Friday, May 20, 2022

Dota 2 Pros Unhappy After Valve Canceled Winter Major 2022

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In a recent blog post, Valve announced the cancellation of the 2022 Dota Pro Circuit Winter Tour Major due to health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Needless to say, the decision has met with an overwhelmingly negative response from both the community and professional Dota 2 players.

“As the Winter Tour of the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit season draws to a close, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the first Major,” Valve said in the post. “While hopes were high that we could host an international LAN event, the discovery and spread of new COVID-19 strains and the resulting tightening of travel restrictions have made it impossible for all qualifying teams to commit to a LAN tournament gather.”

The main reason for the community outbreak is the lack of communication from Valve’s side regarding the issue. There was no official announcement on Dota 2’s social media handles and little communication with the participating teams and pros in the ongoing regional qualifiers.

A number of Dota 2 pros voiced their grievances against Valve via Twitter, with Sumail going so far as to ask teams not to compete in Season 2 of the DPC altogether.

“If all teams decide to just not compete in Season 2, at least we have a stable system, either better communication or maybe Dota just dies completely,” said the 22-year-old. “Either way better than the current state of affairs.”

Teams participating in the DPC earn points by playing in their respective regional leagues and international majors. With the first major no longer happening, Valve decided to reallocate its points to the second and third majors.

Here is the distribution of points as reported by Valve:

major 2:

1st place – 680 points

2nd place – 610 points

3rd place – 530 points

4th place – 460 points

5th / 6th Place – 385 points

7th/8th Place – 240 points

major 3:

1st place – 820 points

2nd place – 740 points

3rd place – 670 points

4th place – 590 points

5th / 6th Place – 515 points

7th/8th Place – 360 points

Following the community outburst, Valve has informed fans of the cancellation of Winter Major and apologized for their lack of communication.

“We should have done a better job of updating you all on the risks of the event, and we should have also been more willing to take a different approach sooner to find a way to complete Season 1,” he said valves. “We are sorry about that.”

Valve also confirmed that they plan to organize a secondary LAN event to replace the Major, but pointed out that the event could have a number of limitations due to the current health restrictions.

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