The competitive DotA 2 scene in the Australian and New Zealand region has historically been fairly small, initially restricted to local LANs and online ladders like the one run by CyberGamer. With the release of the Australian based DotA 2 servers in January and the introduction of the in client Team Match Making system, a level of stability has been slowly creeping into the Australian and New Zealand DotA 2 scene. Helping with this is the great work being done by the guys over at Down Under E-sports League, kicking of their regular Tides Wrath Tournament (see here for a write up of Tides Wrath 2).
When I first started down the path of establishing Southern Cross Dota, the plan was to run a simple regular online cup, hopefully attracting the higher tier teams in the Australian and New Zealand scene. After talking to a number of people, I realised that more than just regular competitions, our region was in desperate need for an foundation from which the competitive scene can kick off from. The decision was made to shift the project from a stand alone cup, into the website we release today.
Being a completely volunteer run project, Southern Cross Dota may not be as flashy as some of the bigger international sites, but we hope to be able to provide a place that promotes and grows the Australian and New Zealand Dota 2 community. We will be looking to feature and update on team rosters, leagues, tournaments and organisations – all the things that make up our growing DotA 2 scene. Oh and of course we still want to run a regular tournament! Now that we have the site launched, there is a little more time to get that ball rolling. Watch this space!
But to make this a really great project we need you, the community, to get behind us and spread the word about our site, and of course give us feedback and criticism (hopefully constructive).
I’d like to extend an invite to any groups or organisations who may have an upcoming event to contact us so that we can do a news feature for you. Also any budding writers out there that would be interested in being part of our volunteer coverage team please contact us!
In closing I’d like to do a shout out to some of the individuals that helped me get this project going. Thank you to Spectral and Echelon for putting up with me changing my mind about the project every moment and demanding their input every step of the way. Also a shout out to my boyfriend Damo for being the voice of reason and logic when my scattered brain couldn’t comprehend the task ahead <3.
A big Thank You goes to Tobiwan and Furryfish* for sharing their experience with me and giving me some courage to have a go – hope I made you both proud! To the various members of the Australian and New Zealand Dota 2 community who let me harass them on Skype with 1001 questions – there were many of you so I’ll leave out names, but you all know who you are and thank you very much for your help!
Finally a very special shout out to Meagz from iamnotadoll.com who designed and constructed this website from the bottom up. Her work is amazing and I cant wait to see more!