Dota Pro Circuit
|Dota Pro Circuit|
|Genre||Dota 2 professional tournament circuit|
|Organized by||Valve Corporation|
The Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) is a professional competitive ranking system of the video game, Dota 2. It was introduced in 2017 by the game's developer, Valve Corporation, to determine which teams are eligible to obtain a direct invitation to The International, an annual tournament directly administrated by them which acts as the premier tournament for the game.
In the Dota Pro Circuit, any Dota 2 tournament that has at least one team from the North American, South American, Southeast Asian, Chinese, European, and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions, a minimum prize pool of $500,000, which Valve adds $500,000 of their own towards, and concludes with a LAN finals is classified as a "Major". In addition, a "Minor" championship tier exists and follows the same rules, but with a minimum prize pool of $150,000 instead. For the Circuit, Valve awards "Qualifying Points" for individual players on a team that finishes in the top four of a tournament, which are publicly listed on a leaderboard and award direct invitations to The International for the eighth best ranking teams, a practice that was previously done manually by Valve and criticized for being non-transparent and unpredictable. The eight teams with the highest DPC qualifying points received direct invitations to The International 2018. To avoid conflicting dates, Valve directly manages the scheduling of the entire circuit.
For the first season, teams' scores were determined by the total score of the top three point-earning players on them, with points being carried over if a player changes teams during the season. Qualifying points are weighed more heavily towards Majors than Minors. The qualifying points in every tournament awarded 50% to the champions, 30% to the runners-up, and 10% to the semi-finalists. If there was a third-place decider match held, the points were awarded 15% to the 3rd-place finishers and 5% to the 4th-place finishers. The ranking of a team was calculated only by the accumulation of the top three players with the highest qualifying points. A team was allowed to change its roster twice in a specified time period, but would automatically lose its eligibility to obtain a direct invitation to The International if they changed its roster after the second mid-season roster period had passed.
Starting with the 2018–2019 season, there were a number of adjustments to the rules, with the primary one being that both Major and Minor events are held in pairs, with qualifiers for each set to run in exclusively scheduled windows, as direct invites to them are now forbidden. In contrast with the previous season, the overall number of them decreased from 22 to 10, with the season beginning in September 2018 and concluding in June 2019. The number of direct International 2019 invites was increased from eight to twelve, with each of the six regions only given one qualifier slot. The qualifiers for Majors will run first, and teams who fail to qualify for it will be eligible to compete in the Minor qualifiers a few days later. The winner of a Minor tournament will be granted a reserved slot in the associated Major. Valve will also remove roster locks that previously prevented teams that made changes mid-season from qualifying for points for the season. Instead, all points will be directly assigned to teams, rather than individual players. Removing a player from the roster will reduce the team's total points by 20 percent, with adding a replacement player having no penalty. In addition, Valve also implemented a rule that only allows for a single team owned in an multi-team organization to compete in The International and the qualifiers leading up to them. The rule also includes cases in which individual players have financial ties to other teams.
|Starladder i-League Invitational #3||October 11–15, 2017||Kiev||Starladder||Team Liquid|
|PGL Open Bucharest||October 19–22, 2017||Bucharest||PGL||Mineski|
|ESL One Hamburg 2017||October 26–29, 2017||Hamburg||ESL||Virtus.pro|
|AMD Sapphire Dota PIT League||November 2–5, 2017||Split||One Game Agency||Team Liquid|
|Perfect World Masters||November 20–26, 2017||Shanghai||Perfect World||Newbee|
|DreamLeague Season 8||December 1–3, 2017||Jönköping||DreamHack||Team Secret|
|MDL Macau||December 4–10, 2017||Macau||Mars Media||OG|
|Dota Summit 8||December 13–17, 2017||Los Angeles||Beyond the Summit||Virtus.pro|
|Captains Draft 4||January 4–7, 2018||Washington, D.C.||Moonduck||Team Secret|
|ESL One Genting 2018||January 23–28, 2018||Pahang||ESL||Newbee|
|Starladder i-League Invitational #4||February 1–4, 2018||Shanghai||Starladder||Team Liquid|
|ESL One Katowice 2018||February 20–25, 2018||Katowice||ESL||Virtus.pro|
|The Bucharest Major||March 9–11, 2018||Bucharest||PGL||Virtus.pro|
|GESC Indonesia Dota 2 Minor||March 16–18, 2018||Jakarta||GESC||Evil Geniuses|
|DreamLeague Season 9||March 21–25, 2018||Stockholm||DreamHack||Team Secret|
|Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018||March 29 – April 7, 2018||Shanghai||Perfect World||Mineski|
|Starladder i-League Invitational #5||April 12–15, 2018||Kiev||Starladder||OpTic Gaming|
|EPICENTER XL||April 27 – May 7, 2018||Moscow||Epic Esports Events||PSG.LGD|
|GESC Thailand Dota 2 Minor||May 11–13, 2018||Bangkok||GESC||VGJ.Storm|
|MDL Changsha Major||May 14–20, 2018||Changsha||Mars Media||PSG.LGD|
|ESL One Birmingham 2018||May 23–27, 2018||Birmingham||ESL||Virtus.pro|
|China Dota 2 Supermajor||June 2–10, 2018||Shanghai||
|DreamLeague Season 10||October 29 – November 4, 2018||Stockholm||DreamHack||TBD|
|Kuala Lumpur Major||November 9–18, 2018||Kuala Lumpur||PGL||TBD|
|TBA||January 7–13, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||January 17–27, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||March 4–10, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||March 14–24, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||April 22–28, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||May 2–12, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||June 10–16, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|TBA||June 20–30, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBD|
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