During a segment on Thursday We say things podcast hosted by Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen, the pair announced that Valve will be adding a series of regional brackets to the canceled Dota Major. The podcast also covered new information on The International 11.
Valve adds regional bracket to replace canceled major
According to the We Say Things podcast, Valve will add a regional bracket for each of the six regions to distribute Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points accordingly. This move is in response to the backlash Valve received for canceling the 2022 Winter Major. In their blog post, they cited the growing threat posed by the Omicron variant, a lack of willing tournament organizers, and travel restrictions. According to SUNSfan, there are DPC points for the first two in each regional group and a cash prize.
“There’s $100,000 per region for these tournaments,” said SUNSfan. “The first two get DPC points. All regions get the same number of points distributed.”
The regional brackets allow Valve to redistribute DPC points that previously went into the next two seasons of DPC. In fact, the previous changes rendered the current DPC season meaningless. However, the new regional brackets allow teams’ performances to play a role this season. While it may not be a battle between some of the best teams in the world, it still allows competition to be the determining factor in earning DPC points.
Another major announcement during the show was that Valve will be increasing the number of teams appearing at The International 11 from 18 to 20. The two new teams will be selected from the second and third place teams in the regional qualifiers prior to The International 11. The teams that placed 2nd and 3rd in the regional qualifiers will compete in a last-chance qualifier, with the last two teams earning an invite to the International 11.