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Dota 2 Mentorship Program Announcement: Mentor Applications Open!

With the upcoming release of the Dota 2 anime, the teams at r/compDota2 and DotaFromZero have partnered to create the Dota 2 Mentorship Program. Dota is an exceptionally difficult game, and while there are resources like DotaFromZero, Slack's Tutorial, and Purge's guides, we still feel that there is a notable gap in the new player experience. This program exists to fill that gap.

What do we do?

This program is all about pairing a mentee and a mentor together for a 13 week "cycle" where the mentor will help the mentee grow as a player and be more than just a 'coach'. Coaching is great but often there is no personal or emotional commitment from either the coach or coachee. For example, a coach might point out issues that need fixing, never see that player again, and only care about the coachee so far as their obligation to spend X number of hours with them. On the other hand, a mentor will stick with the player and take personal interest in their growth: possibly becoming friends, playing with each other, and creating a lasting bond. This is a type of arrangement that has worked wonders in other contexts, and we figured it could also work in Dota.

How do I join?

Right now we have opened our applications for the next 10 days for mentors to apply. The application is somewhat detailed, as we do vet our mentors relatively rigorously, and the skillset we are looking for in a mentor is slightly different than what we would look for in a coach: Specifically, we want to see how well you can explain and break down fundamental Dota concepts more than just knowing about them.

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The mentor application process looks like this:

  1. Fill out the mentor application form.
  2. Wait for approval from the organizers, and answer any questions they may have.

If you've been approved, you will:

  1. Wait for mentee applications.
  2. Select mentees from their applications to be your mentee for the 13 week cycle.

For mentees, applications will open on April 1st (after we have vetted the mentor applicants) and remain open for 10 days. The mentee application process will look like this:

  1. Look on the mentor listing spreadsheet and find 1-2 mentors that you think would suit you well.
  2. Apply through the mentee application form.
  3. (optional) Direct message any mentors you have applied for if they indicated on the mentor listing that they are open to those kind of DMs.

Brand new players will be prioritized for this first cycle in light of the influx that (hopefully) we will see as a result of the anime release, though all players are encouraged to apply!

Regardless, join our discord whether you want to be a mentor, mentee, or just hang our as a guest. You can even apply as both a mentor and mentee (though if you become a mentor you won't be able to become a mentee again).

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You can find more information about the program (rules, dates, etc) on the Cycle Information Document. I strongly recommend those interested in the program check it out!


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