ESL has announced ESL Academy, a new initative that aims to improve on the Dota 2 grassroots scene.
In partnership with DHL and Dotabuff, the initiative aims to promote Dota 2 players from ranked stars to pro players, with a $240,000 prize pool available throughout year one.
Using Dotabuff’s Reach platform, European and North American players can climb Reach’s solo queue ladder from November 2019 to January 2020.
By mid-January, the top 40 players from EU and NA will be locked into the ESL Academy.
From there, four Dota 2 veterans will create 2 teams of 5 from each region using their top 40 players.
Once when teams are created, they will receive coaching from Dota 2 veterans yet to be confirmed.
From mid-January to March 2020, coaches will aid players with key insight and feedback to refine them into professional Dota 2 players.
ESL and DHL will also host boot camps for the players to meet and work alongside their teammates.
Beginning March 2020, these teams will attend ESL One events and play on the main stage of the events.
In addition, fans will be able to vote on who they think is the best unsigned Mid, Support, Offlaner and Carry. Pressure will most certainly be on them as the world questions whether they are the real deal.
All of these features will give grassroots players a full taste of life as a professional Dota 2 player.
Players who want the chance to experience this opportunity will need to sign up to the Reach platform.
ESL has been on the move to improve the Dota 2 grassroots scene as of late.
Last month, ESL announced an ESL Premiership Skirmish for Dota 2, partnering with Mercedes Benz.
The tournament aims to reinvigorate the UK and Ireland Dota 2 scene, which began weekly tournaments last Tuesday.
The tournament will conclude on its own stage in Manchester on the 24th November, alongside the Rainbow Six and CSGO Finals.