The Reach Beta month has continued to be an exciting adventure for us, and given us a ton of great insight into the systems that are working under the hood to get you guys competitive games. In a mere three weeks, we've made large transformations to the code that supports our bots, the scoring systems, the behavior score systems, and added a number of moderation tools for our administrators to use. The next step in that journey is to get even more users trying things out, so we can scale up and get a feel for how our divisions below Pinnacle will function.
So to that end, we're now inviting any Divine or above level players to participate in Reach, effective immediately. This will begin with our North American play session, running tonight starting at 5:00 Pacific, and will continue forward through the beta at regular play sessions. Divine level players will be seeded into Contender Tiers of play, and may be promoted to Pinnacle by placing high through each subsequent sprint. This will not affect the current Pinnacle / Immortal player base, but will create a new player pool that we can test our assumptions of the Contender systems against which is an important piece of the puzzle that we haven't been able to focus on yet.
Please note that to participate in Reach you will need to have your medal rank exposed to your Dotabuff profile. If you cannot see your medal ranking on your profile, then we can't either, and we can't verify that you belong.
As this is a Beta, we'd like to remind participants that feedback is critical to our ability to iterate and make this league better, so we'd invite anyone interested in participating to join our Discord and let your thoughts flow in the appropriate feedback channels.
Also as an update to our current player base, we're working on a number of updates to the league for next week. Primarily, we're focusing on getting winners from the first couple weeks paid. This turned out to be a more lengthy process than we anticipated, as there was a third party application that we had to integrate into the site which took some time. This is being implemented to make sure that there's a clear and safe method for players to confirm their identity with us, and we did not want to take that task lightly, so there were review cycles needed. This has all been implemented on our site, and is now just awaiting a verification pass, so that we can begin emailing prize winners. Those emails should go out soon, early next week at the latest.
Additionally, we've made a number of small changes which won't be immediately noticeable to players, which include updates to our matchmaker which will now find games faster, and some updates to our admin tooling which is in place in anticipation of hiring Administrators which will help to moderate the league.
We also adjusted the scoring system, so now your first 3 wins will award a bonus 2 points instead of your first three games simply being +6/-4.
Over the next week we'll be looking at expanding the Contender Tier more so that we can collect more test data from those games, as well as finalizing the Pinnacle division into it's finished state for the launch of Season 1. This will include decreasing the number of players in the division, setting the rules for who is seeded into the division at launch, and for how players get promoted and demoted to it.
Thanks again everyone for your participation. As always your feedback has been highly valuable, and we're integrating it to make sure that this league is a place that everyone wants to play.
Canuck, when will Reach be opened to SEA? And are there plans to include Ancient players, or are the Reach mods and admins keeping it to Divine-Immortal?
What about the legend and ancient league tiers?
Relegation and promotion seems good
Huh so how will the games be arranged exactly? Does the Reach website have the "matchmaker" algorithm directly on there and it arranges the players for the game? Then we join a custom lobby with a bot as a spectator or something to play an in-house?
Divines better start showing up, I wanna play some inhouse games
This could be really really nice tho. Lets do some inhouse games boys!
@ETdAWESOME - There are currently no hard plans to expand the league to other regions, however if we find it to be successful in our launch regions, it's never out of the question, and would be the natural progression to make.
And yes, we'll be expanding downward to also allow Ancient level players soon, and on launch the league will be open to everyone.
I guess I'll just be chilling in the Reach Discord until you do expand to SEA, and allow Ancient players xD
no hope for sea
Developers, you should look in to this issue as it's ridiculous:
First game I join - 1 person (not me) does not connect to the lobby, the bot tries to start the lobby 3 times, he fails to connect to the game in all those attempts. Ok game's over and the match is abandoned, We're all kicked from the lobby.
I go to press Play again on the website and it says 'Match abandoned!' , what the fuck?
I'm not the one who did not connect to the lobby, why do I get a queue restriction for someone else failing to ready up in the lobby? Also, why is the message so cryptic, what does that even mean, when am I able to queue again? Extremely frustrating experience, such a basic thing to be so broken. I can only assume that all the 10 people in that lobby got this message after the 1 person didn't ready up.
Hopefully there is one in SEA, even when the probability is really low.
No sea so sad
just left after an hour queue time :(
How can i play dotabuff reach if i divine 1? Never found any games and tried to find a game after 2+ hour queue time
Haven't found a game either as a divine after an hour of queueing, would love to try this out
SEA sir please i want to make kalat
*Bump. SEA Server :D
mm oke !
it would be handy if u could write the whole scoring system somewhere on leaderboard page or something, bcz it was changed couple times and how is it now after 3 wins? 4/4? or how is it after 6th game +2/-2?
a ponerse las pilas amigos xd
Searching for match 15mins, and still nothing ...(divine 1 )
I like the idea!
soy divine 3 , pero en mi dotabuff sale ancient 5 , no puedo participar en la liga :/
How the game quality of reach has fallen.
I wish you guys could split the Reach System between Rank 2ks and above to play with divines and above, whereas
Rank 1k and higher would be in another league thus making games alot more enjoyable, since mixture of these low ranks just turns it into a really low quality pub ;/