Only fitting that this DPC system embarrasses itself by ending with PGL/Perfect World inviting both @evilgeniuses who lost their last 2 NA qualifiers and @OGesports to the last and highest value major. OG isn't even eligible for DPC points. Very disappointing...— Peter Dager (@Peterpandam) April 16, 2018
NAVI INVITED AS WELL ROFL— Peter Dager (@Peterpandam) April 17, 2018
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OG’s direct invite, in particular, has caused so much controversy because the team is ineligible for a TI8 direct invite after their roster change (removal of Resolut1on). OG can’t benefit from the points they might earn at Minors and Majors and they are not even eligible for an invite to the closed regional qualifiers for TI8.
This criticism has lead to PGL defending their invites to the Super Major on twitter. They say that the invites were handed to the teams in mid-March. However, they didn’t disclose the exact date of when those invitational emails were sent through.
Here are the 10 teams directly invited to the China Dota 2 #Supermajor taking place in Shanghai on June 7-10. Note: As previously stated, invitations were sent mid-March based on the standings of teams at the time. @PWRD_DOTA2 #DPC #dota2 pic.twitter.com/JyaseuCf8C— PGL (@pglesports) April 17, 2018
But both Wykrhm Reddy and Mineski’s General Manager Yamyam Villanueva Yui, confirmed that the invites were sent out on 19th March 2018. Adding to this is EG’s COO, Philip Aram who confirmed that their invite came right after the GESC Indonesia Minor, which they won on the 18th March 2018
Correct :)— Mineski Yamyam (@Mskiyammerz) April 17, 2018
We were invited to PGL and B-ham after winning GESC when we were 7th in the DPC.— Phillip Aram (@Phillip_Aram) April 16, 2018
Announcements lag invites in most cases by 6-10 weeks.
EG qualified for the first 3 majors.
We were only invited to 16 team events when we were in the top 8.
We have had 5 300pt minor invites.
B4 Mineski won DAC it was 1 slot for SEA no invites for almost everything— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) April 17, 2018
EternaLEnVy was very vocal on the topic of SEA being at a huge disadvantage this season. He said that most DPC tournaments had just one slot for SEA, whereas other regions benefitted from tournaments handing out more slots to other teams.
With Mineski winning DAC in Shanghai, SEA finally got their highlight moment of the season, which should have lead to more invites for the following tournaments. But unfortunately, all tournaments have just given more slots to other regions.
He added that both Na’Vi and OG’s invites to the China Supermajor was a big “fuck you to competitive integrity and especially SEA”.
NaVi n OG invited to super major is a big fuck you to competitive integrity n esp the SEA scene— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) April 17, 2018
What's interesting at this point is that Na'Vi is just 249 points ahead of Fnatic in the rankings (The majority of which comes from LiL’s points from Virtus Pro). With both teams close to reaching the top 8 for TI8 direct invites, an invite to the Major could be the defining moment of the season for both teams.
The last stop before TI8 on the 2017-2018 Pro Circuit season will be held in Shanghai, China in early June worth $1,500,000 and 2,250 DPC points. A total of 16 teams will compete at the event, ten invited directly and six qualified teams —one from each of the designated regions. A win for a team here will most likely guarantee an invite to The International 8.
After @OpTicGaming take Starladder (their first DPC points of the season), it drops the TI8 Guaranteed Invite line to 5402 points.— Ben Steenhuisen (@followNoxville) April 15, 2018
Also, the winner of the Supermajor should get 3375 points, which is currently enough to guarantee 5th place. Scary few events left!