Regional Tournaments is now Valve’s solution for the canceled Major!
Valve, on January 22, announced that it will be replacing the Winter Major with Dota Pro Circuit 2021/22 Winter Tour Regional Finals. Additionally, the developers will also be expanding the qualified teams for the TI from 18 to 20.
“We quickly realized though listening to feedback from teams and fans that our priorities were wrong and we were not successful at being mindful of players participating in the DPC,” told Valve in its announcement.
“This was a big mistake on our part. We are sorry and we are set on making it right,” they added.
According to Valve, hosting a global online tournament would affect results due to connectivity issues. To address the issue, the developers decided to host six iterations of the regional tour.
“The DPC 2021-2022 Regional Finals will take place over two weekends, with three regions playing on February 11-13, and the other three playing on February 18-20. The top 4 from each region will compete in a double-elimination tournament with a $100,000 USD prize pool,” read the announcement.
With the following changes, Valve has also decided to address TI qualification issues. As part of their solution, the team created new guidelines which read:
With this new change, The International 11 will now feature 20 teams. As per usual, 16 teams will proceed to the main event after four teams get eliminated in the group stage.
Closing their announcement, Valve also reported the release of Patch 7.31 which will be released after the regional finals.