We Finally Have A Valve-Supported Dota 2 Tournament With BTS Dota Summit 13

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2013-07-09
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Finally! BTS

Looks like Dota 2 fans have a little something to rejoice about as Beyond the Summit announced a new tournament. What makes this one different from the other tournaments that have been held during the pandemic is that finally there is going to be some support from Valve. Yes, that Valve.

Dota Summit 13 is going to start on October 21 and run all the way through November 8. It’s going to cover three regions, which are EU/CIS, SEA, and NA+SA. The prize pool for the tournament is at $250,000, though there is no word so far if it’s going to be for the entire tournament or for each region. No additional information was released by BTS.

Valve-Sponsored Tournaments

Since the start of the pandemic, there was no question that in-person esports tournaments were going to be cancelled. First it was announced that Major tournaments were either going to be held entirely online or cancelled altogether. By April, Valve announced that this year’s The International was officially cancelled. You can read more about that here.

After that, there was total silence from Valve. It was only in September that Valve broke this silence and gave everyone an update as to what’s been happening behind the scenes. Read about that here.

Tournaments Continue

Fortunately for Dota 2 fans, other organizations managed to continue with the esports scene despite no support from Valve. The biggest one so far was the OMEGA League, which offered a prize pool of $500,000. There have also been a lot of Tier 2 and Tier 3 tournaments over the past few months, although they weren't really what most fans wanted.

Impact of Summit 13

With the announcement from BTS, what’s going to happen? For one, the EU/CIS region is going to have some issues on who’s going to be joining. Currently, some of the region’s top teams are playing in the ESL One Germany 2020 Online. This tournament is expected to end on November 1, and has a prize pool of $400,000, it’s going to be interesting to see how Summit 13 is going to deal with ESL One Germany 2020.

Moving to the SEA region, it’s going to be good news considering that a lot of teams have been having some issues. Fnatic, for example, saw two members leave the roster. Geek Fam, meanwhile, released its entire roster. Indeed, Summit 13 is set to revitalize the region.

Finally, there is the NA+SA region. Though there hasn’t been that many problems for the teams here, the region lacked a high-tier tournament. With this, teams in the region should be able to show the world just how good they really are.

What about you? Excited for the Summit 13? What teams would you like to see participate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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