Valve are doing some really impressive work with Dota Underlords, their new strategy game that everyone can now try.
As a quick reminder on the gameplay: you go through rounds, picking heroes and placing them on the board, then you fight against the choices of other players and neutral enemies for loot. The actual battles are done by AI, with the tactical part based on your choices and positioning. You lose health based on the amount of enemy heroes left if they beat you and it's the last player standing to win.
It's free and will remain free to play, with some sort of optional Battle Pass likely to come for cosmetic items in future. They have a lot more planned for it including: daily challenges, a level up system, a tournament system, seasonal rotation for heroes and more. They said that during the Open Beta Season, it will regularly see new features and updates.
I've put tens of hours into it and will no doubt play plenty more. It's still a little rough around the edges in places of course, since it's Early Access but I have been really impressed with not only the gameplay but how quick they've acted on feedback. You can see some early thoughts I had here.
Also, this Twitter thread from one of the developers is interesting. Nice to see more Valve developers being so open, which can't be easy given how many people are watching.