With the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit nearly coming to a close, Valve has decided to reveal the general structure for the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit.
The announcement, which came via Dota 2’s official website, comes much sooner than in previous years, and will be making very few changes to the annual competitive system that premiered earlier this year.
The Dota Pro Circuit was introduced first during the 2017-18 season. It came with a multitude of changes to the competitive Dota 2 scene. For example, there are far more Valve-backed tournaments, with Minors also being introduced. Unfortunately, there were far too many tournaments in its inaugural season, with as many as 13 Minors and 8 Majors. This led to fatigue and burn-out by the time The International 2018 came. As a result, Valve decided to make changes to the system for the current year.
For the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, Valve tweaked the structure a bit. For starters, Minors and Majors now in pairs. There were also fewer tournaments that were part of the Dotoa Pro Circuit as well, with only 5 of each of Minors and Majors.
So far, the system has worked so much better compared to the previous one. As such, Valve seems intent on following the same structure for the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit.
2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit Schedule
Proposed Major Dates:
— Nov 16-24
— Jan 18-26
— Mar 14-22
— May 2-10
— June 20-28
Proposed Minor Dates:
— Nov 5-9
— Jan 7-11
— Mar 3-7
— Apr 22-26
— June 9-13
Not much really changes for the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit, which is both good and bad. It’s good, because it introduces some semblance of structure to the scene. The more stable the competitive Dota 2 scene, the more attractive it becomes to potential sponsors, which is great for both tournament organizers and teams alike. On the other hand, Valve’s recent announcement doesn’t really address a lot of the issues that the current system has.
But, then again, this might just be a small glimpse of a much larger announcement in the near future.
Here’s to hoping that’s the case.
The 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit is looking to be just as stacked and action-packed as the current season. With the scheduling looking pretty much the same, it wouldn’t come off as a surprise if the teams that we see playing today are still the same teams that we’ll see playing next season, albeit with minimal changes.
As presently constructed, the Dota Pro Circuit rewards persistence and perseverance. The most successful Dota 2 teams right now are those who’ve played together for a long time, or at least, has a core group of players who are familiar with each other.
Expect next season to be no different. Albeit, a bit more clarity regarding regional locks wouldn’t hurt.
What do you think of the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit? Do you think it’s a good idea for Valve to stick to the current structure? What kind of changes do you want Valve to make for next season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.