What to expect from pro Dota in 2019/2020 season? Who will not play on the first Major?

September 12, 2019

Very soon, the new DPC season will start for all professional Dota 2 players. Just yesterday Valve published the new set of rules for tournaments, as well as the distribution of prize money and DPC points. Let’s summarize the new changes and discuss which teams will be the favorites in the first qualifications.

New DPC Tournament System

In the new system of conducting Majors and Minors there will be a combined qualification for both type of tournaments, divided in three phases. The most interesting thing is that even those teams that will leave qualifications will still receive DPC rating points.

Qualification Phases for 2019-2020 DPC Tournaments:

Phase 1 (2 days):

2 bo2 groups of 5. The top 8 teams with DPC points are invited. 2 Open qualifier spots. In case not enough teams have DPC points, Valve will decide how to distribute the remaining slots.

Top 2 from each group advance to Phase 2.

3rd from each group advances to Phase 3. Everyone else is eliminated and gets 10 DPC points. In cases the region has 3 major or 2 minor invites, Both 4th places play a bo3 to decide who else goes. In cases where the region has 3 majors AND 2 minor invites, both 4th places advance.

Phase 2:

4 team Double Elimination.

Top 2-3 qualify to the major. Loser(s) advance to to phase 3.

Phase 3:

4 team double elimination. Top 1/2 qualify to the minor, the rest get 20 DPC point

Valve also changed the prize pool disribution for teams that will take lower places at Majors and Minors:


1st place - $ 300,000, 4850 DPC points (was $ 350,000, 4950 DPC points)
2nd place - $ 160,000, 3,000 DPC points (there were $ 170,000, 3,000 DPC points)
3rd place - $ 110,000, 2100 DPC points (there were $ 100,000, 2100 DPC points)
4th place - $ 80,000, 1350 DPC points
5th-6th place - $ 60,000, 900 DPC points
7th-8th place - $ 40,000, 450 DPC points
9th-12th place - $ 20,000, 150 DPC points (there were $ 15,000, 150 DPC points)
13th-16th place - $ 12,500, 100 DPC points (there were $ 10,000, 75 DPC points)


1st place - $ 72,000, 140 DPC points, major slot (was $ 125,000, 120 DPC points)
2nd place - $ 60,000, 120 DPC points (there were $ 70,000, 100 DPC points)
3rd place - $ 54,000, 110 DPC points (there were $ 35,000, 90 DPC points)
4th place - $ 42,000, 90 DPC points (was $ 25,000, 70 DPC points)
5th-6th place - $ 24,000, 60 DPC points (there were $ 15,000, 40 DPC points)
7th-8th place - $ 12,000, 40 DPC points (it was $ 7,500, 20 DPC points)

Qualification Dates:

Qualifiers #1 - from September 30 to October 5
Qualifiers #2 - December 1-6
Qualifiers #3 - February 9-14
Qualifiers #4 - From March 29 to April 3
Qualifiers #5 - May 17-22

Therefore, the developers of Dota 2 try to support weaker teams, and to make the pro-scene more stable. Analysts and experts differ in their opinions about the updated system for holding DPC tournaments and qualifications. Some advocate for innovation, while others criticize the change in every way. In any case, Valve approved this system for the current season and we can only observe the conclusions

Favorites of the first qualifications. Who will be the best team in the 2019-2020 DPC season?

Given all the nuances of the current transfer window, we get very interesting reshuffles in the Tier-1 teams in all regions. It is also worth noting the fact that many teams will not come to the first Major and Minor of the season. According to Vitaliy “** v1lat **” Dragging many top teams will specially miss the beginning of the season and take a break for rest. Such a boom is caused primarily by the victory of OG at two The International.

Vitaly v1lat Volochay:

“Fnatic is likely to also miss the first Major of the season. If you collect all the rumors in one place, then the first Major looks like a tier-2 tournament, with free points for teams that will still start playing from the start of the season.

At the moment, there are rumors that until December, that is before the qualifiers for the second Major, they are not going to play seriously, and participate in DPC tournaments. Those teams are PSG.LGD, Secret, OG, Liquid, Fnatic, and possibly Vici and Virtus Pro.

And I perfectly understand this decision, for two years in a row we witnessesed how teams and players who start the season in September burn out and get tired.”

It is very difficult to predict the favorites of this DPC season because the top teams of the last season will not take part in the first major tournaments from Valve. But on the other hand, this is a great chance for weaker teams to earn money and points from Majors and Minors.

Amator tournament from MoreMMR with a prize pool of $ 20,000


We, in turn, organize the the MoreMMR League. To participate in the qualification for the MoreMMR League it is quite simple to register and earn 2000XP, or pay 10 dollars (for the whole team) for a ticket. At each qualification stage we have an additional prize pool of $500. You can read more about the tournament in the article “The results of the second stage of MoreMMR League tournament with the $20,000 prize pool".

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