A new competition is being launched for semi-professional Dota 2 players, and it's being spearheaded by none other than OpTic Gaming's Peter "ppd" Dager. Titled the North America Dota Challengers League, it will be launched in October of this year after the first Valve minor qualifier. Once it's live, the league will "continue throughout the year while avoiding any conflicting dates with the DPC qualifiers".
Peter ”ppd” Dager - a former team owner and still a fierce competitor - has had an instrumental hand in forming the North America Dota Challengers League, and he had this to say about it:
I think this will be a great opportunity for up and coming players to develop crucial teamwork and game knowledge skills. There are too many talented DOTA players in North America who either can’t or won’t create an opportunity for themselves, and I think we can help.
There will be an initial qualifying tournament for the North America Dota Challengers League, solely with the purpose of identifying eight teams that will compete. From there, there will be a group stage format which ultimately leads into a four-team best-of-three single elimination tournament. The action will be streamed on Twitch.
This league will look to help budding professionals to earn some income while they climb up this ranks. The prize pool distribution will have a structure in which even the last-placing team can earn income from taking part - an initial prize fund will be formed, and then will be added to from donations throughout the event.