Finally, Valve is ready to share more information about the Dota Pro Circuit ‘s upcoming return, which will now include two seasons leading up to The International 2021, otherwise known as TI10. Each region will have a six-week league starting with the first season on Jan.18, leading up to a major.
Qualifiers will be held to decide the remaining slots for TI10, which will take place in Stockholm in August as previously planned, following the completion of both seasons and their Majors.
With all regions playing their second league between April 13 and May 23, Season two will be more uniform across the board. The second major will be held from 2 to 13 June and the TI10 qualifiers will be scheduled thereafter.
As there was such a gap between the suspension of the previous DPC season, the pre-existing DPC points for teams will not be used by Valve. Alternatively, Valve has chosen the top four teams from each region to qualify directly for the upper division of each regional league.
Regional league and Organizers – Dota Pro Circuit
For each of the leagues, both in the upper and lower divisions, a series of qualifiers, both open and closed, will determine the remaining 12 teams.
At the end of both seasons, the top teams from each league will be qualified for the Major immediately. The below breakdown of how the first major’s 18 slots will be split between the six main regions has also been confirmed by Valve.
Europe: Four – China: Four – Southeast Asia: Three – CIS: Three – North America: Two – South America: Two
Similarly, the bottom two teams will be relegated to the lower division for a season in the upper division of each region, while the top two teams from the lower division will replace them in that upper bracket. In the lower division, the bottom two teams will also be completely eliminated from the regional league, with two teams from an open qualifier replacing them for the next season.
Each region will have its league run by top-tier organizers of tournaments who have collaborated with Valve in the past. More details will be shared in the coming weeks about qualifiers, broadcasting, shows, and talent information, but here’s the breakdown :
EU: DreamHack – CIS: ESL – China: Perfect World – SEA: PGL – NA: Beyond the Summit – SA: Dotapit
You can also view a complete schedule of when matches will be broadcast on the official Dota 2 blog for the first season for both the upper and lower divisions below.
The DPC circuit will be integrated with the game in a future update coming to the Dota 2 client in January, adding a featured section for rankings, schedules, and tournament information.
As well as making it easy for individuals to follow their favorite teams and support them by buying seasonal fan support bundles. In the coming weeks, more information about all this will be released before the DPC actually kicks off again on Jan.18.