"DnDSports": Competitive Play With Prizes

It seems like the rumours of D&D as e-sports weren't so far off after all in today's bit of unexpected news, as D&D Beyond and Encounter Roleplaying have announced DnDSports. "DnDSports is the first online D&D Tournament in a cooperative Party vs Party setting from Encounter Roleplay & DnDBeyond with a grand prize of $5,000."

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 18.11.23.png

[FONT=&amp]Here's the full announcement:

Imagine if two parties fighting for opposite sides found themselves in the same dungeon. It’s kill or be killed. What will they do to survive?[/FONT]

DnDSports is the first online D&D Tournament in a cooperative Party vs Party setting from EncounterRoleplay & DnDBeyond with a grand prize of $5,000. Over the course of 4 weeks, 16 players will compete in teams of 4 in single elimination games. Each game is a best of 3 arena battle and played via Roll20.

How is it Played?

The full rules for DnDSports will be released shortly after our next round of Playtesting. We don’t claim to have created perfect balance, nor is that our aim, as every competitive game has an element of strategy. We’re also implementing MOBA-esque mechanics such as a Pick/Ban phase to help expand the strategy. We’ve been working closely with over a dozen talented DMs to create 15 pre-generated characters from which the players will choose, and adapt the pre-existing Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition rules.

We know that this will be an incredibly fun new way to play D&D, because as long as you’re having fun, you’re doing it right!

When is it?
Day 1: November 10th at 12pm PST
Heat 1: Team Beholder vs. Team Mindflayer

Day 2: November 17th at 12pm PST
Heat 2: Team Kobold vs. Team Tarrasque

Day 3: November 24th at 12pm PST
All Stars Charity game for 826LA foundation

Day 4: December 1st at 12pm PST
Grand Finals

Where can I watch it?

Watch live on Twitch here.
The VODs will be uploaded to Youtube here.

Who is involved?

The EncounterRoleplay & DnDBeyond crews have teamed up to bring this production to life!
As for who’s competing? Keep an eye on the DnDSports Twitter & here on the blog to learn more about the teams as they are revealed!

But D&D Shouldn’t be an eSport?!
It’s not an eSport. We created something that would make competitive gamers feel safe and comfortable trying out D&D5e for the first time. It’s a new way to display the versatility of combat in D&D5e in a unique setting. We encourage you to respect the way different people play D&D because we know that this will be a fun event and there is no wrong to play D&D, as long as you are having fun!

(Thanks to Jeremy for the scoop!)

Many feel competitive play isn't what D&D is about, historically that's not entirely true. Here's a history of D&D and competitive play, going back to the 1970s.

"D&D has always had a competitive streak. Many of co-creator Gary Gygax's published adventures were adapted from tournaments that were played competitively at conventions, like Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan and Tomb of Horrors.

Thanks to its wargaming roots, tournament play was well-established by the time D&D came along. Tournaments were associated with wargaming conventions. The first large-scale D&D tournament took place at Origins in Baltimore, MD on July 25-27. An estimated 1,500 attended, with 120 participating in the D&D tournament."

log in or register to remove this ad

log in or register to remove this ad


I don't understand this. Without a strong narrative, acting, or at least some comicalness, D&D is not really entertaining to watch. It's not even that good for people who are interested in tactics, strategy, and the likes because D&D (even more so 5e with bonded accuracy) is mostly about randomness. I can't picture this becoming any popular, D&D is too different from competitive strategy games like League of Legends or Starcraft that have become popular as "e-sports".

Seriously I agree with Irennan.

The narrative, stories, acting and jokes are what makes tabletop RPG so much fun, even when watching someone else play.

Putting money into play may break it, as suddenly strategy become important.

However, if the 5K amount is given not for winning the battle but determined by a panel of judges from various factors then it may work. It would be similar to olympic sports except you are judged on your acting, jokes and other cool stuff you do.


I just mean the part about it having characters and scripts and stuff. Like, not PCs, but the players being big WWE style personalities.

I don't think it will be scripted but tonally I'm sure it's going to be much closer to WWE than DotA or LoL.

The people freaking out with the eSports comparisons are way off base.


Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
It sounds like it'll be a sort of strategy board game that just happens to use the D&D combat system. There will probably be a VTT and minis, with very little theater-of-mind at play.

Which is a GOOD thing, in my opinion. All you need is two teams in an arena rolling initiative and duking it out, like the Arena in World of Warcraft. As long as improvised actions are forbidden (and they should be), I can see this being very popular with a certain audience.

Oh, and if your first reaction is "But that's not how D&D works!" then relax: You are not the intended audience. :)

Remove ads

Remove ads


Remove ads

Upcoming Releases