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Why are the best Dota 2 teams skipping the Chengdu major?

Published: 27/Sep/2019 19:51 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 20:17

by Scott Robertson


Dota 2 International 2019, and thus will both the first major in China. Two-time TI champions OG are expected to skip it as well. Why are they taking such a long break, and how can they afford to do so?

In less than two months, the Dota 2 Pro Circuit will be back in full force, as sixteen of the world’s best teams will descend on Chengdu, China for the MDL Chengdu major. Nearly $1 million and 15000 DPC points will be on the line, and a number of organizations will show off altered rosters, while a couple of rosters will likely be representing new organizations.

But a handful of top teams that aren’t making any serious changes are skipping the first major altogether. Team Secret announced that they wouldn’t be making any changes to their roster, but also that they won’t be attending the Chengdu major, citing a need to extend time off for their players.

“Considering the length of each season and impact of fatigue, we are taking these measures to ensure our team begins the DPC Circuit fresh, and sustains that energy through the season.”

Team Secret aren’t taking a vacation alone, as PSG.LGD have passed on the first major as well, as their player Xu ‘fy’ Linsen takes three months off due to eye surgery. Both teams will compete at the ONE ESPORTS Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational at Singapore in December.

Well, because of the nature of the Dota Pro Circuit system, the teams at the top can afford to skip events and still qualify for The International 2020. At the beginning of last year’s Dota Pro Circuit, Team Liquid failed to qualify for the Kuala Lumpur major after failing in the EU closed qualifier that took place just after TI8.

Despite earning no points at the first major, Team Liquid still qualified for TI9 with the fifth most DPC points, thanks to back-to-back grand finals appearances at the MDL Disneyland Paris major and the EPICENTER major. If PSG.LGD and Team Secret removed the points they earned from their first major of last year’s circuit, they still would have qualified for TI9 with a top six spot.

A top six spot in the DPC isn’t even necessary to make a deep run at The International. OG didn’t attend the first major last year, still qualified for TI9, and went on to win the whole thing. Rumors are floating that OG may pass on this first major as well.

ValveOG qualified for, and eventually won TI9 after missing first major of DPC

With this system in place, it makes sense for teams who are at the top tier of Dota to take a longer break if they can afford it. Dota follows a tournament circuit structure that’s somewhat similar to that of CS:GO, with different tournament organizers and formats. 

But the Dota 2 scene has five majors over the course of a year compared to CS:GO’s two, and Dota majors have a longer playoff format because they use double elimination compared to the single elimination bracket that CS:GO uses.

While fans might be disappointed that certain teams won’t attend the first major, especially the local Chinese fans given that PSG.LGD won’t be playing, it’s not the fault of the teams, they’re just playing the system to their advantage.


ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch


ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
Bart Oerbekke/ESL
ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.