As the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit prepares for its final stretch, we finally have news of the biggest Major of the season with the return of the Shanghai Major. Or at least, another Major set in China’s biggest city with Perfect World in collaboration with PGL at its helm.
The final Major in this DPC season will be the Supermajor, held and organized collaboratively by Perfect World and @pglesports in Shanghai.
With 2250 DPC points and TI8 on the horizon afterwards, look forward to the Supermajor in early June 2018.
More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/xMxEy7M1Co
— Perfect World_DOTA2 (@PWRD_DOTA2) March 23, 2018
The so-called Supermajor is set to start on June 3 and for an entire week until June 10. Unlike other Majors of the season, Shanghai Major will up the stakes a bit. Instead of $1 million USD in prize pool, it will have $1.5 million USD up for grabs, as well as 2,250 DPC Points for The International 2018.
As of the moment, only one tournament remains unnanounced: a Major scheduled for May 14-20 from an unknown organizer.
The Shanghai Major is Back
The Shanghai Major was the second ever Major under Valve’s previous competitive system. Also dubbed as the “Winter Major”, the main event took place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China from February 25 to March 6 featuring 16 of the best Dota 2 teams from all around the world fighting over a prize pool of $3 million USD.
At the time, the prize pool was one of the largest payouts ever in Dota 2 outside of The International. Unfortunately, most people don’t remember the Shanghai Major for its prize pool. And though it gave viewers plenty of memorable matches, none more so than Team Secret’s huge win against Team Liquid in the Grand Finals, most people remember the tournament for all the memes it spawned and the firing of James “2GD” Harding in the middle of the event.
Ever since the Shanghai Major and outside of the Dota Asia Championships, China has not seen a Major Dota 2 tournament held in the country. This is despite the fact that China is a huge part of Dota 2‘s competitive scene, with most of the top teams coming from China.
Having said that, the return of the Shanghai Major is certainly something that a lot of people will look forward to. For those who are worried, Perfect World has partnered with PGL to help them with the event. Fingers crossed, the tournament should be just as good as the well-received Bucharest Major.
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