It’s going to be a wild year for Dota 2 esports. Before The International 7, Valve announced a series of third-party competitive events to be directly sponsored by the developers themselves. It’s gotten crazier since then, as Valve confirmed the official number to be a whopping 27 LAN events over nearly 35 weeks.

This “pro circuit” will consist of 11 “Majors,” most with purses of $1 million, and 16 “Minors,” most worth $300,000 each. At each event, teams will also have “Qualifying Points” at stake that determine Direct Invites for The International 8.

If it seems a little bit overwhelming, don’t worry—we’ve put together this simple schedule of every single event, split by Majors and Minors, and the quick down-low on each.

Be sure to check back frequently, because we’ll update this as more news and events are unveiled!

Notes:

  • Events are organized by Major/Minor, then LAN Finals date.
  • Officially-confirmed/announced dates and information only.
  • Qualifier dates are inclusive of all regions; dates may and will vary by region.
  • Dates are listed as they appear on the official Dota 2 Pro Circuit page, unless this official list remains stale as events are announced and approach their announced dates.

Qualifying Points? “Sponsorship?” Mandatory regional open qualifiers? Still unsure about what the ecosystem entails? Check out our run-down of the details.


MAJORS


OCTOBER 2017


ESL ONE HAMBURG

LAN Finals Dates: October 26-29, 2017

ESL, the largest esports event organizer, brings their ESL One series back with Dota 2 in Hamburg.

  • Producers: ESL
  • Finals Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000 USD
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: September 15-16
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: September 18-24

Official Site: ESL One Hamburg 2017


NOVEMBER 2017

N/A


DECEMBER 2017


DREAMLEAGUE SEASON 8

LAN Finals Dates: December 1-3

  • Producers: DreamHack
  • Finals Location: Jönköping, Sweden
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: September 19-26 (Varies by region)
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: September 28 – November 16 (Varies by region)

Official Site: ROG DreamLeague


JANUARY 2018


GALAXY BATTLES

LAN Finals Dates: January 15-21

  • Producers: Fallout Gaming
  • Finals Location: Manila, Philippines
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

Press Release: Galaxy Battles 2018 Press Conference


FEBRUARY 2018


[UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: Febuary 5-11

  • Producers: N/A
  • Finals Location: N/A
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

ESL ONE KATOWICE

LAN Finals Dates: February 20-25, 2018

  • Producers: ESL
  • Finals Location: Katowice, Poland
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

Official Site: ESL One [no event page yet]


MARCH 2018


[UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: March 8-11

  • Producers:
  • Finals Location: N/A
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

PERFECT WORLD EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: March 30—April 7

  • Producers: Perfect World
  • Finals Location: China
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

APRIL 2018


EPICENTER EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: April 27—May 7

Summary:

  • Producers: EPICENTER
  • Finals Location: Russia
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

MAY 2018


[UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: May 14—20

Summary:

  • Producers:
  • Finals Location: N/A
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

ESL EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: May 25—27

  • Producers: ESL
  • Finals Location: N/A
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • Qualifying Points: 1500
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

Official Site: ESL One [no event page yet]


JUNE 2018


[UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: June 4—10

Summary:

  • Producers:
  • Finals Location:
  • Prize Pool: $1,500,000
  • Qualifying Points: 2250
  • Open Qualifier Dates:
  • Closed Qualifier Dates:



MINORS


OCTOBER 2017


STARLADDER I-LEAGUE INVITATIONAL #3

LAN Finals Dates: October 11-15, 2017

The third season of the StarLadder i-League Invitational, a mid-sized Dota 2 event held by StarLadder and i-League.

  • Producers: Starladder
  • Finals Location: Kiev, Ukraine
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: September 2-10
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: September 11-26

Official Site: SL i-League Invitational S3


PGL OPEN BUCHAREST

LAN Finals Dates: October 19-22, 2017

The first PGL Open, held by the company responsible for the 2016-17 Majors events.

  • Producers: PGL
  • Finals Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: September 9-14
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: September 11-25

Official Site: PGL Open Bucharest


NOVEMBER 2017


AMD SAPPHIRE DOTA PIT LEAGUE

LAN Finals Dates: November 2-5, 2017

The newest iteration of fan-favorite hype tournament Dota Pit, held in Croatia.

  • Producers: Dota Pit
  • Finals Location: Croatia
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: September 23-? (Some Regions Only)
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: September 25-October 3

Official Site: Dota Pit


PERFECT WORLD MASTERS

LAN Finals Dates: November 19-26, 2017

Perfect World Masters will be the first Minor in Asia and China of the season.

  • Producers: Perfect World
  • Finals Location: Shanghai
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: September 21-22
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: September 27-30

Official Site: Dota 2 Perfect World Site


DECEMBER 2017


MARS DOTA 2 LEAGUE

LAN Finals Dates: December 8-10

  • Producers: MarsTV
  • Finals Location: Macau
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Qualifier Dates: N/A

DOTA SUMMIT 8

LAN Finals Dates: December 13-17

  • Producers: Beyond The Summit
  • Finals Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Qualifier Dates: November 7-16

JANUARY 2018


CAPTAINS DRAFT 3.0

LAN Finals Dates:

The third iteration of a fan- and team-favorite tournament, run on Captain’s Draft instead of traditional Captain’s Mode, featuring LAN finals for the first time.

  • Producers: Moonduck TV
  • Finals Location: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

Official Site: Moonduck.TV [no event site yet]


GLOBAL ELECTRONIC SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: January 12-14

  • Producers: Global Electronic Sports Championship
  • Finals Location: Singapore
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

ESL ONE GENTING EVENT

LAN Finals Dates: January 23-28

  • Producers: ESL
  • Finals Location: Genting, Malaysia
  • Prize Pool: $400,000
  • Qualifying Points: 400
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

Official Site: ESL One [no event page yet]


STARLADDER EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: January 31 – February 4

  • Producers: N/A
  • Finals Location: N/A
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

FEBRUARY 2018

N/A


MARCH 2018

GLOBAL ELECTRONIC SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: March 2-4, 2018

  • Producers: Global Electronic Sports Championship
  • Finals Location: Malaysia
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

GLOBAL ELECTRONIC SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: March 16-18, 2018

  • Producers: Global Electronic Sports Championship
  • Finals Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

[UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: March 20-25

  • Producers: N/A
  • Finals Location: N/A
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

APRIL 2018


STARLADDER EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: April 11-15, 2018

  • Producers: StarLadder
  • Finals Location: Ukraine
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

PERFECT WORLD EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: April 17-24

  • Producers: Perfect World
  • Finals Location: China
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

MAY 2018


GLOBAL ELECTRONIC SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT [OFFICIAL TITLE UNKNOWN]

LAN Finals Dates: May 11-13, 2018

  • Producers: Global Electronic Sports Championship
  • Finals Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Prize Pool: $300,000
  • Qualifying Points: 300
  • Open Qualifier Dates: N/A
  • Closed Qualifier Dates: N/A

 

Source: Theflyingcourier