SUNSfan reveals details of online DPC tournaments to replace canceled main tournament

Dota 2 content creator and developer, Shannon”SUNSfan“Scotten, has revealed details on possible alternative tournaments to the canceled Pro that will take place across all six regions. In the We Say Things podcast numbered 135, SUNSfan said that according his source, which includes organizations from different regions, the top four teams from each of the six regions Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) (Division 1) will compete in regional tournaments online in February 2022. There will be a total prize pool of $100,000 USD as well as DPC points on the line in each of these six regions. Additionally, SUNSfan also discussed the details of a tournament. potential wild card after qualifying for The International (TI) later this year.

SUNSfan says there will be major replacement tournaments canceled in February 2022

SUNSfan explained in the podcast that it was the first time he heard someone talk about such online tournaments happening, but he wanted to confirm it with multiple sources around the world. After contacting them, he discovered that all the teams had actually been notified of this via email.

SUNSfan then detailed these possible Main alternative tournaments. There will be no LAN, but online tournaments will be held for all six regions. The top four seeded teams from each of the six ongoing DPC tournaments will qualify for their respective region’s tournament. The teams that finish in second place will then earn a share of the $100,000 prize pool and DPC points. According to SUNSfan, all six regions will receive the same score. The format is still unconfirmed.

“And this will happen over two weekends in February, where one weekend is three zones, so they overlap with the time zone and the next weekend is three zones,” he added.

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Since these tournaments calculate DPC points for the first canceled Major, SUNSfan mentioned that the points that were redistributed to the second and third Major will now be reclaimed.

On January 12, the cancellation of the Dota 2 Major was met with backlash from the community, and many Dota 2 players expressed their displeasure at the lack of communication regarding such decisions. A day later, Team Secret Operations Manager, Matthew “Cyborgmatt“Bailey tweeted an email in which Valve apologized to the teams and players, and announced plans to host an alternative LAN tournament.

At the time of this writing, there have been no announcements of alternative tournaments by Valve or the various DPC organizers. As SUNSfan said, his sources are surprised that details about these online tournaments have yet to be announced.

SUNSfan says a potential wild card LAN event will take place after TI11 qualifiers

In addition to revealing details about potential alternative tournaments to the canceled Major, SUNSfan also detailed a tournament that will take place after the TI qualifiers later this year. This tournament is similar to the wild card event and will grant teams the chance to compete at TI if they finish in second and third at TI’s qualifiers.

“Once this year’s TI qualifiers are over, they (Valve) will take the second and third place teams from the TI qualifiers and put them on LAN somewhere before TI11. So that’s 12 teams because it’s six regions, six times two. Out of those 12 teams, the top two will qualify for TI. Thus, there will be 20 teams at TI with two groups of 10 and four teams that will be eliminated from the group stage. So all the teams have been contacted about this already. ” speak SUNSfan.

Under the current rules and format of the DPC system, TI qualifying is the last chance for teams to qualify for TI. The winning team from each of the six qualifiers will earn a spot at TI.

In all six regions, the current season is coming to an end. If these tournaments are indeed scheduled, they will likely be announced shortly.

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