the dota 2 The competitive scene has been in a strange state since Valve canceled the 2022 dota Pro Circuit Winter Tour Major, but it looks like the company has already settled on an early format for a replacement – and a potential expansion for The International 11.
According to dota Talent Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten on his podcast we say things, Valve will be hosting multiple regional online tournaments throughout February, featuring the top four teams from each of the six DPC regions.
These regional finals will reportedly take place over two weekends in February, with three regions being played on each weekend. The prize pool for each region is said to be $100,000, for a total of $600,000, and the top two teams in a region will receive an undisclosed number of DPC points, with those points being the same for each region.
Additionally, SUNSfan noted that Valve is reversing its decision to redistribute DPC points during the second and third DPC Majors, restoring the numbers to where they were before the Winter Tour Major was originally canceled. If confirmed, the second major would have a total of 2,700 DPC points, while the third major would have 3,500 DPC points up for grabs.
This means that Valve could not organize a LAN event to replace the Major, as mentioned in the company’s initial apology, and will instead host regional finals to appease players and fans.
SUNSfan also reported that Valve is expanding the roster for the next iteration of The International from 18 teams to 20 teams. Based on this report, Valve will take the second and third place teams from each TI regional qualifier and host another LAN tournament prior to TI11. Of those 12 teams, two from each of the six regions, the top two will qualify for TI and enter the group stage as the lowest-ranked teams.
Overall, this means that TI11 will have two groups of 10 teams, and two teams will be eliminated from each group before the main stage.
Valve hasn’t officially announced any of these changes, but SUNSfan said its sources thought much of the news was banned and an announcement was likely imminent. And with the final regional leagues wrapping up their winter tour in the next few days, we could see an update very soon.
You can listen to the whole episode from SUNSfan and syndereN’s we say things podcast on Youtube, which contains additional discussions about the current DPC season.