Welcome to another exciting year of collegiate Dota 2 - playing the best game for big bucks in the most competitive collegiate esports league around! This year, the prize pool is a whopping $50,000 which can buy you a whole lot of instant ramen and energy drinks. As with every year, we have plenty of new and returning faces ready to establish themselves as the best and brightest in the league. Teams new and old will have to quickly figure things out to climb the new round robin format this season. Last year had some of the best games we’ve ever seen, with one of the more exciting finals, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
RIT Esports Dota 2 team claiming the championship title and $10,000 in scholarships at CSL Grand Finals 2019. (Photo by Kelvin Si)
The big news this year is the change to registration fees; there are none! Previously teams had to ante up $200 to compete in Division 1 - now called Star League - which served as a mild deterrent for teams that were not prepared to commit. Now that any team can join, teams will have to try that much harder to distinguish themselves amongst the greater number of teams, as well as keep up motivation when facing the best teams in the league.
Returning players will be happy to see that the playoff lower bracket is now Best of 3 right from the start. We’ll have to see how players feel about the round robin, but this writer is optimistic - no longer will he have to say in every article “the first half of the season is important for the second half!” since the round robin runs the whole season. With the first official games starting on October 19th, teams have just a little over a month to form, figure out their play style, and get some practice in. Time’s already ticking and playoff calibre teams from last year are already asking for scrims on the official CSL Discord! Best of luck!