2020 proved to be a crazy year, and equally for the world of Dota 2. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Valve had to cancel all the Dota Pro Circuit Majors and Minors. Similarly, the organization also delayed the biggest and main event of the DPC year, The International. In a blog post by Valve, the organization has finally revealed the future of the DPC and made an announcement about the TI10. Valve finally responded to a lot of questions by the community, through a blog post.
Welcome to the DPC season 2021 https://t.co/BFL7D1yWaO
Valve has published a summary of the rules for the next Dota 2 competitive season. pic.twitter.com/nE4FLX8WbU
— egwdota2 (@egwdota2) January 2, 2021
Regional Leagues 2021
The 2021 DPC will comprise competitive leagues based in the geographical regions. In the new season, there are no new regions in the game. However, a big change is announced in the game, and that is the removal of the Minors from the scene. Similarly, Valve has divided the DPC season into two. In these two seasons, a Major will occur. All the teams in a specific region will compete to secure the top spots in their region, to secure a slot in the Major.
Slots in the Majors
With the new slot system in the Majors, every region has received some slots in which teams can place themselves. EU and China take the highest number of slots, as both regions have produced a massive amount of Dota in the previous decade. Similarly, it came out as a surprise for the SEA and SA fans, after looking at the high number of slots available for them as well. EU and China lead the slot game with each region having 4 Major slots. The CIS and SEA get 3 Major slots each. Similarly, the NA and SA regions get 2 Major slots each.
The International 10?
According to the recent blog post by Valve, the organization is planning for the event to occur in Stockholm, Sweden, during August 2021. However, this news is still not confirmed by the organization, as Valve claims that the event will only occur if the world’s situation becomes any better. Similarly, it depends on government regulations about large gatherings in Sweden. With the Coronavirus vaccine on its way, Valve is hoping that the situation will be under control by August 2021. However, with Sweden recording deaths every day due to the plague, the happening of the event is still uncertain.
Welcome to the DPC season 2021
Valve has published a summary of the rules for the next Dota 2 competitive season.https://t.co/zx7f37uTkr
— EGamersWorld (@EGamersWorld) January 2, 2021
The Previous Prize Pool?
With the delay in The International 10, there is still uncertainty with the prize pool generated by the Battle Pass 10. Last year’s Battle Pass generated more than $40 million for the prize pool of the event. Many fans are calling Valve to distribute last year’s prize money into the T2/T3 Dota events, for finding new talent in the game. Similarly, some fans are expecting that Valve might distribute the money in the regional leagues. With all the rush going on on Reddit and other platforms, Valve has not revealed its official plan yet. We can only know the fate of the $40 million when Valve makes a decision.