Neslyn A. April 29, 2020
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov is spearheading a revival of the FACEIT Pro League for Dota 2.
FACEIT Pro League is officially returning to the game after two years of being decomissioned. FPL is an in-house league that features not just top-tier pro players, but also up-and-coming hopefuls. The league is exclusively for players who are invited to take part. Puppey himself seems to have a hand in picking out eligible players and stated he is reaching out to players and managers with invitations.
FPL in Dota 2 dates back to 2017, but has a much longer and stronger history in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The league was divided into two regions, Europe and North America. Artour "Arteezy" Babaev claimed the top spot in North America while Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov was the best in Europe. FPL went on hiatus in April 2018, after crowning current Natus Vincere player Idan "MagicaL" Vardanian as the new top player.
Aspiring players will grind their way up from Division 5 to Division 3. They need to win games, earn levels, and gain more ELO points to advance to the next level. The top five players from Division 3 will qualify for FPL Challenger.
FPL’s Division 1 is the battleground of top-tier professional players. Contenders who make it in the top two spots of FPL Challenger will get the chance to play in the highest division of the league. The idea behind this is to give aspiring pros an opportunity to show their strength against top competition, while also giving established players the opportunity to reliably get matched with similarly skilled players.
Dota 2 personalities and fans reacted to Puppey’s rare Twitter post
Team Secret’s captain received hilarious reactions to his rare Twitter post. Puppey’s last post is a shot from the venue of The International 2019 in Shanghai, China. Everything since then has merely been retweets of Team Secret posts.
The FPL announcement marked Puppey’s first post this year. As expected, Dota 2 personalities and fans teased him for his sudden presence.
Fans are hyped up for the upcoming league ,regardless. Esports teams should also be on the lookout for the next Dota 2 superstar that will rise at FPL