Valve Corporation, the developer and publisher of Dota 2, has officially announced the schedule for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) for the year 2019-2020.
As per an announcement in Dota 2’s official website, the schedule for the Majors and Minors for DPC 2019-2020 has been declared along with a request for proposals regarding the event.
Let us take a look at the schedule for both Majors and Minors for the 2019-2020 Season of the Dota Pro Circuit –
- November 16th – 24th, 2019
- January 18th – 26th, 2020
- March 14th – 22nd, 2020
- May 2nd – 10th, 2020
- June 20th – 28th, 2020
- November 5th – 9th, 2019
- January 7th – 11th, 2020
- March 3rd – 7th, 2020
- April 22nd – 26th, 2020
- June 9th – 13th, 2020
As we can see, the basic tournament structure remains unchanged from that of DPC 2018-2019, as this one will also feature five Majors and five Minors.
What makes DPC so important ?
In case any of you don’t follow Dota 2 or esports in general, let me explain what exactly this DPC is and why is it so important for esports teams to make it to this event.
The Dota Pro Circuit is a professional tournament format system of Dota 2 where esports teams all over the world face-off one another in competitive 5-on-5 Dota 2 matches. Winning the tournament or making it to the top ranks award teams with DPC Points. If any team wants to get direct entry to The International, a Dota 2 tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, it is vital that they accumulate as many DPC Points as they can since these points are the basis on which they will be selected for direct entry.
According to the Dota Pro Circuit of 2018-19, each Minor is worth 500 DPC Points overall. As for Majors, each of them is worth a whooping 15,000 DPC Points in total.
Here’s a quick look at the DPC Point distribution system for Dota Pro Circuit 2018-2019 –
Rank DPC Points
5th – 6th 900
7th – 8th 450
9th – 12th 150
13th – 16th 75
Rank DPC Points
5th – 6th 40
7th – 8th 20
Dota Pro Circuit 2019-2020
Coming back to DPC 2019-2020, apart from the announcement of the schedule, here’s what Valve wrote in their website –
“Although we’re still in the heart of the 2018/2019 competitive season, it’s time to start planning for next year’s Majors and Minors. We’re requesting that any organizations who are interested in hosting a Major or Minor in the 2019/2020 DPC seasons email us with their proposals.”
As we can see in the statement, Valve is looking for organizations to host the Majors or Minors of DPC 2019-2020 and has requested a proposal from them containing details such as location, venue, etc. They have also stated that starting in Fall 2019, they will determine the format for both Majors and Minors, as well as Qualifiers.
Now that Valve has announced the DPC 2019-2020 schedule, we can bet that esports teams have already began practicing for the tournament since this event is pivotal if they want to make it to The International 2020.