Dota 2’s current competitive season has already kicked off with two events already behind us, but what’s to follow? Let’s go through the top Dota 2 events, past and upcoming, that will make up this year in Dota 2.
Dota Summit 11
The first of the Dota 2 events for the 2019-2020 season was the DOTA Summit 11. Taking place in Los Angeles from November 7 through 10, the Minor tournament offered $300,000 and 660 Dota Pro Circuit points, the majority of which were taken by Invictus Gaming. The Chinese team grabbed the title with a convincing 3:0 against Chaos Esports Club. Along with the first place, Invictus also automatically qualified for the event to follow – The MDL Chengdu Major.
MDL Chengdu Major
The competition in Chengdu, held on November 16-24, was on a higher level with $1 million and 15,000 DPC points on the line. Invictus Gaming had an excellent run throughout the event, taking the honorable third place. They were eliminated by no other but the team which would eventually claim the champion’s title – TNC Predator. The Philippines team fell to Vici Gaming in the upper bracket finals, but ultimately came back for a rematch and took the grand final series with a 3:1 victory.
So, what’s next?
Valve has revealed that this year’s season will repeat the last one when it comes to the number of tournaments, namely five minors and five majors. As mentioned above minors will offer 660 DPC points and $300,000, while majors raise the stakes to 15,000 DPC points and $1,000,000.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor
With one Dota 2 event of each type already in the past, there’s a total of eight more events to follow with the closest one being the WePlay! Bukovel Minor. Set to take place in the city of the same name in Ukraine between January 9-12, 2020, it will offer winners a spot for the major right after it – the DreamLeague Season 13.
DreamLeague Season 13
This time, DreamLeague will be in Leipzig, Germany, slated for January 18-26, 2020. Out of all the Dota 2 events, this one seems to be venturing away from Sweden as its previous iteration was also outside organizer DreamHack’s homeland and took place in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
ESL One Los Angeles
In March it’ll be the ESL One Los Angeles Major, with a minor Dota 2 event beforehand which is yet to be announced. This leaves four more tournaments spread throughout the end of April, May, and June.
The International 2020
Naturally, everything will conclude with The International 2020 which, while still not announced with an exact date, usually takes place between August 15 and 25. For the first time ever, the grand event will set foot in Europe, namely the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Whether the 10th edition of The International will surpass this year’s record-breaking prize pool of $34,330,068 remains to be seen, but Valve will probably make sure it does.
Excited about the upcoming slew of Dota 2 events? You should be. Of course, we will keep you up to date as the action unfolds, so stay tuned.