We've collected end of season feedback and ignored most of it as we prepare for the next season. Season six will feature several notable format changes compared to previous LD2L seasons:
The biggest change this season is the introduction of pod racing. Signups will be assigned to one of four player pods, each run by a pod moderator (poderator) with the goal of creating role and MMR balanced player pools. These pods will play against each other in a "meet style" event each weekend where the poderator will create and rank teams to play against their corresponding teams from the opposing pod in a best-of-2 series. For example, with 40 signups, each pod would have ten players. These ten players would then be organized into two teams, numbered 1 and 2 by MMR or perceived skill, and then play against the matching 1 and 2 teams from another pod in two simultaneous best-of-2s. The pods will score points equal to the total number of games won.
The pod racing will continue for six weeks, so each pairing of pods will play twice, and the final winning pod (PodChamp) will be the one that has the most points over the entire season. The pods will form as many teams each week as they have available players (+1 team for each 5 players that join). When the pods do not have enough players to form another full team, the leftovers will form a built-in standin pool for their pod and are expected to show up on Sunday. These players are encouraged to play inhouses, cast games, or do something else during game time to get to know one another and the rest of the league..
The goal of the pod season is to create an opportunity for new players to meet and get to know each other and veterans alike before the player draft, while alleviating some of the common complaints about inhouses. Consistent pod attendance shows that a player is dedicated to playing at the standard game time on Sunday, and the replacement of the vouching system streamlines the new player experience, as we will focus on removing bad players rather than whitelisting good players.
A Swiss pairing system for 16 teams can determine the top overall seed in only 4 weeks, rather than the 7 weeks that we have played in the past. With pod racing taking more time, we are reducing the length of the normal season to just 4 weeks to determine the playoff seeds, and the top 8 teams in each division will advance to a three week, single elimination playoff bracket as usual.
Currently we're planning on keeping the same MMR cap and division structure as in season 5 for the regular season portion (only the MMR cap affects pods, which will remain at 4k), but we're still working out the precise details for division separation and the draft.
Signups for the pod season, which is required to participate in the regular season, will open in the coming days. The final schedule will be posted at the same time, but the season is expected to run roughly from September 1st through mid December.
Welcome to all of our new players for Season 5 of LD2L, and welcome back to all of our veteran League Players!
The draft pools for Season 5 will be set on Friday, May 3. In order to be added to the draft pool you must:
You can check all of these things here on the website. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with one of the League Admins via Discord.
The upcoming season will feature a few notable changes that we're excited to announce.
First off, we're transitioning to using the highest of players' party and solo MMR instead of badges for our drafts. Accordingly, players will need to provide a full page screenshot of their in-client stats page when signing up.
Secondly, the primary Learn Dota 2 League will now be capped at 3000 MMR to better accommodate the tier of players for which the league was originally made. We believe the influx of ~3k+ players has greatly decreased the quality of matches for many of our sub 3k userbase. That said, we would also like to allow the higher MMR segment of our community to continue enjoying the LD2L experience, so we are now introducing the LD2L: Masters division for players between 2500 and 4000 MMR. We understand mmr is not always accurate due to both flaws inherent in the system and intentional abuse and thus will exercise our discretion above it. Although we will be generally use the predetermined mmr cap to determine who can and cannot play in the Masters division, we may in some cases find it necessary to disallow a player from participating if we believe their skill level is inappropriate for the league, even if they are below the cap. In extraordinary cases, players whose MMR is above the cap may be allowed to play if it is determined both that their skill level is not inappropriate for the league and they are a good fit for the community. Finally, you may have noticed that the floor for the Masters division is lower than the cap for the primary league. If a player falls within that 500 MMR range, they may choose to register for either or both divisions. When players select the latter option, the admin team will look to place them in the division that best facilitates overall playerbase balance.
Look forward to more announcements about the upcoming season over the next week and, as always, feel free to ping us incessantly with questions you may have.
After crowning our Season 3 champions Don't Ban my Prophet and playing the Sproutgate Memorial Allstar Game in December, LD2L took a brief break for the holidays. But signups are now open for the first two LD2L events of 2019.
First and foremost, LD2L Season 4 signups are now live. The draft will take place on January 20, and the first week of matches will be on January 27. This also means the start of our preseason inhouse league with a fresh leaderboard.
Second, we're going to run a preseason LD2L Mini on Sunday, January 13. This is a single-day event where we draft 5 man squads and play a single-elimination tournament. Exact schedule and format will depend on the number of signups, and will be announced via Discord.
Finally, a word about the badge limit for LD2L Season 4. As most of your know, the MMR cutoffs for badges drift pretty dramatically over the course of the season. This makes it especially difficult to set a badge cutoff with re-calibration (and presumably badge re-centering) imminent. So we're provisionally setting the cutoff for current Legend 5 badges, but reserve the right to adjust if the reset comes between now and the draft. Further rules clarifications and updates will be forthcoming over the next few days in response to the end of season surveys and issues that arose in Season 3.
LD2L Season 3
After a hiatus for TI, LD2L returns for a third season this Fall. Signups will be posted soon, but you'll want to mark the following dates on your calendar:
Regular Season: 9/30-11/11
LD2L Inhouse League (LIHL)
The two most consistent bits of feedback on LD2L Season 2 surveys were about the ability to track stats, and an inability to scout new players in the preseason vouching period. Behind the scenes we've been hard at work developing a solution to both problems.
A requirement for participation in Season 3 of LD2L will be participation in at least 5 LIHL games. The LIHL games will take place on scheduled nights (becoming more frequent as the season approaches), and will record stats on the league website.
In order to incentivize league veterans to participate in the LIHL beyond the basic five games, we will also be maintaining an LIHL ladder that tracks an internal LD2L ELO.
We will be testing the LIHL hosting and stat tracking systems in the next few days. Signups, rules, and dates will follow soon after.
This season's all star poll results are in! We'll be having the all star match on Sunday, July 22nd (tomorrow) at 5 PM EDT (the default match time, which may be foreign to some people). The format will be that two captains from one of the positions below will pick teams and then play at least one game of captain's mode. When a player is picked for a team, the matching player in the same position will be automatically assigned to the other team.
Position 5: Krugerrand and Hail Satin
Position 4: Yolksoup and Pocket
Position 3: MidOrChen and Kyrix
Position 2: Chocothep1e and Elusive
Position 1: Venuz and Trent
On Saturday, July 14th, we're going to run another one-day single elimination tournament with same day drafting. Anyone eligible for Season 2 may play; if you didn't sign up for season 2 talk to a league admin on discord to make sure you can play. We'll take the first 40 signups on a first-come, first-served basis to form up to 8 teams of five players each.
The draft will start a 1 PM EDT in order to ensure that it finishes long before NA battle cup to allow people to take a break after. Teams will only have five players each, so you must plan to be available from 1 PM to 5 PM EDT in order to account for the draft and up to three matches.
Signups are available at http://ld2l.gg/seasons/4
Signups for LD2L Season 2 are open for new and returning players through Friday, April 13!
Captains will participate in a live draft streamed on Sunday, April 15. Regular season games will be played every Sunday at 5PM Eastern from April 22 through June 3. Playoffs will start June 10 with the finals on June 24.
Announcing LD2L's first Interseason Mini, a single-day single-elimination bloodbath for current and prospective league players!
Mini 1 will take place on Saturday, March 31 starting at 1:00 PM Eastern. Players can sign up through the website, just like you would for a normal season.
On Saturday captains will be selected from the signups, and they will get a chance to try out the new web-based team drafting system we've implemented for Season 2. Once teams are drafted, we'll draw up a single elimination bracket and play until there's a champion.
Normal league rules apply to both signups and matches.
On Sunday, March 25 ten of LD2L Season 1's top players gathered for our inaugural All-Star Game.
The fan vote selected Mousehero, 1Paz, debruyne, Lava, MidOrChen, Kyrix, Poxie, Diva D, Cerys, and Xshal52 for Season 1 All-Star honors. Poxie was a last-minute scratch, so All-Star Alternate PVCpipe stepped up to replace him on the big stage.
As the highest vote-earners, MidOrChen and Cerys were named All-Star Captains. MidOrChen drafted Mousehero, Kyrix, Xshal52, and PVCpipe. Cerys' squad were 1Paz, debruyne, Lava, and Diva D.
Action kicked off before the horn sounded, with MidOrChen's squad smoking for the rare level 1 Rosh attempt. As for what happened next, let's check the ModVod featuring ButteryGreg, nerf bubbles, and Bubbles' commentary:
In the end, Cerys' draft overpowered MidOrChen's more…innovative…approach. Congratulations to her team, who have been named Season 1 All-Star Champions.
In other news, the All Star Survey revealed unanimous* support for more inhouses, which will crank up in earnest as the Season 2 Signup Period begins.
* - OK, there was only one option for this question on the survey.