Valve announced the new DPC rules for the 2019/2020 season

September 11, 2019

Deadline for First Major/Minor Qualifiers
Teams must register their roster by September 28th, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Updated FAQ

  • How are points earned?

Points are earned by all 16 teams playing in the Major and all 8 teams playing in the Minor, as well as every team in the regional qualifiers.

How many points are Majors and Minors worth?

This season, Majors are worth 15000 points, and Minors are worth 660 points. Additionally, teams that participated in the regional qualifiers obtain DPC points.

Do points determine invites to the Regional Qualifiers?

Yes, as long as the team has a valid active roster. Teams can opt out of an invitation if, for example, they are disbanded and the roster isn’t active.

How are the remaining three Major and two Minor qualifier slots determined?

The regions for the additional qualifier slots are assigned by Valve, per Major and Minor.

Can a team play with subs?

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.


How are points distributed based on tournament results?

For Majors, which are 16-team double-elimination, the point distribution is as follows (assuming a $1M prize pool):

[*] Since the minor winner also gets to participate in the major, they will only get points for the event in which they placed better (e.g: If they place last in the major, they will only get 140 points for winning the minor. If they place 8th instead, they’d get the 450 points for the major but not the 140 points from the minor)

Can a team remove a player after qualifying to a tournament?

Yes. However, a team that removes a player after securing a slot at a minor or 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?

Teams can drop players up until the beginning of the final Minor. At that point 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 the day after the last Major concludes, at which point all teams will be considered locked and TI Invites will occur.

Can I participate in The International Open Qualifiers if I belong to or work for a team that has been qualified to The International or The International Regional Qualifiers?


Who gets invited to The International Regional Qualifiers?

The top 8 teams with the most DPC points from each region that didn’t get invited to The International and have a full roster in the DPC site will be invited to the Regional Qualifiers.

What is the format for the Majors?

Phase 1: 4 Bo3 GSL groups of 4. Top 2 teams per group advance to Upper bracket. Bottom 2 teams per group advance to lower brackets.

Phase 2: 16 team Double Elimination with 8 starting in Lower Bracket. Bo1 matches for 1st round of lower bracket. Bo5 finals, Bo3 every other game.

  • What is the format for the Minors?

Phase 1: 2 Bo3 GSL groups of 4. Top 2 teams per group advance to Playoffs.

Phase 2: 4 Bo3 team double elimination. Bo5 finals.

How are qualifiers different this year?

This year we have combined both the Majors and Minors qualifiers into a single, shorter one, reducing complexity and time for players and organizers, and allowing to both give extra time to rest to players after a Major is over without majorly compromising the time for players in the minor to get visas when required.

When are the qualifier dates?

Qualifier #1: Sep 30-Oct 5

Qualifier #2: Dec 1-Dec 6

Qualifier #3: Feb 9-Feb 14

Qualifier #4: Mar 29-Apr 3

Qualifier #5: May 17-May 22

  • What is the format for the Qualifiers to the Majors and Minors?

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 points.

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