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Dota 2's 2017-18 competitive season will reportedly have 22 Majors and Minors, over $14 million in additional prize money

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A source reveals the initial dates, companies and prize pools of the Majors and Minors.

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A tweet by community ambassador Matthew “CyborgMatt” Bailey shows an initial list of the alleged first details of Dota 2’s upcoming Major/Minor circuit. The image included shows basic alleged details of dates, prize pools and production companies for the new series of Valve-sponsored events.

The list stretches through early June, approximately before The International’s invites are distributed, meaning that this reported list would likely be the full list of events. There will also allegedly be $14.9 million total in prize pool money throughout all 22 events.

Both Majors and Minors are reportedly distributed throughout the year, with the first Major taking place in late October. Majors will become more present at the end of the year, with three taking place in the span of a month in late May and early June.

There is no word yet on how these alleged dates will correspond with “roster swap” periods.

A variety of production companies will reportedly be involved, including community favorites BeyondTheSummit, esports veterans ESL and Dreamhack, as well as PGL, which ran the 2016-17 Majors. There are some newcomers as well, specifically Global Electronic Sports Championships, likely an entirely new company, and Next Generation Esports working with BTS, which has run official events for Overwatch and Clash Royale.

At the moment, none of the companies involved have officially announced their participation in the 2017-18 circuit. Point systems have not been announced either.

There are some indicators of when and where events will be. For instance, DreamHack’s dates align with their DreamHack Winter event in Sweden December 1-3. The Global Electronic Sports Championships have very few public details, but they hint on their website at a Singapore event, including a picture of the Manila Majors in the background.

Here are the details shared about the Majors and Minors, with dates, prize pool totals (USD) and organizers.

Majors

  • October 26-29, 2017 — $1,000,000 — ESL
  • December 1-3, 2017 — $1,000,000 — DreamHack
  • January 15-21, 2018 — $1,000,000 — DreamHack
  • February 5-11, 2018 — $1,000,000 — PGL
  • February 20-25, 2018 — $1,000,000 — ESL
  • March 8-11, 2018 — $1,000,000 — BeyondTheSummit & Next Generation Esports
  • March 30 - April 7, 2018 — $1,000,000 — Perfect World
  • April 27 - May 7, 2018 — $1,000,000 — Epicenter
  • May 14-20, 2018 — $1,000,000 — MarsTV
  • May 25-27, 2018 — $1,000,000 — ESL
  • June 4-10, 2018 — $1,500,000 — PGL

Minors

  • October 11-15, 2017 — $300,000 — Starladder
  • October 19-22, 2017 — $300,000 — PGL
  • November 20-26, 2017 — $300,000 — Perfect World
  • December 4-10, 2017 — $300,000 — MarsTV
  • December 13-17, 2017 — $300,000 — BeyondTheSummit
  • January 12-14, 2018 — $300,000 — Global Electronic Sports Championships
  • January 23-28, 2018 — $400,000 — ESL
  • March 16-18, 2018 — $300,000 — Global Electronic Sports Championships
  • April 17-24, 2018 — $300,000 — Perfect World
  • May 11-13, 2018 — $300,000 — Global Electronic Sports Championships