DPC Winter Major is canceled but there are talks about Regional with prize pool and DPC points. At the moment there are still rumors and nothing concrete.
Many teams were looking forward to playing the 2022 Winter Majors. Everyone was ecstatic after the shocking Team Spirit TI10 win. But the pandemic has hit the esports scene again.
Valve canceled the event amid growing fears of Omicron. Instead, rumors that Valve is organizing regional tournaments are piling up heavily on social media.
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Dota 2 caster and content creator SUNSfan confirmed the possibility. But Valve or other regional promoters are yet to confirm the details.
So it’s still a rumour. Below are details mentioned by Nicholas “SUNSfan” Scotten.
The source of the DPC Regionals rumors following the canceled Winter Major.
“The BREAKING NEWS episode about the Major and TI”
— SUNSfan (@SUNSfanTV) January 20, 2022
SUNSfan is a longtime Dota 2 content creator. Known for memes and good times, SUNSfan is loved by Dota 2 fans.
SUNSfan regularly posts vlogs and reactions on Youtube. His long-running show We Say Things EP-135 aired a few days ago with a spicy title.
It is entitled: “BREAKING NEWS about the Major and TI”. Nicholas’ sources have confirmed the fact. The pro players/management of various teams have announced that a regional tournament will be held in each region.
Altogether there should be 6 regional tournaments.
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“The episode where Valve canceled the Winter Major”
— SUNSfan (@SUNSfanTV) January 13, 2022
He goes on to say that the 6 tournaments will have DPC points at stake. Additionally, the Regionals prize pool is $100,000.
According to Nicholas “SUNSfan” Scotten, Valve sent emails to teams to let them know of the fact. Unless there is more information.
There are also rumors of a format change for The International 2022 (TI11).
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20 Team TI11 and chance of wildcards after TI qualifiers end?
Traditional TIs have always kept 18 teams in competition. Two groups of 9 teams each.
The 9th team is eliminated and the remaining teams move on to the main event. But all of that could change.
This is SUNSfan’s comment:
“After the TI qualifiers are over this year, they (Valve) will take the second and third place teams from the TI qualifiers and put them on LAN somewhere before TI11. So that’s 12 teams because it’s six regions, six times two. Of these 12 teams, the top two go to TI. There will be 20 teams at TI with two groups of 10 and four teams will be eliminated from the group stage. All teams have already been contacted about this.”
So fingers crossed. We’re still awaiting updates on the rebalancing of the Winter Major prize pools. But the regional tournaments instead of DPC Winter Major could be a welcome addition.
The overall prize pool would be smaller. Nevertheless, each team gets a piece of the cake. Pros threatening to boycott the Tour 2 Major may have gotten the job done.
If all teams just decide not to compete in Season 2 then at least we have some sort of stable system, either better communication or maybe Dota just dies out completely. At least better than the current state of affairs.
– Sumail (@SumaaaaiL) January 12, 2022
News like this is music to the ears. More teams mean more chaos. More variables mean more uncertainty. Therefore, TI11 will be a feast for the eyes.
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