Two Dota 2 Minors scheduled for the latter half of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit have officially been confirmed, as per the official DPC page.
The first of these Dota 2 Minors will be hosted by Dota Pit in Croatia and will run from April 22 to April 28, 2019. The second untitled Minor will be hosted by StarLadder in Ukraine and will run from June 10 to June 16.
With the announcement of the two Dota 2 Minors, only one Minor remained unannounced for the year. The unnamed and unannounced Minor is set to take place on March of 2019 — the actual tentative date is from March 4 to March 10 — and will run in conjunction with the Dota 2 Major, DreamLeague Season 11.
Will This Season’s Dota 2 Minors Have an Audience?
The first Minor of the season, the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor, was held exclusively indoors at the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios in Stockholm. It’s also highly likely that the second Minor, the Bucharest Minor, will go that route.
Will the other Dota 2 Minors be the same? That’s up for speculation for now. Although, if that happens, it wouldn’t come off as a big surprise. Some of last year’s Minors did the same as well. However, it’s not something that have gone unnoticed among the community. After all, even when some Minors did not see live play last season, there are those that did. This includes ESL One Genting 2018, a Minor that boasted arguably the same level of production and quality of a Major, albeit with lower stakes.
In a way, not having audiences relegates Minors to merely becoming offline qualifiers for the partnered Major.
The last two Dota 2 Minors of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit might just change everything though. Case in point, Dota Pit will hold their Minor at the Spaladium Arena, a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena. Meanwhile, although not confirmed yet, the StarLadder Minor in Ukraine should see live play in front of an audience.
Either way, as the road to The International 2018 draws nearer to its end, expect us to have more information for this season’s remaining Dota 2 Minors.
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