FACEIT, the largest single platform for competitive gaming, has announced the launch of its Pro League circuit for Dota 2. The FACEIT Pro League gives all players the opportunity to play in a competitive environment closely followed by professional teams.
The chance to go pro
Known for CS:GO, the FPL Circuit has become something of an open-door, minor league training ground in the esports world. The FPL introduced Dota 2 two years ago, but at that time, due to certain issues, participation was limited to professional players.
This time around, FACEIT will give everyone the opportunity to play in a real league. The circuit provides a platform where new talent can be discovered by professional esports organizations. FPL play is split between Europe and North America, with each league offering a monthly prize pool of $20,000.
The circuit features multiple divisions, each with its own skill level. The individual divisions will allow the players to compete in a solo-only queue with the captain-pick system. A designated managing team will make sure the league runs smoothly.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the Dota 2 competitive scene to grow together, allowing both new talent and also veterans to learn from one another and improve together in a good environment,” said OG Captain Tal “Fly” Aizik.
It should be noted Season 1, which began in September, already crowned its winners, with Team Liquid’s MinD_ContRoL winning in the EU region and Evil Geniuses’ Arteezy winning the NA region.
Fun in a non-toxic environment
The circuit will function on a subscription model, which FACEIT says will weed out “trolls and less serious players.” Moreover, the subscription will allow players to receive direct support from the league.
“FPL offers a great environment for top players to practice without the problem of toxicity,” said Peter “ppd” Dager, formerly of Evil Geniuses. “It allows us to hone our skills and have fun playing with other serious competitors.”
MinD_ContRol marks a success story for FPL. He dominated the circuit and won two seasons when he started in 2015. The Bulgarian currently plays for Team Liquid, which won this year’s The International.
For another example, Robin “ropz” Kool worked his way to the top FPL ranks in CS:GO, and mousesports then picked him up.
More details on the FPL and how to qualify can be found here.