Be a part of Dota 2's first fantasy league
The boys over at DotA Academy - GosuGamers' Wicked and Shostakovich - have created the game's first fantasy league for fans of Dota 2. Starting out as a humble project in early June, the league has since picked off in popularity as a 'place to exercise imagination with your friends and root for your favorite players'.
The action, however, will only kick in full swing when The International goes live at the end of this month. Registration is free with feedback and suggestions always welcome by the pair who, to put it simply, 'have many ideas to pursue'.
Wicked - The reception has been great since we launched early June. We were a bit worried because we started in very weak servers, but with Markus Viitamäki and Dreamhack's generosity, we moved to stronger ones. Since then we've been keeping up with the scene quite well, and we've seen casters, news organizations, bootcamping players using it a lot, as well as the fans who love to theorycraft about their teams. We wanted to provide information that would be enjoyed by everyone, and in that sense, it's been a complete success!
Shostakovich - The big challenge right now is to keep all the leagues and tournaments updated. There was a occasion where five or six tournaments were happening at the same time, each one having tons of games. Thanks to Angel, Decency, srsatt, Justin and Joseph, each of them helping us at collecting the information and loading into the site, we were able to keep everything decently updated.
What was your inspiration behind creating the fantasy league?
Wicked - I feel I have to give big credits to Luminous (from DotaCommentaries) because he was the first to approach us with the idea. I loved it from the beginning and being a fan of Basketball and Football (Soccer, not HandEgg!) Fantasy Leagues decided that since we had all the tools to do it, we should definitely go for it!
Shostakovich - The idea first came up when the site was only a project. We were brainstorming ideas and getting feedback, and Luminous said we should make a fantasy league. When you have the statistics, making a fantasy game is just a natural continuation.
Give us a brief introduction about what the fantasy league is all about. What would someone expect from playing in the league?
Wicked - I think Dan puts it in a very awesome way in his amazing drawing at our homepage: You create a team and you get 10 Million Dota Dollars to buy players going to The International 2. You can buy up to 10 players (2 per position), but you won't have enough money to buy all the best, so you'll have to be very wise deciding who to take and who to leave behind! Once TI2 starts and teams start playing matches, you'll get points for your players if they perform well, if you don't like how a player's doing, you can sell him and try to buy another one. At the end of the league, the Fantasy Team with the most points wins!
Shostakovich - I think the nicest thing about the league is the possiblity of using your imagination to build dream teams and challenge your friends. It's not only a place where you can study the players' statistics to score points and compete with others in a fantasy league, it's also a place to exercise imagination with your friends and root for your favorite players.
How does this project tie in with DotA Academy?
Wicked - Well, in many ways! My biggest griefs with Fantasy Leagues in general is that they put lots of importance on a few key players in the team while others are pretty irrelevant regardless of how well they performed. So, for this fantasy league, instead of having scoring related directly to stats (e.g: get 5 kills = 2 points!), scoring is associated to the hero that player picked and how well he performed COMPARED to other people who picked that hero in the past (and Dota-Academy has that info!). That way, if your support has a great game, he can even outscore your carry despite having less kills or GPM!
Shostakovich - The fantasy league is grounded in DotA Academy. The league is only possible because we have statistics of the competitive scene. DotA Academy was born to give statistics to players, casters and fans, and the fantasy league is only possible because of it.
Any features that you are currently introducing to the league?
Wicked - We're amazed at the amount of community feedback and have been adding most of the things the people asked for. We readjusted the scoring system a bit, Added Country and Personal rankings, the possibility to follow other fantasy teams to check how you're doing compared to them and a list of most picked players so that if you don't know too much about the scene, you can use othe people's choices as a guideline!
Where do you see this project going in the future? What are your goals? What's lined up for Fantasy League?
Wicked - Oh, we have many ideas to pursue. We don't have a clear roadmap, because we put a lot of weight on community feedback and we like to adjust our plans to whatever people like/enjoy. One thing is for certain: We'll keep dishing new and original content, our goal is to provide new and different things to make the community grow! Having said that, for those of you who like Drafting fantasy leagues where you compete against your friends instead of the world, we'll have a very nice surprise after TI2!
Shostakovich - The future of the fantasy league will depend on the state of the competitive scene and the quality of information. It's hard to make a fantasy league if teams are changing a lot, if standins are used too much or if teams skip tournament matches. At the same time, if, for example, we miss one endgame scoreboard in a match, everything is compromised. If the scene is decently stable and the information is complete, then we can definitely cover more tournaments and expand the game. And I really hope it happens, because the lack of Bambo Doto in my team disturbs me.
Lastly, are there any people you would like to thank for making the league possible?
Shostakovich - The league is only possible because DotA Academy is possible, so we have a lot of people to thank. Dreamhack and Markus Viitamäki gave us strong servers, ReaverXai helped us with the visuals, Angel, srsatt, Justin and Decency helped us updating the statistics, Godz (which offered us a ticket so we could get perfect information on the World Tour), the guys at Dotacommentaries for all the feedback, Turik and CtChocula from GosuGamers, and everyone that made a team in the league. We're lucky to have so much support, and we can only hope that we'll continue to have it, so we can improve the site even more.
Wicked - Everyone Shosta mentioned, plus all the people who mails us/sends us PMs every day with suggestions/corrections/ideas. And personally, a big shoutout to Mute, Zeta and Stu, the 3 guys that brought me to Dota, 7 years ago. Without them, we wouldn't have this league!
DotA Academy - Fantasy League