Dota 2: Questions Arise on How Valve is Handing Out DPC Points

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With Bali Major now in the playoffs stage, the remaining Dota 2 teams are making sure that they last long and earn the needed DPC points to qualify for this year's The International. Some teams though, regardless of their fate in this ongoing tournament, have secured spots to the biggest Dota 2event.

The official DPC rankings published by Valve appear to have some discrepancies related to DPC points received. In particular, teams that were eliminated from the group stage have received points when in fact, they shouldn't. Blacklist International and Bleed Esports have been given 300 DPC points despite finishing 13th to 14th place. The same is true for Execration and nouns, both getting 300 DPC points even with a 15th to 16th place finish.

The thing is, it's easy to double check if indeed there is a ruling for that and apparently there isn't. How the total DPC points allotted for each major is divided has long been discussed by none other than Valve. All that's needed to do is to go to the About segment of the official DPC page.

There, Valve said that the third major, which is Bali Major, would have 3,500 DPC points and divided into:

  • 1st Place: 600 DPC Points
  • 2nd Place: 550 DPC Points
  • 3rd Place: 500 DPC Points
  • 4th Place: 450 DPC Points
  • 5th Place: 400 DPC Points
  • 6th Place: 400 DPC Points
  • 7th Place: 300 DPC Points
  • 8th Place: 300 DPC Points

It's clear that teams that finish below 8th place should receive no DPC Points.

There's no doubt that Valve has to answer why the teams mentioned received points despite finishing in a lower place. Now, it's possible that this may be an error on their part. However, as of this writing, those points are still present.

That Fnatic Invite

This is not the first time the Dota 2 community has been questioning Valve on how it assigns DPC Points. Prior to last year's The International, the Liquipedia website revealed that Outsiders secured the 12th spot. Despite Liquipedia being unofficial, it had been the source in the past for Valve to see who gets invites.

For this particular case, many in the community were surprised when it was reported that Fnatic was actually qualified for the 12th slot. Apparently, it boiled down to penalties and rounding off the points.

Hopefully, we will get an official statement from Valve on the ongoing issue before the direct invites for The International are announced.

Dota 2 is available on PC through Steam.

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