We have the dates of where will the first official Dota 2 Major of 2018/2019 season take place. It will be in Southeast Asia, specifically in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. PGL, EGG Network and Imba TV will be the official sponsors of the event. This was announced by the Minister of Youth and Sports of the country Sayed Saddik.

Schedule and format for first Dota 2 Major

A total of 16 teams will compete in the Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major for a million dollars in prizes. As per the rules of 2018-2019 competitive season, no team will receive a direct invitation. It means that even OG and PSG.LGD, champion, and runner-up of The International 8 respectively, will have to compete in the qualifiers.

Dota 2 Major

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Open and closed qualifiers will take place from September 10 to 15 and 16 to 21, respectively. The group stage will take place on November 9 and 10, while the playoffs will begin on the 11th. The main event for Dota 2 Major will be from November 16 to 18 at the Axiata Arena, with a capacity for 16,000 people.

This is not the first championship that is held in Malaysia. In 2018, Genting organized ESL One Genting 2018 where the Chinese team Newbee won the tournament.

Important Rules for the 2018-2019 Pro Circuit

In the competitive season-2018/2019 the developer, Valve reduced the number of majors and minors. These are the events where you can earn DPC-points. The reason behind this reduced number of competitions is for the benefit of the competing teams. So that they will have a rather relaxing season compared to the last one. In which a lot of players openly criticized the tough schedule.

The teams that lose in the Dota 2 Major qualifiers, which as we have said will not have invitations, will be eligible to compete in the corresponding Minor. Fortunately,  the winner of Minor will have a guaranteed place in the following Major.

Valve presented drastic changes to the competitive circuit of Dota 2 with a great infrastructure for to the next season. The new format seeks to rethink the concept of Majors and Minors and solve existing problems for players and teams.

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Distribution of DPC Points

Lastly, the great commotion of the new format is due to the new distribution of DPC points. In the new system, the points will be associated with the team and not the player. Following this implication, the roster locks will disappear. Each team will have to designate a roster of five official players which is adjustable from here to The International 9. They will be able to play in the Dota Pro Circuit 2018-2019 with an external player, and logically there will be a penalty for it (up to 40% of points) but they will not be disqualified if the lineup changes, as it happened in the 2017-2018 season.

All these changes show the in-depth analysis of this year’s events and highlights that Valve made a lot of effort. Dota 2 is the most popular game by Valve, for players and fans, it is certainly a pleasure to appreciate that the competitive scene of this eSports title enjoys such good attention.