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The International Invites

The final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit season is now in the books, and we’d like to congratulate the eight teams that have earned direct invitations to The International based on their DPC standings.

To fill out the remainder of the tournament rolls, ten more teams will earn spots at The International by battling through the Qualifiers—set to be played across six different regions.

Tune in via Twitch or the Dota 2 client for the Open Qualifiers on June 14 – 17 and the Regional Qualifiers on June 18 – 25. With only ten spots up for grabs and countless teams still hoping to compete for the Aegis of Champions, the Qualifiers promise some of the most intense Dota of the competitive season as established squads and upstarts alike vie for one last chance to earn a spot in Vancouver.


New Ranked Season

The new Ranked Season of Dota will go live with tomorrow’s update. As we kick off the season, your new Ranked Medal will be calculated through a calibration period of ten games. This season’s calibration will allow for a substantial change in rank based on your performance during calibration, seeded by your previous rank. Your previous season’s medal will be displayed in your profile, alongside your new medal.

We’ve made some changes to the Ranked Medal system itself. You’ll now be able to see the progress on your profile medal, visible only to you, to track your advancement towards the next star or rank. Additionally, the steps between ranks go from 1 star to 5 stars, instead of 0 to 5. There is also a new tier of Ranked Medal exclusively for players positioned on the Leaderboards — designated as Immortal — to help more clearly distinguish the top players in the world. The Immortal rank does not have stars, just the explicit leaderboard ranking.

As always, Rank Medals represent your highest performance level for the current season, and a medal will never decrease in rank once you’ve earned it. Once you’ve calibrated your new ranking, there’s nowhere to go but up.


The Dota Pro Circuit 2018 – 2019

As we approach the culmination of the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit season, we’d like to look ahead and share some information to help players, teams, and organizers prepare for the 2018 – 2019 season, set to begin on September 15. There are a few big changes on the way. Once we begin the new competitive season, we’ll be adjusting how Rosters and DPC points work, adding some regulation to an aspect of team ownership, and overhauling the qualifying process for Majors and Minors. Our goal is to introduce a bit more structure to the year, increase team roster flexibility, and improve the spacing and importance of each event.

Rosters & DPC Points

Next season players and teams will have increased flexibility to find the right blend of personality and playstyle needed to claim the Aegis of Champions. To that effect, the 2018 – 2019 season will no longer regulate player movement via hard roster locks, and changing rosters during the season will no longer disqualify a team from DPC consideration.

In the new system, qualifying points for The International will be associated with registered teams instead of individual players. Teams will still designate their five-man rosters, but they will be allowed to change those rosters during the course of the season. Each player removed from a roster will reduce a team’s current point total by 20%. Adding a new player will not earn any additional points.

If a team plays in a Pro Circuit event without their official five-man roster, the points earned for that event will be reduced by 40%. A team’s admin can remove any player from a registered roster, and any player can choose to depart. When playing in a Minor or Major qualifier, teams must always use at least 4 of their 5 registered players. Once the TI Invites and Qualifiers start, teams can no longer change their roster until the conclusion of the TI Main Event. Substitutes can be declared after TI Qualifiers to account for emergencies, subject to approval from Valve.

Teams wishing to compete in the 2018 – 2019 season will have to register after the conclusion of The International in August. If a team wishes to be eligible for invitation to the first Major and Minor Qualifiers starting on September 17th, they must register their roster by September 15th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Team Ownership & Invites

Looking ahead one year to The International 2019, in cases where one organization or person has ownership in multiple teams, only one of those teams will be eligible to compete in The International, regardless of DPC qualifying points. All teams can participate in the Pro Circuit Majors and Minors leading up to next year’s TI, but all ownership conflicts will need to be resolved prior to TI Regional Qualifiers. This includes cases in which players have financial ties to other teams.

Minors & Majors

Unlike this year, next season’s Minor and Major events will be held in pairs, with the qualifiers for each set to run in exclusively scheduled windows, the first coming in September. There will be no direct invites to either Minors or Majors. The Major qualifier will run first, and teams who do not qualify for the Major will be eligible to compete in the Minor qualifiers a few days later. The winner of the Minor Main Event will have a reserved slot in the respective Major happening shortly afterwards.

All Minors must feature at least eight teams, with a minimum of one qualifier per region. Majors must have at least sixteen teams, with at least two qualifiers per region. All teams that play in a Minor or Major will earn DPC points. Teams participating in the Minors will be required to work on the Visa application in advance of the tournament, in order to be able to make the Major if they win.

Pro Circuit Schedule & Event Proposals

Below is the full schedule designated for the 2018 – 2019 season. We’re currently accepting applications for all of the dates listed below apart from the first Major in November, which has already been registered. Make sure to include detailed format structure in all proposals.

Sep 17-Sep 21: Major Qualifier
Sep 23-Sep 26: Minor Qualifiers
Oct 29-Nov 4: Minor Main Event
Nov 8-Nov 19: Major Main Event

Nov 26-Nov 30: Major Qualifiers
Dec 1-Dec 4: Minor Qualifiers
Jan 7-Jan 13: Minor Main Event
Jan 17-Jan 27: Major Main Event

Feb 1-Feb 5: Major Qualifier
Feb 7-Feb 10: Minor Qualifier
Mar 4-Mar 10: Minor Main Event
Mar 14-Mar 24: Major Main Event

Mar 28-Apr 1: Major Qualifier
Apr 3-Apr 6: Minor Qualifiers
Apr 22-Apr 28: Minor Main Event
May 2-May 12: Major Main Event

May 15-May 19: Major Qualifier
May 21-May 24: Minor Qualifiers
June 10-June 16: Minor Main Event
June 20-June 30: Major Main Event


The International 2018 Collector’s Cache

The International 2018 Collector’s Cache has arrived. Available exclusively to Battle Pass owners for $1.99, and brimming with 14 subterranean-themed item sets—and three rare sets—the Collector’s Cache is ready to unearth a rich seam of heroes suitably styled for this year’s event.

Unboxing fourteen of these treasures automatically grants you 27 Battle Levels. As always, the chances for a rare drop increase with each treasure you open, and each purchase contributes directly to The International prize pool.

As in years past, this treasure is only available for sale until The International concludes, and the items inside are exclusive and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Each set can, however, be gifted once or recycled for 2,000 Battle Points, and the Ultra Rare is marketable.


Dota 2 Short Film Contest

We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2018 Dota 2 Short Film Contest are now open. Filmmakers have until the morning of August 7, 2018 to submit their short film creations of 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to be eligible for consideration.

As always, we invite all fans to visit the Workshop to participate in the voting and discussion process to help us select the best entries to be showcased as part of The International 2018 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in The International 2018 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners.

Like last year, each finalist that places in the top ten will be guaranteed to win $500, and the top three selections will be awarded prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in recognition of their contributions to the Dota community.

More information and guidelines on the submission process can be found on the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site. Be sure to check in on the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 2018.


Lion Prestige Item with Unlockable Style

With today’s update, the all-new ‘Hell-Spar Anathema‘ Lion Prestige item is at last unearthed. Available to all Battle Pass owners who climb to Battle Level 255, this exclusive replacement for Lion’s demonic left arm also includes a second style that can be unlocked by securing 50 high-damage Finger of Death kills where the victim has at least 350 health.

Featuring new animations and sounds for Lion’s ultimate ability, the ‘Hell-Spar Anathema’ can only be obtained by increasing your Battle Pass to level 255 before the conclusion of The International, and will not be available to market or trade in the future. Battle Pass owners who’ve already piled up 255 Battle Levels can now claim this prize from the rewards line and get started unleashing hell’s fury upon Lion’s enemies.

In other Battle Pass news, fans are invited to join the composer of The International 2018 Music Pack in his recording studio for a special glimpse into the creative process behind the new in-game audio offerings recorded for this year’s tournament.