The 2021 competitive season takes new shape, as teams face off in Regional Leagues and Tournaments around the globe on the Dota Pro Circuit, featuring 2 Regional Leagues across 6 different regions as well as 2 majors that all offer DPC Points to determine the twelve direct invites to The International.
How are points earned? UPDATED
Points are earned by the top 6 teams playing in the Upper Division of the Regional Leagues as well as the top 8 teams playing in the Majors.
How many points are Majors and Regional Leagues worth? UPDATED
This season, Majors are worth 2700 points, and the Regional Leagues are worth 1150 points.
How are points distributed based on tournament results? UPDATED
Information on Point distribution can be found here
Do teams earn points, or do players?
Points are now earned by teams.
If a player changes teams, do those players' points go with them?
How many teams receive direct invites to The International 10 from points?
The top twelve teams with the highest point totals receive direct invites to The International 10. The other invited teams will be determined by Regional Qualifiers (1 per region).
Do points determine invites to the TI Regional Qualifiers? UPDATED
No. Any team that participates in the Season 2 Regional League will participate in the Regional Qualifiers as long as they don't replace more than two players from their last season's team. This means there's no Open Qualifiers to The International this year to prevent qualification shortcuts, however all leagues will have an Open Qualifier for their Lower Division spots.
How many teams qualify for a major? UPDATED
Each Regional League qualifies a minimum of 2 teams for Majors, with some regions getting 3 or 4.
Are there other ways to qualify for a Major? UPDATED
No, you can only qualify to a Major by qualifying through the Regional Leagues.
Can a team play with subs?
Yes. During the league, a team must play with at least 4 of its 5 registered players (this will cause no penalty). Any team that plays a major with a sub will incur a 40% penalty on points earned from that tournament.
Can a team remove a player after qualifying to a major? UPDATED
Yes. However, a team that removes a player after securing a slot at a major, will have a 20% deduction to the points obtained during that event in addition to the normal penalty.
When can teams no longer switch players? UPDATED
Teams can drop players from the end of the league up until the Tuesday after the Major at 12PM PST, receiving a 15% penalty to their points up to that point. Teams participating in the major will receive a penalty to their major points as well, as stated above if they change roster before the major ends. After that period, teams can no longer release players from their roster. However, teams can still add players if they don't have a full set of 5 up until 12PM PST on the Sunday one week after the Seasons's Major concludes, at which point all teams will be considered locked. This separation is meant to prevent players being dropped last minute without giving them a possibility to join a new team.
What is the format for the Majors and Leagues? UPDATED
Information on Major and league formats can be found here
What happens if a team doesn't play their league matches? UPDATED
A team is allowed to play with up to one sub, as long as that sub isn't competing on a team from a league of the same division or higher. If a team doesn't have enough players to play a match, they will forfeit that match and count as a loss. A team that forfeits 2 or more matches in a season will be automatically removed from the rest of the competition.
Can teams from the same organization play in the same league? UPDATED
Yes. However, as in previous years, only one team from one organization can qualify to TI. If two teams from the same organization qualify to The International, the organization must either remove all of their ties to one of the teams, or only the top team will be eligible.
Where can I sign up?