This year, more than before, Valve has recieved critism for its TI & majors system. Just a few minutes ago they released a blogpost on Dota2.com outlining the changes they will be making for the 2017-2018 system.
In just six weeks, a new world champion will emerge from Seattle, and for the Aegis bearers and fallen challengers alike, resurgent dreams of success in the upcoming year will already begin to take hold. But the road to The International 2018 will chart a different course through the coming competitive season.
The changes, in brief, are:
- No more Majors
- "Sponsorships" of 3rd party tournaments
- Teams will be awarded "Qualifying Points" for participation in selected tournaments
- Qualifying Points will be used to determine invites for TI
These are significant and maybe the largest the professional scene has seen since the inception of Majors two years ago. The Dota 2 community has, for a while now, expressed its frustration with Valve not having clear criteria for what you have to do to earn an invite to The International. With this new system Valve addresses most of the issues.