Posted 13th September 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The International 8 recently ended, and the competition saw one of the greatest upsets in history when underdog OG Esports claimed the title. Now, fresh from the competition’s success, Valve revealed a number of key changes happening to Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2018-19 season. This will affect the inner workings of the game, the way players score points for each tournament, and the entire DPC ranking system.
The DPC is a professional competitive ranking system in Dota 2 tournaments. It was introduced by Valve Corporation to determine which of the competing teams deserve an invite to The International. The representatives involve at least one team from North America, South America, Southeast Asia, China, Europe, and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions.
The ranking system concludes with a “Major” LAN final featuring a minimum prize pool of $500,000, followed by “Minor” championships with a minimum prize pool of $150,000. All individual players that finishes in the top four of each tournament earns “Qualifying Points”. The points weighed more heavily towards Majors than Minors.
Valve didn’t totally revamp the entire system from the ground up, but they announced significant changes. Instead of giving points to individual players, the Qualifying Points are now earned by all 16 teams playing in the Major and all 8 teams playing in the Minor. Majors are now worth 15,000 points and Minors are worth 500 points. Majors points scale linearly with total prize pools above $1M.
The top twelve teams with the highest point totals receive direct invites to The International, while the other invited teams will be determined by Regional Qualifiers; each region gets a minimum of 2 qualified teams for Majors, and a minimum of 1 qualified team for Minors. With this structure, the winner of the preceding Minor is automatically qualified to the Major. The qualifying team will earn either the DPC points for their Minor victory or their placement in the Major, whichever is greater.
The distribution of the prize pool and Qualifying points is as follows:
For Majors with 16-team double-elimination and $1M prize pool:
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