Valve Cancels First DotA 2 Major of 2022
Over concerns about new strains of COVID-19 and travel restrictions implemented by a number of nations.
Several events have already been cancelled or postponed as a consequence of the COVID-19, including the DotA 2 universe's premier tournament. 'The International 2020,' which saw Team Spirit win $18.2 million, was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed multiple times before finally taking place in October 2021.
The DotA Pro Circuit for year 21/22 restarted, with the first phase of the circuit being almost completed and culminating into the first Major of this season. However, Valve said this morning in a blog post that the major has been cancelled due to worries about new strains of COVID-19 and travel restrictions imposed by various countries, making it impossible for the teams to convene for a LAN tournament.
"As the Winter Tour of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022 season draws to a close, we've made the difficult decision to cancel the first Major. While hopes were high that we could host an international LAN event, the discovery and spread of new strains of COVID-19 and the resulting increase of travel restrictions has made it unfeasible for all qualified teams to gather for a LAN tournament," said Valve.
Players will get their fantasy rewards but teams will not be getting any points from the first Major and the points will be redistributed to the second and third Major. Meaning, the pro teams putting in all their work over the last few weeks leads to nothing more or less. The point distribution between regional and cross-regional play stays unchanged.
The points will be distributed as follows:
- 1st Place - 680 Points
- 2nd Place - 610 Points
- 3rd Place - 530 Points
- 4th Place - 460 Points
- 5th/6th Place - 385 Points
- 7th/8th Place - 240 Points
- 1st Place - 820 Points
- 2nd Place - 740 Points
- 3rd Place - 670 Points
- 4th Place - 590 Points
- 5th/6th Place - 515 Points
- 7th/8th Place - 360 Points