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Fantasy leagues are no longer for sports nerds — they’re for e-sports now, too

Above: The crowd taking in the Dota 2 finals at MLG Columbus.

Image Credit: Enrique Espinoza/MLG

Move over, sports fans. It’s time to welcome the e-sports crowd to the world of fantasy leagues.

The upcoming ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season #1 tournament for Dota 2 will be the first competitive video game tournament to have official fantasy leagues. Anyone who buys a $10 digital ticket to watch the event may create a Fantasy Dota league, to which they can invite five people (for a total of six competitors). Fantasy leagues, commonly based on conventional sports, are tournaments where participants draft real professional competitors on fictional teams and score points based on their players’ performances.

Dota 2, developed by Valve, is a free-to-play game in the multiplayer online battle arena genre. It tasks two teams of five players with destroying a key building at the other team’s base. It has become one of the premier e-sport games, with many professional players and a large community of fans.

Ticket buyers will be able to join as many leagues as they want to, but they can’t create more than one per ticket. They’ll need to set a time for a Live Draft in which all members in their league will take turns choosing professional players to add to their teams of eight. Only one team per league may own each player.

Matches begin on March 3 and follow a Round Robin format that matches each team up against another from its league every week. Whoever has the most points earned by all of their pro players at the end of the week wins. The scoring system is as follows:

  • 0.3 points per kill
  • -0.3 points per death
  • 0.15 points per assist
  • 0.003 points per last hit
  • 0.002 points per gold per minute
  • 0.002 points per XP per minute
  • 0.07 points per seconds of enemy stuns
  • 0.0004 points per allied healing done
  • 1 point tower kill
  • 1 point per Roshan kill

You can find a lot of more detailed information in this FAQ from onGamers.com.

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