Yesterday we had the announcement of the first Minor of the 2019/2020 Dota 2 Pro Circuit season and now we have confirmation of the first Major as the Chengdu Major.
Mars Dota 2 League or MDL have been a massive part of the game for some time, giving us events such as last season’s MDL Disneyland®, the Changsha Major in 2018 and MDL Macau in 2017. Announced via their social media platforms a short time ago, MDL confirmed that the first Major of the new DPC season would be heading to Chengdu, Sichuan in China. The event will take place between November 16th and 24th, featuring 16 teams fighting for their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool as well as the massive 15,000 DPC points on offer.
The teams for the event will be decided via six regional qualifiers which will take place in just a few weeks; from October 5th-10th. It is unclear how many spots each region will have at the Major just yet, but at minimum it will be two per region, as per Valve’s DPC rules. According to the post by MDL, the details will be released early next week and the teams directly invited to the regional qualifier will be announced shortly after the end of registration on September 28th.
With many big teams confirming that they will be skipping the first Major of the season, it will be extremely interesting to see who rises up to the challenge of Chengdu and if a new roster manages to take the event. After the dominance of Team Secret, Virtus.pro and Vici Gaming through last DPC, it seems we will definitely see a new squad rise to the top as we edge closer to the beginning of the 2019/2020 DPC season.