The Boston Major is just one month away. Congratulations to the eight teams that battled through the Qualifiers to earn their places alongside the direct invites. While the attending teams and players make their final adjustments and preparations before traveling to Boston, we’d like to turn briefly to the remaining events in this year’s Dota 2 Major Championships schedule.
THE SPRING MAJOR AND THE INTERNATIONAL 2017
The Spring Major Main Event will take place April 20 – 23, 2017, preceded by Open Qualifiers on March 6 – 9, and Regional Qualifiers on March 10 – 13. Wrapping up the competitive season, The International 2017 Main Event will once again be held in the first half of August, with Open Qualifiers running June 22 – 25, and Regional Qualifiers following on June 26 – 29.
For the Spring Major Qualifiers, we will be breaking the Americas Qualifiers into two distinct regions—North America and South America—and similarly changing the Europe Qualifiers into separate Europe Qualifiers and CIS Qualifiers.
THE BOSTON MAJOR
Now that the field of competing teams for the Fall Major is complete, we look forward to welcoming the players and fans to Boston’s Wang Theatre. With an influx of up-and-coming rosters set to square off against the established teams in a single-elimination playoff bracket, all with their sights set on claiming the Eaglesong trophy, there’s no telling how the action will unfold. Tune in for Group Stage play on December 3 – 4 followed by the Main Event on December 7 – 10 to find out.
Today’s update includes the release of Fall 2016 Treasure II, available for Battle Pass owners to earn as Battle Level rewards or purchase in the Dota 2 store. Treasure II contains item sets for Lion, Silencer, Storm Spirit, Dark Seer, and Treant Protector, as well as escalating odds to unlock a Very Rare Spirit Breaker item set or Extremely Rare Juggernaut item set that includes a new critical attack animation for the whirling swordsman.
To help celebrate the fall season this year, we’ve also added a bonus Quest Path to the Fall 2016 Battle Pass. Complete the six hero-specific Quests on The Twin Forks to earn Battle Points and unlock a seventh Quest that will grant a Halloween-themed courier upon completion. The Twin Forks Quest Path is available until Monday, November 14, so make sure to complete the bonus Quests before then.
In other news, for those of you following EG’s and Fnatic’s paths to The Boston Major, True Sight: Episode 2 will be available on November 30.
Tickets for The Boston Major, taking place at Boston’s Wang Theatre Dec. 7-10, will go on sale October 14th at 10:00 AM EDT. All tickets for the event are available as individual daily tickets–$20 each for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and $40 for the Grand Final on Saturday. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com, the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office located at 270 Tremont Street, Boston, or by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787). If you plan to purchase via Ticketmaster, we recommend that you prepare your Ticketmaster account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience. If you are unsure when tickets will go on sale in your time zone, please use this handy time zone converter.
For Battle Pass owners, don’t forget to watch the new True Sight series airing today at 6PM PDT, with repeat broadcasts starting every two hours on the hour for a full 24-hour cycle. The stream will be available in English, English subtitles, Russian subtitles, and Chinese subtitles. Once the broadcast schedule has concluded, all Battle Pass owners will be able to find the full version in your Steam Library.
In the aftermath of The International, each player and team must face the difficult challenge of committing to a tournament roster for the next season’s push towards competitive glory, all searching for the elusive combination of talent and chemistry that can carry a group of five individuals to the pinnacle of professional Dota—to stand as the winning team at a Dota 2 Major Championship.
This season, lift the fog on the process of building a top-tier Dota team with True Sight, a new documentary series that takes you behind the scenes of the journeys of professional teams. Episode one features EG and Fnatic as they rebuild their rosters with all eyes focused on claiming victory at The Boston Major in December.
Access to the stream will be limited to owners of the Fall 2016 Battle Pass, and those watching are invited to join a live chat during the broadcast with their friends and other members of the Dota community.
You can watch the stream in your Battle Pass on Thursday. After the broadcast schedule has concluded, the full version will be available for Battle Pass owners to watch at any time in your Steam Library starting on Friday, October 14 at 4:00 PM PDT. For now, check out a special preview of True Sight below.
The Fall 2016 Battle Pass is now available for $7.99. Undertake Quests that expand and challenge your Dota skills, win Wagers to add extra Battle Points to your victory haul, and earn Achievements as you complete your objectives, all while increasing your Battle Level to unlock a stream of rewards and treasures throughout the Battle Pass season. You can preview the Fall 2016 Battle Pass in the Dota 2 client.
Also here for the fall season, Weekend Battle Cup returns for another series of weekly tournaments. Party up to compete in an eight-team, single-elimination playoff bracket every Saturday for a chance to win treasures, levels and other exclusive rewards. We’ve added a new party builder tool to help you stack up a team of five willing challengers, and Battle Pass owners can now earn Achievements as they raise their Battle Cup scores.
Perform well enough in the Battle Cup tournaments, and you can earn an invite to play in the exclusive Champions Cup at the end of the season. Tier-8 Champions Cup winners will even be eligible to form a team with other tier-8 winners to compete in one of four Spring Major Battle Cup Qualifiers, with the winners receiving invites to play in the Spring Major Regional Qualifiers. Check out the Battle Cup FAQ inside the client to learn more.
Today’s update also includes the addition of the Items section in the Learn menu. Now the descriptions, stats, and recipes of every item in the fountain, secret, and side shops are available to view inside of the Dota 2 client.
Our next update will come at the tail end of fall, on December 12, 2016.
After the brief annual respite in the wake of The International, established veterans and rising stars alike have locked in to tournament rosters and set their sights on the battle for the next Dota 2 Major Championship.
The Boston Major, presented by PGL, will take place December 7 – 10, 2016 at Wang Theatre in Boston, USA.
Sixteen teams will battle through a single-elimination playoff bracket in best-of-three matches, with a best-of-five Grand Finals to determine the winner of the $3,000,000 prize pool. Seeding for the Main Event bracket will be determined by the results of Group Stage play on December 3 – 4.
Tickets for attending the Main Event will be available starting Friday, October 14. Open Qualifiers will run October 23 – 26, and the Regional Qualifiers will follow on October 27 – 30.