A total of 15,000 DPC points were distributed at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. Although a huge chunk of those points went to teams such as Team Secret and Evil Geniuses, who both have already mathematically secured their spots at The International 2019, a number of Dota 2 teams also benefited from their performance at the fourth Dota 2 Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Heading into the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, only four Dota 2 teams had secured enough points to guarantee a direct invite to The International 2019.
These teams were Virtus.Pro, Team Secret, Vici Gaming, and Evil Geniuses. However, now that the MDL Disneyland Paris Major is over, four other Dota 2 teams have joined the fray to make it 8 out of 12.
First up is Fnatic, who, despite their last-place finish at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, gave themselves a slight bump to raise their total point total to 3,525 DPC points. Next up were Ninjas in Pyjamas, who are currently in eigth-place with 2,470 DPC points, with a huge chunk of their points made up from their deep placements at both the Kuala Lumpur Major (4th place) and the MDL Disneyland Paris Major (5th-6th place).
PSG.LGD were the third Dota 2 team to join the direct invites for The International 2019 at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. Their fourth-place finish were good enough for 1,350 DPC points, which bumped up their season tally to 4,140 DPC points. Last, but definitely not the least, Team Liquid scored 3,000 DPC points for their second-place finish, which all but guarantees that the former TI7 champions will be headed to Shanghai to try and become the first Dota 2 team ever in history to win a second TI.
2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit Leaderboards
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||2470|
|Keen Gaming **||1140|
|TNC Predator **||696|
** — Have yet to secure enough DPC points to guarantee an invite to The International 2019
As of the moment, the current point minimum is 2,041 DPC points. The threshold could go even lower if any of the eight Dota 2 teams who have already secured enough DPC points, end up placing high at the next set of Minor and Major.
Given that all of the eight said teams are in good form, expecting at least half of them to show up and secure deep runs at the fifth and final Dota 2 Minor and Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit is fairly realistic.
That leaves limited chances for the other Dota 2 teams to step up heading into the final stretch of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
What’s Next after the MDL Disneyland Paris Major?
Unlike the previous Minors and Majors of the year, there’ll be slight changes to the final set of Valve tournaments of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. Specifically, there’ll be fewer teams coming from the regional qualifiers.
Perhaps seeing that there wasn’t really any merit to giving an additional slot to three regions — each competitive region received two qualification slots for a Major this year, with three others receiving one more — Valve chose to give additionals slots only to Europe and China, while giving two slots for the StarLadder Ukraine Minor. This means that only fourteen Dota 2 teams will be making their way via the regional qualifiers to final Major of the year. The last two slots will be given to the top two Dota 2 teams of the StarLadder Ukraine Minor.
With OG starting to ramp up and Keen Gaming only set to improve in the coming months, it’s realistic to expect that only two direct invite slots are up for grabs.
The pressure is definitely now on the other Dota 2 teams to try and qualify for the Major and make a deep run. Otherwise, they risk going through the perilous TI qualifiers.
Although the TI qualifiers is not a death sentence by any means, given the number of Dota 2 teams playing there, your chances of getting to TI goes down dramatically. This is especially true this season, where each region will only get one slot each, making for a total of eighteen Dota 2 teams at The International 2019.
The MDL Disneyland Paris Major definitely gave the Dota 2 community a lot of hope for what’s to come. The matches we saw there, especially in the final three days, were proof of just how close the gap is between the top Dota 2 teams of the scene. This bodes well for the viewers and audiences who want to see back-and-forth action.
Hopefully, we get to see more of the same thing heading into the climax of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Which Dota 2 teams do you think will stand out following the end of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major? Do you think an underdog will come out of left field to try and secure a spot for themselves? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.