Neslyn A. January 11, 2020
Barring some sort of controversy, the Dota Pro Circuit major calendar is officially filled. The calendar is comprised of five events that will take place between November 2019 and June 2020.
The Dota Pro Circuit is used to determine the 12 invitees to The International 2020.
The first Dota Pro Circuit Major tournament, MDL Chengdu, happened in November 2019, giving fans their first taste of teams like Evil Geniuses, Alliance, and Fnatic after heavy roster shakeups. However, top teams such as OG, Team Secret, and PSG.LGD took a longer break and gave the tournament a pass.
Dota 2 enthusiasts started the new decade with a Dota Pro Circuit minor, the WePlay! Bukovel Minor. Eight teams are brawling for a coveted slot in the DreamLeague Leipzig Major. The tournament will be the first major Dota Pro Circuit tournament of 2020.
Top teams that were previously on hiatus qualified for the DreamLeague Leipzig Major and, with another 4,850 DPC points at stake, the event will surely be a bloodbath. Any team that wins a major tournament will be in a very strong position to earn a direct invitation to The International 2020.
Full list of 2019-2020 Dota 2 Majors and The International 2020
- MDL Chengdu Major (November 16-24, 2019)
- DreamLeague Leipzig Major (January 18-26, 2020)
- ESL One Los Angeles (March 15-22, 2020)
- 2020 EPICENTER Major (May 2020)
- ONE Esports Singapore Major (June 20-28, 2020)
- The International 2020 (August 18-23, 2020)
ESL announced it they will be organizing ESL One Los Angeles 2020. The esteemed tournament organizer has carved out a strong niche in the Dota 2 scene, but didn’t host a major during the 2018-2019 season. This is ESL’s first Dota 2 major since ESL One Birmingham 2018.
For the third season in a row, EPICENTER will organize a major tournament. The EPICENTER Major 2020’s live event portion will be happening in Moscow, Russia on May 8 to 10 but the full schedule has not yet been confirmed.
ONE Esports Singapore Major 2020 came as a surprise to fans. The mixed martial arts promotion is new to organizing Dota 2 events, hosting its first in December 2019 with the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. The ONE Esports Singapore Major also marks the first Major tournament that will be held in the country.
Each major is preceded by a minor tournament, but the minors for the final three majors of the season have not yet been revealed.