How do you get better at League of Legends? You can always grind the ladder, like everyone else. You can watch YouTube videos, take notes on your play. But as League gets more and more competitive, and its infrastructure looks more and more like a traditional sport, there’s a growing market of people out there willing pay hard cash for personal coaching.
That’s where Mastery comes in. The new site from Village88 techLab will offer a directory featuring coaches from League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and other popular esports titles.
It’s far from the first of its kind. California-based startup LoLClass offers courses from professional players, while League Coaching provides a go-to directory to connect aspiring coaches and other players. And then there’s Gamerunners, which models its services on popular poker coaching site Cardrunners.
Mastery sells itself on its simplicity, allowing players of all ranks to connect with more experienced teachers. The company has already brought on a League of Legends professional coach as a featured tutor: former Alliance and Gambit Gaming head coach Jordan “Leviathan” Thwaites.
Products on the site consist of three different options: one-on-one coaching, usually over voice chat, game-footage review, and individual courses.The latter was popularized by LoLClass for much of last year. It offered courses from players from professional teams such as Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, and Counter Logic Gaming. But after a brief period of company restructuring and website downtime, its audience largely disappeared.
Now, Mastery wants to pick up where that company left off, but also offer support for a wider array of games. The company plans to launch the service in late October, but in the meanwhile curious players can sign up for its beta.