It was revealed indirectly via social media accounts by a few Dota 2 personalities that over the past week Valve held a meeting with the professional teams at their headquarters from Seattle. The purpose was to discuss the next year’s Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) format and schedule. While nothing has come out in an official statement, we’ve been able to gather via sources a few of the talking points.
According to a post on Telegram made by the Russian commentator Vitalii “v1lat” Volochai, the next season might feature just 3 Majors, or at least this is the initial proposal. Furthermore, we learned that Minors might disappear completely and might be replaced with a regional leagues format featuring a promote/relegate system. The new season might also feature less traveling for the pro teams as all the regional leagues could take place online, at least in the early stages.
While everything discussed is still in the early project phase, Valve might host additional team meetings to put the whole DPC system for next year in place.
Until new information comes to light, the current Dota Pro Circuit season is about to resume next week, on the 7th of February with the regional qualifiers for the ESL One Los Angeles Major and the StarLadder ImbaTV Kyiv Minor. Direct invites to the closed regional are yet to be announced, but the regional slots allocation into the Major has already been published. Southeast Asia, China and Europe will be represented by three teams each, while North America, South America, and CIS will each have two teams fighting for the trophy.