When things stop working you have to wonder to yourself if something should be changed. It's become pretty clear lately, especially with Dota 2 now being released and gathering more attention, that no one wants what we have to offer. We're basically a pub match, but with the same people over and over, a structured environment and a few set days that we get together. If you check out the recruiting forums you can clearly see that there are very, very few people asking for a random stack of friends like many people had before. This is now a huge turnoff. Now we're going to be offering what people actually want: a dedicated 5 stack.
Because of the type of game Dota 2 is, it greatly benefits your team if you have practiced and perfected a specific role. Almost everyone has 1 role they excel at, and more still have a second role they can play. Some people truly are a jack-of-all-trades, but even most of them prefer to play a certain role over another. This is not new to video games whatsoever, but since Dota 2 doesn't force you into one set character or role you can play every role and hero if you want to. That doesn't mean you want to, however.
The current way we run practices is organized by skill level, but this doesn't take roles into account, which can leave people forced into roles they hate or don't know well. With the new system, everyone will be given a team and a role that they want within that team. Each team will have a captain. The skill level system we previously used will still be used, but it will be used to measure a team's overall skill level and will match against other teams based on that.
We hope the system can still be flexible for the not so serious players by keeping the casual and competitive people separated. This will also do well to help competitive people find a team they can go stomp tournaments with, a service that outside forums currently provide. We will be keeping a public record of all teams, editable by captains, that potential recruits can see to let them know what spots are open and they will be able to apply to the team when they apply to the division itself.
It will be a work in progress, but we hope to have this finalized and out division wide in one month. If all goes according to plan, NA will be officially switched over on Sunday the 13th. If you're in the NA division and have not gotten my email, please get in touch with myself or AbusingMyRights for a copy of this email. For details on how this is going to work, including some assumed FAQs, please see my forum post here: http://taw.net/forums/t/10428.aspx
If anyone has any questions or concerns on this system please email
me, PM me, add me to Steam, or get in touch with AbusingMyRights. You may also respond to the forum post. I encourage
everyone, even if you're not in NA, to come at us with any concerns
while this is in beta-mode and easier to change.
Well I think it is time I wrote something on the blog wall here in the Dota division. I just feel like this latest bit of work we have done here cannot go unnoticed. As a bit of background, at a meeting not so long ago we have decided that the previous tabs were not really what we are looking for. They required too much from our staff. While with 200+ members it would seem that we have the required manpower to pull off the re-play watching and member stalking required to give out all of those tabs, there is much work for our small TI offices to do as it is. So, we have made a new list of tabs, which we hope will grow, that require slightly less work from the TI offices and staff in order to give out.
The tabs can be awarded to members outside of the DA division as well, so if you play a bit of Dota I would like to raise your awareness to these new shiny tabs that the media has bestowed upon us. So before we go anywhere further I would like to give our sincerest gratitude to DeadxOn and the rest of the OS division for coming up with such nice tabs.
Detailed information about the new tabs can be found in the Dota 2 Wiki on the website, Under the DA Division Guide and Commendations section or by following this link. In short, the tabs are awarded for various kills achievements, being noted on social media while representing TAW or by achieving certain score criteria during the game. You must the send in the required information to a TI or TS or XO. Hopefully in the near future we will set up a form that will let us do this in a more organised fashion. However for the time being please send in the following information when notifying of a member eligible for a tab:
The new tabs were designed in such a way that for the most part watching replays as evidence could be avoided as much as possible. As such for the most part a game ID, screenshot or youtube video are most of the time enough. However it is up to the reviewer (TI, TS or XO) to decide if more evidence is needed.
To sum it all up, I must admit that I wanted to raise awareness to these amazing tabs and notify members of the DA (and other) divisions to the new awards you have become eligible for. Have fun playing Dota 2 and always remember - it's more fun with people you can talk to!
We finally did it. That 200 member goal that iKoN and team
set for the Dota 2 division what seems like forever ago now… it is done. A few
days ago we hit the mark. Thanks to everyone who helped out and welcome to all
of our current and future new faces! :D
That picture was taken just today and shows more than 200, but that's not a bad thing. Bear in mind AWOL counting time is just around the corner, which is why this post is now. I wanted to point out that the mark has finally been achieved, even if we lose enough members to drop below it. It's still pretty awesome to have gotten this far!
Some of you may be thinking that it’s quite odd that it
would take this long if you saw where we were back then, but it’s not
really when you understand how the division has been fluctuating. The most
drastic fluctuation I remember was when we hit 191 and then all of a sudden we
were down to 163. Despite recruiting enough people to get to 191, enough left
that it didn’t really matter (except for being stuck with some pretty awesome
folks). The division has always flopped between 160 and 180 since I've been paying attention, but within the last couple months we’ve been able to stay above 180
on a pretty regular basis and hit above 190 many times, but we would always be shot down
to around 180 again during AWOL booting time.
How about a peek into how it works?
Ok! Well, it all starts with recruiting threads on multiple
forums. A bump or two later, a new member is born. Sometimes it even gets personal
with a private message. That’s where the real magic happens... Some of our best
members have come from personal private messages and it is definitely the
single most effective recruiting technique. There aren’t always people to PM,
but when there are, generally 75% respond back for more details or go ahead and
Now that you’re all (slightly awkwardly) educated on the general
process, here’s some guesstimated facts about member number stability from a
source who has been involved in the recruiting for the Dota 2 division for the
last 6 months (me). Only about half of the people who apply end up surviving
the introductory process: being approved, completing the introduction and
finishing boot camp. Very rarely do we have to reject any applications
initially, though there are times. About 2/3 of the failure there is due to the
introduction. For some reason 1/3 of what's left of the failures never
come back for boot camp after the intro.
What’s even sadder is after they get through that process
even more fade into the background and AWOL, sometimes before even coming to
one practice. Of the 50% that make it through the introductory process, only
about half of those stick around to become a PFC. If you haven’t been doing the
math thus far, we’re down to just 25% now and we’re not done subtracting yet.
After PFC we generally lose even more people, which varies in amount too much
to put a number on, and along the way an old member or two decide to drop out
as well. Between the few that stay for a while and the tons that end up jumping
ship we’re lucky to see member numbers go up at all. This is why it takes us so
long. It all sounds depressing on paper, but we do end up with some solid
people from the deal, so it’s all ok.
Despite the hard facts of life, we still haven’t given up
hope. I personally am not as involved with the recruiting as I was before, but
I still push for recruiting because I believe member numbers are important when
it comes to a game like Dota 2, especially with the tier list system the NA
battalion uses and the EU battalion is adopting. Dota 2 is now free to play
and, even though invites were very easy to come by before, we have reason to
believe more people will soon be flocking in from all over. Now is the time to
really pester people to join up! We've got a member funded tournament set up for early August and will eventually hold another recruiting drive to try to stimulate member flow some more.
The main draw to a clan is the simple fact that Dota 2 pubs
are an absolutely horrible experience. Dota 2, like many games here in TAW,
requires coordination and a team effort. One person can ruin the game for everyone.
Coordination is not something you can accomplish easily in pubs, even when you
try to step up and take control of the situation. TAW also offers stability and
structure within a strong community, regardless of your skill level or desire to get better, which is something
many of our competitor clans cannot offer. If you want to get better, we have
training. If you want to just sit back and enjoy life, even if you’re not pro,
we aren’t going to force you to improve. Play how you want, but with
awesomeness surrounding you!
Is there a new milestone?
250 and 300 are both
obvious goals, but I need to consider a few more things before I announce
anything official. We just hit the 200
mark, so it would be foolish to try to set a reasonable goal and deadline now while we’re
not sure how member numbers will go. Will they be the same as always and barely
go up over a long period of time? Will they skyrocket, or maybe groundrocket? If your rocket is headed
towards the ground you’re probably in trouble… unless, of course, the trip is
over and you're coming down nice and slow. Obviously, this trip isn’t over, so if anyone would like to help out in
keeping that rocket going upward always feel free to approach your chain of
command and offer a helping hand. I still direct the recruiting for the most
part, so feel free to come straight to me. If not from NA or SE, which are my battalions, you should pester
your battalion's chain of command as well so that they know your desire to help out and can use you first.
Keep your eyes peeled for details later on this
year about a new recruiting drive!
Nathan "iKoN" Edgemon -
shaun "Greed" djuhari
Jackie "WagwanCuz" Law
Gabriel "Caillou" Váradi
Regan "SharkUSilly" Huang
Backup and Manager:
In just a couple of moths these guys have managed to gain an invite to the alienware invitational. This week they have played 4 best out of three matches. I am going to list out all of the cast that were made and I would like to thank the casters for taking time out of your day and casting our matches.
Round of 32
TAW vs. Wooden Computers
FMPB - TAW vs. Lag Game1
Kingdom - TAW vs.Lag Game 1
FMPB - TAW vs. Lag Game 2
Kingdom - TAW vs. Lag Game 2
TAW advances 2-0
Round of 16
TAW vs. NoPlanB
Game 1: Posted in TS
Game 2: Posted in TS
Game 3: TAW vs.NoPlanB Game 3
TAW advances 2-1
Round of 8
TAW vs. Barney Face
FMBP - TAW vs. BF Game 1
Kingdom - TAW vs. BF Game 1
FMBP - TAW vs. BF Game 2
Kingdm - TAW vs. BF Game 2
Game 3: This game is a Must watch
FMPBP- TAW vs. BF Game 3
Round of 4
TAW vs. FnaticRC.NA
FMBP - TAW vs. FnaticRC Game 1
FMBP - TAW vs. FnaticRC Game 2
FnaticRC.NA advances 2-0
TAW will play for 3rd place on Thursday (12/13/12) @ 8 cst against My Intent
Lastly I would like to thank everyone in the DOTA 2 and TAW community. With out you guys we never would have made it this far. Myself and the team really appreciate everyone watching our games, giving tips on how to improve, and just the encouragement through this entire tournament.
Thank you again
~ Nathan"iKoN Edgemon - Captain
Under the TAW Banner we Unite as ONE
Time Frame: 11/12/12-1/1/13
200 or bust - ya you heard me I want 200 people active inside of the dota 2 division by January
1st place: 30 bucks(dota 2 items) + Lesson with iKoN/Six (your pick)
2nd place: 10 bucks (dota 2 items) + Lesson with iKoN/Six (your pick)
3rd-6th place: Lesson with iKoN/Olask/Six (your pick)
Lessons ground rules
30 minutes watching a replay (while giving pointers and tips to the player)
1 game to get a good feel and go over tips on how to improve as a player
You will get 1 hour and 30 minutes with an instructor to use as you please.
*disclaimer* I will update these rules as issues arise and hold the power to change the rules as the staff sees fit.
Also no one was harmed in the making of this post
Go Forth and Prosper
The DOTA 2 Division has been granted the privilege of being visited by a major YouTube broadcaster of DotaCinema and co-founder of www.dotacinema.com, known as Sunsfan for a Q&A session. The Q&A is set to begin at 10pm EST on Monday November 19th and will be going for approximately 30mins; all Divisions are welcome to join if they want to listen in. If you would like to ask Sunsfan a question, please post your question in the forum post linked below beforehand. So please join us in welcoming Sunsfan and possibly his co-host Reeves to our humble Division on Monday November 19th in the Mid Lane (Meeting/Lounge) channel.
YouTube Channel -http://www.youtube.com/user/DotaCinema
Forum post- http://taw.net/forums/t/6076.aspx
Firstly, our NA battalion for the DOTA 2 division has been making some ripples in the amateur pro scene lately. Firstly, the team is currently ranked 4th in the Alienware tournament with an impressive 6-2 record. After finally achieving a solid line-up and positions, they face their toughest competitors yet tomorrow, facing off first against the #1 team in the Arena, and then against the #8 team. These games are happening at 9pm and 10:30pm EST respectively. The following day, they play the #42 team in the league at 9pm EST. The games can be watched by utilizing the Dota 2 Spectator Client (will open a link through Steam). Note: You will have to watch the game off one of the members playing the game. If you have any questions, you can direct them to captain, iKoN (Steam). The details about our team (roster, previous matches, place, and upcoming matches) can all be viewed at our team's page at the Alienware site.
Secondly, our sunday night inhouse is going to be casted by the popular caster Draskyll. He's co-casted such events as the International (biggest Dota 2 tournament) as well as many other smaller tournaments throughout the year. Popular within the GosuGamers community, he's attracted a decent following of getting over 2000 people to watch him play in solo queue or if he's co-casting some tournament. It's through the help of our member, ElectricHaze, that we're given the oppurtunity to strut our stuff to his following, gaining TAW some nice popularity if nothing else. This will be happening around 10:15pm EST on Sunday on Draskyll's Stream. Another oppurtunity to get to see our guys in action as well as learn more about this complex game.
In the esteemed words of NA CO iKoN, "making big plays".
MasterOdin [DA DC]