— PGL (@pglesports) August 30, 2017
This will be the first Dota 2 Minor since The International 7 and boasts a $300,000 prize pool for the tournament. The other six teams will be determined through qualifying stages, which start with the open qualifiers in North America, Europe, South America, the CIS, Southeast Asia, and China. The open qualifiers will take place next week, though the Chinese open qualifier doesn’t have an official date at the time of publication. The open qualifiers will continue to the closed qualifiers for each region, with the top team of each region making it to the PGL DOTA 2 Open.
The PGL Dota 2 Open follows Valve’s new format of what a Minor will look like in the 2017-2018 season according to Valve’s update last month on how Majors and Minors will operate. This season will also see the introduction to Qualifying Points, which will be awarded based on the total prize pool of a tournament, and will also determine which teams makes it to The International. High placements in Majors and Minors will garner more points, which accumulate on individual players. The players carry their points with them even when moving to different teams, and the top three point earners on a team will contribute towards a team’s effective total Qualifying Points.
This is the PGL’s only scheduled Minor, but the tournament organizer will host two Majors next year in February and June. The prize pools for the Majors will also be much more substantial, as the February Major will have a $1 million, and the June Major will have $1.5 million.
The open qualifiers are still open to teams interested in competing in the PGL Dota 2 Open, and interested teams can register here for their respective regions.