With the news that Valve will be overhauling the Major system for the 2017-18 competitive season, Dota 2 is taking another step at stabilizing its competitive scene, with a points-based circuit that will allow for qualification to The International 2018.
To help you keep track of the changes, we compiled this handy comparison chart that details the major differences between this year and next year's Dota 2 season.
Not too long ago, the Dota 2 competitive scene was wild country. Outside of The International, Valve didn't dabble in the competitive scene. Then, in 2015 the company announced that they would be holding $3 million Majors throughout the year.
While the Major system has introduced more money and prestige to the scene, some have posited that the events have overshadowed the third-party tournaments and provided no incentives for organizers to hold successive events.
According to caster and Beyond The Summit co-founder David "LD" Gorman, the new system will empower third-party organizers and encourage top-tier teams to participate in more events.
"My initial gut reaction was very positive. I think it's pretty clear that third-party events have not had a clear place in the ecosystem ever since the introduction of the Major system," he told theScore esports podcast. "I think if done correctly, this is a way to give clear meaning to third party events. I think it's a good way to get more of the top teams participating in them."
Now, Valve is giving power back to third party organizers — contributing to prize pools for tournaments that meet the parameters to be a Major or Minor — Dota 2 is poised to combine the best aspects of both the Major system and the open circuit to create a unique ecosystem.
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.