New pro season
Valve have (finally) revealed the necessary information regarding the next competitive Dota 2 season. Apart from the structural changes to the pro scene, another change was added - coaches can now be in booths with players but only for the duration of the draft, after the draft is over, they'll be evicted out of the booth.
In short: the new pro season will feature 11 majors and 16 minors. The 8 teams with the highest amount of points will be invited to TI8. All but 1 minor will carry 300 points, the ESL minor will carry 400 points and a 400k prize pool, while every major apart from the last one will carry 1500 points, while the last one will carry 2250 points and a 1.5 million prize pool. Winner of the tournament gets 50% of the total points, and each player gets the same amount of points, meaning that if a team wins 75 points, each player on the team gets 75 points.
Roster lock is now back too, it's split into 2 phases:
- Managers can re-register teams from the previous registration period.
- Managers can re-invite those players to their team, or remove them from their team.
- Players can see and accept invites to their previous team.
- Players can remove themselves from their previous team.
- At the end of Phase One, any players not reinvited to their previous team are removed.
- Players can no longer be dropped.
- Managers can register new teams.
- Managers can invite any available players to their registered teams.
- Players can see their invites and accept them.
- And the end of Phase Two, all unaccepted invites are canceled and rosters are locked.
The total prize pool of the 27 Valve sponsored tournaments (not including TI8) for the 2017/18 season is: 16.100.000 USD - about 2 mil less than TI5's prize pool.