Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022 Winter Major Cancelled
Bad news for all Dota 2 fans and players in the Dota Pro Circuit, it looks like we won't be having the first major of the year. Valve has just put out a statement announcing the unfortunate cancellation of the DPC 2021-2022 Winter Major. Their reasoning: the discovery and spread of new strains of COVID-19 and the resulting increase of travel restrictions has made it unfeasible for all qualified teams to gather for a LAN tournament.
Since there will be no major, Tour 1 will conclude after the regional league tournaments have ended. This also means that points from the first Major will be redistributed to the second and third major. This last-minute announcement comes as a heavy blow to teams that have been performing extremely well during this season so far since they no longer have a big tournament to look forward to. The season has been a very interesting one so far, with many lower-ranked teams stepping up their game and the veterans with adjusted lineups showing great promise in the league as well.
Here is the new point distribution for the majors:
1st Place - 520 Points (previously 500)
2nd Place - 310 Points (previously 450)
3rd Place - 210 Points (previously 400)
4th Place - 105 Points (previously 350)
5th Place - 52 Points (previously 300)
1st Place - 680 Points (previously 600)
2nd Place - 410 Points (previously 550)
3rd Place - 270 Points (previously 500)
4th Place - 135 Points (previously 450)
5th Place - 68 Points (previously 400)
This change in point distribution for the Majors means that there will be a lot more emphasis on teams winning the event (not that teams aren't already gunning for that goal) and/or performing well in the regional leagues. Since there's no change to the regional DPC points, the leagues will be where teams can earn the most points in order to qualify for The International 2022.
We're not sure if Valve will be announcing further changes to the point system in the future (due to the outcry of fans and players on social media) but we'll keep you posted about any updates.
At the moment, there's not much we can do about it since the pandemic is out of anybody's control. We can only cross our fingers and hope that things get better in the near future. In the meantime, make sure you stay safe and catch the Dota 2 DPC live in the safety of your own home. eGG Network TV will be broadcasting the SEA DPC live on our channel and Astro Go, while you can catch everything else on other platforms. More info.