Players and teams that are outside the reach of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit or any big pro events are often left in the dust, unable to really follow a path in pro gaming, no matter their skill level. But a combined effort from Dotabuff and ESL has been created to help these players reach the peak.
Reach was announced earlier today as a way for tier 2 players to make their way up the ranks and possibly find their way into big organisations to play Dota 2 professionally. The platform has been confirmed to have a better, faster and more efficient match-making system with “a constantly evolving algorithm” affecting their highest tier of play. The platform will only be available for solo-queueing and features a behavior score system too, to deter players from being toxic. However, it does not stop there as the association with ESL comes into play in a big way.
Attempting to play Dota 2, or any game, professionally always comes with a risk when first beginning – the lack of opportunity and the safety of earnings too. But due to their partnership with ESL, Reach will have incentives for those players which reach the top of the leaderboards. According to the official release, their will be $20,000 up for grabs monthly, with half of that being reservedly solely for amateur players. However, this is not all that awaits the top players either as the top 50 will also get help from the ESL Academy program where they will have a chance to be drafted into an ESL One event experience. This will give them access to professional coaches and a chance to meet with players and teams – and maybe find their way into the pro scene.
The Reach program has a ton more to offer beyond this such as game analysis by TrueSight for detailed statistics which can be used by teams and sponsors to secure a spot in the upper echelons of Dota 2. You can find out more about the Reach platform on the official announcement page here or signup on the website here.