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The Dota Major Championships is a championship series announced by Valve in 2015 as part of their plans for improving the competitive Dota 2 landscape as a whole.

Overview[]

Major Championships 2015 - 2016: A New Tradition[]

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In April 2015, Valve announced their plans for improving the competitive Dota 2 landscape as a whole by hosting an annual series of four marquee tournaments for the 2015-2016 season.[1] The new Major Championship circuit incorporates the existing annual event, The International, as the Summer major in addition to new Autumn, Winter, and Spring majors named for their host cities. Valve-sponsored Major Tournaments are hosted by third-party organisers at different locations around the world, with the goal of increasing fan-team engagement as well as competitive and team roster stability during the year. The four tournament events, starting after the The International 2015 will be held annually during the Autumn, Winter and Spring culminating in the Summer event, The International 2016.

The first Valve-sponsored Dota Major Championship Event, The Frankfurt Major, was announced in September 2015. It featured a fixed prize pool of $3,000,000 and was hosted by ESL at Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt, Germany.

Major Championships 2016 - 2017: A Revision[]

During The International 2016 it was revealed that the 2016/2017 season would comprise only three Major Championships, down from four in the previous season.[2]Additionally, the first two majors would use a shorter single elimination bracket format in lieu of the double elimination format that was a staple of The International and replicated for the Majors of the 2015-2016 season. The first Major of the season was held in Boston and retained the Eaglesong trophy from the first Autumn Major previously held in Frankfurt. Similarly, the Kiev Major held in April 2017 retained the "Winter" trophy from the Shanghai Major. The final major of the 2016/2017 season is The International 2017 again hosted in Seattle for the sixth consecutive year.

The 2017 - 2018 Competitive Season[]

In July 2017 Valve announced significant changes to the Major Championship circuit.[3] Following The International 2017, Major Championships will be third-party tournaments chosen to receive a $500,000 USD sponsorship from Valve in addition to the events own prize pool. Eligible 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. The total points per tournament will also partially scale based on the time of year, with tournaments closer to The International awarding additional points. Only the top 3 point earners on a team will contribute towards a team’s effective total qualifying points. Finally, Valve will maintain leaderboards of player and team qualifying points for everyone to follow.

On August 1st, 2017, Valve released a preliminary tournament schedule for the 2017/2018 season consisting of 11 Major and 11 Minor Championships[4]. As of September 15th, there are 11 Majors and 16 Minors planned for the upcoming season.[5] The full list can be viewed on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Qualifying points from every tournament will be awarded proportional to their total prize pool, with Majors receiving a 1.5x multiplier bonus, i.e. an official Major tournament will award at least 1500 Qualifying points.

Roster restrictions[]

In order to qualify for Majors, professional teams must adhere to a set of rules that limit roster changes. This system was designed to create a stabler competitive scene by restricting frequent player trading. Detailed rules and team management can be found on the registration page.

  • In order to participate in a Majors tournament, players must be locked into a team.
  • Locked players cannot leave the team, or be kicked.

Tournaments[]

Dota Major Championships 2021[]

Tournament Date Prize Points P# Location Winner Runner-up
ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 Mar 27 - Apr 04, 2021 $500,000 2,700 16 Singapore Singapore Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
Weplay animajor icon.png WePlay AniMajor Jun 02 - 13, 2021 $500,000 2,700 18 Ukraine Kyiv PSG.LGD PSG.LGD Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses

Dota Major Championships 2019/2020[]

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Dota Major Championships 2018/2019[]

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Tournament Date Teams Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place
The Kuala Lumpur Major 2018-11-09 — 2018-11-18 16
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2019-01-17 — 2019-01-27 16
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2019-03-14 — 2019-03-24 16
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2019-05-02 — 2019-05-12 16
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2019-06-20 — 2019-06-30 16

Dota Major Championships 2017/2018[]

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Tournament Date Teams Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place
ESL One Hamburg 2017 2017-10-26 — 2017-10-29 8 Virtus.pro Team Secret Team Liquid Newbee
DreamLeague Season 8 2017-12-01 — 2017-12-03 8 Team Secret Team Liquid  Evil Geniuses Natus Vincere
ESL One Katowice 2018 2018-02-20 — 2018-02-25 16 Virtus.pro Vici Gaming Team Liquid Fnatic
The Bucharest Major 2018-03-04 — 2018-03-11 16 Virtus.pro VGJ.Thunder Newbee Team Liquid
Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 2018-03-29 — 2018-04-07 16 Mineski PSG.LGD Virtus.pro TNC Pro Team
EPICENTER XL 2018-04-27 — 2018-05-06 12 PSG.LGD Team Liquid FlyToMoon Virtus.pro
MDL Changsha Major 2018-05-14 — 2018-05-20 12 PSG.LGD VGJ.Storm Vici Gaming Newbee
ESL One Birmingham 2018 2018-05-23 — 2018-05-27 12 Virtus.pro OpTic Gaming paiN Gaming Fnatic
China Dota2 Supermajor 2018-06-02 — 2018-06-10 16 Team Liquid Virtus.pro PSG.LGD Team Secret
The International 2018 2018-08-15 — 2018-08-25 18 OG PSG.LGD Evil Geniuses Team Liquid

Dota Major Championships 2017/2018[]

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Dota Major Championships 2016/2017[]

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Dota Major Championships 2015/2016[]

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External links[]

References[]

  1. Valve (24 April 2015). "The Dota Major Championships". dota2.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. @wykrhm (1 August 2016). "Majors Update for the coming year.". Twitter.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. Valve (3 July 2017). "The 2017 – 2018 Competitive Season". dota2.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. Cyborgmatt (1 August 2017). "Dota 2 2017/2018. 11 minors, 11 majors.". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. Dota 2 Team (2017-09-15). "Dota 2 - The Road to the International". dota2.com.
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