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Rumours: Valve to Reduce the Number of Dota Majors Next Season

Vignesh Raghuram
31st Jan, 2020

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Popular Russian commentator and founder of Maincast Studios, Vitalii Nikolaevich "v1lat" Volochai has just revealed that a meeting was arranged by Valve to discuss a reduction in the number of majors for the next Dota Pro Circuit season. He claims that Valve was discussing the possibility of reducing the number of Majors from five to three.

On his Telegram Channel, he posted:

Edited for Grammar and Clarity.

“From the telegram of Eugene “HarisPilton” Zolotarev (CEO of Na’Vi), the Instagram of LodA (CEO of Alliance), Cyborgmatt (Director, Operations at Team Secret) and other esports managers, we understand that the other day in Seattle, there was a meeting between Valve and esports teams from around the world.

Of course, no one will tell us what exactly was the topic of the conversation, but there are rumours that the conversations centred on having three majors instead of five, about the Dota 2 calendar in general, about updating the DPC format, and (I would like to hope) about the development of the DotA scene in the coming years. ”




Considering the fact that Valve’s other successful esports title CS:GO only has two majors every year, this doesn’t really seem too far-fetched. However, it is indeed worrying to see the number of Dota 2 Majors decline gradually over the years.

But, perhaps this could also result in an increase of third-party tournaments from tournament organizers like ESL, PGL, DreamHack and new-entrant ONE Esports. Prioritization of quality over quantity might also positively affect the pro scene in the future.

If this change is implemented, teams would also likely not skip Majors whilst player burnout at the top tier will also be minimalised.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.