UKDota lul has become the rallying call for my scene. Don’t get me wrong, I get it. UKDota is very underdeveloped with very few professional players. Let’s be honest, most people reading this will maybe have heard of Bessa and rime and that’s it. What you don’t get is, that while you mock this scene, there is a scene here. And it’s bloody amazing! Keep reading if you want to learn about this little amateur scene with its own history, rivalries and stories.
First of all, to the people out there that think UKDota is full of noobs, you are very wrong. What you don’t understand is, the players of UKDota are extremely talented. I’ve seen so many teams, turn up to LANs expecting to stomp and get stomped themselves because they underestimated the players of the scene. It is true, there are none, and never have been any, Dota 2 pro teams from the UK. When teams here go up against pro, or even semi-pro teams, it doesn’t end well. Thing is, most UKDota players work full time jobs or are in full time education. Most don’t play the game for 8 hours a day with a team of specialists around them, whose only job is to make them better at the game. They work 8 hours a day then come home and, if their not exhausted from work, get together with their mates and, most of time, don’t even play Dota! And they still get to stages in competitions where they are up against professional players.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t players capable of making the leap. In a recent LAN final, every player there was divine 5 with a number of those players being top 100. The skill level you need to win a LAN in UKDota is massive. If you think you’re going to turn up to a LAN and beat the players who are part of this scene, you have another thing coming. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t though.
You won’t turn up to a LAN for the first time and stomp but, with the right attitude, you will get better and claim that win. There are many players in this scene that started at the bottom and worked their way up to LAN wins. A lot of them have lost and swapped rosters time and time again . It didn’t phase them though and they kept attending LANs, being active in the scene and practising. Now a lot of them are considered tier 1 UKDota players and have multiple wins under their belt. This would not have happened if they, like a lot of people who attend UKDota LANs in the past, stopped after suffering losses.
They are just two of the people that make UKDota such an amazing scene to be involved in though. Let me tell you about some more of the regulars of UKDota. First of all, there’s the legend that is Doopz. He can come off very standoffish, and will be the first one to admit he says things he shouldn’t sometimes, but he is one of the nicest people I’ve met in the scene. Always ready to help grow the scene by working with new players, admining and organising tournaments, he’s done a lot for the scene. Thing with Doopz though, he’s now on a 9 LAN loss streak. It has became so legendary that even his co-workers in his irl job have noticed
When your friends make you a “congratulations on 2nd place again card”… pic.twitter.com/4nqOXNyoAT
— Liam Whitehead (@Doopzii) March 6, 2018
For him to have lost that much and still push the scene as much as he does, is nothing short of outstanding.
Another player I want to tell you about is Experimental Dougie. He’s never won a LAN, and even has a 4th place curse upon him, but that is not why he’s part of UKDota. Sure he wants to win, everyone does, but Dougie attends LANs to meet up with his friends and have a good time. If you saw him and his team at Epic 23, most of the time they were laughing and joking around with each other and other teams. They even started singing every time there was a Naga ult. When it comes to having the right attitude to enjoying LAN, I can think of no better person people should look to. Yes, winning is important, but if more of the people in the UK that play Dota 2, came to LAN to have a good time, and have the mindset that they’ll get better over time, the scene will be better for it.
Final person I want to talk about is Soup. When I first got involved in UKDota, Soup was one of the first people I got advice from. He has an unbelievable knowledge about UKDota which he uses to play, admin and cast. In the past, he’s been involved in all major LANs as well as multiple UKDota tournaments. If anyone ever wants to know about UKDota, all you need to do is ask and Soup will, reluctantly sometimes, give you advice no matter what level you’re at. He’s one of the people that have single-handedly kept the scene alive over these past years and everyone involved in UKDota owes him a lot.
While UKDota has 20-30 players in it, Scottish Dota has 2. We all know there are Scottish players out there, as how could there not be, so now is the time to show the UK we mean business. SEL is a great start to get these players forming teams and playing together but there is so much more out there. Epic.LAN is the home of UKDota and, while it can be tricky to travel to, there are ways easier than others. If any Scottish Dota player out there would like advice to travel to Epic, then please message me for travel advice. I’ve attended 7 to date and treat it like a holiday (even though I usually work them) and they are some of the best holidays I’ve ever been on.
2018 looks to be the biggest year ever for UKDota. There are multiple tournaments coming up (Epic.LAN, SEL and Multiplay Masters to name but a few) not to mention the ESL Major. One million pound has been pumped into the scene and interest in UKDota has never been higher. My only hope, is that the thousands of people who play Dota 2 in the UK, and especially you Scottish Dota players, start getting more involved in UKDota. Come to LAN, get involved with the scene on UKDota Reddit, Facebook groups and In House Leagues on FaceIT. If you are just starting out, SEL is the perfect entry tournament for you. Get a team together and start playing and socialising in the scene. If you want any advice on getting started or the scene itself, then please get in contact with me. If I can’t help you, I know a number of people that will. UK and Scottish Dota is going nowhere but up. I hope that you will be one of the people to help the scenes grow.