Valve announces changes to Dota Pro Circuit Points distribution

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Valve recently announced details of the first Dota 2 Major – The Kuala Lumpur Major. Featuring a prize pool of $1 million, this major will see 16 teams in participation at the event. We now have information about the distribution of the DPC points for this season.

Competing in Majors and Minors will award Pro teams Dota Pro Circuit points. These points will be the sole criterion for an invitation to The International. The International is the biggest prize pool event in esports crossing $25 million this year. Last year, only the top three teams would receive DPC points. However, there are changes for the Dota Pro Circuit Points distribution for this season.

Changes to the Distribution of points

Every Major will be worth 15000 DPC points and Minor will be worth 500 DPC points. The big difference in Major and Minors is to ensure there is a difference between the Majors and MInor. One of the common complaint last year amongst the talent and players was that there did not seem to be any difference between Majors and Minors. The production levels on both types of tournaments were good and it was difficult to keep track of which tournament was a major or a minor.

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The differentiating factor between the two types of events is the Prize Pool. A Major must necessarily have at least $1 million in the prize pool. Any further increase in the prize pool will proportionately reflect on the Dota Pro circuit points from the tournament.

Every team participating in a Major or minor will receive DPC points. This is in contrast to last year where only the top three teams would earn DPC points. The distribution of DPC points is still top heavy, which is not a surprise to followers of the esports scene. Awarding the top placement teams for their efforts and skill is a sure shot way of ensuring that the best Dota 2 teams are selected for TI9.

The Distribution of points for the DPC Season 2018-19


Place Percentage Points
1 33 4950
2 20 3000
3 14 2100
4 9 1350
5-6 6 900
5-6 6 900
7-8 3 450
7-8 3 450
9-12 1 150
9-12 1 150
9-12 1 150
9-12 1 150
13-16 0.5 75
13-16 0.5 75
13-16 0.5 75
13-16 0.5 75



Place Percentage Points
1 24 120
2 20 100
3 18 90
4 14 70
5-6 8 40
5-6 8 40
7-8 4 20
7-8 4 20




Q: Do teams earn points or do players?

A: Points are now earned by teams.


Q: If a player changes teams do those players’ points go with them?

A: No.


Q: How many teams receive direct invites to The International 2019 from points?

A: The top twelve teams with the highest point totals receive direct invites to The International 2019. The other invited teams will be determined by Regional Qualifiers (1 per region).


Q: Do points determine invites to the Regional Qualifiers?

A: Not directly, though they may be considered as a factor when deciding invites to Regional Qualifiers.


Q: How many regional qualifier teams qualify for Majors and Minors? 

A: Each region gets a minimum of 2 qualified teams for Majors, and a minimum of 1 qualified team for Minors.


Q: How are the remaining three Major qualifier slots determined? 

A: The regions for the additional qualifier slots are assigned by Valve, per Major.


Q: Are there other ways to qualify for a Major?

A: Yes, in addition to qualifying via Regional Qualifiers, the winner of the preceding Minor is automatically qualified to the Major. This team will earn either the DPC points for their Minor victory or their placement in the Major, whichever is greater.


Q: Can teams qualify for both the Minor and the Major?

A: No, only teams that have not qualified for the Major can compete in the Minor qualifiers.


Q: Can a team play with subs?

A: Yes. During qualifiers, a team must play with at least 4 of its 5 registered players (this will cause no penalty). Any team that plays the LAN portion of a tournament with a sub will incur a 40% penalty on points earned from that tournament.


Q: Where can I sign up?

A: You can register as the manager of a team or as a player on the Registration Page.

Source: Dota2


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