DreamLeague Season 11 has officially been announced as the third Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
DreamHack decided to surprise everybody and dropped the announcement with the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor still on going. The newly-announced tournament is scheduled for March 14-24 and will be held at the Annexet Arena in Stockholm. Only the last three days of the event will feature a live audience.
In according to the requirements set forth by Valve prior to the start of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, DreamLeague Season 11 will have a prize pool of $1 million. No team will receive a direct invite to the event. Instead, each team will have to qualify and fight for the minimum of two slots allotted to each competitive region.
DreamHack have yet to comment on which regions will receive an extra slot for DreamLeague Season 11.
Europe Gets a Major
Europe is going to get its very own Major, after all.
With only five Majors scheduled for this season, speculations arose this season that at least one region would not get to host a Major. In particular, many believed that Europe would get the short end of the proverbial stick. However, with the announcement of DreamLeague Season 11, we can now safely put those rumors to rest.
As a refresher to everyone, Valve have decided to cut down the number of Minors and Majors this season. Instead of getting 11 of each respectively, Valve has reduced the number to five of each. Furthermore, this season’s Minors and Majors are held in pairs. Teams who have already qualified for Majors can no longer play in the qualifiers of Minors. Additionally, the winners of the preceding Minor will automatically qualify to the major after it.
At the end of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, the teams with the highest points will receive a direct invite to The International 2019 in Shanghai. Those who don’t make the cut will have to qualify for the 2019 Dota 2 International Championships via the Regional Qualifiers.
With so much on the line, qualifying for every Major (and Minor) is of utmost importance this season.
Are You Ready for DreamLeague Season 11
While not officially confirmed, the dates do suggest that DreamLeague Season 11 will indeed serve as the third Dota 2 Major for the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
The tournament will also serve as the fourth time that DreamHack has hosted a DPC event, and the second time the Sweden-based company will host a Dota 2 Major.
As of the moment, we don’t have any information regarding the second Dota 2 Major of the season. The unnamed Major is scheduled to take place from January 17 to January 27. We do, however, know that the Minor before it will be the Bucharest Minor, hosted by PGL at the PGL Studios in Bucharest, Romania on January 9 to January 13.
You can check out the full schedule for the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit on the official webpage.
What do you think of DreamLeague Season 11 as a Major? Will DreamHack deliver in terms of production quality? Will it be the tournament where we’ll see James ‘2GD’ Harding return to host a Dota 2 event once again? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.