Dota 2 Major Events & Tournaments
Dota 2 has a chain of Major and Minor events which run throughout the season and culminate in The International. To properly conduct rankings and invites for Major and TI, Valve introduced Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). Nowadays DPC events are the most significant in Dota 2 season as every team needs to collect the points for TI invitation. Apart from that there are lots of commercial Major and Minor tournaments that may have bigger prize pool but do not award DPC points.
Dota 2 Major events
During one DPC season, Valve holds 5 Major tournaments with $1 mil and 15 000 DPC points prize pool each. The circuit starts after the latest International. The list of Dota 2 Major events, according to Liquipedia:
In 2018-19 DPC season, the first major event was the Kuala Lumpur Major organized by PGL, eGG Network and ImbaTV. The Major was held in Malaysia capital – Kuala Lumpur, at Axiata Arena from November 9 till November 18, 2018. The major winner – Virtus.pro was awarded with $350,000 and 4,950 DPC points.
The Chongqing Major took place in Chongqing, China, at BLOOMAGE Cultural and Sports Center in January 19 - 27, 2019. It was the second Major of the DPC season organized by StarLadder and ImbaTV. The tournament winner was Team Secret.
The third DPC Major took place in Stockholm, Sweden, at Annexet Venue in March 14 - 24, 2019. The event was organized by DreamHack as a part of DreamLeague Season 11. The tournament winner was Vici Gaming.
MDL Disneyland® Paris Major was held in Paris, France at Disney® Events Arena in May 4 – 12, 2019. It was the first ever event organized by MDL outside of China. The fourth Major was won by Team Secret.
The final DPC Major in 2018-2019 season took place in Moscow, Russia, at CSKA Arena formerly known as VTB Ice Palace, in June 22 - 30, 2019. EPICENTER Major 2019 was organized by Epic Esports Events. The tournament winner was Vici Gaming.
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Dota 2 Minor tournaments
Similar to Majors, Valve runs 5 DPC Minors throughout the season. Minor DPC tournaments have $300,000 and 500 DPC points prize pool. Moreover, each DPC Minor event grants its winner a spot in the upcoming Major. The list of Dota 2 Minors, according to Liquipedia:
DreamLeague Season 10 opened the 2018-2019 DPC season. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, at Monster Energy DreamHack Studious in October 29 – November 4, 2018. The Minor was organized by DreamHack as a part of DreamLeague Season 10. The tournament winner Tigers was awarded with $125, 000, 120 DPC points and a place at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Major.
The Bucharest Minor was held prior to the Chongqing Major. The Minor took place in Bucharest, Romania, at PGL Studious in January 9 -13, 2019. The event organizers were PGL and ImbaTV. The tournament winner was Chinese team EHOME.
StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 1 was held in Kiev, Ukraine, at Cybersport Arena, in March 7 - 10, 2019. The event was organized by StarLadder and ImbaTV as a part of StarLadder Series. The tournament winner was Vici Gaming.
OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 took place in Split, Croatia, at Spaladium Arena, in April 22-28, 2019. The event was organized by One Game Agency as a part of Dota Pit Series. The tournament winner was Ninjas in Pyjamas.
StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 was the final Minor of 2018-19 DPC season. It was held in Kiev, Ukraine, at Cybersport Arena, in June 12 - 16, 2019. The event was organized by StarLadder and ImbaTV as a part of StarLadder Series. The tournament winner was Ninjas in Pyjamas. Worth mentioning that this Kiev Minor awarded both Grand Final competitors with a spot at the upcoming EPICENTER 2019.
The biggest Dota 2 commercial events
The most significant non-DPC tournaments are organized by ONE Esports and WESG. In 2019, those events had $500,000 and $890,000 prize pool respectively.
ONE Esports is a tournament organizer from Singapore, founded in April 2019. The company has already held one half a mil event and has scheduled one more. ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore was one of the biggest tourneys of 2019 with a $500K prize pool and fascinating Grand Finale featuring Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses. Twelve of the world’s best Dota 2 teams have clashed at Singapore Indoor Stadium in December 2019. The upcoming ONE Esports Dota 2 Invitational Jakarta will be the second event in the series. One more time, 12 best Dota 2 teams in the world will compete with each other, now in the Indonesia Convention Exhibition in November 23 - 29, 2020.
World Electronic Sports Games are being organized by Alibaba Sports since 2016. The first WESG 2016 featured 24 teams competing for $1,500,000 prize pool. The event was held in January 12 - 15, 2017 at Changzhou Olympic Sports Center, Changzhou, China. The tournament winner – TNC was awarded with $800K. WESG 2017 featured Dota 2 custom teams’ competition and had the same $1,5 mil prize pool. It was held in March 13 - 18, 2018 at Hainan International Convention & Exhibition Center, Haikou, China. Team Russia with RAMZES666, iLTW, 9pasha, RodjER, and Solo was better than other 29 participants and won $800K. WESG 2018 was held in Chongqing, China in March 7 - 10, 2019. It was one more competition of custom teams, but this time the winner was a professional team – TNC Predator, who receive the biggest chunk of the reduced to $890K prize pool. Unfortunately, World Electronic Sports Games 2019 was cancelled due to the world pandemic.
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