The Newbie Mix Team Drive is back for Season 28 of ESEA
After a successful S27 NA 6v6 Newbie Mix Team Drive, creating 10 teams worth of players to enter the ESEA scene, there’s no way we wouldn’t come back for S28. We’re hoping to not only keep the barrier of entry low for people on the fence about joining ESEA, but facilitate more balanced matches for the entire league.
We had a pretty strong drive last season, and I have complete confidence that we can do it again, but the Newbie Admins can't do this alone. We need the help of as many people as possible. Here are some of the ways you can support us:
Mentors will be put in charge of a single team. Team mentors will help their team get their roster sorted properly, guide the newbies through the ropes of paying/playing in ESEA properly, and do demo/map reviews with their team. Every team that signs up will be getting a mentor, and we would absolutely love to have a large pool of people to choose the best-of-the-best from, so please sign up. It shouldn't take more than 1-2 hours a week, and a team will love you for it.
While asking for last minute premium codes for substitutes on tf.tv is common at this point, we don’t believe it should be something our newbies should have to worry about. “Is an Invite player going to see my post? Should I add one?” People new to the competitive scene have a lot of other stuff they could focus on. With them being new to the whole process, it’d be a whole lot easier if we just had a pool of a dozen or more codes to pull from in our google doc throughout the season.
This is the less fun part. Some of the people that will play in the drive teams will be kids/young teenagers with no way to pay for ESEA. During S27, about $300 in donations were used to let multiple people be able to play, and an even bigger drive could require even more. Unfortunately, any newbies that can’t get paid for in some way will be unable to participate. If you want to help, you can donate here, and check our progress here.
If you would like to volunteer as a mentor, message Jarrett on tftv or steam with a link to your ESEA page, and your email (for google docs). If you have premium codes to share, wish to donate via non-paypal, or have any questions, feel to message Jarrett via tftv or steam. Questions from newbies should go into this thread. Even if you don't want to help out in any official capacity, spread the word as much as you can. Let's do something amazing for this game we all enjoy so much.