As you might know by now, the 2017 – 2018 DOTA 2 season will be structured by a new circuit system, with points assigned to players who have placed at each new minor and major event. With an International spot now a reward for putting in the entire year’s work towards it, consistent competitors can expect to reliably “earn”” their spot at The International.
But where does one start in Southeast Asia in particular? It’s quite a jungle out there; here are a few starting points and resources that are helpful!
#1. Grind Your MMR
There’s nothing quite like being able to prove yourself by climbing the Matchmaking ladder, and the top Ranked players have since made for great esports men. Miracle-, Midone, Gabbi and notably Abed were all MMR grinders – and continue to be even until today – proving that it’s one of the essential steps to going pro.
Not only will you continually improve on your own gameplay by grinding the ladder, you will eventually meet pro players and get noticed by teams once you reach top 100. Get within the top 10, and you may even get offers from interested teams. Get to first place, and it’s straight to the front for any organisation that might want to make a new esports team.
Starting the climb is also a good way to see if you can make enough impact on your games to go pro. If you’re stuck in 3k or 4k, it’s more than likely you’ll be unable to perform well enough to contribute meaningfully to your potential pro team.
#2. Join An In-House League
For quite a few years before its discontinuation, the joinDota League was the bona fide league for any aspiring DOTA 2 competitors to cut their teeth on. The league saw player talents like Infamous’s Renato “Kingteka” Canez, Virtus Pro’s Roman “Ramzes666” Kushnarev, Team Liquid’s and TI2017 winner Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov go through at least 2 seasons of it.
After a year’s hiatus, jDL season 11 will launch again on October 1, starting its preseason on September 22. You’ll be able to sign up for the preseason up till the 21st, and likewise, 30th for the main league.
Another league being revived is the SEA Inhouse League, which is an entirely community-organised and run league with No MMR requirements. Instead of a structured system, this in-house league filters out toxic SEA MMR players. As a result, the league is currently being run 7pm–12pm Singapore time on weekdays and 24/7 on weekends.
The Inhouse League uses FaceIT’s automated IHL system to match players with each other, and the few players we’ve asked reported positive experiences playing in the league. If you’re looking for something to introduce yourself to competitive play, perhaps a more friendly environment in the SIL might suit you.
#3. Get Into Scrim Discords
Perhaps you already have a team and are raring to test yourself against others. Aside from LAN competitions, DOTA 2 teams have their sparring equivalent in scrimmages against each other. It’s also a great place to e-meet a bunch of other players in your region.
You’ll need a Discord account to join up, so get one set up and join any of the DOTA 2 scrim channels below. Do read the rules in each Discord carefully to avoid getting banned though.
#4. Keep Track Of All SEA DOTA 2 Tournaments
Playing on LAN is an entirely different experience compared to playing online. Each player copes differently to the stress when playing on LAN, and local competitions are the best places to start.
The most consistent teams in DOTA 2 are able to adapt and play well regardless of their playing environment. We’ve seen the pictures of players like s4 playing through illness on LAN, or even team OG clinching one major win after another in spite of their oscillating overall performances.
Do check out our events tabs for the latest esports events in Singapore and Mineski.net for Phillippine events. So far, the only major tournaments upcoming are the ESL One Hamburg 2017 and the StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3 (SEA qualifiers to be announced soon).
#5. Ask Your Local Friendly Pro
Nothing beats having an actual pro gamer telling you all about how they went pro – it’s a path to success that they’ve proven to work. Given how shy people generally are in SEA, online alternatives such as Twitter might also be a good channel to start asking for advice. Do remember that pro players are people too – treat them nicely!
There will be many opportunities for meeting pro gamers online when you go to a games convention with esports flair like GameStart 2017 (Singapore) and ESGS 2017 (The Philippines). In fact, we have an xy- and NutZ fireside chat happening today (catch our future recap if you missed it).
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