Dota 2 announces new Regional Leagues to take place following The International
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The eSports industry continues as rather new and, as such, it needs to face changes and adapt to the different needs that might arise. For Dota 2, this is a reality, and the game developer, Valve, has confirmed certain changes coming to the league on a more local level. The Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) comes with a new regional system that has its focus on making the matches better scheduled and also that have consistency. Another goal is to promote the development of that talent still stuck in the second and third tiers.
For this to happen, the Minor events will need to be removed completely so the Regional Leagues can compete. There will be three different individual seasons running over the course of a year for the Dota Pro Circuit. Those players that can make it through the regional events will be participating in a major event, and the best teams from the usual six regions will be competing at The International.
The Regional Division will be divided differently. Each region will have Upper and Lower Divisions included that will be integrated by eight teams in each division. That means that a total of 96 teams will be participating in this new version of DPC every year. The lower performance teams will face the consequence and, after the end of the three seasons to run in a year, the bottom two teams from the Upper Division will be going back to the Lower Division. To encourage talent in new teams, the top two teams of the lower division will be taking a spot in the Upper Division.
Also for the bottom teams, there will be consequences, and, unfortunately, the bottom two will be eliminated from the league and be replaced with two new teams coming from an open qualifier tournament that each region will have.