Dota Pro Circuit
In July 2017 Valve announced significant changes to the Major Championship circuit. Following The International 2017, Major Championships other than The International will be third-party tournaments chosen to receive a $500,000 USD sponsorship from Valve in addition to the events own prize pool. Eligible third-party tournaments must have a minimum prize pool of $500,000 USD, at least one qualifier from each of the six primary regions (NA, SA, SEA, CN, EU, and CIS) and a LAN final.
Furthermore, Valve will also sponsor smaller events dubbed Minors. Similar in requirements, these Minor Championships must have a prize pool of at least $150,000 USD to be eligible for a $150,000 USD sponsorship. Valve will directly manage the schedule of Majors and Minors to help avoid collisions during the year.
Competing in Major and Minor Championships will award qualifying points to players which will be the sole criteria for invitations to The International 2018. Points will be awarded based on the total prize pool of a tournament, with Majors giving more points per prize pool dollar (1.5x multiplier). For the entire season, a total of 22,150 QP will be awarded, while only the top 3 point earners on a team will contribute towards a team’s effective total qualifying points.
On August 1st, 2017, Valve released a preliminary tournament schedule for the 2017/2018 season consisting of 11 Major and 11 Minor Championships. As of December 4th, there are 10 Majors and 14 Minors planned for the upcoming season.
|Color Key||Total QP|
|SL i-League Invitational Season 3||2017 (2017.10.12-2017.10.15)||Team Liquid||Mineski||3-1||300|
|PGL Open Bucharest||2017 (2017.10.19-2017.10.22)||Mineski||LGD Gaming||2-0||300|
|ESL One Hamburg 2017||2017 (2017.10.26-2017.10.29)||Virtus.pro||Team Secret||2-0||1500|
|AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League||2017 (2017.11.02-2017.11.05)||Team Liquid||Vici Gaming||3-2||300|
|Perfect World Masters||2017 (2017.11.19-2017.11.26)||Newbee||Vici Gaming||3-0||300|
|ROG DreamLeague Season 8||2017 (2017.12.01-2017.12.03)||Team Secret||Team Liquid||3-0||1500|
|MDL Macau||2017 (2017.12.08-2017.12.10)||OG||TNC Pro Team||2-0||300|
|DOTA Summit 8||2017 (2017.12.13-2017.12.17)||TBD||TBD||-||300|
|Captains Draft 4.0||2018 (2018.01.04-2018.01.07)||TBD||TBD||-||300|
|Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds||2018 (2018.01.15-2018.01.21)||TBD||TBD||-||1500|
|ESL One Genting 2018||2018 (2018.01.23-2018.01.28)||TBD||TBD||-||400|
|SL i-League Invitational Season 4||2018 (2018.02.01-2018.02.04)||TBD||TBD||-||300|
|ESL One Katowice 2018||2018 (2018.02.20-2018.02.25)||TBD||TBD||-||1500|
|GESC E-Series: Jakarta||2018 (2018.03.16-2018.03.18)||TBD||TBD||-||300|
|Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018||2018 (2018.03.30-2018.04.07)||TBD||TBD||-||1500|
|Perfect World||2018 (2018.04.17-2018.04.24)||TBD||TBD||-||300|
|GESC E-Series: Bangkok||2018 (2018.05.11-2018.05.13)||TBD||TBD||-||300|
|Mars Media||2018 (2018.05.14-2018.05.20)||TBD||TBD||-||1500|