Valve To Introduce Dota 2 Regional Tournaments After TI 2020
Posted 3rd February 2020 By: Derpina    243 Views
Esports News – Valve has introduced various formats to its annual competitions leading to The International. All of them were successful, particularly the Valve Major and the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). Despite DPC’s smooth run in the past years, Valve is once again looking for more options to improve the competitive circuit. The 2020-2021 season is about to change.
The 2020 season is actively following the DPC format, so the changes might begin after The International 2020. Valve’s tournament organizers reportedly pitched a new tournament structure that is heavily similar to League of Legends’ regional tournaments in China (LPL) and South Korea (LCK).
According to sources, Valve will modify the Major and Minor tournaments to give way to regional leagues and allow new teams to enter big competitions. Here’s the list of changes from Valve’s initial reports:
-Minor tournaments are completely removed
-3 Major tournaments each calendar year
-Regional leagues for North America, South America, Europe, CIS, Southeast Asia, and China
-Tier-one and tier-two tournaments for each region
-Promotion and relegation system for both tiers in each region
-Open qualifiers for new and sponsorless teams in tier-two leagues
The new structure is a massive overhaul as all DPC tournaments offer the needed points towards The International. The removal of Major and Minor tournaments will disrupt the normal schedule of Dota 2 events each calendar year, so it is expected that some regional tournaments will last longer than the others. Valve then has to reach out to all tournament organizers and implement a new regional league system.
The placement of competing teams on each league also affects the DPC points distribution and the seedings. Top-performing teams will only be qualified for tier-two tournaments next season, while the bottom-ranked teams go back to the open qualifiers to earn a spot. Teams with one or two wins won’t get a massive leap in the seedings anymore as they will need to prove themselves in multiple tier tournaments.
Ultimately, Dota 2’s new structure changes the length of play for each region. Valve hopes that these changes allow long-term growth and increase viewership across all regions in 2020 and 2021.