Valve will only have 2 Majors instead of 3, new Roster Lock rules also revealed
New changes to the current Majors series of Tournaments are slowly being put into place with more to come soon possibly post TI.
It’s a given, Valve’s initial year of hosting their own Majors series for professional Dota 2 has seen a lot of critic and praised from fans, players, and personalities, most especially when it comes to controversial roster moves, and questionable team invites for official Valve-sponsored Dota 2 tournaments.
Things are looking to change for the next season of Pro Dota 2 however as Valve, together with the teams, are said to have discussed what’s bad and what’s good with the current Majors series, and so far, major information such as the number of Major tournaments as well as some brief overview regarding the new Roster trade and lock systems are being revealed by some of Dota 2’s biggest personalities.
According to a tweet by Team Secret‘s manager Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey, Valve will only be hosting 2 Majors, instead of 3 for next season, with the first one to happen later this year. In addition to reducing the number of Major tournaments by 1, a new Roster trade system will also be put into place, which Bailey describes as more favorable to players, and will be divided into 2 phases, a Drop Phase, and a Joining Phase, player subs are also taken into consideration, however, they will only be applicable during the post-qualifier period of any Valve Dota 2 Major.
— Matthew Bailey (@Cyborgmatt) August 1, 2016
During the current season of pro Dota 2, there are 3 Valve Dota 2 Majors held in the European, Chinese and South East Asian region, which were Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Manila. The Dota 2 Majors tournament series were put in place by Valve themselves, as to help assess the issue with saturation and grant pros the opportunity to prioritize important tournaments, in order to have a clearer path towards the culmination tournament which is the The International. As solid as the plan may have looked in theory however, the Majors tournament series received a lot of negative feedback, mainly because of it’s still unclear invite system as well as due to some controversial last minute changes from some professional teams.