The 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit is about to kick off this week. First Major of the season will take the teams to Chengdu, one of the three most populated cities in the Western China. Prior to the trip to China, those who failed in the Major qualifiers will fight for a chance to play at the Beyond the Summit Minor in Los Angeles, California.
As per usual, no teams will receive a direct invite to the Major or Minor. The road to DPC tournaments will start in the qualifiers this year as well. However, the qualifiers rules and format have changed a bit with this new season. This year, the Majors and Minors qualifiers are combined into a single stage and will take six days to unfold. The Chengdu Major and the DOTA Summit 11 Minor qualifiers will run from 5th to 10th of October in the following format:
Majors and Minor qualifiers format:
Phase 1 (October 5-6):
2 x bo2 groups of 5. The top 8 teams with DPC points are invited.
2 open qualifier spots.
In case not enough teams have DPC points, Valve will decide how to distribute the remaining slots.
Top 2 from each group advance to Phase 2.
Third from each group advances to Phase 3. Everyone else is eliminated and gets 10 DPC points. In case the region has 3 Major invites, both 4th places play a bo3 to decide who goes to Phase 3.
Phase 2 (October 7-8):
4 team Double Elimination.
Top 2-3 qualify to the Major. Loser(s) advance to Phase 3.
Phase 3 (October 9-10):
4 team double elimination. Top 1/2 qualify to the Minor, the rest get 20 DPC points.
Beyond the Summit will deliver the coverage for the entire qualifier process and they bring one of the nicest surprises with their talent line-up announcement.
David “LD” Gorman is making a return to the commentator’s desk after nearly two years of absence. LD decided to put the microphone aside and focus on the Beyond the Summit business development back in February 2018. TI8 and TI9 were the first The Internationals without him since 2013 when he first got to be a part of Valve’s annual event. LD’s last appearance as a caster was made at DOTA Summit 8, back in December 2017. He makes his return three editions later, and hopefully, the Dota 2 fans will have the chance to enjoy his commentary throughout the entire 2019-2020 competitive season and beyond.
Chengdu Major & DOTA Summit 11 Minor qualifiers talent:
- David “LD” Gorman
- David “GoDz” Parker
- Dakota “KotLGuy” Cox
- Kyle Freedman
- Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
- Grant “GranDGranT” Harris
- Gabriel “Lyrical” Cruz
- Neal “tsunami” Khandheria
- Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross