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    Valve introduces regional leagues

    Valve has announced big changes to DPC season starting after The International 2020 as the system changes to a regional league format.
    After information had been leaked last month about changes for the next DPC season, Valve has released the big changes that are in store for teams, talent, and fans.
    The biggest shift is that the DPC season will take on a regional league format. By putting this in place, everything else that we once knew about the DPC has changed and once again has evolved to address the needs and concerns raised by teams, players and the community.
    The Pro Circuit, which started as the Major system in 2015-2016 after TI5, was originally intended to implement a clear infrastructure, alleviating much of the uncertainty and apprehension regarding participation in The International for teams, allowing teams to make better and more informed decisions regarding their participation in events, created an establishment and standardization across the major events in rules and expectations and hoped to address the instability, player poaching, lack of commitment by teams, players and organizations.
    It was a step and far from perfect, but each year Valve responded to criticism and feedback, implementing change after change. Consistently though, the biggest target that always seemed to be missed was creating an infrastructure and approach that fostered development for the Tier 2/3 scene or an effective pipeline for teams to advance into the upper echelon. The system was always top-heavy, funneling all money and resources into just the most elite teams and organizations time and time again.
    Starting after TI10, the Dota Pro Circuit will introduce a new system that presents competitive Dota in a more scheduled and consistent way during the year and features a better structure for the development of Tier 2 and Tier 3 teams.
    Everyone fasten your seatbelts, we're going into unchartered Dota 2 territories now.
    Regional Leagues:
    Six leagues featuring a prize pool of $280,000 per season.
    Leagues will feature two divisions
    Eight teams in the Upper Division
    Eight in the Lower division
    A total of 96 teams participating across the world
    At the end of each season, two teams per division will be relegated to the other division
    Two bottom teams of the Upper Division will swap places with the top two of the Lower Division.
    The bottom two teams of the Lower Division will be eliminated from the league and replaced with two new teams coming from Open Qualifiers
    Leagues will be six weeks long
    Each region will consist of a full Bo3 Round Robin among all teams
    All matches will have consistent date and time slots throughout the year for each region.
    All Upper Division matches will be presented from studio broadcasts
    All Lower Division matches will be featured on DotaTV
    Schedule:
    Each region will have 3 competition days a week, the schedule will be as follows:
    All times in PST
    Each slot represents a best-of-three series
    Upper Division
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    3AM China SEA SEA China SEA China
    6AM China SEA SEA China
    9AM Europe Europe CIS CIS Europe CIS
    12PM Europe CIS CIS Europe
    3PM SA SA SA
    6PM NA SA NA SA NA
    9PM NA NA
    Lower Division
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    3AM China China SEA
    6AM SEA SEA China China SEA China SEA
    9AM CIS CIS CIS CIS
    12PM Europe Europe Europe Europe CIS Europe
    3PM SA SA SA NA
    6PM SA SA
    9PM NA NA NA NA
    For the inaugural season, Valve will allocate the initial teams to the Upper and Lower divisions. Teams will also have to declare the region they choose to participate in (and be eligible for that region) before the season starts. Remaining slots will be filled through qualifiers after The International 2020 concludes.
    Prize Distribution:
    Upper Division
    1st Place USD 30,000 500 DPC points Qualifies to the Major Playoffs
    2nd Place USD 28,000 300 DPC points Qualifies to the Major Group Stage
    3rd Place USD 27,000 200 DPC points Qualifies to the Major Wild Card Stage1
    4th Place USD 26,000 100 DPC points Qualifies to the Major Wild Card Stage2
    5th Place USD 25,000 50 DPC points
    6th Place USD 24,000
    7th Place USD 23,000 Relegated to Lower Division
    8th Place USD 22,000 Relegated to Lower Division
    Lower Division
    1st Place USD 17,000 Promoted to Upper Division
    2nd Place USD 16,000 Promoted to Upper Division
    3rd Place USD 15,000
    4th Place USD 11,000
    5th Place USD 9,000
    6th Place USD 7,000
    7th Place Eliminated from Lower Division3
    8th Place Eliminated from Lower Division3
    1Only EU, CN, SEA and NA
    2Only EU and CN
    3Replaced by an Open Qualifiers Team
    Teams will need to have three or more players residing in an area in order to compete for the region.
    If a team decides to change regions, they will have to enter the region through open qualifiers and climb through that region’s Lower Division.
    Teams will be able to use a stand-in for up to 4 of their matches as long as that stand-in is either competing in a lower division or not competing in a league at all.
    For the duration of each season, from the beginning of the league until the end of the Major, all rosters will be locked.
    After the Major concludes and until the beginning of the next season, roster changes will be possible.
    Each player change will incur a 15% penalty on current points for that team.
    Majors
    The season will conclude with a Major tournament featuring 18 teams from all regions and sporting a prize pool of $500,000 plus DPC points.
    The 18 participating teams are the top spots from each regional Upper Division. Regions will have a fixed amount of slots throughout the year:
    Europe and China: 4 slots.
    North America and Southeast Asia: 3 slots.
    CIS and South America: 2 slots.
    Majors Format
    Wildcard:
    Six teams Bo2 round-robin
    The top two teams advance to the Group Stage
    Four teams get eliminated
    EU League 3rd place
    EU League 4th place
    CN League 3rd place
    CN League 4th place
    NA League 3rd place
    SEA League 3rd place
    Group Stage:
    Eight teams
    Bo2 round-robin
    The top two teams advance to the Playoffs upper bracket
    3rd - 6th place advance to Playoffs lower bracket
    Two teams get eliminated
    EU League 2nd place
    CN League 2nd Place
    NA League 2nd Place
    SA League 2nd Place
    CIS League 2nd Place
    SEA League 2nd Place
    1st Wildcard
    2nd Wildcard
    Playoffs:
    Format: 12 teams Double Elimination.
    Upper Bracket:
    EU League 1st place
    CN League 1st place
    SEA League 1st place
    SA League 1st place
    NA League 1st place
    CIS League 1st place
    Group Stage – 1st place
    Group Stage – 2nd place
    Lower Bracket:
    Group Stage – 3rd place
    Group Stage – 4th place
    Group Stage – 5th place
    Group Stage – 6th place
    Prize Distribution:
    1st Place USD 200,000 500 DPC points
    2nd Place USD 100,000 450 DPC points
    3rd Place USD 75,000 400 DPC points
    4th Place USD 50,000 350 DPC points
    5th Place USD 25,000 300 DPC points
    6th Place USD 25,000 300 DPC points
    7th Place USD 12,500 200 DPC points
    8th Place USD 12,500 200 DPC points
    At the end of the third season, the top 12 teams with the most DPC points will qualify for The International 2021. The remaining spots will be decided through six regional final chance qualifiers, each with the 8 best teams from each region that haven’t been invited to TI.
    There won’t be open qualifiers to TI.
    Dates
    The dates for each season are as follows:
    S1 Fall League: Oct 5th – Nov 15th
    S1 Major: Dec 7th – Dec 19th
    S2 Winter League: Jan 4th – Feb 14th
    S2 Major: Mar 8th – Mar 20th
    S3 Spring League: Apr 12th – May 23rd
    S3 Major: June 21st – July 3rd
    Dates outside of this range will be available for third party tournaments.
    Based on the above information, it seems that the first season will start on October 5th, giving the teams more than a month after The International 2020 before competing again. This might help with addressing the lack of an official off-season and seeing more of the TI/top teams competing in the first season.
    As expected, the biggest critics seem to be those from the top teams/organizations

    27 february 2020 04:42 5035
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