kind of adventure in Rune-Midgarts?

Ragnarok Online Battle Academy (ROBA)

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Wiki Loves Monuments 2020

Today is the start of Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in the Philippines. It will run until October 31, 2020.

I’ve been donating my pictures of buildings and monuments to Wikimedia Commons ever since I had my Canon 1100D DSLR camera in 2011. A lot of my pictures were already used in Wikipedia articles. It feels good to contribute to the widely used free encyclopedia.

This year, I’ll try my best to go over the list of priority buildings that needs to be photograph (at least in Metro Manila where I can travel by bike) and upload it. I’m not expecting to win any prize but knowing that I participated in this worthy advocate is enough to keep me going.

Are you also donating your pictures to Wikipedia?

Wiki Loves Monuments 2020