Kiev-based tournament organizers, Starladder, in cooperation with China’s ImbaTV, will host the Chongqing Dota 2 Major on January 19-27.
The Chongqing Dota 2 Major will serve as the second Major tournament of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. It will be held in one of China’s biggest cities, Chongqing. The tournament will feature a $1 million prize pool and 15,000 DPC points. Also, as per Valve’s ruling, 15 out of the 16 teams will have to qualify via their respective Regional Qualifiers, with the 16th slot reserved for the winners of the Bucharest Minor.
PGL’s Bucharest Minor will run from January 9 to 13 and will be held at the PGL Studios in Bucharest, Romania.
The Chongqing Dota 2 Major
Prior to the start of the season, many fans already had speculated that China was going to receive a Major this season. However, because there are only five Majors scheduled, many believed that all save for one of the six main competitive regions will get a chance to host one.
As of the moment, Southeast Asia (The Kuala Lumpur Major) and Europe (DreamLeague Season 11) has had their Majors announced. The Chongqing Dota 2 Major will give China its first this season. In all likelihood, it’s not going to be their last either.
China had the honor of hosting 3 Majors last season. Of the three, the Dota 2 Asia Championships have long been a staple of the Dota 2 scene since its inception. Although China is not above hosting the tournament anyway, regardless of any Major distinction, it is possible that negotiations are already ongoing for next year’s DAC to be the fourth Major of the season and China’s second.
If China does receive at least two Majors, they’ll have hosted three of the biggest Dota 2 tournaments of the year. Lest we forget, China will also host The International 2019 in August of next year in Shanghai.
If nothing else, China getting to host as many prestigious tournaments this season is good. It will definitely help give the local Dota 2 scene a huge boost in terms of visibility and popularity.
While China has almost always never failed to deliver, the fact remains that the population is very nationalistic. They have a reputation for cheering only for Chinese teams. They also have a tendency to gang up on people who they deem as unwelcome.
In recent times, compLexity Gaming’s Rolen Andrei Gabriel ‘Skemberlu‘ Ong and TNC Pro Team’s Carlo ‘Kuku‘ Palad each came under fire on separate occasions; they both mentioned a racial slur towards a Chinese team. The former even did so in the middle of a game during the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor. As a result, many Chinese nationals have quickly ganged up on both players. It is highly likely that local fans are not going to receive each player well.
Although there’s no guarantee that their teams will make it to the Chongqing Dota 2 Major at this point, it is a development worth following in the upcoming weeks.
Having said that, we can only hope that Valve does indeed try to step in to intervene if each player’s past actions jeopardizes their chances of making it to the event.
What do you think of the Chongqing Dota 2 Major? Will it be China’s first and last Major of the season? Or will China still get another chance to host one later on? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.