Dota 2’s First Major Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Bad news for everyone.
Bad news for everyone. Valve

With the Winter Tour of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022 season starting to wind down, a lot of Dota 2 fans were wondering when and where the first Major was going to be. Valve just made an announcement and it’s not a good one.

In a post, Valve revealed that a decision was made to cancel the first Major mainly due to the spread of the new strains of COVID-19. Valve said that while they wanted to host an international LAN event, the “increase of travel restrictions has made it unfeasible for all qualified teams to gather for a LAN tournament.”

That means Tour 1 of the new DPC season concludes once all regional league tournaments have ended. Based on the remaining matches, that should be sometime next week.

So what happens to the points allotted for the first Major? According to Valve, it’s going to be redistributed to the second and third Majors. So, those tournaments have more points at stake. Valve revealed that this should ensure that the balance of points between regional and cross-region play remains the same.

The points are distributed as follows:

  • Major 2
    • 1st Place - 520 Points
    • 2nd Place - 310 Points
    • 3rd Place - 210 Points
    • 4th Place - 105 Points
    • 5th Place - 52 Points
  • Major 3
    • 1st Place - 680 Points
    • 2nd Place - 410 Points
    • 3rd Place - 270 Points
    • 4th Place - 135 Points
    • 5th Place - 68 Points

Good vs. Bad

While having no Major is indeed a bit of sad news for fans, it’s good to know that Valve made a decision this early instead of waiting for the regional league tournaments. In terms of the Dota 2 teams, there are also two sides to this announcement.

It’s good news for some of the top teams considering many of them aren’t doing as well. Team Secret, for example, is currently in fifth place in Western Europe. In Southeast Asia, Fnatic is at third while TNC Predator is dropping to Division II.

This announcement is bad news for smaller teams trying. A good example would be Quincy Crew, reportedly still looking for an organization. Although they’re getting some money, it would still be an uphill climb for Tour 2.

What do you think about this announcement? Should Valve find a way to make the LAN tournament happen despite what’s been happening?

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