If you remember, we announced that ESL and DotaBuff will team up and create a new league called Reach. The idea behind this project is to help the tier two and three players. As you know, that’s one of the biggest issues in Dota 2’s professional scene right now. There are just not that many tournaments and places where these players can get some sort of recognition.
However, Reach is hoping to change that. After a couple of months of beta testings, the project is finally live.
Reach Season 1 - How To Start
Even though Reach is not going to be free, the organizers decided to give payers one month of free access. The only thing players have to do is visit their website and create an account. Once done, the only thing left is to click that Play Now button and enjoy the ride.
Just remember to click the “Explore public match data” option in Dota 2’s settings so that the platform can have access to your medals. After you’re done, you can select your desired role and then just press “Enter Queue”.
When can I play?
Reach won’t be available all the time. In fact, there will be a new schedule weekly showing when can you actually play. Generally speaking, the timeframe will be fixed for Europe and North America because these are the two active regions in the platform. You can find more information by clicking on the link above.
How will the ranking work?
According to the official release, Reach has two big leagues - Pinnacle and Contender. The last one has five tears where each new player will be put after their first game on the platform. In general, the tier you get will be adequate for your Dota 2 medal. For example, if you are an Immortal player, you will be seeded into the “S” tier.
After you get your tier, you will also be given a Division alongside 100 other people. At the end of each “spring” (that’s how they call it), the top 10 players from that division will advance further, whereas the bottom 10 will be relegated to the lower division.
As for Pinnacle, this is where the best players from the league will eventually go. In order to get there, you need to be among the top 250 players in the “S” tier. Apart from fame and glory, you will also be taking part in ESL Academy that offers $240K in prizes.
There will be only one big ladder here, instead of divisions. As expected, those who perform best at the end of each sprint will earn cash prizes.
How can I get points?
Each player will get +4 points for a win and -4 for a loss in their first six games. After that, each win and loss will be awarded +2 or -2 points.
Expect more information about Reach soon. In the meantime, be sure to watch the upcoming One Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational that starts in just a couple of days. Even though it’s not included in the DPC, it will still gather some of the best teams in the world.