Getting ahead of the next big issue. Improve beginners experience.
Look. Right now everyone wants to take shots at DFS and hammer those of us who have played for some time. Those of us who put in time to learn this great game. Those of us who have had a little success (me) and those who have had great success.
Believe me, I understand how hard it is to make the transition from season long to daily. It’s not easy. That said. People getting in now are fortunate. There is so much more information out there, it’s ridiculous. RotoGrinders being one of the best resources.
While I’m the type of person that thinks everyone should earn what they get out of of life, I understand we live in a world that wants everything for nothing. I’m NOT for making the game easier. I’m NOT for only single-entry to help the new folks. I’m sorry, single-entry is not going to save you if you can’t make good lineups and don’t put in your own original product. Could we reduce the multi-entry limit? Sure, that’s another good conversation.
What I am for is this:
DFS sites need to promote and offer more beginner tournaments (single or multi-entry). They don’t have to be huge. In fact, they probably won’t fill since everyone chooses to chase the big money. This gives the new player a clearer option while not dumbing down the game. If you choose to chase the big money, you are in with the best of the best. If you want to take your time and learn with similar competition, you can join the beginner leagues and work your way up with experience. Just know, at some point, YOU WILL NOT BE A BEGINNER ANYMORE and you will have to play with folks who take this game seriously.
I know they have beginner games now, but they are not promoted well or emphasized by sites. There’s something to be said about going the extra mile. Are they doing enough offering the beginner games they have already? Maybe the bare minimum, but why not do a little more showing a good faith effort to offer folks an opportunity to have a little more success while they learn.
To be clear. These tournaments would NOT replace the big GPPs we all love. It’s just a better more emphasized option.
At what point is someone no longer viewed as a beginner? That would be up to the sites to decide. It would be cool if they used new user data to help determine that (success rate and entry fee levels). Maybe all the sites could talk about the topic to help determine the definitions of rookie and veteran. Maybe they could share user info so someone from another site doesn’t clean up in a rookie contest when they first join a new site.
A lot of folks are taking negative shots at DFS and some folks don’t want to talk about all the issues. Let’s take what’s happened that last few days and come out of this strong and positive. All constructive ideas should be on the table. Get out ahead and show you care. To those that think this idea would hurt your ROI. I’m sorry, it might at first, but it’s good in the long run. Also, just know. Most people will still choose to play for the big money, this just makes it crystal clear that you are in with all experience levels when you do that.
By the way. THIS WOULDN’T BE A TOPIC IF DFS WASN’T A GAME OF SKILL. If it’s luck, then it should not matter who you play or how big the field is. Think about it!
Just a thought.